Nulty reasserts himself after tough time with win in Meath GP

Posted on: June 5th, 2016

Home from France to ride the Rás, Javan Nulty has fallen ill a couple of times of late but reasserted himself on Sunday with victory at the Meath GP. Above, riding in the colours of DID Dunboyne last year (Photo: Sean Rowe)


By Brian Canty

Javan Nulty took a morale-boosting win in the Meath GP this afternoon, claiming victory after a hard-fought 105-kilometre battle on the same course used for the Cycleways Cup.

On the hard and hilly circuit which the riders completed three times Nulty was amongst the strongest and is clearly going well a week after finishing the An Post Rás.

On the second lap the 23 year-old escaped with Craig Rea (Phoenix CC), Mark Reilly (ASEA-Wheelworx) and Conn McDunphy (Lucan CRC).

But two more would soon join them and on the last lap another four swelled the group to 10 riders.

In that new formation were three Aquablue men in Matteo Cigala, Mark O’Callaghan and Caimin Muldoon.

Cigala was suddenly the big dangerman after an excellent debut Rás and he was followed anywhere he went.

It made for a very tactical final lap with riders skipping off the front only to be reeled-in.

And to give credit to the Aquablue men they were amongst the main aggressors, obviously using their numerical advantage to fling men up the road.

Though matters up front were cagey, there was still enough momentum in the group to ensure they would not be caught by a chasing group from behind which was within a minute.

The hostilities continued for the remainder of the contest but the pressure did tell for O’Callaghan and Muldoon who slipped off the back of the group, leaving it down to Cigala to get a result.

Alas it was Nulty who proved quickest in the gallop for the line and he savoured his first win of the season.

Having been sick for almost three weeks with a chest infection in the early part of the year and falling sick again during the An Post Rás last week he’ll have been mightily relieved to finally get the monkey off his back.

And it was extra special to him too as it’s am event he calls his home race.

We’ll have an interview with the winner tomorrow where he talks about living and racing in France, how he “fell completely off the map” in Ireland and what he plans for the rest of the season.