Video: British riders in clean sweep at sodden Rás na mBan

Posted on: September 10th, 2017

Video: British clean sweep at Rás na mBan

Alice Barnes completes a Team GB clean sweep at Rás na mBan. They took the final stage and all of the classifications open to them (Photo: Sean Rowe)

 

Video: British clean sweep at Rás na mBan

 

The British riders have completed a clean sweep at Rás na mBan, with Alice Barnes winning the final stage today.

Her team mate on the Team GB squad Elinor Barker wrapped up overall victory and also took the climbers classification.

The win today for Barnes, in sodden conditions in Kilkenny, was her second of the week. As a result she claimed the points classification.

And topping a dominant team performance, Mel Lowther took the young rider classification while Team GB also claimed the team prize.

Eve McCrystal was victorious in the Irish rider competition. She was 11th today and 5th overall.

As had been the case already at Rás na mBan, while the stage came down to a bunch sprint today the speed during the race had trimmed that bunch to just 45 riders.

New Zealand’s Amanda Jamieson (Maastlandster Veris CCN) was 2nd to Barnes today. And Sweden’s Frida Knutsson (Team Crescent DARE) finished in 3rd place.

Unusually, Barker let her guard down towards the end of the stage, to stay safe. She finished on the wrong side of an eight-second split in the group.

But she had a lead of almost two minutes on her nearest rival Alexandra Nessman (Team Crescent DARE). It meant the seconds she gave away counted for nothing.

In sealing overall victory, she became the first Briton to win the race outright since Emma Trott back in 2009.

 

 

Team GB were good value all week and today was no different. They did the lion’s share of the work when a three-woman group went clear and pulled out well over one minute.

In that escape were Noumié Abgrall (Team Breizh), Angelique Wammes Bouman (WV Breda) and Femke Geeris (Maaslandster Veris CCN).

Abgrall would break clear on the climb of Inistioge and then the other two would join her.

The peloton split on the climb but regrouped somewhat and recaptured the leading trio with over 10km remaining.

The pack would then hurtle into Kilkenny where the heavens opened in time for the stage end.

However, nothing could stop Barnes and she blasted in to win, adding to her stage 2 success in Castlecomer.

“We were looking to look after the jerseys we already had so a stage win was a pretty big bonus from that,” said Barker.

“The race has been really, really well organised and it’s just made it quite a nice, easy race to be at. The weather’s been pretty good.

“Today was a little bit grim in the last 20-30km and right at the start but I can’t complain really.

“We expected it to be like that all week so we’ve got quite lucky. “It was always the plan to try and work in the last 10k and it just so happened that there was something that we really did need to chase down.

“It was more about making sure that nothing else went off and that there was nobody that had fresh legs who could get off the front and get a gap in the last 10k.”

 

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