Lydia Gurley from Galway claimed a sensational bronze medal win in the Women’s Scratch Race in the third round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in the Alcides Nieto Patino Velodrome in Cali, Colombia, on Sunday.
In an aggressive race the Irishwoman bided her time before attacking, a move that clinched a bronze medal for her in the 10km race. Gold went to American Sarah Hammer with Evgeniya Romanyuta from Russia claiming the silver.
The Scratch Race is a bunch race with the first three over the line deemed winners. The 32 year old from Athenry attacked with Hammer and Romanyuta, with the trio working well together to lap the field. Delighted with the result Gurley said:
“The race was really quick with lots of attacking. The plan was to be patient and wait for the right time to attack. When it came, David [Muntaner] told me to go; I didn’t look back and just went for it. A massive thank you goes to our coach David, literally today I was just the legs, and he was the brains.”
This is the second medal for Ireland following Mark Downey’s dominant gold medal performance on Friday night, with the result placing Gurley 2nd in the World Cup ranking.
In the Men’s Keirin Eoin Mullen suffered a setback when he crashed. His fall in the first round of the heats of the Keirin was a hard one, and resulted in a hospital trip for the Aran Islands native.
“I can’t remember exactly how it happened, but I went to the hospital for an X-Ray on my ribs, but it’s all good.”
This is the third round of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup Series, and the Irish team have been in top form throughout; with four medals and thirty three top ten results since the track season started last October.