Marcus Christie and his An Post-Chainreaction team mates enjoyed what was a low key concluding stage to the Etoile de Bessèges pro stage race in France last weekend.
With a great 6th place on Stage 1, the Irish U23 international finished in the main bunch on Thursday when others lost time. Having held the U23 Leaders Jersey briefly, Friday’s stage 3 with its’ challenging terrain saw Christie loose time, and with it his classification jersey.
InSunday’s Alés stage Christie continued his good form coming home the best of the Irish quartet in the race, 58th and just 1:15 down on stage and overall winner Tobias Ludvigsson (Giant-Shimano)
Whilst he had a tougher time in the latter stages of the race than in the first couple of days, his bagging of a 6th place on a stage, making a winning breakaway and holding a classification leader’s jersey is a fantastic start to his tenure with An Post-Chainreaction.
It augurs very well for him for the rest of the season and also suggests that the other Irish trio in the line-up this week – Conor Dunne, Ryan Mullen and Jack Wilson – will come out of the race buoyed by Christie’s ride in his first pro race and its impact on team morale.