Danish mafia strikes against Ireland’s Damien Shaw in France

Posted on: April 15th, 2017

Danish mafia strikes against Ireland’s Damien Shaw in France

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Danish mafia strikes against Ireland's Damien Shaw in France

The An Post-ChainReaction team ride on the front in France in a bid to keep Damien Shaw in the yellow jersey.

 

By Brian Canty

Damien Shaw lost the yellow jersey on the penultimate stage of the Tour du Loir et Cher (2.2) in France today, Saturday.

The 32-year old Mullingar man was leading the race after winning the opening stage last Wednesday. He defended it with the help of his team for the following two stages.

Alas, try as they might, An Post Chain Reaction lost it today. Shaw crossed the line 1:18 down on stage winner Alexander Kamp (Veloconcept).

And the same rider took over as leader of the race, relieving Shaw of yellow.

The winning breakaway that arrived at the finish to sprint for victory was comprised of all Danes.

The five Danish riders representing three different Continental teams from Denmark.

They all finished on the same time in Montrichard after 142 kilometres of hard racing.

And there were three riders scattered on the road between the escape and the bunch.

Shaw was in that reduced peloton 1:18 down and it meant he slipped to sixth on general classification.

 

Danish mafia strikes against Ireland's Damien Shaw in France

Damien Shaw may now be out of the yellow jersey but he and his team – including Sean McKenna and Conor Hennebry – have had a great few days.

 

But he was upbeat about it all afterwards. “I’m obviously disappointed. But once I saw the severity of the circuit today I was a little bit resigned to it.”

He was commenting on the punishing climbs that featured late on.

“It was a really tough finish. You wouldn’t send goats up this. There was a lot of steep stuff and some technical stuff, short, sharp turns into them, sharp descents, all sorts of stuff.”

And it was there where the winning move went – with all Danish riders present.

Damien Shaw on intense attacking

“I’d say there was something organised there. I remember seeing a move going off the front on one of the steep climbs before the circuit. It was a long, straight, steep road with a sharp right at the top.

“I saw a move go off the front, I was seeing stars at that point and you don’t know who these riders are getting away.

“My job was to keep the guys closest on GC to me as close to me and I did that until the last lap or so…”

Isolated and on his own he could do nothing to close the gaps and he would end up sixth on GC.

And he reckons there is no hope of getting the time he needs (53 seconds) back tomorrow as it is a short and flat stage of just 97 kilometres.

 

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