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Davis goes up against Van der Poel and other top pros in Tábor

Posted on: November 19th, 2018

Irish rider Niall Davis was in UCI Cyclocross World Cup action in the Czech Republic at the weekend (Photo: Sean Rowe)

 

Niall Davis rides UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Tábor

 

Not content with showing some great form so far this season on the domestic scene, Niall Davis pitted himself against the best in the world at the weekend.

The Biking.ie rider competed in the fourth rough of the UCI Telenet Cyclo-Cross World Cup in Tábor, Czech Republic.

He claimed 52nd place, well down on the leaders but still a solid ride at this level where being credited with a finishing position is a steep challenge in itself.

Man of the moment Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) put in another dominant ride to win.

The European champion, he has been in incredible form despite coming into the cyclocross season off the back of a strong road campaign.

 

The European champ leading the contest just after the start closely tracked by the world champion.

 

For Niall Davis, it was a case of getting in with the big guns to test himself. His participation in races like this as serves to satisfy criteria for World Championships selection early in the New Year.

However, he said stepping back into big time international racing was upper most on his mind before Saturday’s race.

“World Championship selection is certainly on my mind, but I wanted to put in a solid ride at the World Cup first,” he said.

“It’s a long time since I ride at that level and I loved every second of it,” Niall Davis explained of returning to the international fray.

Trying to compete at the front of these races is mission impossible for anybody but the top professional riders. And there are also practical limitations even when riding to simply survive.

“It’s very hard to get anywhere near a result at the big international events when you start from the back row of the grid,” he said.

“But races like the C2 Belfast International that Glenn Kinning organised earlier in the year really help.

“I had a front row start at a UK National Trophy the previous weekend and that helped me get 14th in the senior men’s race.

“Overall, I’m happy with my form and progress over the past few months. But I still have a lot to brush up on from a technical point of view.

“So I reckon there’s good improvements to be made. I also think it’s really important to have Irish riders competing abroad. It brings the whole domestic level up a notch.

“Just look at the form that the U23 and junior riders have now,” he said of a batch of riders competing on the home scene.

“Thomas Creighton, David Conroy, Adam McGarr and Lara Gillespie have all stepped it up, I think as a result of getting to ride the World’ last year.”

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