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Lara Gillespie has taken her second medal of the UCI Nations Cup in Hong Kong, adding bronze to the silver she had already won on Friday

Lara Gillespie may have suffered a few unexpected wobbles, with illness and injury, in recent years but the Wicklow woman’s ascent in international cycling is firmly back on track and now gathering pace.

Having claimed silver as part of the team pursuit line-up at the Hong Kong UCI Nations Cup on Friday, Gillespie was competing on her own in the omnium today, claiming a bronze medal.

Her podium finish follows three 4th places at the elite Europeans in January and two gold medals at the U23 Europeans last summer, with the 22-year-old now really hitting her stride and producing a champion’s consistency.

Gillespie, the national road race champion who will compete on the road this year with UAE Development Team, is also on the cusp of qualifying for the Olympics with her team pursuit team mates – Alice Sharpe, Kelly Murphy and Mia Griffin.

Today in the omnium in Hong Kong she claimed the bronze medal behind gold and silver riders Yumi Kajihara and Tsuyaka Uchino, both from Japan. Winner Kajihara is the former world champion in the event and Olympic silver medalist from the Tokyo Games.

The omnium today opened with the scratch race and, in a sign of things to come, the Japanese riders were 1st and 2nd, with Ireland’s Gillespie taking 3rd, a great start for the woman in green.

The tempo race was then won by Kiwi Bryony Botha from Uchino, with Gillespie placing 3rd again and really setting herself up for a crack at the final podium, and maybe even the gold medal.

Kajihara was then back on top in the elimination race, winning it from Botha and Maria Martins of Portugal, with Gillespie finishing in 5th place.

And in the final race of the four-event omnium, the points race, Gillespie sealed her 3rd place finish. She ended the competition with 108 points to Kajihara’s 124 and Uchino’s 113.

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