Pezula’s Ciaran Power was back to winning ways

CYCLING-Pezula’s Ciaran Power was back to winning ways in a 2.1 ranked Union Cycliste Internationale Event when he triumphed in the East Midland Classic at Molten Mambray close to the city of Nottingham yesterday.

The Pezula Boys dominated the ‘Classic’ throughout the 158kms of racing. “The team had their eyes and ears focussed on the big picture. We didn’t come to win primes and it worked out well for us. It was a team effort and this was clearly in evidence as we covered all the moves over a unique course in some ways like the Paris Roubaix,” said Ciaran.

From the off, Power, David O’Loughlin, Cameron Jennings and Kieran Page were always in the fray which included 11 sections of off road terrain.

After 50kms a group of 10 forged ahead with the Pezula quartet  dictating the pace.

The defending champion, Malcolm Elliott missed the initial move but after 80kms of racing he was leading the chase and closing in on the lead group.

As the lead groups advantage was begining to erode, last weekends winner of the Shay Elliott David O’Loughlin in Bray exterted pressure which split leaving   Power, Page, O’Loughlin and the  Dutchman Yan Boss at the head of the race.

In the closing kilometers, Page and o’Loughlin lost contact and  Boss made an all out assault to land the spoils with 3kms  remaining.

It took all the reserves that Power could muster to reel the Dutchman back and in the dash to the line  the Waterford man got the verdict.

For  Ciaran, this was an extra specal win which will help his cause for selection for the Beijing Games next August.

In the Tom Sheehan Memorial in Carrick-on-Suir, the winner Sam Bennett of the Dan Morrissey/ Carrick Wheelers CC got special permission to compete in the event. Sam is a second year junior and had to receive special permission to race with the Seniors.

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