Darren Rafferty goes the distance to win Irish road race title

CELLESSURDUROLLE FRANCE JUNE 04 Darren Rafferty of Ireland and Team EF Education EasyPost prior to the 76th Criterium du Dauphine 2024 Stage 3 a 1817km stage from CellessurDurolle to Les Estables 1337m UCIWT on June 04 2024 in CellessurDurolle France Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Darren Rafferty (Image credit: Getty Images)

Darren Rafferty (EF Education-EasyPost) powered to victory in the elite men’s road race at the Irish Championships after distancing breakaway companion Dillon Corkery (St Michel - Mavic - Auber93) in the final 10km in Athea, County Limerick.

Rafferty had sparked the winning move with 20km remaining, and the Tyrone man produced a fine display on the finishing circuit to claim his first elite title on the road. Corkery, who won last year’s Rás Tailteann, held on for silver at 16 seconds, while Rory Townsend (Q36.5) outsprinted Dean Harvey (Trinity Racing) for bronze, just over a minute down on Rafferty.

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