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Hennebry stays in high gear to clinch Tour of Ulster triumph

 

In front: Conor Hennebry
In front: Conor Hennebry
Hill king: Lindsay Watson

Cycling Leinster's Conor Hennebry claimed overall success in the Tour of Ulster, which ended in Banbridge yesterday.

It was his team-mate Mark Dowling who won yesterday's third and final stage over seven laps of a 10-mile circuit, including some tough hills.

The deciding stage featured lots of attacks, but it was only towards the end of the third lap that a group of three riders broke away - Roger Aiken (Banbridge Composite), Sean Moore (Team Bioracer-DHL-FR Services) and Darnell Moore (Team Caldwell Cycles). The biggest advantage they gained was 55 seconds.

On the fifth lap, two riders went off in pursuit - Matthew Clarke (Foran) and Gareth O'Neill (Newry Wheelers CC) - but they were unable to catch the leaders.

The leading trio stayed clear until inside the final kilometre when they were caught as Dowling won the uphill sprint, and the stage, from John Buller (Team Bioracer-DHL-FR Services) and Charlie Prendergast (STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team).

Lindsay Watson (Powerhouse Sport) took fifth place in yesterday's stage for second overall and also won the King of the Hills title.

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