Simon Ryan pips aidí O’Brien to claim stunning Rás Luimní victory at Caherconlish

Simon Ryan claimed a sensational victory at Rás Luimní in Caherconlish, Limerick, yesterday.

The Mego Racing team rider pipped Paidí O’Brien (Osbourne Meats/McCarthy Cycles) who led in the remnants of the day’s breakaway at the end of the 120km race.

Both men had been part of the move that forged clear on the second of four laps and pulled six minutes clear of the main bunch.

There were around a dozen riders in the break with Aquablue CC, Fitscience CC and UCD CC among the teams represented.

Elsewhere, Sean McKenna made it back-to-back wins over the weekend with another victory at the Newbridge GP in Kildare.

The Aquablue CC man impressed en route to a fourth win of the season with Ryan Sherlock (Unattached) with David Watson (North Down CC) second and third respectively.

Meanwhile, having taken his first podium placing in his maiden competitive outing in the UK last weekend, Irish teenager Eddie Dunbar was again to the fore across the water yesterday.

Now riding for the NFTO Pro Cycling Continental-ranked team, Dunbar was 7th in the Jock Wadley Memorial in Colchester, Essex. The race was won by team-mate Steele Von Hoffe.

Elsewhere, Nicolas Roche got off to a solid start on the opening stage of Paris-Nice in France, the Team Sky rider finishing 37 seconds behind stage winner and world road champion Michael Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep).

World hour record champion Rohan Dennis (BMC) was second with Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep), back in third.


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