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European Silver for Cyclist Murphy

Cycling star JB Murphy has enhanced his growing reputation by winning a silver medal in the Men’s Junior Elimination Race in the UEC Junior and U23 Track European Championships held at he Sangalhos Velodrome in Anadia, Portugal. The winning of the European Silver Medal by the 17-year-old Kildare/Crossmaglen man cannot be understated as this was his first bunch race in an indoor velodrome.

The Elimination Race is a ruthless race, with the last rider passing the line on each lap getting eliminated, and the medals being awarded to the last three riders on the track. JB got drawn at the back of the bunch but following the instructions of his coach David Muntaner “to sprint to the front”, the young rider was there before the first bell, and sat there for the race fending off a series of far more experienced riders. Looking over his shoulder for the first time in the race, having led from the front riding as fast as he could, JB could hardly believe that the field had been whittled down to just 6 riders.

There was still an awful lot of work to be done and 3 laps later Italian Michele Gazzoli and GB rider,William Tidball were fighting it out for the medals. Having dropped Tidball it was shoulder to shoulder round the last bend with little more than the tyre of the Italian’s bike between them as they crossed the line. An exhausted Murphy was overwhelmed by his achievement and was mobbed by his fellow Irish teamates and the small band of supporters who were in attendance.

JB who already represented Ireland earlier this year in the World Cyclo-cross Championships. dedicates his success to his coaches for the training and planning that went into this fantastic Silver Medal achievement “My first time on an indoor track was four weeks ago, and this was my first bunch race ever in a Velodrome! I spent a lot of time in the winter riding cyclo-cross and it definitely paid off in the road season. Before coming here my legs didn’t feel great in training, but today I felt good; I had good race legs today.”