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Damien Shaw in Action in 2016 Tour of Britian

posted 4 Sept 2016, 11:43 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 4 Sept 2016, 11:56 ]
(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 4th September)   
This week sees the start of the UK’s highest ranked professional cycle race, the Tour of Britain. Our own Damien Shaw will be part of a six-man team competing in the colours of the An Post Chain Reaction Sean Kelly outfit and without doubt this will be his biggest test since turning Pro last year.

This race is restricted to only 21 professional teams from around the world and brings most of the World Tour teams to the start line. Riders such as Olympians, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and Ireland’s and Dan Martin will be looking for stage and outright victories with Team Dimension Data, Team Wiggo and Canondale Drapac respectively. 

So, it goes without saying that the Belgian based Mullingar man will need to be on top form to compete at this level, however, going by some of his performances in recent weeks this looks like it may well be the case. In July the team went to Livigno in Italy for some training at altitude and have competed in some very tough Kermesse and one-day races in Belgium and France over the last two months in preparation for this eight-day race. 

Commencing in Glasgow on Sunday Sept. 4th and finishing in London city centre on Sept. 11th, the race will traverse the UK covering 1,297 kilometers and a whopping 21,000 meters of climbing.

Best of luck and a safe race to Damien from all at Lakeside Wheelers!

Great Start by An Post Chain Reaction
At the time of posting, we can report that Damien's An Post Chain Reaction team has gotten off to a great start. Two An Post riders, Belgian rider Emiel Wastyn and his Dutch team-mate Jasper Bovenhuis got into the main break of the day.  Bovenhuis picked up bonus points and seconds during his exploits in the breakaway and holds the sprint jersey after stage one as well as being in second place overall, just one second behind race leader Andre Greipel.  The Tour of Britian continues tomorrow with stage two taking the riders188km fromCarlisle to Kendal

Damien Shaw on the front of the peloton in the 2016 Etoile de Besseges race
Damien Shaw on the front of the peloton in the 2016 Etoile de Besseges race