Adam Stenson comes of age with fine John Beggs victory

Posted on: August 12th, 2017

Adam Stenson John Beggs Memorial

Adam Stenson has nailed a very fine with in the John Beggs Memorial. A quality field was assembled but the young Bikeworx Celbridge man was too good for some of the best riders in the country (File photo from Adrian Crawley)


Adam Stenson nails John Beggs Memorial win




Having been hit hard by injury in recent years Adam Stenson has confirmed he’s back to his best by winning the John Beggs Memorial.

The Bikeworx Celbridge man got into a quality winning breakaway. And he then attacked those he was with for a clinical victory.

The winning escape also featured Angus Fyffe (Omagh Wheelers) and Aqua Blue Academy duo Seán Lacey and Ronan McLaughlin.

Those four, and Eoin Morton (UCD-FitzCycles), had forged ahead from a 14-man group that had put several minutes into the main field.

Fyffe jumped the leaders with about 8 miles remaining. But when he was caught it was Adam Stenson who showed the way.

He attacked and initially eked out a small gap of just seconds. But he had the power to finish the job.

The gap would go north of 30 seconds, bringing Adam Stenson a very fine victory.

With the race the penultimate round of the National Road Series, a quality field was present.

The victory is arguably the best of Stenson’s career to date. It follows a very strong ride at the Suir Valley Three Day last weekend.

There he was 2nd on the final stage which finished on the top of The Nire climb. And he also won the climbers’ classification.

Today, Sean Lacey was in 2nd place, a result that boosts his chances of winning the series again.

Fyffe was 3rd, McLaughlin 4th and Morton hung on for 5th having been with the leaders initially.

Marc O’Callaghan was in 6th place, meaning three Aqua Blue Academy riders were in the top six.

More to follow.