Mia Griffin recorded an impressive result in France on Friday, placing ninth in the second stage of the Tour de Belle Isle en Terre / Kreiz Breizh Elites Dames. She finished at the head of the peloton at the end of the bumpy stage towards Ploumagoar, crossing the line at the same time as the winner Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma Women).
Equally important was her Irish teammate Alice Sharpe, finishing 12th. Megan Armitage, Caoimhe O’Brien and Imogen Cotter also finished in the main peloton.
The 133-kilometer stage was the final stage of the two-day race. Sharpe finished best among Irish riders in the overall standings, finishing 22nd, four minutes and nine seconds behind leader General Henderson.
Armitage is still 59 seconds behind in 23rd position. Along with O’Brien, Cotter, Griffin and Lucy O’Donnell, they were part of the Irish squad in the ranked 2.2 event.
Meanwhile, although Nicolas Roche did not return to Europe from Japan until Friday morning, he will be in action again on Saturday. The Irish professional cyclist is set to compete in the Clasica San Sebastian in northern Spain with his team from the DSM team.
Roche competed in both the road race and time trial at the Tokyo Olympics. He did a tremendous job helping his first cousin Dan Martin to place 16th in the first event, then 28th in the Olympic time trial.
La Clasica San Sebastian is one of his favorite events of the year. Roche has placed fifth, eighth, ninth and tenth in previous editions.
This time around he has extra motivation as he is in his final year with the DSM team and is still looking for a pro contract for 2022.
After the Clasica San Sebastian, the 37-year-old will take part in the Tour of Poland from August 9 to 15. He normally rides in the Vuelta a España in August but is not part of the roster this season.
Tour de Belle Isle en Terre / Kreiz Breizh Elites Ladies, France (2.2)
Stage 1, Callac to Pontrieux (Thursday): 1 Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma Women) 124.2 kilometers in 3 hours 8 minutes 46 seconds, 2 P Georgi (Team DSM), 3 A Koster (Team Jumbo-Visma Women), 4 F Mackaij (Team DSM) at the same time, 5 S Andersen (DSM Team) at 53
Otto: 22 A Sharpe (Ireland) at 4 min 9, 23 M Armitage (Ireland) at 5 min 8, 51 I Cotter (Ireland) at 6 min 13, 76 M Griffin (Ireland) at 13 min 32, 78 C O’Brien (Ireland) at 14:38, 81 L O’Donnell (Ireland) at 16:39
Stage 2, from Saint-Connan to Ploumagoar: 1 Anna Henderson (Jumbo-Visma Team
Women) 133.6 kilometers in 3 hours 23 min 47, 2 G Verhulst (Team Arkéa), 3 S Andersen (Team DSM), 4 F Mackaij (Team DSM), 5 M Van Der Duin (Drops – Le Col) all in same time
Other: 9 M Griffin (Ireland), 12 A Sharpe (Ireland), 29 M Armitage (Ireland), 39 C O’Brien (Ireland), 45 I Cotter (Ireland) all at the same time,
DNF: L O’Donnell (Ireland)
Final general classification: 1 Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma Women) 6 hours 32 minutes 33 seconds, 2 F Mackaij (Team DSM), 3 A Koster (Team Jumbo-Visma Women), 4 P Georgi (Team DSM) all at the same time, 5 S Andersen (DSM Team) at 53 seconds
Other: 22 A Sharpe (Ireland) at 4 min 9, 23 M Armitage (Ireland) at 5 min 8, 48 I Cotter (Ireland) at 6 min 13, 66 M Griffin (Ireland) at 13 min 32, 69 C O’Brien ( Ireland) at 14:38