Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar crashes at La Fleche Wallonne

Posted on: April 24th, 2019
Eddie Dunbar did not finish La Fleche Wallonne today after coming down in a group crash as the finale was just beginning to ramp up.

Eddie Dunbar’s first appearance at La Fleche Wallonne was ended today when he crashed with about 35km remaining in the race.

A brief update from Team Sky said that Dunbar had fallen, among a group, with team mate Michael Golas. But the team said both were back on their feet.

However, the 22-year-old Irishman was a non finisher, though hopefully not serious injured.

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) was dropped on one of the climbs around the same time Dunbar crashed.

His team said Martin had abandoned the race and had not felt good all day; a disappointment for him as he was one of podium favourites.

Nicolas Roche of Team Sunweb was the only one of the Irish trio in the race to finish. He crossed the line in 60th place at 6:27.

The race was won by Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). The Frenchman and Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) were head and shoulders above the opposition into the sprint to the line atop the Mur de Huy.

Martin’s team mate Diego Ulissi was 3rd, some six seconds down on the leading duo.

More to come.