20th January 2018 Robyn Stewart raced strongly today at the final round of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup season (which runs from the 19th – 21st January) in Minsk, Belarus.
Stewart was 14th in the Sprint with a time of 11.336, qualifying to the 1/8 finals.
Robyn scored her best World Cup result to date, progressing out of the qualifying rounds with a time of 11.336. In the 1/16 rounds the Scotland based rider beat Russia’s Natalia Antonova moving into the 1/8 final. Former multi-World Champion Simona Krupeckaite from Lithuania powered ahead in this round, knocking out Stewart before winning silver in the gold medal final.
Speaking after the race Stewart was happy with her result saying – “I’m delighted with my performance today, but I know that I’ve more in there. I’m pleased to see progress! I’ve really enjoyed myself too – which is what it’s all about.”
Stewart will be in action again tomorrow – “I’m looking forward to my debut in my first World Cup Keirin tomorrow also.” This World Cup serves as valuable training for Commonwealth Games in April; having confirmed her place on the team earlier this month.
This is the final major competition for the Irish team before the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn at the end of February. Over the next couple of weeks, the number of places that Ireland has qualified for the World Championships will be announced.
Gold: Pauline Sophie Grabosch (Germany)
Silver: Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)
Bronze: Nicky Degrendele (Belgium)
14th Robyn Stewart (Ireland)
Heather Boyle, Communications Officer, Cycling Ireland
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