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by Neal Rogers
June 26, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Oliver Naesen, Jolien d’Hoore take Belgian national titles; Steve Cummings, Lizzie Deignan win British road championships; Fabio Aru, Elisa Longo Borghini take Italian national championships; Arnaud Démare crowned French national road champion; Ramon Sinkeldam, Chantal Blaak win Dutch road titles; Mullen and Boylan win Irish road race championships; Other national champions; Valverde – Froome is the strongest favourite for Tour de France; Feeling undervalued, Kristoff delays extending contract with Katusha; Investors flee from Dalian Wanda Group, owners of Tour de Suisse and World Triathlon Corporation; Video – Tour de France official teaser.
Ryan Mullen (Cannondale-Drapac), winner of 2017 Irish road national championship. Photo: Stephen McMahon.
Cannondale-Drapac rider Ryan Mullen completed a rare double in the Irish road race championships in Wexford on Sunday, following up on Thursday’s time trial victory with the road race. He was aggressive throughout the race and after Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport) made a solo move on the penultimate lap, he and Chris McGlinchey (Chain Reaction Cycles) were able to bridge across.
Mullen then made the winning move the last time up the main hill on the final lap, shrugging off a softening rear tyre to beat McGlinchey by 23 seconds and Dunne by 52. “After Conor went clear, I attacked and got up to Chris McGlinchey. Together we managed to catch Conor. There was a headwind at one point and I had a feeling we would catch him there. McGlinchey then attacked on the last climb but couldn’t keep his acceleration going. I went past him and got a gap.”
In the women’s race, Lydia Boylan (Team WNT Pro Cycling) put in a strong attack on the final lap and soloed to victory. She also used the hill as the springboard and at the line, was seven seconds ahead of a chasing group led in by Lauren Creamer (NCC Group-Kuota-Torel) and Ellen McDermot (EDCO Continental). Boylan’s win was her third successive title and continues what has been a strong year for her.
“I panicked a little on the last lap as the group was so big,” she said. “But I managed to get a gap on the last lap. I could see they weren’t gaining, then 1km to go came, and 300m came.”