Darragh O’Mahony takes top result at World University Champs

Posted on: August 7th, 2018

Darragh O’Mahony was supported by a strong Irish team and took 8th in the men’s road race at the World University Championships in Portugal.


Ireland’s Darragh O’Mahony has taken 8th in the road race at the World University Championships in Portugal.

Run off in temperatures that reached as high as 45 degrees, the race was shortened to 105km because of the heat.

However, it still involved 2,100 metres of climbing, with a 6km climb on the finishing circuit. The riders raced up and down the ascent on those laps.

In the Irish team with O’Mahony was Ryan Reilly along with Jamie Blanchfield, Craig Rea and Mark O’Callaghan.

Manager of the strong Irish team was the experienced former rider turned manager and coach Tim Barry.

Liam Magennis of the Australian national team would spend a prolonged period out front alone.

However, a chasing group would ride clear in pursuit of him; the Dutch particularly active in the chase.



Those who set off to close down the lone leader included the eventual gold and silver medal winners – Adne Van Engelen and Thijs De Lange, both riding for the Netherlands.

Magennis was impressive leading solo. But on a relentless course in such high temperatures he inevitably faded as the race wore on and was caught from behind.

Van Engelen would then press on alone and opened a large gap; his superiority clear on the climb on the finishing circuits.

And in the end he would win by 1:02 from his team mate, who beat Magennis on the line for the silver medal.

After the silver and bronze medal winners, the next five riders home would all finish on their own.

The conditions and terrain ensured that even the strongest riders at the front of the race split up in the closing stages.


Top down: Road race bronze, and TT gold, medal man Magennis of Australia. Van Engelen on his way to the title. The final podium.


O’Mahony was just behind the surviving chasers that had set off in pursuit of Magennis.

The Irish rider, who is racing for France’s Team CC Nogent-sur-Oise with Reilly this year, finished some 3:22 down on the new champion.

It was a strong result coming as it did in a field made up of many riders who compete with Continental level trade teams.

Gold medal winner Van Engelen (25) riders for the Dutch Bike Aid Continental level team.

Runner-up De Lange (23) competes in the colours of Dutch Continental squad Metec-TKH-Mantel.

Bronze medallist Magennis (21), who won the TT in Portugal, rides for the Drapac EC Cycling Continental team.

The championships are also open to those who have just left third level, or have taken time out to pursue their cycling careers.

Rea and Reilly also finished the race for Ireland. However, only placings for the top 20 riders on the day have been made available.


World University Championships

Braga, Portugal (105km)

1 Adne Van Engelen Netherlands 2:56:33
2 Thijs De Lange Netherlands 2:57:35
3 Liam Magennis Australia 2:57:35
4 Nowak Germany 2:58:02
5 Martin Stosek Czech Republic 2:58:10
6 Merkt Switzerland 2:59:26
7 Salvador Portugal 2:59:47
8 O’Mahony Ireland 2:59:55
9 Michalicka Slovakia 3:01:01
10 Vos Netherlands 3:01:01
11 Oros Slovakia 3:01:01
12 Tomio Japan 3:01:01
13 Wijngaarden Netherlands 3:01:06
14 Aniolkowski Poland 3:02:47
15 Ishihara Japan 3:03:46
16 Ramalho Portugal 3:03:46
17 Bondarenko-edwards Australia 3:03:46
18 Knaup Germany 3:03:52
19 Huppertz Germany 3:04:01
20 Christie-Johnston Australia 3:05:04