Martyn Irvine claimed the precious metal medal in the men’s points race on day two of the Monitor Cycling World Cup in Manchester.

The Newtownards rider had to earn the final sprint to clinch general victory in the 30-kilometre event.

The success comes seven months after 28-year-old Irvine suffered a broken leg in the Tour of Taiwan.

However , there was also disappointment to get Irvine when he finished 18th in Sunday’s scratch race, that was won by Austria’s Andreas Muller.

Irvine was delighted that his strategy paid off as he clinched precious metal in the points event.

“I rode smart for the first half of the race. I didn’t want to race too much, but then I started to make use of my head, ” said Irvine.

“I looked around and other guys had been grimacing more than me. I rolled off the front and got within the groove. It was all or nothing.

“I gambled. It will go really well for me or really bad, and that proceeded to go good. “

Irvine has endured a rollercoaster 2013, fracturing his femur a month after winning the scratch race world title in February, a triumph that noticed him become Ireland’s first medallist in modern track championships.