The first stage of the Omagh 3day stage race has set the tone for what will surely be enthralling race.
With 43 Riders on the starting line in a new format , introducing a lead group of 14 W3 riders.
The Limit group of W3 Riders had a four minute start on the combined W1/W2 Group. The lead group worked well together , and it was going to take a special piece of riding to bridge across – and that’s exactly what Jennifer George guesting for TC Racing was to do.
On the climb to the top of Scraghy she was to catch the lead group and ride straight through taking three riders from that group with her – Jane Wilkinson (Cycling Ulster), Isobel Oakes (Smugglers CC) and Agnieszka Wozniak (Cork County CC).
They were to form a formidable alliance and stay away to the finish, with George winning the sprint.
On the road behind a chase group including Junior National Champion Lara Gillespie (Orwell Wheelers) , Fiona Guihen (Cycling Leinster) and Sofie Loscher (Women’s Cycling Ireland ) combined with W3 Rider Lyndsey Bryce (Cycling Leinster), and Claire Ludlow from Ardee CC.
After 35 miles Gillespie, Loscher and Guihen were to move ahead of the other two in an attempt to catch the lead group.
Stage winner George was delighted with her effort and his now looking forward to two more days in the foothills of the Sperrins in West Tyrone
“I enjoyed these rolling roads and am look forward to the climbing tomorrow and Sunday she enthused and working with the rest of the TC team to defend the pink jersey”
Tomorrow will see the riders tackle a time trial in the morning and then in the afternoon face a stage which takes through the village of Carrickmore twice before a fast run into Omagh along the main Cookstown road.
The Women’s Commission Development Team , all finished safely after a tough day of racing , including a Crash by Emma Desmond in the final 20k .