Ulster Cycling News

Reilly and Downey Doing Well in France

ryTwenty year old Derry cyclist riding for the French cycling team Amicale Cycliste Bisontine has taken one of the biggest podium spots of his career. He came second overall in the prestigious Tour de Haute Provence today. He also took second on Stage 2. The Tour de Haute Provence is a three day stage race for Category 2 and 3 riders and Juniors. There were over 120 participants in his event and riders covered a total distance of over three hundred and fifty kilometres.

Ryan's team mates worked well with him today and Ryan was delighted with the outcome. He said, "I can't thank my teammates enough, they gave me everything they had to set me up today with only a 2 second gap to 1st place but with the finish on a fast decent I couldn't get the gap I needed. Looking forward to challenging for a medal at the Irish National championships next week."


Congratulations Ryan on your podium position and wishing you well in the Championships.

markIn another Tour it is the turn of nineteen year old Mark Downey from Banbridge to show form. Mark is currently riding for the French team VC Toucy. The team is one of sixteen taking part in the Tour Nivernais Morvan or TNM as it is called.

This is a six stage race covering almost seven hundred kilometres and it is a tough race. Downey has been doing well in the event and today he took the win on the final stage from Crux-la-Ville to Decize a distance of 168 km.

This win leaves Mark lying fourteenth overall on GC, and second in the Espoir classification.

Mark was delighted with the win and feels that it justifies the faith people have have had in him over the years. He was particularly delighted that the win came on Father's day and he dedicated the win to his father Seamus, himself a well known international cyclist in the past.

Mark said, "What a feeling! My first big win in Europe in one of the biggest races here in France winning the final stage of TNM. I simply can't believe it I have worked so hard for this moment this year and for the pieces to fall in place I'm so happy."

Mark will also be coming home to take part in the National Championships beginning with the time trial on Thursday. With Nicholas Roche also in the line up he will be in good company. We would like to wish mark the very best of luck in the upcoming championships.

We, at Ulster Cycling News, would like to congratulate Mark on this great win today.


Marian Lamb UCN : marianlamb@ulstercyclingnews.com


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