Martyn Irvine takes first podium of comeback at Four Days Dunkirk

Posted on: May 9th, 2017

Martyn Irvine takes first podium of comeback at Four Days Dunkirk

Martyn Irvine takes first podium of comeback at Four Days Dunkirk

He’s been top of the podium before of course, but Martyn Irvine did an excellent job at the Four Days of Dunkirk opener today.

 

Still in the early stages of his comeback to cycling, Martyn Irvine has already scored a place on the podium.

The Aqua Blue Sport rider got clear in the breakaway on the opening stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk.

And though the three-man move he was in was caught, Irvine picked up the combativity prize.

Unperturbed at only having a couple of races in his legs due to a later than hoped for start to the season, Irvine was in determined form today.

Now sooner had the 197.1km stage from Dunkerque to Iwuy than he was up the road in a three man move.

With him for company were the French duo of Jeremy Cabot (Roubaix Lille Metropole) and Loic Chetout (Cofidis).

 

Martyn Irvine takes first podium of comeback at Four Days Dunkirk

Martyn Irvine is third man in the escape on the Mons-en-Pevelle pavé section (Photo: )

 

With a long road ahead, including numerous pave sections, the peloton was content to let the escapees ride clear.

And very quickly there lead was three minutes, growing to five around halfway through the stage.

However, the chase began soon after and with just over 30km remaining the escape was caught.

Despite a very aggressive final animated by the WorldTour teams, the stage came down to a sprint.

Small peloton at the end

Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) took victory from Marc Sarreau (FDJ) and Clement Venturini (Cofidis) in a 50-man peloton.

Best placed of the Aqua Blue Sport team was Michel Kreder in 52nd at 26 seconds.

Irvine, the only Irish rider in the race, would finish in 106th. He was in a group 7:09 down but having enjoyed a great day at the office.

He has only begun racing in recent weeks. As a comeback rider he was forced to spend a six-month period in the anti-doping programme before he could race again.

 

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