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5th August 2018
EUROPEAN CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS - Sharpe Finishes Road Race in 35th
By Heather Boyle, CI Communications Officer
5 Aug 2018,
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SHARPE 35th IN ROAD RACE AT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Alice Sharpe has finished the Women’s Road Race in 35th place at the European Championships in Glasgow today. The 130km race was covered by some of the world’s best women as they competed over 9 laps of a technical and lumpy Glasgow City circuit.
The 24-year-old looked strong throughout the race, sitting comfortably towards the front of the bunch for the majority of the race, until the pace lifted with just over one lap to go. Aggressive racing resulted in several splits on the road, with Sharpe sitting in the fourth group with 12km to go.
The race eventually came down to a bunch sprint, with the gold medal going to Italy’s Marta Bastianelli, Marianne Vos (NED) took silver and Lisa Brennauer (GER) won bronze. Sharpe finished at the front of the second bunch on the road, taking 35th place in final standings.
Speaking after the race Sharpe was happy with her performance – “It was savage – the climbs really were testing and wearing as it went on. You’re starting off thinking ‘yeah, I’m feeling really good’, and then like at lap five it was ‘how many more hills!!’ But yeah it was good, and I’m pleased with where I finished.
Describing the moment where the bunch split Sharpe said – “I think it was a lap to go and on the steepest of the climbs a few just chipped off at the front, and then it just went mad pace from then on. Just as it split I didn’t have anything left at that moment. But I was pleased to hang in on the second bunch on the road.”
Sharpe has competed in a number of UCI 1.1 Races before, but this is the toughest competition to date – “I’d say this is one of the toughest races I have ever done – the hills were so wearing and so relentless. The laps get to you when you’re dying and you have four more of the same thing coming up again. Yeah, I would definitely say this is one of the toughest races I have ever done.”
In January Sharpe joined the Cycling Ireland track cycling programme – “I’ve been lucky enough to start training with the pursuit squad this year, so I have been training with the pursuit squad on the track and doing some road training as well. This weekend I also managed to get in another road race which is good.”
Tonight, there will be more competition on the track with Mark Downey competing in the Men’s Points.
History is made this week when Glasgow and Berlin host the inaugural European Championships, an exciting multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports, including the existing UEC cycling championships.
Women’s Road Race
GOLD Marta Bastianelli (ITA)
SILVER Marianne Vos (NED)
BRONZE Lisa Brennauer (GER)
35th Alice Sharpe (IRELAND)
Wednesday 8th August
Women’s Time Trial
Sunday 12th August – Men’s Road Race
Robert Jon McCarthy
ONE MORE TBC
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