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