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Irish challenge fades late on in road race as Richard Carapaz claims gold

Dan Martin led the battling Irish trio home.

Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar and Nicolas Roche.
Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar and Nicolas Roche.
Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO

THE IRISH DELEGATION showed plenty of fight in today’s men’s Olympic road race but the hopes of Dan Martin, Nicolas Roche and Eddie Dunbar faded late on in Japan. 

Richard Carapaz stormed to victory as Martin came home in 16th, 3.38 behind the Ecuadorian. 

Banteer-native Dunbar — the youngest of the trio — went for it with an aggressive ride on the final climb but ultimately came in a place behind Roche in 76th. 

Carapaz, third in the Tour de France last week, rode clear of Brandon McNulty with six kilometres of the demanding 234km race to the Fuji International Speedway left and held off the chasing pack to deliver only Ecuador’s second Olympic gold in their history.

GB’s Adam Yates was part of a nine-man chasing group who crossed the line 67 seconds later. The Lancastrian had launched his sprint first, knowing surprise was his best opportunity, but he was soon swept up as Wout Van Aert pipped Tour winner Tadej Pogacar to silver on the line.

Adam’s twin brother Simon was 17th in a group that finished three and a half minutes back.

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Their team-mates Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart were involved in a crash around 70km into the race when Geoghegan Hart got his wheel caught in a groove on the road, bringing down both men.

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Thomas landed hard on his right side – having dislocated the same shoulder during the Tour de France – and pulled out of the race on their first passage of the line, still with 60km to go.

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