Drama at the Junior ladies road racing Champs in Austria, Lara Gillespie had a nightmare scenario while the race rolled out in the neutral zone, having bother with the bike after only a few hundreds meters, a long wait for the team car to get to her and then a massive chase to the back of the bunch helped by the commissaire vehicle with a little tow, reaching the back and the flag went down..no respite for the Irish triple champ whom gradualy moved to the front of the race as the cruel climb was to come soon, Maeve Gallagher nicely keeping her place in the bunch to, but the attacks happened soon after and the peloton start splitting in to pieces, the two girls ending up in groups who would not help chasing as their team mates being upfront, and nothing wrong with that but probably very frustrating for the smaller cycling teams in that situation. In the end 4 girls went in to the last km and the slowing down tactics of the Italian girl Barbara Malcotti, waiting for her team mate to join who was hanging at about 10 seconds didn’t pan out! The suprise came from the Austrian girl Laura Sigger who have been the driving force of the leaders with a sprint that left French favorite Le Net Marie in second and Canadian Boilard Simone grasping the bronz and left the Italian girl Malcotti with egg on her face in the most unliked place of 4th. Maeve Gallagher came in at the front of the left over of the bunch in a very respectable 26th, about 4min 56sec down on the Austrian Winner Laura Stigger. Unlucky Lara Gillespie a bit later in 54th place 5min.47 sec back in the next group..not recovered enough after a breakdown at the start and had to settle in a group who didn’t chase to hard due to their team mates up front. Despite having bad luck with her equipment she never gives up and that is why she is a triple champion..well done girls !!
Lara had a good result in the TT on Monday, and was in good form and must be a bit disappointed after such cruel blow at the start but as first year junior still has a lot of time to prove that she is much better, so does Maeve and both can held their heads high..With a good result of Ben Healey in the junior TT (13th) we hope that this continue this afternoon when the 4 man junior team in action..good luck to them and a safe one. Thanks to Sean Rowe for the photos.
Full results courtesy of Tissot