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Darragh O’Mahony “heartbroken” despite day-long Rás escape

Posted on: May 27th, 2017

Darragh O’Mahony “heartbroken” despite day-long Rás escape

Darragh O’Mahony comes off the front of the breakaway on his way to 4th place in the Rás and one of his best ever rides. However, he was very disappointed not to make the podium (Photo: Ryan Byrne – Inpho)

 

By Brian Canty

Darragh O’Mahony delivered one of the performances of his life on the penultimate stage of the An Post Ras this afternoon. But he said he was heartbroken he didn’t do better.

The O’Leary’s Stone Kanturk man has been one of the best riders on the domestic front for the last two seasons. And he was deservedly picked to ride for the national team this week.

He’s been one of the best home-based men all week and went as high as fourth on GC.

Today, he made the winning breakaway of five that spent much of the afternoon out front.

And of that group, he was fourth across the line after Daan Meijers and team mate  Jan Willem Van Schip  stole away for a brilliant 1-2 late on.

 

Looking shattered a little earlier in the week; the young Team Ireland man has had a fantastic week and today was his best ride (Photo with thanks to AD Photography)

 

“I’m pretty f*cked in fairness,” O’Mahony told us at the team base near Ardee.

“I’d had a real easy day yesterday which probably helped with the fatigue but I was in unknown territory racing for the seventh day in a row.

“Being honest I was absolutely gutted at the finish. A podium spot was what I’ve been after and to come so close was heart-breaking but I’m sure I’ll cheer up later.”

O’Mahony is showing really good promise as a rider this week and given he’s a full-time student at University of Limerick makes it all the more impressive.

He did what he could in the final today but simply had no answer to a Dutch combination punch.

“The first Dutch guy went at two kilometres to go but he attacked so strong that he left us all for dead.

“We messed about a bit and then the second guy blew past. They were unbelievable.

“They made the three of us look like Freds. In the last 300 metres I jumped but Gough came past me to take third.”

 

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