Nicolas Roche is the new national time-trial champion after storming to a fantastic win in Kilcullen, Co Kildare last night.
The Team Sky man proved too good for rising star Eddie Dunbar (Axeon Hagens Berman) and Ryan Mullen (Cannondale) at the end of a close-fought battle on the 40-kilometre course from Kilcullen to Athy and back.
Mullen was looking for back-to-back elite national and U23 titles but can have no complaints on the night, though his crash at the ZLM Toer in the Netherlands last weekend was perhaps a factor in his below-par result.
Roche stopped the clock at 47:14. He had made no secret of his desire to win and he he will now wear a specially-made jersey for the next 12 months.
He last won the championships way back in 2007 and based on this form he will be hard to bet against in the road race on Sunday.
On Wednesday, he was overlooked for selection by his team for the Tour de France for the first time since 2008 but he put that disappointment to one side
Dunbar, a runner-up last year, put up a massive fight in a bid to win and he should be very content with the silver medal, given the quality of rider he was beaten by.
The women’s event was won by the little known Anna Turvey (Tyneside Vagabonds CC) in a time of 54: 28 - a staggering 3:20 ahead of runner-up Eve McCrystal (ASEA-Wheelworx) with Lydia Gurley (Aerocoach) next at 58:12.
Turvey declared for Ireland in the last 12 months having previously represented Scotland.
She rode the British time-trial championships last year and finished 17th but has since switched her allegiance to Ireland.
In fact, she actually rode the Commonwealth Games in 2014 for Scotland and is a former British duathlon champion.
She recently smashed the British 25-mile record so perhaps it was always a race for second last night.
The championships take a break today but tomorrow sees the Masters over-40, 50 and 60 events, as well as the separate women’s race, take place.
Aidan Crowley (Strata3/VeloRevolution) is the defending over-40s champion but with a field upwards of 170 for it, it will be a wide open race.
Lydia Boylan (Team WNT) is hard to look beyond in the women’s race but can expect a huge challenge from the likes of McCrystal and last night’s winner Turvey.
Gold: Nicolas Roche (Team Sky)
Silver: Eddie Dunbar (Axeon Hagens Berman)
Bronze: Ryan Mullen (Cannondale)
Gold: Eddie Dunbar (Axeon Hagens Berman)
Silver: Ryan Mullen (Cannondale)
Bronze: Michael O’Loughlin (Team WIGGINS)
Gold: Anna Turvey (Tyneside Velo) 54:28
Silver: Eve McCrystal (ASEA-Wheelworx) 57:48
Bronze: Lydia Gurley (Aerocoach) 58:12.
Paracycling C1-C5, 20k
Gold: Colin Lynch (Manchester Wheelers)
Silver: Steven Workman (Ballymena RC)
Bronze: Andrew Nicholson (Phoenix CC).
Gold Peter Ryan and Dermot Radford 49:53
Silver Damien Vereker and Marcin Mizgajski 52:37
Bronze: John Lynch and D. Peelo 53:30
Paracycling H1-H5, 20k
Gold: Declan Slevin (Rosemount CC)
Silver: Seamus Wall (Barrow Wheelers)
Bronze: Ciara Staunton (Murphy Surveyors, Kilcullen)