Monday 24 April 2017

Shaw strikes in first race of the season

Damien Shaw. Photo: Sportsfile
Damien Shaw. Photo: Sportsfile

Gerard Cromwell

Ireland's Damien Shaw took his first win on foreign soil yesterday when the An Post-Chain Reaction rider soloed to glory on stage one of the 2.2-ranked Tour du Loir et Cher in France.

Shaw's winter preparation was disrupted when he broke a rib and a wrist in a training crash at home in February. The crash meant that yesterday was the 32-year-old's first time to turn a pedal in anger this year.

"This is a big surprise for me," said the former national champion. "Apart from the fact that this is my first race of the year, I was surprised first that the breakaway stayed away and then that I was able to animate it a little bit and go for the win."

Shaw was part of a seven-man breakaway that built up a maximum lead of five minutes. When the gap was whittled down to under a minute with 30km left to race, it looked like a bunch sprint was on the cards.

The Mullingar man had other ideas and surged clear alone in the final kilometres to finish four seconds clear of Frenchman Thomas Rostollon.

Irish Independent

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