Ireland’s Gillespie and Gallagher rip it up to dominate in Britain

Posted on: April 7th, 2019

Lara Gillespie, above, and Maeve Gallagher took the British race by the scruff of the neck and proved the strongest at the end of two days of hard racing.


One is already a European champion on the track while the other has podiumed in major international triathlons.

And now Lara Gillespie and Maeve Gallagher have underlined their international road racing ability.

They have taken 1st and 2nd on the final stage of the Witham Hall Junior Women’s GP in England.

The victory went to Gillespie, with Gallagher 2nd. And they gained so much time today that they were also 2nd and 3rd in the final overall.

The one fly in the ointment during the final of three stages today was Scotland’s Anna Shackley.

She started the day in 4th place overall, just four seconds behind race leader Amy Monkhouse (WJ2 Storey Racing).

Gallagher began the day in 8th place overall, some 12 seconds down on the leader and so eight off Shackley.

Unfortunately Gillespie had suffered a mechanical mishap in yesterday’s opening TT. And that put her last in the test, losing 1:11.

It meant she started today 1:12 down, back in 35th place and apparently completely out of the reckoning.

However, on the today’s final stage in Lincolnshire, Gallagher and Gillespie took off in a three-rider breakaway with Shackley for company.

They rode so strongly that Gillespie made back all the time she lost in the prologue; winning the stage and jumping right up the standings to 3rd in the final overall.

Gallagher took 2nd on the stage and 2nd overall and Shackley, who clung doggedly to the Irish duo up the road today, ran out the overall winner.

It was a very close call in the end as the British rider lost three seconds to the two Irish duo in the final push to the line.

And that meant Shackley won it overall from Gallagher by just three seconds when time bonuses were factored in.

However, it was a very dominant performance by the Irish; Gillespie and Gallagher taking control on the front of a very competitive international race and proving the strongest.

Lucy O’Donnell was 22nd today at 1:42. Caoimhe O’Brien was a non-starter today for Ireland following a crash yesterday.

Clodagh Gallagher was selected for the team but was unwell and so did not travel.

More to come.