Rain and more rain. A good performance by the Luxembourger Alex Kirsch. A very good race by Qhubeka's rider Louis Meintjes. But both fell short.
Irishman Ryan Mullen was outstanding. Like Shane Stokes remarked he's "Irish U23 TT champion and also the Elite road race champion: he couldn't take the Elite TT title due to UCI rules (but was fastest)". As well as Bob Jungels some years ago. Cillian Kelly tells us that "Ryan Mullen is the only rider who has ever won the junior and U23 editions of the Chrono des Nations." True champion!
Gold looked on hand but an incredible Campbell Flakemore beated him for few seconds. 3rd the Swiss Stefan Kung.
Portuguese Rafael Reis did great. Instead disappointing the Italian Davide Martinello, not loving the rain. He's going to race for Team Sky next tear (his dad is Astana's ds).
More green on Ponferrada's podium: grren for Australia and green for Ireland. A bit of green also on the new (ugly) Switzerland's jersey
Very beautiful race.
|Miguel Ángel Lopez crashed :(|
2. Ryan Mullen
3. Stefan Kueng