Rory Townsend had to settle for second place in the Bobby Power Memorial in Carrick-on-Suir on St Patrick’s Day.
The 21-year-old, who is dual British and Irish nationality, lost out in the sprint for glory to Aqua Blue Sport Academy rider Matteo Cigala.
The Italian had three team-mates for company as a select group of eight fought out the finish in the event, hosted by Carrick Wheelers.
However Addlestone’s Townsend, who is flying solo for BIKE Channel Canyon in Ireland this week, remained frustrated at the result. He said:
“I really enjoyed the race. Aqua Blue had four in an eight-man group and played it well in the end.
“I should have had it, to be honest, though. I maybe took it up too early but I haven’t really found that kick yet this season.”
Darragh O’Mahony, of O’Leary’s Stone Kanturk, completed the podium places.
Townsend returns to action on Sunday when he takes on the Des Hanlon Memorial Classic in Carlow.
The 152km road race is promoted by Carlow Road Cycling Club and is the first of Ireland’s National Road Series events.
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