Ireland’s Hennebry takes impressive solo win in Belgium

Posted on: July 11th, 2016

Conor Hennebry took a great solo victory on the cobbles in Belgium, with team mate Mark O’Callaghan taking 3rd when he won the sprint from the chasing group (Photo: Sean Rowe)


Having made something of a breakthrough on the home scene already this season with overall victory at the Tour of Ulster, Conor Hennebry has notched another significant milestone in his development with a win on foreign soil.

The Irish international Team Aquablue rider came home solo for a very strong victory in Belgium yesterday afternoon.

And capping a terrific outing for the Irish riders, the in-form Mark O’Callaghan took 3rd place just behind his victorious compatriot and team mate.

Hennebry had plenty of time for a victory salute and to savour his moment at the end of the Kermesse Sinaai after 112km.

The event was run off over 2hrs 33 mins in an average speed of just over 43km per hour, with Hennebry having 10 seconds to space over runner up Stijn De Bock (Baguet-MIBA).

A five further seconds would elapse before Irish U23 rider O’Callaghan – also riding for Team Aquablue – led home a 21-man group for 3rd place.

In that select group with him were four Australians, an American, one British rider and 15 Belgians.

It was a fantastic ride by the Irish, both of whom have already had a great run at home this year.

Hennebry, who first gained national selection last year just two years after starting racing, has a string of top results to his name this season.

The 23-year-old began the year with 2nd in the Lacey Cup and also took 2nd in both Carrick-on-Suir on St Patrick’s Day and at the VisitNenagh Classic.

He followed that up with 2nd on two stages of the Tour of Ulster and clinched overall victory, which he followed up with a win at the Deenside Cup and 3rd at the Shay Elliott Memorial.

He took 4th in a Belgian kermesse last Friday and was 3rd in another on Saturday before his win yesterday. And just last month he rode very well on the Irish team at the Beaumont Trophy.

O’Callaghan, who is still only 19-years-old, has won the Newbridge GP this year, been 3rd in the Michael Shiels Road Race, 2nd in the Barrow GP, 2nd in the Mooney Trophy and 3rd at the Donamon GP.