Video: Ireland’s Will Ryan mixing it against Contador’s team

Posted on: March 18th, 2019

Will Ryan Irish cyclist

Will Ryan, the emerging Irish junior cyclist, is mixing it up in Spain at the moment. He performed well this weekend on the final two of four stages in a major junior series.


Irish junior Will Ryan has been in the thick of the racing action at Copa España; a major fixture on the Spanish calendar.

Run off over four stages on consecutive weekends, Ryan had an unfortunate time last weekend but this weekend fared much better.

On the third of four stages on Saturday his Spanish Bathco Cycling Team squad was 2nd in the 6km TTT.

They lost out by just six seconds to Kometa Cycling Team, the junior squad established by Alberto Contador.

And yesterday, Sunday, during the concluding stage of the four-race series, Will Ryan was to the fore.

His aggressive riding started the breakaway that went on to win the day. And while Ryan was forced to settle for 11th, it was a result that perhaps did not truly reflect the quality of his performance.

On a lumpy 102km stage, Ryan made his move after about 30km, getting clear alone before being joined by seven other riders; the video below shows the breakaway going away.



They pulled out what looked like a race-winning gap. However, Kometa Cycling Team managed to get clear of the bunch; four of its riders including the yellow jersey Javier Serrano catching Ryan’s breakaway.

They made the juncture at the top of the main climb of the day after 60km. After descending the climb, the riders faced about 30km on the flat before the finish.

And it was on that flat road to the line that Kometa pressed home their numerical advantage.

Continuous attacking split the 13-rider breakaway, with Ryan caught out after a split stuck just after he had attacked and been caught.

He would end the stage in 11th place, with Carlos Rodríguez of Kometa winning the stage solo by 1:01 ahead of three of his team mates.

And one of those riders, Serrano, clinched overall victory after holding the overall lead starting yesterday’s final stage.

Last weekend before the first two stages in the series even began Will Ryan’s bike was damaged on the flight to the race.

This was followed by cracked wheels when he hit a pothole 5km into the second stage; piling the pressure on Ryan.

He ended those stages – 78km and 95km road races – in 53rd and 73rd. However, with a clearer run this weekend he appeared to come good; riding aggressively in what was a very high standard of racing.


Will Ryan Irish cyclist

Bathco Cycling Team on the podium after their 2nd place in the team test; Ireland’s Will Ryan second from left.

Will Ryan Irish cyclist

The race leader celebrates overall victory yesterday, finishing in a group of four on the final stage.