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Shay Elliot Memorial - 1.5
Ireland, April 27, 2003
2002 Results Results Past winners
Guerra shines in Elliot Memorial
By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
Alessandro Guerra from Verona in Italy outmanoeuvred his breakaway companions to land the Swift Post sponsored Shay Elliott in a hectic sprint finish in Bray today. The former Saeco and Index Alexia professional was never far from the engine room of the UCI 1.5 ranked race, as the 122 competitors tackled a hard but sporting course in Co. Wicklow, with the start and finish in the seaside town.
Early on in the 100 mile event, there were several breaks which in essence made much headway, until after the first category climb at the Old Wicklow Gap. Into the village of Aughrim, Paddy Moriarty, Ritchie Cahill, Timmy Barry and Guerra were out front, but a superhuman effort both by Brian Kenneally and Eugene Moriarty who were adrift of the quartet by a minute, joined up on the outskirts of Aughrim.
From then it was a question as to who would falter on the ascent to the Glenmalure prime, where invariably down the years the winner has always been in the lead pack. Climbing to the summit, Kenneally, Barry and both Moriarty’s were in difficulty. The Italian and Cahill went over ahead, but on the descent, Eugene Moriarty caught the two leaders.
The trio forced the pace with Moriarty very active all the way to the finish where the Italian just cruised by the fading Moriarty, who had given his all with Cahill back in third spot. Kenneally came through to finish in fourth pace.
Runner-up, Eugene Moriarty (Lee Strand/Cycleways) said afterwards that, "I literally had them on the ropes and didn't deliver the final knock-out punch.If you had told me a week ago that I woud be in the shake-up, I would have smiled at you. Still, hopefully I'll deliver the 'Elliott' to the Kingdom (Kerry)."
Willie Tarrant, Chief Commissarie, added that it was "a wonderful event. Alessandro Guerra, I never had his name off my sheet. He was in all the moves. You Irish love your cycling and today you put on a on a first class show. The weather was fantasic and you finished off the event with an Italian flavour."
Results - 155 km
1 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Endura Sport.com-Principia 3.53.45 2 Eugene Moriarty (Irl) Lee Strand Cycleways 0.02 3 Richard Cahill (Irl) Banteer CC 0.04 4 Brian Kinneally (Irl) Cidona Carrick Wheele 0.14 5 Paddy Moriarty (Irl) Hibernian Team Ireland 0.30 6 Tim Barry (Irl) Hibernian Team Ireland 2.36 7 Andew Donnellon (Irl) Dublin Wheelers 2.40 8 Hamish Hutchinson (GBr) Scotland 2.48 9 Kieran McMahon (Irl) Hibernian Team Ireland 4.31 10 Denis Lynch (Irl) Kanturk Credit Union 11 Andrew Roche (Irl) Team Isle of Man 12 Michael Mulcahy (Irl) Usher Irish Road Club 4.35 13 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Endura Sport.com-Principia 14 Mark Quigley (Irl) Mayo Wheelers 15 Ray Clarke (Irl) Lee Strand Cycleways 4.44 16 Vincent Gleeson (Irl) Hibernian Team Ireland 4.46 17 Philip Finegan (Irl) Lee Strand Cycleways 6.00 18 David Peelo (Irl) Usher Irish Road Club 19 Bryan Russell (GBr) Scotland 20 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Life Repair Group 6.06 21 Graeme Hatcher (GBr) Team Isle of Man 22 Greg Swinard (Irl) Usher Irish Road Club 6.14 23 Daniel Lynch (Irl) Kanturk Credit Union 7.39 24 Owen Jeffries (Irl) Cycling Ulster 25 Christian Varley (GBr) Team Isle of Man 26 Graham Briggs (GBr) Life Repair Group 27 Paul Griffin (Irl) Team Earl of Desmond 28 Dermot Healy (Irl) Dublin Skip 29 John Peppard (Irl) Lee Strand Cycleways 30 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Lee Strand Cycleways 31 Bobby Behan (Irl) Lee Strand Cycleways 32 Tim Allan (GBr) Scotland 33 Paul Doyle (Irl) Tilechoice TRT 34 John Horgan (Irl) St Finbarrs CC 35 Mark Kiernan (Irl) Total Cycling / Linds 12.48 36 Andrew Cook (GBr) Team Isle of Man 14.18 37 Daire McCaughley (Irl) Dublin Wheelers 38 David Tansey (Irl) Orwell Wheelers 17.16 39 Paul Rennie (GBr) Scotland 40 Mark McCleavey (Irl) Dublin Skip 41 Eugene Murtagh (Irl) Ravens CRT 42 Ken Norgrove (Irl) Dublin Wheelers 43 Scott McDonald (Irl) Orwell Wheelers 44 John Dillon (Irl) Ravens CRT 45 Ben Morrow (GBr) Cycling Ulster 46 John Mason (Irl) Lee Strand Cycleways 47 Cody Harple (USA) Essex County Velo 48 Adrian Hedderman (Irl) Lee Strand Cycleways 49 Eddie Donohoe (Irl) Usher Irish Road Club 50 Keith O'Sullivan (Irl) Dublin Skip 51 Miceal Concannon (Irl) Killorglin Credit Uni 52 Derek Cunningham (Irl) Bray Wheelers CC 53 Ciaran Kelly (Irl) Dublin Wheelers 54 John O'Shea (Irl) Cidona Carrick Wheele 55 Joe Fenlon (Irl) Cidona Carrick Wheele 56 Martin O'Loughlin (Irl) Cidona Carrick Wheele 57 Michael Dennehy (Irl) Kanturk Credit Union 58 Mark Colbert (Irl) Tilechoice TRT 19.34 59 Fergal Kelly (Irl) Bray Wheelers CC 60 Stefan Wilson (GBr) Life Repair Group 61 Pat Kenneally (Irl) Cidona Carrick Wheele 62 Andrew McQuaid (Irl) VC St Lo Herbert 63 Geoff Liffey (Irl) Ravens CRT 64 Matt Ward (Irl) Cycling Ulster 65 Cathal Keane (Irl) Galway Bay CC 66 Frank O'Leary (Irl) Usher Irish Road Club 67 Keith Gallagher (Irl) Endura Sport.com-Principia 68 Cian Lynch (Irl) North Kildare CC 69 Colm Bracken (Irl) Usher Irish Road Club 70 Paul Teahan (Irl) Naas Road Club 71 Noel Moloney (Irl) Ravens CRT 72 Declan Kinch (Irl) Bray Wheelers CC 73 Gary Cranston (Irl) Cycling Ulster 74 Laurence Roche (Irl) North Kildare CC 75 Fintan McCormack (Irl) Newbridge CC Sprint - Kilpedder 1 Paul Griffin (Irl) Team Earl of Desmond KOM - Old Wicklow Gap 1 Tim Barry (Irl) Hibernian Team Ireland KOM - Shay Elliott Monument 1 Richard Cahill (Irl) Banteer CC Courtesy of Seamus Shortall/Rapid Results
2002 Mark Lovatt (GBr)