O’Mahony extends strong run, climbs overall in Normandie

Posted on: March 27th, 2019
Darragh O'Mahony Normandie
Darragh OMahony in the climbers jersey at Tour de Normandie. He again made the grade on stage 3 and has also moved up overall (Photo: Tour de Normandie)

Darragh O’Mahony has retained the climbers’ jersey at the Tour de Normandie on stage 3. The Irish cyclist is also up to 8th overall and is 2nd in the young rider classification.

O’Mahony also survived in the much reduced peloton on the 148km stage today from Bourg-Achard to Elbeuf-sur-Seine.

With 100km covered in the opening two hours, no breakaway went clear on the undulating stage on grippy roads.

Italian Cristian Scaroni of Groupama-FDJ’s Continental managed to collect points on the climbs and he now has 23 points to O’Mahony’s 25.

By the end of the stage there were just 46 riders in the front group; a climb with 5km remaining splitting the field after it had already been softened up by the fast hard racing.

Arvid de Kleijn wins stage 3 of Tour de Normandie; Darragh O’Mahony in the small bunch and in 16th place after what was three hard hours of racing
Irish U23 international O’Mahony again on the podium after the third stage of racing in France.

O’Mahony finished in 16th place on the same time as winner Arvid de Kleijn (Metec-TKH Continental).

The Dutch rider won from race leader Nicolai Brøchner (Riwal Readynez) who had claimed the opening stage.

While there was only a matter of 17 seconds back to the next group of riders, most of the field was minutes down.

And that meant many riders were taken out of the general classification hunt. That saw O’Mahony nudge one place higher to eight overall.

In the young rider classification he is 2nd and just four seconds off the leader Stef Krul (Metec-TKH Continental).

Darragh O’Mahony is now 14 seconds off the race leader Brøchner, who has been 1st, 5th and 2nd on the three stages so far.

The racing continues until Sunday with O’Mahony, of French team CC Nogent-sur-Oise, looking very strong so far.