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Knight makes her World Cup debut
06 Dec 2014 13:01
Cycling Ireland’s women’s team pursuit performed strongly at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London, finishing in 12th position.
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The quartet featured junior rider Josie Knight in her World Cup debut.
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The team rode a solid, well-paced race in the 4km race against the clock, finishing in a time of 4 minutes 39.813 seconds, marginally outside their personal best, which was set at altitude at the world cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, last month.
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“The women’s team performed really solid and displayed what they have been doing consistently in training,” said head coach Brian Nugent.
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“It’s always pleasing when you see that, and to place in the top 12 nations in the world we are really pleased with the progress.”
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Lydia Boylan also competed in the women’s scratch race, finishing 13th, with Javan Nulty and Cormac Clarke finishing the men’s points race in 16th and 19th place, respectively.
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In the men’s team pursuit, a young Irish team finished in a time of 4.17.444, putting them in 22nd place.
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Nugent was happy with their performance, saying: “The men’s team performed solidly as well, for the level of experience in the team. The way they delivered their ride technically in their first outing together in that formation bodes well for the future.”
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This is the second world cup on the track cycling 2014/15 calendar, with more Olympic qualification points available. The event runs until Sunday.
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Today, Caroline Ryan will compete in the women’s omnium and Martyn Irvine will present himself to start in the men’s omnium, but due to his injuries may not start.
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Sprint specialist Eoin Mullen will also be competing in the men’s keirin throughout the day.
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Junior rider Knight will also be competing in the Women’s Points Race on Sunday evening.
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