Irish juniors grab solid result at Gent Wevelgem Nations Cup

Posted on: March 31st, 2019
The Irish junior team was racing on the pavé against the the strongest nations in the world at Gent Wevelgem today. And one of their number Finley Newmark, above, rode to a top 15 result; very solid (All photos courtesy Martine Verfaillie)

After some very strong performances already in Belgium riding for his UK-based team, Finley Newmark has enjoyed a very solid ride for Ireland at Gent Wevelgem today.

The 120.6km race is part of the Junior Nations Cup and attracts national selections from all over the world.

With the Belgian pavé to contend with and a series of short sharp climbs, not to mention the step up in opposition, the challenge of the Irish riders cannot be underestimated.

However, Newmark has been racing abroad of late and has taken some very strong results; continuing that run today with 14th place in the junior classic.

Of the six Irish riders that took to the start line, three would finish; Newmark and the Ryan brothers, Will and Archie.

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When the racing split to pieces Newmark made the front selection of about 30 riders; the sole Irish rider to do so.

However, a second large group was just behind and it contained the two Ryans.

At the end of almost three hours of racing, American rider Quinn Simmons took victory on his own.

He was just seven seconds clear of British rider Lewis Askey, with his compatriot Samuel Watson rounding out the podium some 27 seconds down on the winner.

A further nine seconds would elapse before Britain’s Ben Tulett sprinted in at the head of a 28-rider group for 4th place.

Newmark was also in that group, some 36 seconds down on winner Simmons, to claim 14th place.

The Ryans finished in a large group 2:57 down, taking 63rd and 64th on a day when a large number of riders abandoned.

Shay Donley, Tom Moriarty and Mark Smith were all non finishers. Some 91 riders finished with 52 listed as non finishers.

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