Wednesday 26 September 2018

McKenna triumphs in Hanlon memorial

Dubliner Sean McKenna triumphed in the Des Hanlon Memorial Race in Carlow yesterday. Stock photo
Dubliner Sean McKenna triumphed in the Des Hanlon Memorial Race in Carlow yesterday. Stock photo

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Dubliner Sean McKenna triumphed in the Des Hanlon Memorial Race in Carlow yesterday to take the first win of the Cycling Ireland National Road Series.

The former An Post Chain-Reaction rider, now with English Continental squad Holdsworth, proved the strongest from the day's breakaway to take the title he also claimed in 2016, finishing ahead of Jamie Blanchfield and Sean Lacey (third).

Katherine Smyth (Team Madigan) won the women's race after a strong solo ride.

Meanwhile in Italy, Aqua Blue's Eddie Dunbar showed impressive form at the Coppi e Bartali to finish 21st overall after finishing 25th in yesterday's individual time trial.

Peter Sagan came out on top of a bunched sprint to win the Gent-Wevelgem classic for the third time yesterday. The Slovakian rider powered across the line ahead of Italian Elia Viviani and French sprinter Arnaud Demare.

Simon Yates won yesterday's final stage of the Volta a Catalunya in Barcelona while Alejandro Valverde claimed the overall honours.

Irish Independent

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