Wednesday 20 September 2017

Ryan Mullen claims bronze at European Road Championships in Denmark

Irish Ryan Mullen. AFP PHOTO/ MIGUEL RIOPA AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA
Irish Ryan Mullen. AFP PHOTO/ MIGUEL RIOPA AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA
Ciaran Lennon

Ciaran Lennon

It’s a measure of Ryan Mullen’s growing ambitions that he felt “gutted” after claiming bronze in the elite men’s time trial at the European Road Championships in Denmark today.

The reigning Irish champion finished the 46km course in a time of 53.17, five seconds behind the Belgian gold medallist Victor Campenaerts and two behind with Poland’s Maciej Bodnar.

Less than 12 months ago, Mullen was ecstatic but empty-handed when he finished fifth at the World Championships. However, he was going for gold in Denmark.

“That was the best day I could have asked for. I had really good legs, and I was on it. I’m gutted that I was five seconds off the gold medal. That’s what I wanted. I didn’t come here hoping to be third,” said the 23-year-old, who won both the national time trial and road championships in June.

“I had high hopes because I knew I did a good ride, and knew that it would take a big beating. That’s my first elite podium at a major championship – so that’s progress, and a step up from before. I came third to the silver medallist from last year’s championships, and Bodnar, who won the TT stage in the Tour de France.”

The Cannondale-Drapac rider adds his elite bronze to the silver he won at the World U23 Championships in 2014 and silver in the Junior European Championships in 2012.

Earlier Michael O’Loughlin and Eddie Dunbar finished 11th and 19th respectively in the U-23 time trial. Anna Turvey finished 19th in the elite women’s time trial, with Eileen Burns 29th in the same race.

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