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SILVER for Mullen in Men's U23 TT at Worlds

22/09/2014
SILVER for Mullen in Men's U23 TT at Worlds

Ryan Mullen finishes TT with Silver Medal at the World Championships in Spain


 

Ryan Mullen has won a silver medal in the Men’s U23 Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain today. In extremely wet conditions the Irish man took control of the race from the start, posting the fastest time at each time check along the route. With three riders to go, it looked like Ireland would secure the gold, until a fast finishing Campbell Flakemore (Aus) narrowly pipped Mullen, to take the World Title. Flakemore took gold, Mullen silver, and Stefan Keung (SUI) won the bronze medal. Earlier today Josie Knight crashed in the Junior Women’s Time Trial, finishing in 37th position. The Championships run from Sunday 21st September until Sunday the 28th September.

 

Last year in this event Mullen finished in 7th place, in his debut on the senior scene, and has gone from strength to strength, by becoming the 2014 Irish National Champion in both the Road and Time Trial, and finishing 4th in the Track World Championships earlier this year. After competing so strongly throughout the 36.15km time trial today, he had mixed emotions at the finish, as a mere 0.48 of a second stood between him and the World Title, resulting in Ireland’s first U23 Road World Championship medal.

 

Speaking after the race Mullen said “I’m happy with the result, but bitterly disappointed to have come so close. I couldn’t have gone any harder, so the best rider won on the day. I took as many risks as I could, but there wasn’t a dry inch on the course, I’m used to rain at home, but not rain like this.”

 

Head coach Brian Nugent was following the race, updating Mullen on his split times along the route. Nugent was delighted with the performance saying “that’s one of the best performances I’ve ever seen from an Irish rider. He rode the course perfectly, and couldn’t do anymore; he was very unlucky to miss out on the gold. That was a world class performance; he made no mistakes. I’m really pleased with his progress, Ryan has just established himself as a world class rider, I couldn’t be happier with that.”


Next up is the Junior Men’s Time Trial, tomorrow morning, with European Track Championship silver medallist Mark Downey, and Michael O’Loughlin competing. Nicolas Roche competes in the Elite Men’s Time Trial on Wednesday.

 

In the Elite Women’s Road Race Olivia Dillon has withdrawn from the competition stating “after a great deal of consideration and thought, I have decided not to participate in this year’s Road World Championships. After having raced a very long and exhausting season, I feel it is time to take a much needed rest. I want to thank Cycling Ireland for selecting me and I look forward to racing next season and targeting Richmond 2015.”

 

 
The Irish Team at the World Championships is sponsored by Armor-lux, PowerBar and Spin 11. The UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, run from 21st September – 28th September. 


Full Team:

 

Junior Men

Eddie Dunbar

Daire Feeley

Dylan O’Brien

Michael O’Loughlin

Stephen Shanahan

 

Reserve – Craig McAuley

 

Time Trial – Mark Downey & Michael O’Loughlin

 

Junior Women

Josie Knight – Road & Time Trial

 

U23 Men

Conor Dunne

Ryan Mullen

Jack Wilson

 

Reserve – Eoin McCarthy

 

Time Trial – Ryan Mullen

 

Elite Women

Olivia Dillon (RR)

 

Elite Men

Philip Deignan

Daniel Martin

Nicolas Roche (& TT)

 

Reserve – Sam Bennett

 


Day 1 – Monday 22nd September 2014

Results

 

Josie Knight

Women Junior Individual Time Trial

37

 

Ryan Mullen

Men U23 Individual Time Trial

2

Day 2 – Tuesday 23rd September 2014

 

Mark Downey

Men Junior Individual Time Trial

 

 

Michael O’Loughlin

Men Junior Individual Time Trial

 

Day 3 – Wednesday 24th September 2014

 

Nicolas Roche

Men Elite Individual Time Trial

 

Day 4 – Friday 26th September 2014

 

Josie Knight

Women Junior Road Race

 

 

Conor Dunne

Men U23 Road Race

 

 

Ryan Mullen

Men U23 Road Race

 

 

Jack Wilson

Men U23 Road Race

 

Day 5 – Saturday 27th September 2014

 

Eddie Dunbar

Men Junior Road Race

 

 

Daire Feeley

Men Junior Road Race

 

 

Dylan O’Brien

Men Junior Road Race

 

 

Michael O’Loughlin

Men Junior Road Race

 

 

Stephen Shanahan

Men Junior Road Race

 

 

Olivia Dillon

Women Elite Road Race

 

Day 6 – Sunday 28th September 2014

 

Philip Deignan

Men Elite Road Race

 

Daniel Martin

Men Elite Road Race

 

Nicolas Roche

Men Elite Road Race

 

 

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