Friday 24 November 2017

Irish women fail to build on strong start in team pursuit

CYCLING

Caroline Ryan, Lydia Boylan, Lauren Creamer and Josie Knight of Ireland compete in the Women's Team Pursuit qualifying round during day one of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the National Velodrome in Paris
Caroline Ryan, Lydia Boylan, Lauren Creamer and Josie Knight of Ireland compete in the Women's Team Pursuit qualifying round during day one of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the National Velodrome in Paris

Tom Fallon

Ireland's Track Cycling World Championship campaign began with the women's team pursuit finishing in 16th position at the Velodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris.

Consisting of Caroline Ryan, Lydia Boylan, Lauren Creamer and Josie Knight, Ireland's final time of 4.40.388 reflected a below-par performance for the team, who have been training together since September. After a strong start, they were on target for a good performance. However, with 1,000m to go the team began to split.

The qualifying round was won by Australia with Great Britain marginally behind in second. The top eight teams go through to the next round.

In the 4km race against the clock, the Irish quartet started strong, with their splits on target for a time of 4.33.

In the team pursuit while four riders start, the time of the third rider is counted as the finishing time. Junior rider Knight pushed hard for the first 3km, leaving the remaining trio to bring it over the line.

Unfortunately, at the World Championships there is no margin for error, and in the closing laps Boylan was distanced from Creamer and Ryan.

Meanwhile, Britain's men were also eliminated in team sprint qualifying, clocking 43.808 to place eighth in the three-man, three-lap event.

Philip Hindes was the seventh fastest over the first lap, and Jason Kenny, his fellow Olympic champion, propelled Britain into fourth. However, Callum Skinner was unable to keep pace with Kenny as Britain faded badly to miss out on a medal ride.

Britain's last world title in the discipline was in 2005 in Los Angeles, but they have won the last two Olympic titles.

Irish Independent

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