Le­in­ster ‘A’ fall short in British & Irish Cup fi­nal

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

TRIES from Luke Carter, Joe Munro and Mark Bright helped Eal­ing Trail­find­ers to de­feat Le­in­ster ‘A’ 22-7 in the British & Irish Cup fi­nal yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Af­ter Luke Daniels had opened the scor­ing for Eal­ing, Le­in­ster re­sponded with an im­pres­sive maul score by loose­head prop Ed Byrne. How­ever, fol­low­ing a ma­jes­tic Carter five-poin­ter — sup­ple­mented by a Daniels bonus kick — the English Cham­pi­onship out­fit brought a 10-7 cush­ion in to the in­ter­val.

Although the Blues re­mained in con­tention on the re­sump­tion, Eal­ing widened the gap with a su­perb Munro fin­ish. In­deed, af­ter Bright crossed the white­wash in­side the fi­nal quar­ter, the home team eased to­wards a con­vinc­ing 15-point tri­umph.

Cara­paz be­came the first Ecuadorean to win a stage of a Grand Tour af­ter launch­ing a solo at­tack with around one kilo­me­tre re­main­ing of the 209km route from Praia a Mare to Mon­tev­ergine di Mercogliano.

Sec­ond-placed Da­vide For­molo fin­ished seven sec­onds be­hind Cara­paz af­ter edg­ing France’s Thibaut Pinot into third and fel­low Ital­ian En­rico Battaglin into fourth.

Mitchel­ton-Scott’s Yates, who has held the pink jer­sey since stage six, was fifth yes­ter­day and leads the race by 16 sec­onds from Tom Du­moulin (Sun­web).

The fran­tic finale came af­ter Bri­tain’s Chris Froome suf­fered a scare when he came off his bike with just un­der six kilo­me­tres re­main­ing.

Team Sky rider Froome, aim­ing to win a third suc­ces­sive Grand Tour, crashed on a slip­pery hair­pin but man­aged to fin­ish and sits ninth over­all, a minute and 10 sec­onds be­hind Yates.

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