Ireland’s Shannon McCurley has won silver in the Scratch Race on the opening day of the UEC European Track Championships in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. The 40-lap race was won by Emily Nelson of Great Britain with Maria Martins of Portugal taking the bronze medal.

Nelson led the group into the final two laps with McCurley on her wheel and they held these positions over the finish line as Martins overtook Ana Usabiaga Balerdi of Spain for third.

Speaking after the race 27 year-old McCurley 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.”

Photo: Drew Kaplan

1 Emily Nelson Great Britain
2 Shannon McCurley Ireland
3 Maria Martins Portugal
4 Ana Usabiaga Spain
5 Lucja Pietrzak Poland
6 Olivija Baleišytė Lithuania
7 Kirsten Wild Netherlands
8 Alžbeta Bačíková Slovakia
9 Aline Seitz Switzerland
10 Martina Fidanza Italy
11 Verena Eberhardt Austria
12 Trine Schmidt Denmark
13 Viktoriya Bondar Ukraine
14 Victoire Berteau France
15 Evgenia Mudraya Russia
16 Gilke Croket Belgium
17 Anita Stenberg Norway
18 Jarmila Machačová Czech Republic
19 Johanna Kitti Borissza Hungary
20 Hanna Tserakh Belarus
21 Charlotte Becker Germany


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