Mullen doubles up on Irish national titles

Ryan Mullen setting the pace at the front of the Gent-Wevelgem breakaway

Ryan Mullen setting the pace at the front of the Gent-Wevelgem breakaway (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Three years after he did Irish time trial and road race double as a 19-year-old, Ryan Mullen has repeated the feat in Wexford. The Cannondale-Drapac rider made a race winning attack in the closing kilometres for the win, explaining he rated it better than his time trial success.

Amateur rider Christopher McGlinchey claimed the silver medal while Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport) was third. Defending champion Nico Roche (BMC) was fourth at 58 seconds.

"This one means a lot more than the time trial title. I fought so hard for it. The time trial is a pride thing. I expect to win. I'm angry at myself if I don't. The road race, nationals are not your typical race. I'm just really happy I won it," said Mullen.

"It was such a hard race and it was really negative. That's how it goes with nationals. The amateurs sit on the pros and hope if they chase everything down, we'll tow them to the finish and give them a chance at the victory."

Mullen had Christopher McGlinchey (Chain Reaction Cycles) and Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport) for company in the finale and made his move on the final climb of the course with 4km to race. Mullen explained that once solo, he confident he would hold off the chasers but first had to check no one had previously escaped up the road.

"I remember just looking down at my Garmin and thinking: 'Hold 450. Hold 450. You can hold 450 for four kilometers.' And I did," said Mullen. "When I got closer to the finish line, I started thinking: 'Hang on a second. Is anyone up the road? Could I have missed someone?'

