Lara Gillespie has struck gold in the Junior Women's Points Race at the track cycling European Championships in Aigle, Switzerland.

Going one better than her silver medal two days ago in the Individual pursuit, the 17-year-old Wicklow native rode an aggressive race, putting her opponents under pressure in the final third of the race.

Gillespie picked up points consistently throughout the race and took joint lead in the final laps after a gutsy attack where she picked up points before being brought back by the diminishing leading group.

The Ukrainian rider attacked and gained the all-important lap that put her 5 points clear going into the final sprint but with double points up for offer, Lara opened the final sprint with 350 metres to go and opened a gap that she held to the line to take win. 

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"Once I knew I was on equal points I put my head down and decided to just go for it," said the overjoyed Gillespie.

"I was trying to do everything right and I didn’t want anything to stop me from winning. I was ecstatic when I knew I had won.

"I was so proud standing up on the podium and actually getting to hear the Irish anthem. I was so happy."