A RISING star of local cycling has recorded a sensational road race victory in Belgium.
North Tyrone teenager, Adam Ward triumphed in a 60km road race in Zingem, near Oudenaarde.
The 15-year-old Dunamanagh lad is currently in Belgium as a member of the Cycling Ireland Talent Team 2020 and led home a dominant Irish under-16 team which claimed six of the top seven positions.
That in itself was a remarkable achievement and one which team manager Martin O’Loughlin hailed as “the best day in five years” of the project.
Ward was delighted to claim his first win on Belgian soil.
“ I attacked the field on lap 7 (of 13) and managed to hold off the bunch of 70 riders until the finish, with eight seconds to second place and a further eight seconds back to the chasing peloton,” he said.
“ This was my first win in Belgium after placing second last month in A Kermesse race in Wortegem-Petegem.
“I was ecstatic to get my hands in the air after experiencing how hard the racing can be over there.
“It was a definitely a great way to end my U16 racing season as I’ll be moving up to the junior ranks next year.”
Next up for Ward, who won the KOM and stage three at last month’s Errigal International Youth Tour, is the U16 National Championships and the UK School Games in England at the start of September
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