Even in the euphoria of winning his second, successive John Drumm Memorial Cup Cycle race in Currow on Sunday, Paidi O’Brien asked the gathering to remember the cyclist who was injured in a pre-race accident in the village car-park in Currow.
The cyclist, named as Laurent Dumoulin, from Lombardstown, Co Cork, is believed to have suffered serious leg injuries in what locals described as ‘a freak accident’ in the car park as the unpacking of racing gear was underway. He is believed to be in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
O’Brien of Banteer carried the ‘defending champion’ tag into today’s 49th annual John Drumm Memorial Cup Cycle Race in Currow.
Thanks to a powerful performance, in challenging and changing weather conditions, he will take the same tag into next year’s event here.
O’Brien who rides for the Osbourne Meats-The Edge Sports Shop team was part of a three-man break-away group with fellow Cork riders, Eddie Dunbar of O’Leary’s Stone/Kanturk CC with Mick Fitzgerald of the Cork based VeloRevolution team.
1st: Paidi O’Brien, The Edge Sports/Osbourne Meats. 2nd: Eddie Dunbar, O’Leary’s Stone Kanturk C.C. Mick Fitzgerald, VeloRevolution Team; Denis Dunworth, Tralee/Manor, C.C.; Martin O’Loughlin, Carrick Wheelers; Richard Hooton, The Edge Sports/Osbourne Meats; Olan Barrett, Aquablue C.C. and Cathal Moynihan Tralee, Manor C.C.