Disappointed Irvine wants to fight on

Newtownards cyclist Martyn Irvine finished 13th overall after the sixth and final event of the multi-discipline omnium cycling event in the London velodrome last night.

Irvine said he was disappointed with where he finished but stressed that he gave all he had.

“I’m still gutted, it just opened my eyes and it just wasn’t meant to be,” he said. “I was standing trying to look on whatever bright side there was today and it still didn’t go my way. The engine’s just not there.

“I showed I’m fit to be here, I wasn’t too outclassed but it doesn’t really make up for a poor performance overall.

“I’ll keep training hard, put this in the memory bank and use it as a motivation for the Commonwealth Games and maybe Rio in 2016.”

The former An Post Rás stage winner put in a mixed day on the boards on Saturday; posting two good rides in the opening events but perhaps coming up a little short in the third — the elimination race.

In the opening event, the 250m flying lap, the Irishman finished ninth of an 18-man field while in the 30km points race, he showed the power that has made him a world class rider when he was one of a small number of riders to lap the field before ending that race in sixth place.

Combined with his ride in the opening round, that left him in seventh overall; on 15 points and just four points off the bronze medal.

However, he appeared to be living dangerously right from the early exchanges in the round three elimination race; where the last rider across the line every second lap must pull out. There, he was the fourth rider of the group to be forced out — a result he was particularly disappointed with and one that saw him drop to 10th overall at the midway point.

In yesterday’s 4km individual pursuit he had a disappointing race against Zachary Bell, getting well beaten and slipping to 14th place with the scratch race and time trial to come.

Though 44 points was no mean feat at that stage and just four points off a top-10 finish, Australian Glenn O’Shea lead the way on 17 points.

In the fifth event, the scratch race, Irvine had promised to “go crazy” and didn’t disappoint. He went on the attack early and managed an eighth- place finish which moved him up one place to 13th overall.

Though a top-10 finish at that stage wasn’t impossible, it needed a stunning time in the 1km time-trial and though he managed a solid time of one minute and four seconds, it still wasn’t enough to see him move up the standings.

The event was won by Danish rider Norman Hansen, with Frenchman Bryan Coquard in silver and Ed Clancy of Team GB taking the bronze medal.

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