Tuesday 21 January 2020

Cycling: Dowling sprints to Stamullen glory

Gerard Cromwell

Dunboyne's Mark Dowling outsprinted team-mate Fiachra

O Mhuire and the remainder of a five-man breakaway group to win the prestigious Stamullen Grand Prix in Meath yesterday.

Dowling, son of former international boxer turned TV pundit Mick Dowling, was part of an earlier 11-man move that was whittled down to five by sporadic attacking on the penultimate climb of Snowtown, just outside Naul village.

Alongside Dowling and O Mhuire, were national veterans' champion Greg Swinand (Usher IRC), local rider David Wherity of Stamullen Fast Shipping and Ryan Sherlock, runner-up at Ras Mumhan last weekend.

An attack by Sherlock on the final ascent, with around 10km to go, was reeled in 5km later, setting the stage for a five-man gallop to the line.

Meanwhile, Italian Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) was a surprise victor in the Amstel Gold Race in Holland, holding off Jelle Vanendaert (Lotto Belisol), Peter Sagan (Liquigas), and three-time world champion Oscar Freire (Katusha). Ireland's Dan Martin faded on the penultimate climb and finished 75th.

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