Brave Boylan can’t halt Dutch Mount Leinster masterclass

Posted on: September 9th, 2016

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Rikke Lonne powers the breakaway on stage three of the An Post Rás na mBan this afternoon. The Team Crescent Dare rider took her second stage win in three days and looks unstoppable as the races heads for the final two days. (Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan)

 

By Brian Canty

Race leader Ricke Lonne has stamped her class all over the An Post Rás na mBan after winning her second stage in three days this afternoon.

The Team Crescent Dare rider was in a break of three on today’s 112-kilometre stage that finished atop the category one climb of Mount Leinster and clearly feeling strong she attacked her two breakaway companions and soloed to a wonderful victory.

It’s a rare sight to see a race leader get in the break at any level but Lonne is clearly a class above the rest and with the help of those with her today they totally obliterated the field.

It continues a great week for Lonne who won Wednesday’s opening stage on her own in Kilkenny by 30 seconds, she was in the bunch yesterday but today she all but sealed overall victory with a devastating display.

The fact she is a former national time-trial champion in Denmark makes her the unbackable favourite to win tomorrow’s 11-kilometre time trial and with easier road stages to come it would take something miraculous – or disastrous, for her to lose the pink jersey.

Today, she was in the one and only move of the day that also included Irish national road race champion Lydia Boylan (Team WNT) and the escape’s instigator Erin Kinnealy (CCN Energy-Asutralia).

That trio worked superbly well and the gap just grew and grew and by the 30-kilometre mark they had two minutes on the bunch.

Initially, there was a concerted chase from behind but as soon as the leaders pulled three minutes clear it was apparent they weren’t for catching.

And with 80 kilometres raced the leading trio had a staggering four minutes as the bunch became fragmented behind.

Charlotte Alston (Racing Chance Foundation) tried to wriggle free from the bunch but was reeled back in and by the time the leaders started the first of the day’s two climbs with five kilometres to go they were almost five minutes clear.

Lonne knew she could all but win the race outright if she got clear and she did just that inside 10 kilometres to go.

Boylan gave chase as Kinnealy began to buckle but neither could get back on terms.

We’ll have full results later…

 

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