Shackley takes lead from Rás na mBan after time trial win

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British national team rider Anna Shackley topped the overall standings at Rás na mBan on Saturday morning, winning the Tullaroan uphill time trial and taking the leader’s jersey.

Shackley started the day third overall, tied in time with her teammate Abi Smith, who held the lead before Friday’s stage until the Top of the Cut and was then first in the line.

Smith dug deep to try and keep his lead, but missed five seconds in the time trial. Ireland’s Kelly Murphy was third, 34 seconds behind Shackley, while stage two winner Loes Adegeest was 10 seconds further behind in fourth. Irish duo Linda Kelly (Cycling Munster) and Alice Sharpe (Irish National Team) completed the top six.

The time trial made it possible to break the deadlock among the top four in the general classification. The lack of time bonus on the road race stages meant they were on the same overall time but, after the time trial, Shackley was five seconds ahead of Smith and 44 seconds over Adegeest.

Irishman Sharpe, who started the day second overall, is fourth, 57 seconds behind. Murphy and Natalie Grinczer (CAMS-Basso) are fifth and sixth.

The stage race continues on Saturday evening with a criterium in Kilkenny City, and ends Sunday afternoon. It is Ireland’s largest women’s cycling competition and features a large number of international teams.

Meanwhile, Dillon Corkery was the top Irish rider in this morning’s Under-23 road race at the European Road Championships in Trento, Italy.

Belgian rider Thibau Nys won a seven-a-side sprint to win the title, with the world junior cyclocross champion beating Filippo Baroncini (Italy), Juan Ayuso (Spain) and four others. Corkery was 29th, one minute 31 seconds behind, while Adam Ward was 53rd.

There were only 67 finishers out of the 148 starters, with four other Irish riders among the many dropouts. The short and difficult 13.2 kilometer laps on the race route led race officials to order distant runners to withdraw from the event.

The European Championships continue this afternoon with the Elite Women Road Race. Ireland has two entrants, namely Megan Armitage and Ellen McDermott.

Rás na mBan

Step 4 Tullaroan Time Trial: 1 Anna Shackley (UK national team) 13 minutes 20.29 seconds, 2 A Smith (UK national team) at 5, 3 K Murphy (Irish national team) at 34, 4 L Adegeest (Jan van Arkel) at 44, 5 L Kelly (Cycling Munster) at 54, 6 A Sharpe (Irish National Team) at 57, 7 I Cotter (Irish National Team) at 1 min 7, 8 N Coates (Torelli-Assure-Cayman Islands-Scimitar ) at the same time, 9 N Grinczer (CAMS-Basso) at 1 min 8, 10 F Yapura Plaza (Team Macadam’s Cowboys) at 1 min 16

Young riders: 1 Anna Shackley (UK national team) 13 min 20,29, 2 A Smith (UK national team) at 5, 3 N Coates (Torelli-Assure-Cayman Islands-Scimitar) at 1 min 7, 4 K Schmid (LUX Cycling) at 1 min 35, 5 Côté C (Pro-Noctis-Redchilli Bikes-Heidi Kjeldsen) at 6 min 12

Team classification: 1 Irish national team 42 min 38, 2 GB national team at 1 sec, 3 CAMS-Basso at 2 min 38, 4 Pro-Noctis-Redchilli Bikes-Heidi Kjeldsen at 3 min 27, 5 LUX Cycling at 3 min 30

Individual classification after stage 4: 1 Anna Shackley (UK national team) 7 hours 4 minutes, 2 A Smith (UK national team) at 5, 3 L Adegeest (Jan van Arckel) at 44, 4 A Sharpe (Irish national team) at 57.5 K Murphy (Irish National Team) at 1:15, 6 N Grinczer (CAMS-Basso) at 1:49, 7 I Cotter (Irish National Team) at 1:55, 8 K Schmid (LUX Cycling) at 2 min 10, 9 F Yapura Plaza (Team Macadam’s Cowboys) at 2 min 30, 10 D Shrosbree (Team LDN – Brother UK) at 4 min 19

Ranking of points: 1 Abi Smith (UK national team) 28 points, 2 K Schmid (LUX Cycling) 25, 3 A Sharpe (Irish national team) 19, 4 L Adegeest (Jan van Arckel) 17, 5 A Shackley (UK national team) 15

Queen of the hills classification after stage 4: 1 Anna Shackley (UK national team) 36 points, 2 A Smith (UK national team) 25, 3 L Adegeest (Jan Van Arckel) 20, 4 A Sharpe (Irish national team) 20, 5 J Tindley (Pro-Noctis-Redchilli Bikes-Heidi Kjeldsen) 17

Young riders: 1 Anna Shackley (UK national team) 7 hours 4 minutes, 2 A Smith (UK national team) at 5, 3 K Schmid (LUX Cycling) at 2 minutes 10, 4 G Lehnert (LUX Cycling) at 5 minutes 14, 5 N Coates (Torelli-Assure-Cayman Islands-Scimitar) at 5 min 25

Best British Rider: 1 Anna Shackley (GB national team) 7 hours 4 min, 2 A Smith (GB national team) at 5, 3 N Grinczer (CAMS-Basso) at 1 min 49

Best National Rider based in Ireland: 1 Linda Kelly (Cycling Munster) 7 h 11 min 27, 2 B Woods (Cycling Munster) at 5 min 23, 3 O Walsh (UCD) at 8 min 44, 4 C McCarthy (Women’s Cycling Ireland A) at 12 min 4, 5 E Tutty (Ireland A Women’s Cycling) at 12:56

Team classification: 1 Irish National Team 21 hrs 16 mins 7, 2 LUX Cycling at 8 mins 52, 3 GB National Teams at 14 mins 2, 4 Pro-Noctis-Redchilli Bikes-Heidi Kjeldsen at 18 mins 58, 5 CAMS-Basso at 24 28 minutes

Paddy Doran best Irish team: 1 Women’s Cycling Ireland At 22 hours 18 min 43, 2 UCD at 8 min, 3 Cycling Munster at 11 min 54, 4 Women’s Cycling Ireland B at 55 min 44

European Road Championships, Trento, Italy

Under 23 road race: 1 Thibau Nys (Belgium) 133.6 kilometers in 3 hours 6 minutes 57 seconds, 2 F Baroncini (Italy), 3 J Ayuso (Spain), 4 E Fetter (Hungary), 5 L Van Eetvelt (Belgium) all at the same time

Other: 29 D Corkery (Ireland) at 1 min 31, 53 A Ward (Ireland) at 6 min

DNF: M Devins, D Shortt, K McCambridge, A Wade.


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