Irish teenager McCambridge lights up UCI-ranked Bob Jungels GP

Posted on: May 19th, 2019

Kevin McCambridge on the attack at the UCI-ranked Bob Jungels GP junior race in Luxembourg. The Irish cyclist took the initiative impressively.

Having shown some great form on home roads of late, Kevin McCambridge has traveled to Europe and attacked his first UCI-ranked event.

The teenager was riding the Bob Jungels GP (UCI 1.1) in Luxembourg with his club team NRPT-Vitus-Chill when he went on the attack.

While he was hoping others would join him, in a race where fewer than 25 riders have finished in past editions, he was left out there on his own.

Still, he pressed on confidently solo and got some great experience and exposure.

He also demonstrated an impressive willingness to step deep into battle though completely new to this level.

McCambridge hits out on his own in Luxembourg. The Irish young rider looked impressive on the European scene

He spent 45km off the front on his own, with a large chasing pack behind him getting organised and bringing him back.

When it did, a winning escape of nine riders got clear. It still had 26 seconds to spare on the line at the end of three hours of racing.

Paul Lahaye of French team CC Villeneuve attacked the escape group and held them off by just one second to win.

Behind him, his two team mates sewed up the podium; Timothée Laleu and Simon Rifflet taking 2nd and 3rd for a team clean sweep.

After his breakaway efforts, Kevin McCambridge managed to stay in what was left of the peloton and finished in 42nd place.

Will Ryan, a team mate of McCambridge’s, was 39th. Aaron Wade was also in the bunch, in 53rd, while Dylan Traynor was 73rd.

McCambridge picked up two sprint primes during his solo escape and took 4th in the race’s sprint competition.

The chasing peloton; a big field drawn from all over Europe, with an Irish rider pressing the pace out front solo for much of the day
The same team filled all three places on the podium; one clipping away from the breakaway to win and his team mates next in the sprint from the group a couple of lengths back