In-form Irish trio line out against biggest guns in Ride-London Surrey Classic

Posted on: August 8th, 2014

Jack Wilson’s team is looking for him to step up and continue his momentum this weekend against some of the biggest names in the sport.



Irish internationals Ryan Mullen, Conor Dunne and Jack Wilson will line out as part of a six man An Post Chainreaction team at the Ride London-Surrey Classic on Sunday.

They will be joined in the UCI 1.HC ranked race by Briton Mark McNally, Australian Robert Jon-McCarthy and Kiwi Aaron Gate.

The 193km race features some of the biggest names in the sport, with 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins lining out for Team Sky and former world champion Philippe Gilbert in the BMC team for the one-day classic.

The race starts in east London and will take the peloton through Surrey over the same roads as those used in the London Olympics road race and time trial races.

Dunne and Wilson come to the event in what appears to be their best condition so far this season; both having proven very aggressive in the Kreiz Breizh Elites UCI 2.2 ranked stage race in France last weekend.

Dunne took 5th on the opening stage after a 30km lone escape and also held the climbers’ jersey.

Wilson put in the ride of his life to claim second on stage 3 and round out the race in fourth place overall.


Conor Dunne during his 30km solo escape on the opening stage in France at the weekend; while he was caught and forced to settle for 5th, it was a great ride.


“The race in France has given the riders a lot of belief, which will undoubtedly have a positive effect on their mentality going in to this race,” said An Post-Chainreaction manager Kurt Bogaerts.

“When you face off against some of the best riders in the world, you have to believe you can beat them and this is what I always try to drill in to the team.

“Jack and Conor will take a lot of heart from their recent results. Jack was really strong over the four days in France, sprinting to a second place finish on stage three and finishing fourth overall.

“Conor completely upped his game and was magnificent also. While I am very happy with them and for them, I want them to now push on and bring their good form in to this race on Sunday.

“We will as always look to get in the breakaways and be aggressive but we also have Jack and Robert who can sprint if it comes down to that.”

The Ride London-Surrey Classic will be shown live on Eurosport from 1.45pm and on BBC1 from 2pm.


Ryan Mullen winning the combined senior and U23 road title in Westmeath in June; his horsepower can take him into a breakaway against allcomers this weekend (Photo: George Doyle)