McGlinchey and Morton bag strong results at Beaumont Trophy

Posted on: June 19th, 2016

The Irish team had mixed fortunes at the Beaumont Trophy in the UK this afternoon with Eoin Morton winning the points competition but Damien Shaw crashing out when he was about to pull the trigger with 10 kilometres to go. (Photo thanks to Martin O’Loughlin, team manager)

 

By Brian Canty

Though the finishing result might suggest a bad day at the office for the Irish contingent at the 1.2-ranked Beaumont Trophy in the UK this afternoon, it was anything but on a gruelling afternoon that saw ONE Pro Cycling rider Dion Smith take the honours after 187 kilometres of hard racing.

An Post Rás stage winner Eoin Morton (Cycling Ireland) and Chris McGlinchey (Cycling Ulster) both made the day’s five-man break, with the former winning the points competition and the latter collecting sufficient KOM points to win that classification.

A smaller (22-kilometre) circuit sandwiched four laps of a longer one (35.6-kilometres) and mountain primes were awarded on laps 2-5 to the first five over the line at the summit.

Though the break involving McGlinchey and Morton was eventually reeled in, the former did enough to win the €250 awarded to the winner.

Morton, meanwhile, blitzed the sprints on laps 1-3 following another sterling display of attacking riding.

When the race regrouped after their break was caught, another reshuffling of sorts took place, with the 22% pinch on the larger circuit really proving a nightmare for some riders in already trying conditions.

Still, the Irish were well represented, with Ian Richardson, Conor Hennebry, Damien Shaw and Mark Dowling coming to the fore as the race progressed.

Sean McKenna was sick today and wasn’t able to give a true account of himself but elite debutant Hennebry really stood up to the mark, staying in the front group all afternoon beside his teammates.

McGlinchey had given a lot in the early part of the race and suffered later but he did go home with a jersey for his efforts.

With less than 40 kilometre to go and four Irish national team men in the front, hopes of a good result took a hit when Richardson crashed on a slippery corner and he would eventually DNF.

That lead group he was part of eventually split again with a smaller selection going clear and this time only Shaw was present.

Alas, he too hit the deck with 10 kilometres to go when a top 10 – or better, looked on the cards.

In the group behind were Dowling and Hennebry, both of whom were active and in the race for long periods.

Smith won solo from Liam Holohan of Team Wiggins and Daniel Bigham of PlanetX-Northside taking third.

 

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