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Cycling: Irvine stays on track to secure an Olympic ride

By Nigel Ringland

Martyn Irvine kept on course for Olympic qualification with another solid performance in the men’s omnium at the World Track Cycling Championships in Apeldoorn at the weekend.

The Newtownards rider, representing Ireland, finished tenth overall in the new Olympic discipline capping an excellent first full season in the event that comprises a flying lap, points, scratch and elimination race, individual pursuit and time trial over two gruelling days.

Irvine, Commonwealth Games bronze medal in Delhi last October, already had three top ten finishes in world cup events and is well on his way to making London 2012. “Bitter sweet, I really thought top eight was achievable. Yet again my bunch skills are my weakness but the positive is that I have improved and I know what I need to do for next year,” explained Irvine.

“Life's hard! I'm beating myself up now but six months ago I never thought I would be in the top 10 at the world championships.

“Our American coach Andy Sparks has showed me how to get the best out of myself in training but experience takes time.”

Ireland’s Caroline Ryan was ninth in the individual pursuit while the gold medal won by Wendy Houvenaghel along with Laura Trott and Dani King in the team pursuit was Great Britain’s only win of the championships.

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