Sportsnewsireland columnist, Sean Downey showed that he is beginning to hit top form, by winning the Ben McKenna Memorial race near Balbriggan. Downey is currently based in France, having been one of the leading riders in this country before making the move abroad last year.
Downey is currently on a short break at home, as he prepares for some major races at Under-23 level with the Irish national team. The Cotes D’Amour rider was part of a twelve-man breakaway that were clear for most of the race. He upped the pace and pressed on ahead with three others after lone attacker Conor Murphy (Eurocycles) was caught.
Downey outsprinted Adam Armstrong and Paídi O’Brien to take the victory on his return to his homeland. Martyn Irvine finished fifth, showing that he can also be a force on the roads as well as track cycling.
Sean Downey had suffered from injury last season but he has been progressing all season in France and this latest victory shows that he is very much back on track.
Read about this win and Sean Downey’s preparation for the Under-23 races, in his Sportsnewsireland blog returning next week.