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Cormac Mcgeough takes his third international win of the season at the International Cycling Tour in Guatemala (Photo: International Cycling Tour to Guatemala)

Irish rider Cormac Mcgeough (Canel’s Pro Cycling) has been on fire at the Vuelta Ciclistica Internacional a Guatemala (UCI 2.2). The 27-year-old, who represented Ireland at the UCI World Road Championships in Scotland this year, has taken a stage win and the yellow jersey.

That victory comes as part of a very strong season, where he was 2nd overall at Rás Tailteann and also won stages in Vuelta Ciclista al Ecuador (2.2) in September and Tour de Beauce (2.2) in Canada in June.

Mcgeough was part of a five-rider breakaway that went clear shortly after the start of the 115km opening stage, starting and finishing in San Benito. It came down to the Irish rider, competing for a Mexican team, against Ecuador national team riders Nixon Efrain Rosero and Stalin Wladimir Puentestar, with Mcgeough taking victory.

A five-rider group finished 1:05 down, with the next riders on the road losing 3½ minutes to Mcgeough. That meant the Irish rider was in a strong position at the top of the general classification. The following day’s stage 2 – on Friday – saw the riders tackle 203km from Castillo San Felipe to Ipala.

The finale included a near 8km climb close to the finish, with Mcgeough fighting hard in yellow but finishing 21st some 2:08 down on winner José David Canastuj (Decoba-ASO Quetzaltenango). That time loss saw Mcgeough slip to 6th overall, some 1:52 down on new race leader Efrain Rosero, who was 2nd on the opening stage.

On Saturday’s stage 3 – some 119km from Jutiapa to Fraijanes – Mcgeough finished in the 30-rider lead group, sprinting in to 4th on the day. And on Sunday he placed 14th in the 32-rider sprint for victory into Coatepeque after 200km of racing, maintaining his 6th place overall some 1:52 off yellow.

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