Congratulations to Newtown cyclist Archie Ryan who claimed his first professional victory at the Tour of Slovakia on Thursday.
It was his first international victory as a senior rider, winning the stage leaves 20 year-old Archie in 5th place overall in the Tour.
Following the stage win Archie said
“I’m thrilled with this win”. Ryan said. “It was a super tough ride today. The team was powerful on the climbs. I have to thank my team for all the help today.”
The last kilometre included a challenging ascent over cobblestones in the center of Banská Stiavnica. “Normally, cobblestones are not really for me. Fortunately, the last climb was steep enough and I could make the difference.”
Sports director Maarten Wynants was also thrilled with Ryan’s victory. “If you consider Archie’s background, this is a great victory. He has had several injuries in recent years. As we have seen, he has been in great form recently, and this win is a great confirmation of that.”