Shackley Takes Stage and Overall Lead in Tullaroan
Rás na mBan: 11/09/21
Anna Shackley won Team GB’s second stage of Ras na mBan 2021 as she won the stage four time trial in Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny this morning.
Starting the day third overall as part of a group of four riders level on time Shackley knew that whichever one of the four was fastest was likely to hold the lead into the evening criterium in Kilkenny City.
The 20-year-old Scot blasted up the 6.4km hilly course at Tullaroan to eclipse the best time to that point held by Murphy of Team Ireland by 34 seconds.
Alice Sharpe of Team Ireland, second overall starting the day, followed Shackley into action and finished 57s slower for what would be sixth place on the day.
Race leader for two days Abi Smith was last rider to leave the start chasing her team mate’s blistering time and she made a a valliant effort, breaking the timing beam just five seconds slower than Shackley to record a one-two finish for Team GB.
Murphy finished third, 34s behind Shackley with reigning Dutch time trial champion fourth at 44s. The standout performance came from New Ross rookie Linda Kelly, guesting with Cycling Munster, who finished fifth, 54s behind Shackley.
The upshot of it all is that Shackley now has the overall lead, five seconds in front of team mate Abi Smith with Loes Adegeest now third, 44s off the lead.
Sharpe is best of the Irish in fourth place, 18 seconds ahead of team mate Murphy who vaults two places to fifth with Natalie Grinczer of CAMS Basso sixth.
The fifth and penultimate stage is a one hour circuit race on a two-kilometre loop around Kilkenny starting at Kilkenny Castle at 6.30pm.