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AGHAGALLON, Lurgan - 3rd March 2002

Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland - Pictures submitted by Jerome Rafferty

Finish - Winner Norman Campbell




The Road cycling season got underway at the weekend in Ulster with races at Aghagallon, Broughshane and Annaclone, victories going to Norman Campbell, Jim McConnell and Ashley Patterson. There were 60 starters yesterday at Aghagallon on a new 3-miles circuit at Lough Neagh where 60 riders went off in two bunches separated by 7 minutes. The scratchmen were making inroads into their handicap of about 30 seconds a lap but after four of the 17 laps there were breakaways from both the big bunches. Up front Micky Gallen (Omagh Whs.), Sean Turner (Bann Valley) and John Neill (Team Madigan) went away and opened up a 2 minute lead while behind ten riders left the scratch group. 

For the next 10 laps the three leaders stayed away but started to tire and on the15th circuit there were joined by a chasing group of seven. Two dropped back leaving 8 together at the bell and with a couple of miles remaining Norman Campbell (unatt.) rode away chased by Chris Greene of the promoting Clann Eireann CC and they stayed ahead to the finish where Campbell took the sprint. Ten seconds later Mickey Gallen led in Wayne Morrow (East Antrim Audi) and they in turn had 6 seconds in hand over John neill who led in the remainder of the break. Aghagallon Cup, 51m., 

Aghagallon: 1, Norman Campbell (unatt.) 2.17.49; 2, C. Greene (Clann Eireann) s.t.; 3, M. Gallen (Omagh Whs.) at 10 secs; 4, W. Morrow (East Antrim Audi) s.t.; 5, J. neill (Team Madigan) at 16 secs; 6, S. Wright (Ballymena RC); 7, M. Lyttle (Crumlin Roadstars); 8, S. Turner (Bann Valley RC) all same time; 9, S. Walsh (Phoenix CC) at 1.15 secs; 10, S. McGreevy (Phoenix CC) s.t. 1st Unplaced Junior: S. Turner. 1st Unplaced Vet.: Con Shortt (Newry Haldane Fisher). 

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