That sure wasn’t a great evening for cycling, but what else would you expect from an Irish summer?! There were 36 cyclists at this week’s race so once again that meant 3 groups leaving at intervals of 0, 4 mins and 6 mins. At least we had a dry start but it wasn’t long before the rain came and washed us all away.
The 6 min group was once again the biggest group of the 3 and they made fast progress out the road towards Nenagh, helped by a strong breeze. The average was 47km per hour out to the turn and this was enough to catch the middle group. As the bunch swelled the pace dropped a little as fewer looked to roll over and the race switched from brawn to brain. Could anyone get away this week?
No. There were a few break away attempts from Damian Roche, Chris Jeuken, Alan Loftus and others but unusually nothing stuck for very long at all this week. A bunch sprint looked inevitable from very early on. There were just too many strong lads in the bunch not letting anything away. A large bunch came around the final roundabout and onto the hill in Birdhill. Now it was a case of who could power up the hill the quickest.
On this occasion Bobby Coleman was the clear winner; he could even slow up crossing the line as the margin was very convincing. Next past the finish was Mike Storan who just pipped Seán Yelverton in a close finish. Fourth and fifth also crossed the line very near each other with Ken Costelloe getting up in front of Jeff Punch.
Final Results: Top 5
1. Bobby Coleman
2. Mike Storan
3. Seán Yelverton
4. Ken Costelloe
5. Jeff Punch
Video of the sprint finish