"I would have been happy to sprint those guys.I was confident I had the best sprint. It didn’t happen that way, so I had to play the card I was dealt. I had no idea how far behind anyone was after I attacked on the climb. I was just emptying myself, hoping it was enough," said Mullen who will debut his national champion jerseys at the Tour of Austria this week.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac4:00:04
2Christopher McGlinchey (Irl)0:00:23
3Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:52
4Nicholas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team0:00:58
5Sean McKenna (Irl) An Post Chain ReactionRow 4 - Cell 2
6Michael O'Loughlin (Irl) Team Wiggins0:01:04
7Marc Potts (Irl)0:01:10
8Lindsay Watson (Irl)0:01:14
9Angus Fyffe (Irl)0:01:18
10Ryan Reilly (Irl)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Seán Lacey (Irl)0:01:19
12Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:21
13Eoin Morton (Irl)0:03:39
14Eoin O'Connell (Irl)0:04:03
15Dermot Trulock (Irl)0:04:46
16James Curry (Irl)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Jake Gray (Irl)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Adam Stenson (Irl)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Conn McDunphy (Irl) Team Raleigh GACRow 18 - Cell 2
20Conor Hennebry (Irl) An Post Chain Reaction0:04:52
21Liam Dolan (Irl)0:05:06
22Lee Masters (Irl)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Cormac McGeough (Irl)0:07:38
24Mark O'Callaghan (Irl)0:08:07
25Connor Lambert (Irl)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Paul Kennedy (Irl)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Cathal Moynihan (Irl)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Sean Moore (Irl)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Javan Nulty (Irl)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Conor McCann (Irl)Row 29 - Cell 2
31James Blanchfield (Irl)Row 30 - Cell 2
32James Davenport (Irl)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Christopher Reilly (Irl)0:08:12
34Mark Downey (Irl)0:08:15
35Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe0:08:47
36Luke Kearney (Irl)0:12:37
37Adam Greally (Irl)0:18:13
38Robin Kelly (Irl)0:18:37
39Jarlath Hassett (Irl)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Karl Morgan (Irl)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Nathan Mullan (Irl)Row 40 - Cell 2
43Donal O'Cionnfhaolaidh (Irl)Row 41 - Cell 2
44Stephen Murray (Irl)Row 42 - Cell 2
45Seán O'Malley (Irl)Row 43 - Cell 2
46Raymond Cullen (Irl)Row 44 - Cell 2
47Ross Campbell Grogan (Irl)Row 45 - Cell 2
48James McGreevy (Irl)Row 46 - Cell 2
49Shane Smith (Irl)Row 47 - Cell 2
50Nathan McGreehan (Irl)Row 48 - Cell 2
51Jody Wright (Irl)Row 49 - Cell 2
52Mark Quigley (Irl)0:18:41
53John Brosnan (Irl)Row 51 - Cell 2
54Sean Mcintyre (Irl)Row 52 - Cell 2
55Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo NordiskRow 53 - Cell 2
OTLThomas O'Brien (Irl)Row 54 - Cell 2
OTLTimothy O'Regan (Irl)Row 55 - Cell 2
OTLRonan McDonnell (Irl)Row 56 - Cell 2
OTLDavid Farrell (Irl)Row 57 - Cell 2
OTLEdward Brennan (Irl)Row 58 - Cell 2
OTLCalvin Moore (Irl)Row 59 - Cell 2
OTLRonan O'Flynn (Irl)Row 60 - Cell 2
OTLAdrian Kirby (Irl)Row 61 - Cell 2
OTLDermot Gregan (Irl)Row 62 - Cell 2
OTLRonan Grimes (Irl)Row 63 - Cell 2
OTLJames Maddock (Irl)Row 64 - Cell 2
OTLPeter Leahy (Irl)Row 65 - Cell 2
OTLMatthew McCullagh (Irl)Row 66 - Cell 2
OTLOdhran Connors (Irl)Row 67 - Cell 2
DNFDamien Shaw (Irl) An Post Chain ReactionRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFPhilip Lavery (Irl) H&R Block Pro Cycling TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFSeán Hahessy (Irl)Row 70 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Walsh (Irl)Row 71 - Cell 2
DNFRichard Maes (Irl)Row 72 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Callan (Irl)Row 73 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Farrell (Irl)Row 74 - Cell 2
DNFSean Flynn (Irl)Row 75 - Cell 2
DNFRonan Killeen (Irl)Row 76 - Cell 2
DNFMark Reilly (Irl)Row 77 - Cell 2
DNFBobby Coleman (Irl)Row 78 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Guerin (Irl)Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFCraig Rea (Irl)Row 80 - Cell 2
DNFMark Dowling (Irl)Row 81 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Fitzgerald (Irl)Row 82 - Cell 2
DNFPaul Norton (Irl)Row 83 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Ryan (Irl)Row 84 - Cell 2
DNFCharles John Prendergast (Irl)Row 85 - Cell 2
DNFJoseph Breheny (Irl)Row 86 - Cell 2
DNFBen Delaney (Irl)Row 87 - Cell 2
DNFTerrence O Malley (Irl)Row 88 - Cell 2
DNFPaul Smith (Irl)Row 89 - Cell 2
DNFAndre Grennell (Irl)Row 90 - Cell 2
DNFKieran Crean (Irl)Row 91 - Cell 2
DNFMark Shannon (Irl)Row 92 - Cell 2
DNFDarragh McCarter (Irl)Row 93 - Cell 2
DNFDamian Roche (Irl)Row 94 - Cell 2
DNFMarcus Christie (Irl)Row 95 - Cell 2
DNFNiall Dwyer (Irl)Row 96 - Cell 2
DNFPaidi O'Brien (Irl)Row 97 - Cell 2
DNFEdward Dunbar (Irl) Axeon Hagens BermanRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Teggart (Irl) An Post Chain ReactionRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFCameron McIntyre (Irl)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNFCian Sutcliffe (Irl)Row 101 - Cell 2
DNFMarc Heaney (Irl)Row 102 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Sparrow (Irl)Row 103 - Cell 2
DNFDarnell Moore (Irl)Row 104 - Cell 2
DNFSean Grimes (Irl)Row 105 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Tuomey (Irl)Row 106 - Cell 2
DNFDarragh O'Mahony (Irl)Row 107 - Cell 2
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DNFRyan Byrne (Irl)Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFFionn Jordan (Irl)Row 110 - Cell 2
DNFAaron Kearney (Irl)Row 111 - Cell 2
DNFDaire Feeley (Irl)Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFConor Mckenna (Irl)Row 113 - Cell 2
DNFSean Keating (Irl)Row 114 - Cell 2

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