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Mario Cipollini, the controversial former road race world champion, on the podium at the end of EPIC Gran Canaria with two Irish riders, Dermot Radford and Sean Buckley

Two Irish amateur riders, well known on the domestic racing scene, have shared a podium with former road race world champion Mario Cipollini at the end of the EPIC Gran Canaria Gran Fondo in Spain.

Dermot Radford, a leading Masters road racer and paracycling tandem pilot, and Sean Buckley, another well known road racer, finished 2nd and 3rd behind winner Cipollini in their event.

Cipollini, in the news since his retirement for a domestic violence case concluding in his conviction, topped the Masters 50 podium from Radford (Black House Racing) and Buckley (Black House Racing) in the three-stage event at the weekend on the Spanish island.

Belgian elite rider Simon De Ridder (Cyclepassion Scott Racing Team) won the first stage of the event, over 12.3km, in a time of 24:09, with Cipollini 15th at 1:04. Radford placed 37th at 1:53, of 459 riders, while Buckley was 73rd at 2:51.

The second stage, some 45km, was won by Luca Chiesa (ASD PROGRAMMA AUTO), a Masters 30 rider from Italy, in a time of 1:31:01 from former pro rider Luis León Sanchez, who was riding the Masters 40 category and was 2:58 down on that stage.

Cipollini placed 12th, at 8:01, while Radford and Buckley were 19th and 42nd at 9:56 and 15:56 respectively.

The final stage, some 22km, was won by Spanish rider Haimar Agirre (Zarautz Zikloturista Elkartea) in a time of 49:43. Cipollini was 15th in a time of 52:36, with Radford 32nd in 55:04 and Buckley 57th at 58:09.

The podium finishes for the two Irish riders in the Masters 50 category come a week after Dublin-based Orwell Wheelers rider, Cahir O’Higgins, was seventh overall at the Grand Fondo World Series in Jordan.

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