Cycling Ulster

Clarke Takes Stage 3 – Hambrook Retains Yellow

Cormac Clarke (Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles) ran out a worthy winner of stage three of Ras Dhun na nGall outsprinting yellow jersey holder Sean Hambrook (VCC Morteau) after 50 miles of racing on the roads around Glenties, Portnoo and Lettermacaward.

The duo were part of a nine strong breakaway which formed round the half way stage. Also included in the group were Cathal Smyth (Phoenix), Bryan McKinney (Duffin Transport), Daniel Stewart (Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles), Matty Blaney (North Down), Aaron Deane (Foyle CC), Ray Brownfield (North Down) and Stuart Cox (Black Rose).

The group worked well together building up a lead of 1-10 over the peleton. In the run in to the finish McKinney made a bid for glory but was brought back in the closing miles. Hambrook and Clarke surged clear with the young Newry junior getting the verdict on the line. Hambrook retains the overall lead from Clarke by 13 secondsĀ  with Phoenix CC veteran Cathal Smyth lying in 3rd spot a further 10 seconds back.

Tomorrow's final stage promises to be an epic with a mountain top finish on Glengesh Pass after 60 tough miles which include climbs at the Nick, Leagans Hill and Cronkeeran.

Report Tommy Lamb
Pics Marian Lamb

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