Elite national time trial champion David O'Loughlin finished 8th in the Individual Pursuit World Cup event in Moscow on Friday.
Taking on many of the world's top pursuit riders O'Loughlin, from Cong Co Mayo has boosted his qualification hopes for the 2007 World Championships in Palma, Mallorca, in April 2007.
The first phase of the 4,000 meter pursuit saw 22 riders time trail to determine the competitors in the final and third place races.
O'Loughlin registered a time of 4:32.206 seconds, at an average speed of 52.901kmph. That was just 5 seconds off a final four sport.