Boylan claims first world championship medal
Northern Ireland's Lydia Boylan capped a fantastic weekend for Irish cycling with a silver medal in the Women's Points Race at the World Track Championships in Pruszkow, Poland yesterday.
Having claimed five points for winning the third intermediate sprint of the 25km race on the velodrome, Dubliner Boylan went clear with Russian rider Gulnaz Badykova with less than 10 laps to race and the duo lapped the field to gain an extra 20 points each.
Having claimed another three points in between, Boylan was in the gold medal position, two points ahead of Australian Alexandra Manly, with five laps to go and only the final sprint to contest.
Fatigued from her lap gain, Boylan failed to score in the final sprint while Manly took three points for third across the line and snatched the rainbow jersey and world title by a single point, with Kirsten Wild on Holland taking bronze with 26 points.
A triple national road race champion and a silver medallist on the track at the European championships previously, Boylan was delighted to take her first world championship medal.
"It still hasn't sunk in that I've finally done something on the world stage," she said afterwards. "I kept taking a sneaky look up at the leaderboard, and I knew I needed to move up.
"That sort of racing suits me, because I know I can just dig deeper - we push ourselves so hard in training. I moved up and I gave it my best, but the legs fell off a bit in the last couple of laps. It's a big boost of confidence for me, for sure."
On the road, Sam Bennett added more Irish glory when he claimed victory on the final stage of the UAE Tour in Dubai, showing a clean pair of wheels to the fastest sprinters in the world.
At home, Sean Moore won the season opening Mick Lally Memorial in Summerhill, Jude Sands took the Phoenix Grand Prix, Chris McGlinchey took the Annaclone GP and Angus Fyffe claimed the Cycleways Cup in Navan.