SHAUNA MCFADDEN and Amanda Gallagher made it safely through the rough and tumble girls’ road race at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi this morning.
Fifteen-year-old McFadden (pictured above with Meath’s Kevin McGrath, who won the 1500m in Tbilisi) was part of the main bunch five kilometres from the finish in the Georgian capital and looking strong, only to be hampered by a crash.
The Errigal Cycling Club member wasn’t directly involved in the pile-up but lost time and eventually came home in 51st position in a time of one hour and 19 minutes dead.
McFadden was only 39 seconds behind the eventual winner with an average speed of 36 km/per hour, Letizia Paternoster from Italy, while Denmark’s Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen was second and Clara Copponi of France was third.
Amanda Gallagher from Dunlewey came home unscathed in 60th place, clocking a hour 22 minutes 23 seconds in an average speed of 34.5 km/per hour.Tags: