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A great weekend for Irish cycling just got even better

Galway’s Lydia Gurley wins scratch bronze at the World Cup event in Colombia.

Gurley, right: track bronze for Ireland.
Gurley, right: track bronze for Ireland.

GALWAY’S LYDIA GURLEY won Ireland’s second medal in as many days at the Track Cycling World Cup event in Cali, Colombia.

Gurley, 32, took bronze in the scratch race behind America’s Sarah Hammer and Evgeniya Romanyuta of Russia.

“Unreal night,” she tweeted in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Gurley broke from the pack with Hammer and Romanyuta and the trio stayed clear, lapping the field as they fought out the podium places between themselves.

“The race was really quick with lots of attacking,” Gurley told Cycling Ireland.

“The plan was to be patient and wait for the right time to attack. When it came, David [Muntaner, her coach] 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.”

Gurley’s medal follows the success of Mark Downey who won gold in the men’s points race on Friday.

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