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Ryan Mullen 6th as Campenaerts snatches Europeans TT gold

Posted on: August 8th, 2018

Ryan Mullen Glasgow

It was a strong finish by Ryan Mullen at the European Championships as he climbed up through the field as the test progressed. But it wasn’t enough to repeat his medal-winning performance of last year (Photo: Alex Whitehead-SWpix.com)

 

Ryan Mullen 6th in Euro Champs TT Glasgow

 

Victor Campenaerts of Belgium has won the men’s TT at the European Championships by just six tenths of a second.

Ireland’s Ryan Mullen finished in 6th place some 40 seconds off the pace in a wet Glasgow over 45.7km.

Jonathan Castroviejo of Span was in the hot seat when Campenaerts came in and snatched the title from him at the death.

The Belgian was the last rider to finish. And so he was the only one able to beat Castroviejo. He sprinted flat out all the way to the line in a dramatic conclusion.

The winner recorded a time of 53mins 38.78 seconds, with the silver medallist 0.63 of a second off the winner.

Maximilian Schachmann, the 24-year-old riding for Germany, took the bronze medal some 27 seconds down.

Then came Belgian road race champion Yves Lampaert at 30 seconds.

British rider Alex Dowsett was next; in 5th place at 35 seconds. And Mullen placed 6th another five seconds back.

The Irish rider was off second last, with rain hitting the late finishers more than those who started earlier.

However, most of those who filled the top places, including Mullen, were off late meaning conditions were the same for the fancied riders.

The course was perhaps a little lumpier than Mullen prefers. Having won bronze last year he was a big hope for Ireland to take another medal this time around.

However, his 6th place was still a very strong result for the 24-year-old. Ireland’s other TT rider, Eddie Dunbar, finished in 28th place at 4:27.

 

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