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Conn McDunphy celebrates Worlds selection with latest win

Posted on: September 15th, 2018

Conn McDunphy Lucan GP

Conn McDunphy learned in recent days he will ride the U23 TT for Ireland at the Worlds in Innsbruck. And today he celebrated that news with a win on home soil. It was his third victory of the year on the home scene, in a season that has seen him race abroad a lot.

 

Conn McDunphy wins Lucan GP with solo attack

 

Having learned in recent days he is to ride the World Championships, Conn McDunphy has taken another win.

While racing abroad of late, he was on home roads today at the Lucan GP in Co Meath.

And riding the event run by his old club, Lucan CRC, the Holdsworth Pro Racing man claimed victory in a solo move.

He won ahead of Paul Kennedy (Newcastle West CC), with Conor Murnane (UCD-FitzCycles.ie) rounding out the podium.

In the handicapped event a group of about 10 riders went clear of the scratch group early.

They would go on to catch the A3 riders up ahead, with many of the escape going through the A3s and forging clear again.

McDunphy was still back the road and it looked like he, and those around him, had missed the boat.

However, with about 2½ laps remaining of the circuit in Dunsany, Kennedy put in a burst of speed downhill near Killeen Castle.

McDunphy went with him, as did Paul O’Reilly of UCD-FitzCycles. And that trio managed to pull out a gap.

They put their heads down, catching those ahead to make it to the front of the race. They made the juncture after about one lap of chasing in the 4½ lap race.

Soon after catching the escape, McDunphy went clear of it in a three-man group. It also included Cian Keogh (Sportsroom Racing) and Liam Curley (NRPT-Chill Insurance).

They would pull clear of the rest of the breakaway, with Keogh and Curley both putting in attacks as the finish got closer.

However, when their moves came to nothing, Conn McDunphy countered an attack by Keogh. Once he had a gap he hit out hard for home and made it the 5km to the finish.

Behind him, Kennedy and Murnane took the remaining podium places. Keogh and Curley were forced to settle for 4th and 5th on the day, with Andy Maguire (Gerard-DHL) in 6th place.

The A4 contest was won by Victor Morrison (Usher Irish Road Club). He took victory from Davy Robinson (Kings Moss CC) and Alan Reilly (Bohermeen CC).

 

Sat, Sept 15th: Lucan GP

Promoted by Lucan CRC

Dunsany, Co Meath

A1-A2-A3 Race

  1. Conn McDunphy Holdsworth Pro Racing
  2. Paul Kennedy Newcastle West CC
  3. Conor Murnane UCD-FitzCycles.ie
  4. Cian Keogh Sportsroom Racing
  5. Liam Curley NRPT-Chill Insurance
  6. Andy Maguire Gerard DHL

Unplaced A2

  1. Derry McNamara Dolmen Dynamos
  2. Anthony Gavin Limerick CC
  3. Craig Longmore St Tiernans CC

Unplaced A3

  1. Colm Bracken Murphy Surveyors
  2. Shane Foley Unattached
  3. Adrian Pretorius Blanch Wheelies

Unplaced Junior

  1. Aaron Wade Black Rose
  2. David O’Sullivan Sportsroom Racing
  3. Declan Maloney Sportsroom Racing

 

A4 Race

  1. Victor Morrison Usher Irish Road Club
  2. Davy Robinson Kings Moss CC
  3. Alan Reilly Bohermeen CC
  4. Colm McCarthy Cornerstone CC
  5. Dermot O’ Rourke Cuchulainn CC
  6. Gary Donohue Bikeworx Celbridge

 

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