Mullen 33rd and Christie 39th at Time Trial World Championships

Team Ireland’s World Championship campaign kicked off today with the Elite Men’s Time Trial. Ryan Mullen and Marcus Christie flew the flag for Ireland in Flanders, Belgium. 

Marcus Christie was first to race for Ireland taking to the start line for the 43.3 kilometre race against the clock. Christie crossed the line in a time of 53:07.20, averaging 48.90kph to finish in 39th position. Mullen went faster again, powering through the course in a time of 51:59.73, averaging 49.96kph to finish in 33rd position. 

Filippo Ganna of Italy of Italy defended his World Title completing the course in a time of 47:47.83 averaging an impressive 54.35kph. Wout van Aert of Belgium claimed the silver medal finishing 5.37 seconds off Ganna’s time while his teammate, Remco Evenpoel Evenpoel rounded off the podium finishing in a time of 48:31.17.

Ryan Mullen commented after the race:

“I’m quite happy with my ride. It was a big improvement compared to last week at the Europeans.”
“It was just lonely out there, the long straights, nothing but trees and windmills for company. I’m satisfied with the ride, I got it all out there I just wish I had more to give at this moment in time but it is how it is and we’ll move onto the road race on Sunday.”

Ben Healy and Kevin McCambridge will ride the 30.3 kilometre tomorrow, Monday 20th. Ryan Mullen will be in action again next Sunday for the Road Race where he will be joined by Sam Bennett, Eddie Dunbar and Rory Townsend. 

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