Combative Lauren keeps Orwell in the frame in Kilkenny

by Gazette Reporter

Scott Orwell Wheelers Lauren Creamer put in a super ride, leading the Dundrum club’s charge at the annual Ras na MBan with an 18th place finish overall on general classification.

Orwell were represented by a four-strong team of Breda Horan, Ciara ni Fhlathartaigh and Sinead Molloy while fellow club member Aine Donegan competed in the colours of Team Ireland.

They were supported by Orla Hendron, Gillian McDarby and Mihai Sebastian Paveliu for the six-stage race that concluded in Kilkenny last Sunday.

It concluded with a cracking final stage, a tough 88km on rolling roads beginning and ending in in the Marble City after five tough days of racing.

The big challenge on the final day came when the riders left the beautiful village of Inistíoge to take on Woodstock Hill. A small group containing Creamer made a 50-second gap on the approach and sped up the hill to the cheers of the waiting crowds.

Chasing hard behind was a large group containing most of the peloton, including Horan who was looking strong.

She was well in touch with the group going over the hill but unfortunately got distanced on the descent when was squeezed into the wall of a narrow bridge and had to stop.

Even though it was only a short stop the pace of the group over the last 30km meant she wasn’t able to get back on.

The pace up the front was frantic for the last 30km with Team Ireland desperately trying to launch one of their riders up the road. Áine Donegan made a bid for glory with about 10km to go but was reeled back in.

In the end about 50 riders came flying into Kilkenny to compete in the sprint with Creamer up there with them. She was rewarded with 20th place on the stage and also the Combativity Award, capping a fine week.

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