Date: Friday, 28 February 2014
Posted by: Cycling Southland

New Zealand’s Marc Ryan will ride off for his second medal in tonight’s finals at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Colombia, while sprinter team mate Eddie Dawkins has succumbed to injury after his world title last night.

Ryan, from Timaru, finished third fastest in qualifying for the 4000m individual pursuit this morning and will take on Ireland’s Ryan Mullen for the bronze medal.

The 31 year old, a double Olympic medallist, was part of the team pursuit that won the bronze medal yesterday.

Olympic bronze medallist Simon van Velthooven impressed in winning his way to the second round of the keirin with an emphatic win in his heat today. He competes in the final rounds tonight.

However teammate Eddie Dawkins has not gone through, eliminated after picking up a mild groin strain as a result of his efforts in winning the team sprint world title last night.

“Eddie was sore this morning and felt fit to ride in the heats but was plainly affected,” said BikeNZ Head Coach Dayle Cheatley.

“He is being treated by our medical staff who will assess the situation over the next 24 hours but right now we expect Eddie will be fit for the individual sprint in two days time.”

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