Frustrated Dunbar falls just short
Eddie Dunbar finished 20th in the Men's U-23 Road Race at the World Road Championships in Innsbruck yesterday after an attacking performance from Team Ireland.
The Cork man was prominent for most of the day and tried to pull clear of the main group of favourites before the final climb with 36km to go, in an effort to make contact with two early leaders out front. However, the Team Sky rider paid for those efforts, eventually finishing 3min 23sec behind new world champion Marc Hirschi of Switzerland.
"I didn't feel good at all today which was disappointing because the guys rode so well," he said. "We rode to win the race today. I went in with the intention of winning and I would have been happy with nothing else.
"The third time up the climb when they went full (gas) and I just realised that, right, if the race comes down to the climb it's not going to be my day today.
"I just thought I need to think of a different way of doing what I normally do."
Alice Sharpe competes in today's Women's Road Race, and tomorrow it's the turn of the men, with Dan Martin, Nicolas Roche, Conor Dunne and Ryan Mullen wearing the green jersey in the final race of this year's World Championships.