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National Under 23, Junior and Veteran Championships
Monaghan, Ireland, July 14, 2002
Favourites scoop the pool
by Shane Stokes
There was little surprise today at the end of the under 23, junior and veterans championships in Monaghan, with the gold medals going to the pre-race favourites in each event. As expected, foreign-based cyclists Dermot Nally (Maltini Lampadari) and VC La Pommes Denis Lynch filled the top two placings in the under 23 road race, with Nally finishing over a minute clear at the end of the hilly 64 mile contest.
Nally showed his strength early on when he raced clear in a five man breakaway group on the first of four laps. Although this move was reeled in, he got clear of the bunch once more with seven others and opened up what proved to be a decisive lead.
The three medallists kicked clear of their breakaway companions with eight miles remaining, paving the way for Nallys successful solo attack shorly afterwards. The Italian-based cyclist stormed clear to finally cross the line one minute and ten seconds ahead of Lynch, who out-sprinted Conor Murphy of the promoting Emyvale club to secure silver.
Nally will take particular pleasure in the victory as he was forced to drop out of the FBD Milk Rás in May with food poisoning.
In the 48 mile junior event, Páidí OBriens fine vein of form continued when the Corkman beat Nicolas Roche to take gold. The Kanturk CC rider finished 35 seconds ahead of Roche, son of former Tour de France winner Stephen, who had travelled from his home in Antibes for the race. Killorglin rider Barry Woods took bronze.
Usher IRCs Sean Bracken successfully defended the title he took last season when he finished ahead of Cidona Carricks Sean McIllroy and Kevin OLeary (St. Finbars) at the end of a hard-fought 48 mile veterans championship. Bracken finished 58 seconds clear of McIllroy with OLeary a further 20 seconds in arrears.
Under 23 1 Dermot Nally (Maltini Lompadari) 2 D Lynch (VC La Pomme Marseille) 3 C Murphy (Emyvale) 4 B Ahern (Naas Fig Roll) 5 T Hogan (Earl of Desmond) 6 G McQuaid (Emerald) 7 M Quigley (Naas Fig Roll) 8 D Lynch (Kanturk CC) Juniors 1 Páidí O’Brien (Kanturk CC) 2 N Roche (OCCV Draguignan) 3 B Woods (Killorglin) 4 T Hardwick (Killorglin CC) 5 A McQuaid (Emerald CC) 6 C Power (Cidona Carrick Wheelers) Veterans 1 Sean Bracken (Usher IRC) 2 S McIllroy (Cidona Carrick Wheelers) 3 K O’Leary (St Finbars) 4 S Kennedy (Navan Avonmore) 5 B Power (Cidona Carrick Wheelers) 6 H Davis (Usher IRC)Previous results from Ireland