News Shorts: Aqua Blue Sport hit with crashes, Adam Stenson, PJ Doogan

Posted on: March 13th, 2018

Aqua Blue Sport bringing serious firepower to Dutch classic

Adam Stenson has taken a very strong result on the international stage. Aqua Blue Sport were hit bad by crashes at the weekend. And young Irish rider PJ Doogan has gotten his season off to a winning start at home.


Adam Stenson shows form in Switzerland

Adam Stenson has taken a strong result in Switzerland with new outfit Speeder Cycling Team.

The 19-year-old took 6th in Giron de la Cote on Sunday; a 100km hilly race in Geneva on Sunday.

It was won by Jonathan Russo (Swiss Racing Academy) in a three-up sprint.

Ireland’s Adam Stenson was in another four-man group just two seconds behind after an aggressive ride.

With the course run over 12 laps of a circuit featuring a climb it became a war of attrition.

Stenson told stickybottle when an early breakaway went clear he got across to it with 10 others.

With two laps remaining one team had four riders in the escape and so began working it over.

When one of the four got clear alone and opened a gap Stenson attacked after him and caught him.

However, the three team mates of the rider he was with decided to close down the move and so Stenson and his fellow escapee were caught.

Once he was recaptured a counter attack went clear featuring three riders, including one of Stenson’s team mates.

They stayed clear to take the podium places. As the chase group Stenson was in was whittled down, just three remained by the finish.


PJ Doogan wins Markievicz Cup

Having enjoyed a very strong year as a junior last year PJ Doogan has got his 2018 campaign off to a winning start.

He took the Markievicz Cup on Saturday in Co Sligo.

Doogan, now riding for Caldwell Cycles, won the elite race from fellow junior Aaron Doherty (NRPT-Chill Insurance).

Sat, March 10th: Markievicz Cup
Collooney, Co Sligo
Promoted by Eire Og
1 PJ Doogan of Caldwell Cycles
2 Aaron Doherty NRPT-Chill Insurance
3 Paddy Clarke Ballina CC
4 Charles Prendergast Castlebar CC
5 Keelan Carberry Four Masters
6 Oisin Doherty Donegal Bay
Unplaced Junior

1 Conor Gallagher NRPT-Chill Insurance
Unplaced A4
1 Nicolas Carolan Unattached


Aqua Blue Sport hit with crashes

Conor Dunne was in breakaway action again at the weekend; this time in Ronde van Drenthe (1.HC) in Holland.

The 192km race from Emmen and Hoogeveen saw more than half his team mates crash out of the race.

Dunne was in the Aqua Blue Sport team with Shane Archbold, Lasse Norman Hansen, Casper Pedersen, Andy Fenn and Peter Koning.

They were supporting sprint Adam Blythe. The British rider had finished 4th last when, when he was forced to sprint on a flat tyre.

With 12 cobbled sections and four ascents of the 750m Col du Vam, the challenging course was made tougher by wet weather.

Dunne infiltrated a decent-looking breakaway not long after the start. However, they pulled out only a small advantaged and were recaptured by the 50km marker.

Koning, Archbold, Hansen and Pedersen all came down in crashes and were non-finishers as a result.

When a 12-man group went clear later in the race none of the Aqua Blue Sport riders were present; perhaps understandable given the crash-related depletion of their resources.

Fenn rode to try and bring Blythe back up to the front of the race as the breakaway was only 20 seconds clear for much of the finale.

However, those efforts were to no avail. Frantisek Sisr  (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) took victory from the breakaway. Conor Dunne finished in 102nd, some 7:35 down.

Next up for the Irish ProContinental team is the Danilith-Nokere Koerse (1.HC) tomorrow, Wednesday.