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Cycling: Rafferty brothers take sixth in prestigious French events

Cycling: Rafferty brothers take sixth in prestigious French events

Darren Rafferty came sixth in the Chrono Des Nations event in Les Herbiers, France, on Sunday. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Darren Rafferty added another strong…

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Darren Rafferty came sixth in the Chrono Des Nations event in Les Herbiers, France, on Sunday. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Darren Rafferty added another strong result to those he has gathered in his first season as an under-23 rider, finishing a fine sixth in the prestigious Chrono Des Nations event in Les Herbiers, France on Sunday.

The time trial was won by the Belgian rider Alec Segaert (Lotto Soudal), who was previously the runner-up to Norwegian Soren Waerenskjold (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) in the world under-23 championships. He turned the tables to beat Waerenskjold by 42 seconds on Sunday.

Hagens Berman Axeon rider Rafferty covered the distance in a time of one minute 47 seconds off that of Segaert.

His younger brother Adam Rafferty (Team 31 Jolly Cycles) showed his own promise by placing sixth in the junior men’s race, one minute 20 seconds behind the British winner Joshua Tarling (Flanderscolor-Galloo Team).

Irish national champion Ben Healy was 12th in the elite men’s contest, which was won by Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) ahead of world champion Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma).

Meanwhile, British competitors dominated the main event at the UCI-ranked Verge Cross Clonmel event on Sunday, with all three places on the podium being occupied by visiting riders in the elite men’s and elite women’s races.

Toby Barnes (Garden Shed-Ribble-Verge Sport) beat compatriot Ben Chilton (Spectra Wiggle) by seven seconds at the end of the seven-lap elite men’s event, with Jenson Young (Garden Shed-Ribble-Verge Sport) a further two seconds back in third.Dean Harvey (Spellman-Dublin Port) was best […]

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