Event Update

Plans for Rás na mBan 2020 continue apace despite the current lockdown. While any chance of the race taking place are entirely contingent on the opening up of sporting activity in Ireland, the Organising Committee have continued to hold virtual meetings during the current restrictions and are continuing to operate on the basis that the 15th edition of the race will take place from September 2nd to 6th. Continue reading “Event Update”

Lutro Sprints to Glory in Kilkenny

Norway’s Amalie Lutro (Team Region Sør) sprinted up the Parade in Kilkenny to take victory on stage five of Rás na mBan this evening.

Lutro edged Elynor Backstedt (Storey Racing) and Team Ireland’s Lara Gillespie in the final dash to the line at the front of a group of 37 riders at the end of the hour long city centre stage.

The Norwegian rider, a full-time professional with the Hitec squad, carried

Safely in the lead group were overall race leader Claire Steels (Brother UK Fusion RT) who will carry a six second lead over fellow Briton Josie Knight into the final stage in Kilkenny tomorrow.

Team Ireland’s Maeve Gallagher is the best placed Irish rider in sixth place heading into the final day.

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Results Stage Four: Steels Fastest in Time Trial

Claire Steels of Brother UK Fusion RT has taken victory in the stage four individual time trial at Tullaroan.

The Briton beat Anna Shackley of Team GB by five seconds at the end of the 6.7km solo race against the watch with Molly Patch (Brother UK Fusion RT) third at 11 seconds.

Race leader Josie Knight (Team GB) was fourth, 13 seconds behind Steels who now takes over the overall race lead from Knight by six seconds.

Maeve Gallagher was best of the Irish in seventh to confirm her position as best Irish rider in sixth place overall.

Results with Amended Points Classification

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