Wednesday 13 December 2017

McNally delivers goods for An Post


Sean Kelly's An Post team continued their good run of form when their Liverpudlian sprinter Mark McNally took overall victory at the four-day Mi-Aout en Bretagne in France yesterday, writes Gerard Cromwell.

McNally began yesterday's final stage on the same time as second-placed Stian Riemer, with Frenchman Gilles Devillers five seconds back in third.

With strong support from his An Post team-mates, including Irish trio Ronan McLaughlin, Mark Cassidy and Connor McConvey, McNally kept numerous attacks on his yellow jersey at bay, holding the peloton together for a bunch sprint finish.

Here, the 24-year-old consolidated his overall victory with sixth on the stage behind this year's An Post Ras green jersey winner Shane Archbold of New Zealand. The An Post squad took second in the team classification while McLaughlin finished 16th overall, with McConvey 17th.

Meanwhile, Mark Cavendish gave British medal hopes a boost when he sprinted to victory in the London 2012 Olympic test race, the London-Surrey Cycle Classic yesterday.


"I will be back next year," was the defiant message of Irish teenager John-Ross Galbraith after he was edged out of the Boys Amateur Championship in a dramatic quarter-final at Burnham and Berrow on Saturday.

The 17-year-old Ulster Boys champion and Irish international from Whitehead went down on the fifth extra hole to Lincolnshire's Patrick Kelly.

The Northern Irishman won the 18th with a par to square the match. After three consecutive halves the match ended as something of an anti-climax on the 23rd when both made a mess of the hole and Kelly won it with a bogey to make the last four.

Kelly went on to reach the final by beating Belgium's Thomas Detry but fell at the last hurdle, going down at the 37th hole to Harrison Greenberry from Exeter.


Denis Lynch scooped €60,000 when runner-up to America's Beezie Madden in the seventh leg of the Global Champions Tour in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, on Saturday, writes Louise Parkes.

Lynch pulled off a great clear in 38.92 with Lantinus, but Madden, who was last to go, romped to victory and the €92,000 winner's purse when more than a half-second quicker with her new ride Cortes C.

Billy Twomey went out of contention with four faults from Romanov in the first round of Saturday's competition. Yesterday, Lynch steered Night Train to success in the Medium Tour final.

Meanwhile, Cian O'Connor hoovered up most of the big prize money at the Millstreet Horse Show in Cork when taking first and second places in yesterday's €25,000 Grand Prix with Ballymore Eustace and his new ride Carpe Diem, and winning the Boomerang Qualifier and Boomerang Final with Everything.

Irish Independent

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