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Women's Madison Finish Ninth at the Track Worlds

Women's Madison Finish Ninth at the Track Worlds

The Women’s Madison of Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley have finished 9th at the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships tonight. Gold went to Great Britain, silver to the Netherlands, and Italy took bronze. In the Men’s Omnium Felix English finished 19th. The championships take place in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, from the 28th February – 4th March.

A ferociously fast start dictated the final podium in the Women’s Madison, with a group of five taking a lap.

“It started super-fast,”
noted Gurley after the race, “a group of five got away and got the lap really quickly. It was unfortunate we missed that first move was we could have been in the top five. It was not a power issue missing out, it just started so quick. After missing that move we minimised damage and were in the mix.”

Boylan described a series of unfortunate incidents in the race that didn’t help – “we kept fighting after they got the lap, but I unclipped during a change and crashed down. Then I got a front wheel puncture which wasn’t ideal. But we managed to keep fighting to the end.”

“There were a few unfortunate, unforeseen things, but it was a better result than last year, and we did the best we could do, but you always want to do better,”
added Gurley.

The Madison has been added to the Olympic programme for Tokyo, and was added to the World Championship programme last year.

“Tonight, there were 17 teams competing – that’s 34 riders on the track. In a lot of the smaller events that we do there are maybe 12 teams. That adds another element to it,”
said Gurley, “the Worlds is always a step up, it’s always the hardest race of the year – everybody brings their A game.”

Gurley is in action again tomorrow in the Points Race, and she is already looking forward to it – “I want to give it a good go. It’s a nice long race, it suits my fitness. I want to go out there and do the best race I can do.”

In the Omnium English raced aggressively in the final Points race, lapping the field to gain twenty points. However, a second attempt for a lap was pulled back, and he had to settle for nineteenth, after finishing 16th in the Scratch Race, 17th in the Tempo and 22nd in the Elimination Race earlier in the day.

Tomorrow is the final day of racing for the Irish team with Gurley competing in the Points Race. English will also be in action, competing in the Men’s Madison with Mark Downey. The 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships take place in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, from the 28th February – 4th March.


Women’s Madison

Great Britain

Silver Netherlands

Bronze Italy

9th Ireland

Men’s Omnium

Szymon Sajnok (POL)
Silver Jan Willem van Schip (NED)
Bronze Simone Consonni (ITA)

19th Felix English (IRL)


Sunday 4th March

Women’s Points

Lydia Gurley

Men’s Madison

Mark Downey

Felix English

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