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Second bronze eludes Ireland's Mark Rohan

Updated: Monday, 01 Sep 2014 20:09 | Comments

The Ireland team pictured after a successful championships in South Carolina.
The Ireland team pictured after a successful championships in South Carolina.

Ireland’s Mark Rohan has narrowly missed out on a second bronze medal at UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in South Carolina. 

Rohan’s H2 road race started fast, with the Paralympic champion staying in the main group for most of the day, behind eventual winner and defending world champion Luca Mazzone of Italy.

On the line USA’s William Groulx took silver, with Tobias Fankhauser of Switzerrland edging ahead of Rohan to claim the bronze medal.

Rohan, who won bronze in the time trial on Saturday, was the last Irish athlete to compete in Greenville. 

Ireland’s team delivered a series of impressive performances in the United States.

Ireland's star performer, Eoghan Clifford, shone in the C3 category, winning two world titles, and the tandem pairing of Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal took silver in the B final of the road race.

“To get four medals at the Worlds is brilliant,” Ireland coach Neill Delahaye said.

“It’s particularly special to get it on the road, where there are so many uncontrollables, like punctures and mechanicals.

“Next up for the riders is a good recovery phase, they have had a long year, especially the riders who also raced on the track, and for us it is about planning for the next two years to Rio.”

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