MARC Potts got his UCI Track Cycling World Cup campaign off to a promising start in Pruszkow, Poland, at the weekend with a fifth placed finish in the final of the Scratch Race, finishing behind winner, Belgium’s Robbe Ghys, second placed Edgar Stepanyan (ARM) and third placed Roy Pieters (NED).
Representing Ireland, the Beragh native qualified second in his heat and while not entirely pleased with a fifth placed finish in Sunday’s final, the Neon Velo man was satisfied with his final position, given how his race was panning out at one stage.
“I was hoping for a medal, but I can’t be too sad with that,” Marc explained on Monday, while waiting in Prague airport for a flight to Majorca for some warm weather training before flying on to Manchester today (Thursday) for the next World Cup event at the end of this week.
He continued: “Going into the last 10 laps it looked as though I wasn’t going to get anything out of it. It looked like I was racing for sixth place against a lot of sprinters, so it wasn’t looking good.”
The tactical nature of the 15K Scratch Race, which only lasts around 15 minutes, means timing is everything if a racer hopes to get a good result and while Marc found himself out of the medal running, he did time his break perfectly and managed to make it into the top five.
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