Ryan Mullen takes the positives from strong TT ride in Portugal

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019

Irish TT champion Ryan Mullen looked like he may win the stage but in the end had to be content with 4th place on the day.

 

Ryan Mullen took a philosophical approach to just missing out on the podium in the TT at the Volta ao Algarve, saying he was simply beaten by better riders on the day.

The Irish champion, now aged 24 years and in his second season with Trek-Segafredo, took 4th in the 20.3km test.

It was won by Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) from Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) and Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-QuickStep).

Race leader Tadej Pogačar, the 20-year-old riding with UAE Team Emirates, was next after Mullen. He placed 5th some 17 seconds down on the stage winner but extending his overall advantage.

Mullen posted the fastest time early in the day and was in the hot seat for a long period. In the end he was just eight seconds off the winner and three seconds off third place.

While disappointed he felt he had ridden well; feeling good and getting his pacing right out on the undulating course.

 

 

“That’s time trialing, isn’t it,” said Mullen of his TT 4th place. “I got knocked off the hot seat by two or three seconds.

“But I’m not really bitter about it because I felt good today and I didn’t make any mistakes.

“I did a good performance and that’s racing, isn’t it. Fair play, they beat me fair and square,” he added, explaining he took positives from his ride.

“I felt good, I felt really comfortable. Everything was under control and I rode the course well; I didn’t make any mistakes.

“It’s time trialing, it’s the race of average speed and whoever is fastest wins,” he said, taking a philosophical approach.

“It was really windy in places and this is the problem; sometimes conditions change as the day goes on.

“It’s just the luck of the draw really and who knows; it could even be windier now than before, it’s hard to say.

“But it’s just one of those things; you’re not in control of the wind and you’re not in control of the weather.”

 

Mullen, Pogačar, Küng in TT action at Volta ao Algarve today.

 

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