New emerging Irish junior takes big result in Belgian UCI classic

Posted on: March 17th, 2019

There were three Irish junior riders in action at the Belgian UCI-ranked junior classic Danilith Nokere Koerse voor Juniores. The trio did well to finish on a day when almost half the race abandoned; Finley Newmark, above, claiming 2nd place.


Irish junior rider Finley Newmark has taken a very strong result in a classic race in Belgium.

He was runner-up in Danilith Nokere Koerse voor Juniores, a UCI 1.1 ranked one-day event.

Newmark was just beaten to the victory by British rider Alex Haines, who sprinted in to win.

The finish was on a cobbled uphill stretch in Kruishoutem after 117.3km. Newmark was closing in on Haines coming to the line but just ran out of road.

However, while he was denied the top step on the podium it was still a great result for the British-based rider.

Newmark finished on the same time as the winner, with Belgian Milan Fretin one second back in 3rd place.

Another Belgian, Alex Vandenbulcke, was 4th a further nine seconds down. Dutch rider Bodi del Grosso was next some 25 seconds off the winner at the head of a four-rider group.

There were two other Irish juniors in the field, Archie Ryan and Shay Donley; both of Zappi Racing.

Donley was 26th at 1:04 while Ryan finished in 68th place at 1:06. Donley came home just ahead of a large group Ryan was in.

There were 85 finishers on the day, with 65 riders abandoning. The field was a very international one, with riders from 10 countries participating.

Newmark is from England but declared for Ireland over the winter through his Irish mother.

He also rode Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne two weeks ago and put in a very solid ride to place 24th on the day.