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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Ryan rides into history with bronze

After a controlled and gutsy performance in the women's individual pursuit, Caroline Ryan won the bronze medal from Ukraine's Anna Solovey at the Track Cycling World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Ryan had qualified for the bronze medal ride-off with the fourth fastest time, and performed outstandingly to seize the medal in a new Irish record.

This was Ireland's first women's World Cup medal at the elite level. The gold medal was won by Rebecca Wiasak (AUS), who is the world number one ranked pursuiter. Silver went to GB's Elinor Barker.

The former international rower rode a steady first half in the 3k time trial, marginally trailing Solovey. However, once past the halfway mark, Ryan's control paid dividends as she pushed ahead to win by an eventual 0.205 seconds.

Speaking from the medal ceremony, head coach Brian Nugent said: "Caroline rode a controlled race early on, and fought hard in the closing laps to make sure she won Ireland's first elite women's World Cup medal. It was going to be difficult to take a medal tonight, but Caroline met the challenge head on, and she deserved that one. We're all so proud of her."

Eoin Mullen finished in an impressive 13th place in the men's keirin.

The main goal of the Irish team at this second World Cup of the season was to secure qualifying points for the World Championships in February.

Ryan has now secured a place in both the points race and the individual pursuit.

JILL LEONARD

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Irish Independent

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