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Clifford grabs scratch race gold
29 Mar 2015 18:06
Ireland’s Eoghan Clifford has won the C1-3 scratch race at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.
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The silver medal went to Joseph Berenyi of the United States and Spain’s Eduardo Santas Asensio secured bronze.
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Colin Lynch was also competing in this event, but he suffered from a puncture in the closing laps and was forced to retire.
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Clifford, who is the reigning road and time trial world champion and who was competing in his very first scratch race, also claimed bronze in Friday’s C3 3km individual pursuit.
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“I stayed near the back for the first few laps, but when the attacks started after five to six laps I knew my legs were good,” the winner admitted afterwards.
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“I’m not an explosive rider, so I rode high on the track so I could cover moves, and when the pace died I put in a good hard dig to tire out people.
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“With about 25 laps to go I put in one big, huge attack when I saw the main guys boxed in, and I just kept going. That was a long 25 laps!
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“Once I caught the main group, I rode through to the front to keep out of danger and keep an eye on the rest.”
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