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Gullen wins An Post Ras
Posted on 31 May 2017 14:04:18 Posted By Denise Lawson
The young Brit held off Dutchman Ike Groen and multiple World Champion, Cameron Meyer of Australia to take the win in the 65th edition of 1200km, 8-day stage race.
This is the second time this year Gullen has held the yellow leaders jersey in a UCI stage race. In March he won stage two of the Tour de Taiwan, though crashes forced to give up the lead.
In Ireland, Gullen moved into the leaders yellow jersey following a successful breakaway move on stage five. He and teammate Ed Laverack broke away with 100km to go on the lumpy stage that raced through County Donegal. He finished the stage several minutes ahead of the chasing peloton, which gave him a 1 minute lead over his closest rival.
Gullen and his teammates — Ian Bibby, Ed Laverack, Robert McCarthy, Tom Moses — were determined to defend the yellow jersey and spent the next three days racing at the front of the peloton carefully watching breakaway moves and policing the bunch.
James Gullen becomes the first British rider to win the race since Simon Richardson of Rapha Condor in 2009.
"I'm so happy to have defended the jersey. It was a stressful final three days but the team rode amazingly for me. The team are only five riders which makes defending the race harder", explained James Gullen after the race. "They kept me going, so this win is all down to them.”