Monday 24 April 2017

Dunne falls short

Athletics

Conor Dunne's brave attempt to scoop a top table position in the cycling road race at the European Games came to a disappointing end, as he fell back over the final three laps.

The 22-year-old rode with the lead group for the majority of the 216 kilometres and was fourth up until the final 20km, finally losing touch and finishing in 45th place - over six minutes behind the winner.

Dunne had the pulse racing early on, showing no fear in the sweltering Baku heat with the temperature hitting 30 degrees. Eddie Dunbar finished 48th some nine minutes behind Dunne.

Three of the Irish team failed to finish, with Jack Wilson crashing out of the race.

"It was very unlucky" said team manager Brian Nugent of Wilson's fall. "They (the peloton) was very close to the barriers."

"They had to squeeze a little and Jack hit one of the barriers, which was on the ground next to him. I don't know exactly what happened."

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