Video: O’Mahony animates Normandie, takes climbers’ jersey

Posted on: March 26th, 2019

Darragh O'Mahony Normandie

Darragh O’Mahony on the front of the breakaway during stage 1 of Tour de Normandie. He enjoyed a fruitful day off the front; claiming the climbers’ jersey.

 

Darragh O’Mahony has spent the day in the breakaway at Tour de Normandie and taken the climbers’ jersey.

The 21-year-old Irishman spent most of yesterday’s opening stage up the road, mopping up climbing points all the way.

Of the four classified climbs, O’Mahony took maximum points on all of them; after 48km, 59km, 89km and 120km.

He was away in a three-man move for most of the 159km stage from Courseulles-sur-Mer to Le Neubourg.

And while his escape was caught and the race came down to a bunch sprint, it was a very useful day for the Irish rider off the front.

He now leads the climbers’ classification with 20 points. Abram Stockman of the Tarteletto-Isorex Continental team, who was away with Darragh O’Mahony yesterday, is next on nine points.

And the third rider who made up the escape group, Gaëtan Lemoine of VC Pays de Loudeac, is third also on nine points.

Out of the 25 teams in the race, 19 are ProContinental or Continental. The other six, including O’Mahony’s, are top flight French outfits just below UCI level.

 

 

The racing split significantly in pursuit of the breakaway on yesterday’s stage; the stronger teams pulling hard on the front in the crosswinds.

The Dutch Continental team SEG Racing and ProConti Danish outfit Riwal Readynez Cycling Team did much of the chasing on the front.

And it was their two riders who took 1st and 2nd in the final sprint to the line, and the time bonuses.

Dane Nicolai Brøchner claimed the victory; his ninth career UCI win, three of those in Rás Tailteann.

He claimed Rás stage 4 into Sneem and stage 8 into Skerries in 2016. And the following year he won the opener into Longford and held yellow for two days.

SEG’s Italian sprinter Alberto Dainese, who won a stage of the Baby Giro last year, was runner-up yesterday.

 

Extends strong early season run

Darragh O’Mahony finished 79th in the same time as the stage winner; a 97-man bunch finishing intact of the 150 starters.

He is now 7th overall at nine seconds, having taken a one second time bonus yesterday, and is 3rd in the young riders’ classification.

That performance continues O’Mahony’s strong start to the season. He claimed victory in Grand Prix Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët three weeks ago.

Tour de Normandie continues for the rest of the week, with seven stages in total, before concluding on Sunday.

 

Darragh O'Mahony Normandie

Darragh O'Mahony Normandie

Darragh O'Mahony Normandie

Darragh O'Mahony Normandie

Darragh O'Mahony Normandie

Darragh O'Mahony Normandie

Darragh O'Mahony Normandie

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