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OTHER CYCLING : Women's Cycling : Ras na mBan Last Updated: 10 Mar 2020 - 5:00:35 PM

RÁS NA MBAN NEWSLETTER - MARCH 8, 2020 - ISSUE 1
By Declan Quigley, InForm Sport Media
9 Mar 2020,

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ALUMNI NEWS + EVENT UPDATES



+ALUMNI NEWS+

Barker Wins Points Gold

The Berlin UCI World Track Championships featured another rainbow jersey winning performance from 2016 Rás na mBan winner Elinor Barker. The Olympic champion won her fifth senior world title when she took the Points Race on the final day of the event.

FULL STORY ON BBC.COM

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Norsgaard Jorgensen on Fire in Valenciana

Former Rás na mBan stage winner Emma Cecilie Norsgaard Jorgensen scored a great stage in the recent Setmana Ciclista Valenciana in Spain at the end of February.
The Bigla-Katusha pro edged Arlenis Sierra in the dash to the line with former world champion Anna Van Der Breggen in sixth.
It’s a result that confirmed the potential Norsgaard Jorgensen displayed in taking victory on the Wild Atlantic Way in 2015. She finished that Rás na mBan third overall behind world track champion Stephanie Pohl.

The Danish rider is enjoying great early season form and added to her Spanish victory with fourth place on another stage and then a great third place finish in the Belgian opening weekend classic Omloop Van Het Hageland.

FULL STORY ON CYCLINGNEWS.COM

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The Two Lydias Qualify Ireland for Olympic Madison and Omnium

Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley, both of whom have represented Ireland in Rás na mBan, wore green with pride at the World Track Championships in Berlin recently. Boylan, second overall in her national stage race in 2012, and Gurley teamed up to complete the task of qualifying an Irish team in the Madison at the Olympics this summer. The result also serves to qualify a rider for the Omnium in Tokyo, the culmination of a four-year odyssey for the two riders.

FULL STORY ON RTE.COM

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Lutro Impressive in Dubai

Last year’s Rás na mBan stage five winner Amalie Lutro has begun her second season as a professional with the Hitec squad in fine style with a second place stage finish in February’s Dubai Tour.
Norwegian Lutro, who sprinted up The Parade to win the penultimate stage criterium in Kilkenny last September, was second in a four-rider group which held off the main peloton on the final day of the UAE stage race.

It’s a result which continues the impressive upward trajectory of a rider who charmed everyone in Ireland last year with her sunny disposition and winning mentality.

FULL STORY ON CYCLINGNEWS.COM

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+EVENT UPDATES+



Plans continue apace for the 2020 edition of Rás na mBan which will be based for a fourth year in County Kilkenny.

Race Committee members have made a number of trips to the Marble City and county to review the proposed stage routes. Race Director Valerie Considine led an expedition on February 1st with Deputy Race Director, Ronan Fox and PRO Declan Quigley driving other stage routes two weeks later.

The route for 2020 has yet to be completely finalised but, in line with recent policy to keep the event fresh and interesting for regular visitors, is set to feature subtle revisions and one completely new stage.

The Rás na mBan committee are dedicated to presenting stages which are an appropriate challenge for the riders and which offer an opportunity for fans on the roadside and those watching at home the best possible experience of top class international stage racing.

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About Rás na mBan

Rás na mBan (it translates from gaelic as 'Women's Race' and is pronounced 'raws na mahn') is Ireland's only women's international stage race. This premier five-day event takes place from September 4th to 8th this year and will again, for a fourth year, take in the beautiful scenery of County Kilkenny. Top international riders from Europe and beyond compete against the best riders in Ireland for the coveted title.

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