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Feeley in collision with moto at Baby Giro as Downey attacks

Posted on: June 11th, 2018

Daire Feeley Baby Giro

One Ireland’s top U23 riders, Daire Feeley was really unlucky at the Baby Giro today. However, he’s looking solid and with a bit of luck he can do a ride in coming days.

 

Daire Feeley, Mark Downey, Matt Teggart at Baby Giro

 

One of the best Irish U23 riders at present, Daire Feeley suffered a setback on the Baby Giro today following an incident with a race moto.

The 21-year-old Union Cycliste de Monaco rider was thankfully not seriously injured. But it forced him into a long chase.

And with some climbs to get over before the finish, it was the worst preparation for the challenging finale.

A race moto was moving up the outside of the peloton when it hit a barrier, bouncing off it and back into the path of some of the riders.

 

Daire Feeley Baby Giro

Daire Feeley Baby Giro

Top, Mark Downey’s breakaway. Above, the Colombians didn’t mess about on the final climb; 1-2 on the stage and taking the race lead.

 

Ireland’s Feeley was one of the unlucky ones impacted by the collision. He lost positioning and time and was forced into a pursuit.

And while he was hoping to put in a ride on the final climb to Passo Manivia after 128km, the setback knocked him a little.

However, Feeley still put in a solid showing; finishing in 56th place at 5:20 on the U23 Baby Giro stage 4.

Matt Teggart was 73rd at 8:30 and his Team Wiggins team mate Mark Downey was 89th at 10:47.

Downey enjoyed a strong showing today, going up the road in a nine man escape that was eventually overhauled.

Italian Samuele Zoccarato proved strongest of the escape and went all out on the final climb in a bid to win.

However, some of the top Colombians in the race had other ideas, ripping it up on the summit finish.

 

 

Colombian national team riders Alejandro Osorio (20) and Daniel MuÑoz (21) finished side by side for a 1-2 on the stage.

Race leader and stage 2 winner Markus Wildauer (Tirol Cycling Team) lost 55 seconds and finished in 19th.

As a result Osorio took the lead from him, though both are on the same time.

With six stages remaining Feeley is 47th overall at 5:48. Teggart is 59th at 8:46 and Downey is 100th at 21:26.

 

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