Ireland killed two birds with one stone in Barcelona
Last week in Barcelona, eighteen nations were fighting in the Nations Cups Longines final. After two thrilling rounds, Ireland’s team added his name to the hall of fame of the competition. In addition to their great victory, Ireland also managed to take the last ticket for the Olympics of Tokyo as they defeated Italy and Ireland, the two other nations in competition for this title.
After the first round of Thursday afternoon, only eight teams over eighteen passed the cut for Sunday’s final: Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Colombia. The course designed by Madrilène Santiago Varela was very demanding, so demanding that it seems barely impossible to realize a clear round. Twenty-four points for Switzerland’s Beat Mändli and Dsarie, eight points for Germany’s Marcus Ehning and Pret A Tout and twelve points for Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca and Dinky Toy v. Kranenburg… At the end of the afternoon, only seven pairs find the solution for a perfect round including two Irish riders whose team lived a dreamed day.
This team had a double goal in Barcelona, shined in the Nations Cup Longines final and took the last ticket for the Olympics. With only four points on his round, Peter Moloney and Chianti’s Champion, put the team in the right direction. Next, Paul O’Shea and Skara Glen’s realized a prefect round. Before the round of Darragh Kenny, the team knew that the ticket was guaranteed if the rider was clear as Colombia and Italy, the two other nations in the Olympics chase did two many faults on their rounds. And the rider of Balou du Renventon did it ! With only one points, it was enough to ensure his team a place for Tokyo. Last to go, Cian O’Connor and PSG Final ended the afternoon brilliantly, with another clear round, the Irish team won the Nations Cups Longines final.