Rás na mBan criterium cancelled after large crash in bunch

Posted on: September 10th, 2016

A huge crash towards the end of the criterium stage at An Post Rás na mBan saw the race cancelled, with the rest of the field performing a ceremonial finish, above (Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan)


After this morning’s time trial stage 4 at An Post Rás na mBan the riders lined out for a criterium stage in Kilkenny City this evening, but the event was stopped after a large crash in the bunch.

The incident occurred on the penultimate lap and given the high number of fallers the road was blocked.

Early reports indicate about 20 riders fell when one of the competitors crashed in the bunch and a large number piled into her.

Injured riders were tended to at the scene and there are early reports that some were taken to hospital by ambulance, though only a very small number were taken from the scene.

Given the scale of the crash and the fact it occurred so close to the finish, with just 1½ laps remaining, it was decided to stop the action and to cancel the stage.

The riders left in the bunch were brought around the circuit in neutralised mode and performed a ceremonial finish for the crowds looking on.

The general classification remains unchanged, with Rikke Lønne (Team Crescent DARE) holding a commanding lead going into tomorrow’s final stage.

The Dutch woman has the pink leader’s jersey by a significant 3:15 ahead of Irish national road race champion Lydia Boylan (Team WNT).

Erin Kinnealy (Energy HR Australia) in 3rd, some 4:23 down.

We’ll have more information for you when we have it but we understand there are no serious injuries.