Ali McCauley continues his purple patch with a good 2nd place at the Tour of Ards 2013. With Brian Stewart 5th, David Neill 6th and Alex Donald first A3 it was a strong showing all round.
Setting of at a blistering pace a lot of small groups were trying to get a way with Phoenix always represented. A group of 4 finally managed to get a bit of a gap on the run into portaferry (Ali, Gary Cranston, James McMaster, Bryan McCrystal). Some good teamwork in the bunch from several of the phoenix riders made sure that the gap went up slowly but surely.
Although several riders managed to pull the bunch back to within sight in the final couple of miles the group stayed clear.
In the bunch Marcel put in big effort in closing stages to lead out team for sprint. Brian pulled out a great sprint followed home by David.
Thanks to Ards CC for well organized race.
(Race report – Marcel, Eamon – team photo)
Cycling Ulster race report here