VeloBriefs: Power takes glory; AG2R loses bikes in fire; AP honors Armstrong

Ciaran Power (Navigators) was the emphatic winner of Rás Turcaí in Carraroe, Ireland, on Sunday. On a 10km circuit, Power took control over the 89-man field when he attacked on each climb of the six laps and comfortably set himself into a 20-second lead just after the halfway point. Power was reproducing the sort of form that saw him take two stages in last year's Milk Rás as he powered away to increase his lead to more than a minute at the finish. The former Ofoto Lombardia rider David O'Loughlin came second after taking the first prime of the day, but he couldn't match Power, who was a

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Ciaran Power (Navigators) was the emphatic winner of Rás Turcaí in Carraroe, Ireland, on Sunday.

On a 10km circuit, Power took control over the 89-man field when he attacked on each climb of the six laps and comfortably set himself into a 20-second lead just after the halfway point.

Power was reproducing the sort of form that saw him take two stages in last year’s Milk Rás as he powered away to increase his lead to more than a minute at the finish.

The former Ofoto Lombardia rider David O’Loughlin came second after taking the first prime of the day, but he couldn’t match Power, who was a cut above the rest.

“I was very happy with how I was going yesterday, it was a good indicator,” Power told IrishCycling.com. “I had only done one day of training since coming back from the (Irish national team) Olympic training camp in Spain as I was starting to get sick. I had thought it was wisest to back off for a few days and recover rather than to keep training away and risk being ill for longer.

“I went yesterday, not knowing what to expect but I was very surprised. I felt fantastic, really good. I think I am going much better than last year.”

Defending champion Mark Scanlon missed the race with a rib injury. –The Irish Independent contributed to this story

AG2R loses bikes in blaze
The French AG2R team lost 70 bicycles in a fire Sunday afternoon in Chambéry, general manager Vincent Lavenu said Monday.

The fire, the cause of which remains unknown, struck four companies in Côte Rousse.

Among the equipment lost were the time-trial bikes the team planned to use in the Jacob’s Creek Tour Down Under January 20-25 in Australia.

Lavenu said the team would be contacting suppliers and sponsors in hopes of replacing their gear before the JCTDU begins.–Copyright 2003/AFP

Armstrong’s the AP Male Athlete of Year
Lance Armstrong was honored as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year on Sunday. It was the second straight year he’s won the award, which is voted on by sports writers and broadcasters.

Armstrong and San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds were the top two finishers for the third straight year. Armstrong received 26 first-place votes and 174 points. Bonds had 10 first-place votes and 59 points.