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Power and McCann progress nicely

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 15:58

Ciarán Power leads his team in Italy yesterday
Ciarán Power leads his team in Italy yesterday

Ireland’s Ciarán Power and David McCann are both in action in Europe this week, with Power in particular showing good form.

Waterford man Power, riding for American Pro squad Navigators Insurance, finished an impressive sixth in the UCI 1.1 ranked race at Ronde van het Groene Hart, in Belgium on Sudnay last.

While yesterday Power took the start line in Italy in the Settimana Ciclista Internazionale Coppi-Bartali stage race. The opening stage was won by Alessandro Bertolini (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni – Selle Italia) and Power came in 41 seconds later to finish seventh on the stage.

Power has always enjoyed riding in Italy and the omens look good for him to gain further high placings in this event which runs until Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Irish road race champion David McCann, riding for the US Pro squad Colavita-Sutter Home, finished the 11-day Vuelta Ciclista Por Un Chile Lider (Tour of Chile) in 29th place overall.

McCann had several high stage placings during the testing stage race.

He is looking to consolidate his form for the US Cycling Open in Richmond Va. (April 14) and the 2.HC rranked Tour de Georgia (April 16-22).