Thats it, the An Post Ras is officially over and the week flew by. The race was filled with ups and downs for the team, but we finished it off in a great way with an 8th place finish on the final day of tough racing.
Once again it was Marc Potts who was in almost every move at the front of the race. With the GC so tight going into the last day, the teams were not keen to let much up the road, so a small move with riders who were not a threat to GC got up the road and that was it.
The team plan was to ride as a unit going into the final circuits of the day to protect our sprinter, Marc! All was going perfectly to plan into the circuits with Jeremy protecting Marc perfectly in the base of the tough climb that is very selective at the end of a hard stage race. Marc was feeling good and we still had the team together. We put Kieran on the front to pull the break back with the other teams which allowed Marc and Jeremy to sit on the back of trains protected.
Going into the last lap, Jeremy flatted with 5 miles to go. For most people this would be game over, but Jeremy was set on getting back to his sprinter at all costs. With a quick neutral wheel service and some crafty convoy riding and a bit of help from the Gabby in the team car, Jeremy some how was able to get on to the back of the small field with about 4k to go! Jeremy tried to make his way up to Marc, but the chaotic nature of the a downhill technical finish didn’t allow them to connect in time for the sprint and Jeremy found himself battling on the back of the very fast An Post / Chain Reaction teams lead out train. He bucked down and held on for an impressive 8th place in the exceedingly fast sprint finish. Marc finished just behind, and disappointed rightfully as he has been on some amazing form this Ras.
Ollie and Kieran have finished their first 8 day UCI stage race and with a little rest, those guys will be winning races before you know it!
The team is so incredibly proud of what we were able to accomplish this week. We came to the Ras to race hard and make a name for ourselves. Unfortunately the racing was very controlled from the GC teams and through the mountains, but we battled through attacking the race at every moment possible.
Stay tuned for a full race look back and a great photo gallery from our beautiful week in Ireland!
Hats off to Ollie, Jeremy, Kieran, Marc, and of course Elliot Porter who is at home now healing up from his crash!