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Ryan ends up 15th in Women's Omnium
22 Feb 2015 15:03
Caroline Ryan has finished in 15th position overall at the end of the Women’s Omnium at the 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Paris.
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Ryan started the second day of the event in 10th place after three stages of the Omnium, and struggled in its fourth stage, finishing 20th in the 500m time trial.
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In the fifth stage, the Flying Start race, she fared a little better, ending up 19th, and in the final race of the day, the Points Race, Ryan raced aggressively to pick up several points and end up 15th overall.
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Afterwards, she said she had been pleased to go into the second day of the event in tenth position, but that she had suffered from a lack of natural sprinting ability.
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“I think the best I could have done today was a top 13, yesterday going into day two in tenth was fantastic,” Ryan said.
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“It’s the highs and lows of the Omnium, I had the high of the scratch race, a good pursuit, everything was heading in the right direction.
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“In the elimination then I was hoping to make it to the halfway point last night, and I didn’t do that. In the 500m, I mean it was my best 500m, execution-wise, and to finish last in it is hard. I’m not a natural sprinter, I’m able to do it better now, and am hitting better times, but it really does take it out of me.”
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Ireland head coach Brian Nugent was happy with the overall performance of the travelling squad.
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He said: “It’s the biggest number of riders we have ever qualified for the World Championships, and we’ve got some team events in there.
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“On the day, the performances weren’t enough to get top results, but we’re performance focused, we’re building. Overall we have progressed a lot, but we certainly need to improve more.”
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