Letterkenny cyclist Sean McFadden had a top three finish as he rubbed shoulders with the professionals on the fourth and final stage of the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan on Bank Holiday Monday.
The LK Bikes Donegal competitor, who works for Letterkenny Town Council, was 17 seconds behind Holland’s Dennis Bakker - the Dutchman who won the overall event as well - on the wet and windy day over the 114km trek.
Silvan Buis of the West Frisa team was second on the final stage, just two seconds behind his compatriot as McFadden fell from the bicycle with only 100 metres to go to the final but remounted to beat the main group over the line.
“I’m delighted considering I had a throat infection all last week,” McFadden said this week. “But I put in a good winter, training maybe 18 or 20 hours a week and my physio Ray McKenna kept me in good shape. I spent a week training in Spain with Cormac Keeney in Granada, Spain, as well. Conditions were touch in Kerry, especially on Monday but that sort of thing is my cup of tea.”
McFadden finished in the top 60 overall, as did Clonmany’s Damien Lagan, while Cormac Keeney from Letterkenny also took part. All three are now preparing for the Ras, which starts on May 20 and will be in Donegal. McFadden, was assisted in Kerry by a support team of Chris McElhinney, Joe Devlin and Jordan McGinley, will be competing for Dublin-based team, Chain Reaction, next month.