Ireland’s Martyn Irvine finished tenth in the Men’s Scratch Race at the 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Paris today, an event he won in 2013 along with a silver medal win in 2014.
The result was disappointing for Irvine, who was Ireland’s sole racer at the Velodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines today. Irvine’s strong presence in the first half of the race proved that he has come back to form after breaking his collarbone at the World Cup in Mexico in November, however, he was unlucky to miss the winning move in the closing laps of the 15km race.
The race was won by Germany’s Lucas Liss, with Albert Torres Barcelo (ESP) taking silver ahead of Bobby Lea (USA), who took bronze.
After being dominant in the first half of the race, a disappointed Irvine said: “I just tried to keep it fast so it’s not so much a stop start race, that’s not my cup of tea.
“I think people know that by now. I was out of position maybe, and I didn’t have the grit to fight across, I was stuck with a few passengers, and then I was a passenger to be honest.”
Tomorrow, Friday, will see Irvine in action again, in the Omnium, racing the Scratch, the Individual Pursuit and the Elimination Race.
Once again he is Ireland’s only racer on the track, and racing starts at 1pm Irish time.