TEAN NI: Martyn Irvine plans another gold assault in velodrome

Martyn Irvine (centre) in the 40km points race before he had to retire

Martyn Irvine (centre) in the 40km points race before he had to retire

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Martyn Irvine will be back fighting for a Commonwealth Games medal on Sunday in spite of the disappointment of retiring from the points race at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Irvine had gotten off to a good start in the gruelling 40km, 160 lap race and gained an early lap on the field with a number of other riders but then began to struggle and pulled out with 73 laps remaining.

Coach Brian Nugent explained: “It’s obviously an unusual thing to happen to Martyn. He was very down afterwards but we had a chat and looked at what happened. There were five teams with three riders helping each other and Martyn got caught and the way the race unfolded there was no way he could control those five teams and as the race went on he began to see what was happening and that only ten riders finished the whole event and so it’s not as bad as he first thought.”

 

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