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Video: Ireland’s Robbie McCarthy off to strong start in Canada

Posted on: June 13th, 2018

Robbie McCarthy Tour de Beauce stage 1

Robbie McCarthy has just come out of a strong Rás; winning a stage during his first race for Ireland. He’s now underway at the Tour de Beauce and was in the mix on stage 1; sprinting right in navy kit. Canada’s Côté claims victory.

 

Robbie McCarthy solid on Tour de Beauce stage 1

 

Fresh from a stage win on his Ireland debut in the Rás Tailteann, Robbie McCarthy is riding well in Canada.

The JLT Condor man was 7th on the opening stage, which concluded Wednesday night Irish time.

He may have done better but for some illness early in the day and poor positioning towards the end.

McCarthy (24) won stage 2 of the Rás into Tipperary and was 4th on stages 3 and 8. He had hoped to target the general classification but crashed on stage 4.

He is now in Canada riding the six-stage Tour de Beauce (2.2) and looking for stage win opportunities.

The opening leg took the riders 177km, starting and finishing in Saint-Georges. It came down to a bunch sprint, despite plenty of climbing.

The gallop was won by Canadian rider Pier-André Côté (Silber Pro Cycling). In 2nd place came Rui Oliveira (Hagens Berman Axeon), followed by American John Murphy (Holowesko-Citadel).

“It was a very tough stage, with lots of short steep climbs” McCarthy said. “There was 2,500m total elevation gain and it was very hot as well; around 30c.

“I was suffering quite a lot with stomach problems but pushed through. In the final I was badly positioned and came around a lot of guys and got 7th.

“I was happy with that given how I’d felt during the stage. But it could have been better if I’d had a good position coming into the sprint.”

McCarthy now faces a stage 2 suited to the climbers. But he should get another shot at a sprint win later in the week.

Fellow Irish rider Cormac Mcgeough (Jelly Belly Maxiss) is also in the race.  He was 47th yesterday; on the same time as the winner.

 

@tourdebeauce stg 1. Peloton at 2:40. 70km to go. @charlesetiennechretien in the break. #gravelgrinder #gravelbike #racinglife

Posted by Silber Pro Cycling on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

 

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