Yesterday he was in the day’s breakaway until the very last, and even then his never say die attitude saw him make a last chance gasp for victory alone. We caught up with Morgan Smith as he continues on with the 2015 An Post Ras in Ireland.
Yesterday saw Morgan Smith line up with a breakaway opportunity in mind. He got his chance on the 155.9km stage from Tipperary to Beama and didn’t look back. “It did take a while but we were still out there for a fair haul around a 100km I think,” Morgan told RoadCycling. In fact it took more than 50km before Morgan’s move finally went clear.
Interestingly one of the characteristics that has become somewhat typical of the great Irish race, is that the An Post Ras has this reputation of being extremely aggressive and unpredictable. We asked Morgan about that – as a number of riders had tried and failed to go clear before he finally made it – about what it’s like being in a peloton that’s so . . . . unstable? “Early on it’s hectic with everyone trying to get away. It reminds me of [Tour of] Southland just more depth,” Morgan explained. “One thing here are the cats eyes. They make being in the bunch that bit more interesting.”
Being in the break, Morgan was blessed not just with good timing in getting into the right move, but also with getting into the move with the right people. Morgan was in the company of Louth Team Asea’s Roger Aiken, Anthony Walsh and Sean McKenna of CorkAquaBlue, Jimmy Janssens of Team 3M and Marc Potts of Down Nth Powerhouse Sport. “The boys went pretty hard early and we kept working together well. One guy in particular was very strong,” Morgan said. “Towards the end we started attacking but I think the long straight highway from about 20kms out was against us.”
With the long straight highway came headwinds that certainly did not help the break’s cause. But Morgan wasn’t done as he opted to attack one last time. “My head was on the job. I thought if we could get to the 10km mark 1-1.30mins up we would go close. You always hope. You have to, 1/6 is better than 1/200,” he told us. Is anyone else hearing a bit of a Voigt-like resemblance?
While Morgan’s last ditch move didn’t last, with himself and the breakaway group being caught 2km out from the finish it is a good sign of things to come, with Morgan’s aim for the rest of the race being crystal clear. “I’m here to have a crack,” he said. “So [I’ll] keep trying to be in the right place at the right time.”
Stay tuned for more from Morgan as the An Post Ras continues. You can check out our full race report from stage 3 of An Post Ras here.
Ed Wright – Roadcycling