Ireland’s Shannon McCurley has won a silver medal in the scratch race on day 1 of the European Track Championships in the Netherlands.
The 40-lap race was won by Emily Nelson of Great Britain in a sprint finish with Maria Martins of Poland taking the bronze.
🥇 It's gold for @EmilyNelson21 in the scratch race!
What a ride.
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Speaking after the race, Shannon said: “With seven laps to go I was right at the back. I think I was hopeful that it was all going to go up and it did and I think with about three (laps) to go I spotted Emily shoot down the bottom and I knew she had good legs, she was coming into this strong, and that was the wheel I wanted to be on.
“Yeah, it's been a long time coming. As you saw me at the end of the race, I was speechless.”
A team of 14 Irish riders are competing in the European Championships which conclude on Sunday evening.