Martyn Irvine sits in 15th place after two events in the Men’s Omnium at the 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Paris.
Irvine recorded a personal best in the Individual Pursuit of 4.26.814 to boost his overall position, following his 20th finish in the Scratch Race earlier in the day.
His individual pursuit time was the ninth fastest on the day.
Going into Friday night’s Elimination Race Colombia’s Gaviria Rendon is leading the Omnium, followed by Belgium’s De Buyst and Italy’s Viviani. The Omnium is a six-event competition, with riders being awarded points depending on their finishing position in each event.
The overall winner in this Olympic class event is the rider with most points at the end of the six events.
The first event for Irvine was the Scratch Race, a 15km bunch race.
Irvine’s 20th place did not reflect his exceptional performance, where shortly after the halfway mark the Newtownards man made his mark, attacking the group and getting a significant gap.
The bunch chased hard, but could not reel him back in, and with five laps to go, it looked like the maximum points for the event would be awarded to the Northern Irishman. However, Leung from Hong Kong jumped across to Irvine, bringing the bunch with him, and with three laps to go, the gap decreased. With two laps to go the accelerating bunch passed Irvine, leaving him in 20th place.
Speaking after the first session of the Omnium, Irvine said: “In the Scratch I was hoping for something a bit better, I suppose it was a good performance with a bad result, that’s the way it is, that’s the race I ride.
“You are either in the thing, or you finish last, and today I pretty much finished last.”
The second round of the Omnium bode better for Irvine, when he finished with a personal best in the Individual Pursuit in a time of 4.26.814 putting him in ninth place.
This result means that Irvine will be starting in the Elimination Race in 15th place. Irvine paced his 4km effort very well, and was happy with his race, saying: “I’ve done a PB in the pursuit, I’m not a million miles away, and I dunno, maybe it’s bunch race grit I’ve lost a bit of that suffering edge.”