After an absence of many years, the Women’s Commission returned to International Stage race action in 2018 in the ‘Tour of Omagh’ with a development team. The riders & support crew performed well with a positive team environment and a top 10 placing on GC.
The Women’s Cycling Ireland Team for 2019 had only one survivor from last years team – with only Michelle McKinney (Galway Bay CC) eligible for selection.
Junior rider Eva Brennan had previously represented the Women’s Cycling Ireland Team on the Track in the Manchester International Omnium.
Nessa Rochford is well known in Irish Women’s Cycling, the DeRonde rider has featured on many podiums, but this was her first time to ride for the Women’s Commission.
Nikki Taggart (Arcane Women’s Team) was the newcomer, the inform Sprinter has only raced a fraction of the season, but has already racked up an impressive list of results.
After Stage 1 the Team made a decision to target as many podiums as possible (with the exception of GC) , but it was their performance on Stage 3 where Nessa, Michelle & Eva sacrificed their own ambitions to ensure Nikki Taggart held on to the W3 White Jersey (Sponsored By The Women’s Commission) that set them apart,
Taggart would be spurred on to Win the Jersey on the final stage (& going close to winning overall G.C with 20km remaining).
Eva Brennan paid for her team role in the U23 Category, but the Junior still finished 3rd after putting in an amazing Team performance for such a young rider.
Nessa Rochford finished 3rd in the Masters category , the DeRonde rider having spent many Kms on the front protecting Taggart.
Michelle McKinney worked hard to ensure the Team jumped from 4th on Stage 1 to 2nd Overall in the Team Competition.
Full Results To Follow:
Official Race Report To follow:
Women’s International Tour Of Omagh:
- W3 White Jersey – 1st Nikki Taggart (Women’s Cycling Ireland)
- Team Competition – 2nd Women’s Cycling Ireland
- Masters competition – 3rd Nessa Rochford (Women’s Cycling Ireland)
- U23 Competition – 3rd Eva Brennan (Women’s Cycling Ireland)
The Team will next compete at Rás na mBan