Magnificent Mark Downey laps field for Euro Track Champs silver after battling back from crash

Posted on: July 24th, 2014

Junior Mark Downey took a second silver medal for Ireland at the European Track Championships this evening.
Irish rider Mark Downey has won a silver medal in the junior men’s points race at the European Track Championships in Anadia, Portugal, tonight.

Downey, along with teammate Fintan Ryan, qualified for the final of the event earlier today.

And after an aggressive start to the 25km – 100 lap – final, Downey lapped the field with Great Britain’s Gabriel Cullaigh and eventual winner Corentin Ermenault of France.

In what was a fast and exciting race, both Downey and Ryan picked up points throughout the event, with Downey winning the crucial points at the sprint point with 10 laps to go, moving into second place.

Speaking after the race, coach Neill Delahaye described the contest as “incredibly fast, it didn’t let up for a second”.

“It was really hectic, but Mark and Fintan rode extremely well as a team. Mark had great legs today, so had an animated race getting a lap early on,” he added.

“Towards the end he got side swiped by a rider, bringing him crashing down. But he got up, and Fintan helped to set him up to win the ninth and last sprint lap, which really set him up for the silver medal.”

It was the second Irish silver medal of the championships, with Josie Knight finishing second in the junior women’s individual pursuit on Tuesday.

In the U23 men’s sprint Eoin Mullen has qualified for the semi finals tomorrow, Friday, guaranteeing him a top four finish.

He finished the qualifying rounds of the 200m sprint as third fastest.

With this being the largest track team that Ireland has entered in an event, all riders have been performing strongly, with national records falling throughout the week.

The young U23 men’s team pursuit was also impressive. Cycling Ireland head coach Brian Nugent said he was happy with their time of 4.13.638.

“This was a really young team, all under 21 years, and they came within two seconds of the elite national record; this is really exciting for the future,” he said.

“Two of the guys were on the Junior Team Pursuit last year, and this time is 10 seconds quicker. For such a young team, we’re absolutely delighted.”

Tomorrow racing continues when Downey races in the junior men’s omnium, and riders competing across all the Scratch Races.

The U23 & Junior European Track Championships conclude on Sunday.



July 24th: Irish Results, Euro Track Champs

Junior Men’s Point Race

  1. ERMENAULT Corentin (FRA) 33
  2. DOWNEY Mark (IRL) 29
  3. CULLAIGH Gabriel (GBR) 27

22nd RYAN Fintan (IRL)


U23 Men’s Sprint

Qualifying Rounds

  1. SHURSHIN Nikita (RUS)
  2. HOOGLAND Jeffrey (NED)
  3. MULLEN Eoin (IRL)

1/16 Final

1/8 Final

1/ 4 Final


U23 Men Team Pursuit

  1. Switzerland 4.04.248
  2. Russia 4.08.007
  3. Germany 4.09.990

8th Ireland 4.13.638

U23 Women Sprint

  1. LIGTLEE Elis (NED) 11.100
  2. VOINOVA Anastasiia (RUS) 11.114
  3. CALVO BARBERO Tania (ESP) 11.365
  • 13th MCCURLEY Shannon (IRL) 12.374 (NR)


U23 Men’s Points

  • FALLON Thomas (DNS)
  • NULTY Javan (Did not qualify for Final)


Junior Women Points Race

  1. LLOYD Manon (GBR)
  2. KLEIN Lisa (GER)
  3. KLIMOVA Diana (RUS)
  • DNF KNIGHT Josie (IRL)
  • DNF COLLINS Autumn (IRL)

Junior Men Individual Pursuit

  1. OLIVEIRA Ivo (POR) 3.17.704
  2. ERMENAULT Corentin (FRA) 3.19.732
  3. STANISZEWSKI Daniel (POL) 3.23.571
  • 23rd MULHOLLAND Declan (IRL) 3.31.150
  • 27th GRIMES Sean (IRL) 3.33.207

Friday Schedule for Team Ireland


Junior Men’s Omnium

  • Mark Downey

Junior Men’s Scratch Race

  • Sean Grimes
  • Fintan Ryan

U23 Men’s Scratch

  • Cormac Clarke
  • Javan Nulty

U23 Women’s Scratch Race

  • Shannon McCurley

Junior Women’s Scratch Race

  • Autumn Collins
  • Josie Knight