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Irish Championships - CN, Waterford, Ireland, June 29-July 1, 2007

Day 3 - July 1: Elite/U23/junior men, 171.2/107.0 km

Despite the stormy skies, close to 100 riders signed
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A strong group, including newly crowned National TT Champion Nicholas Roche (Credit Agricole)
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Former National Champion David McCann (Colavita Sutter Home)
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Looking as determined and focused as ever, David O'Loughlin's contributes
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Nicholas Roche (Credit Agricole) started the race
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The initial break also included Paidi O'Brien
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Weather conditions were very changeable, alternating between brilliant sunshine
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David O'Loughlin forces the pace as the leading group
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With the majority of teams represented in the group,
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Local rider Rory Wyley (Dan Morrissey) was highly motivated.
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The leading group took full advantage of the tail wind
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Nicholas Roche (Credit Agricole) leads Paidi O'Brien
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Neil Delahaye (Usher Insulation) dictates
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Nicholas Roche (Credit Agricole) has taken flight
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Roche's intention was clear,
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Heavy showers of rain did not impair the steady progress
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Mark Cassidy and Paidi O'Brien
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Rory Wyley (Dan Morrissey) applies a little pressure
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Roche pays the price for his monumental solo efforts
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David O'Loughlin's strength is apparent
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Mark Cassidy (Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly)
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Then there were four - O'Loughlin, O'Brien, Cassidy and Roche
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With 10 metres to go David O'Loughlin (Navigators Insurance) senses victory.
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David O'Loughlin (Navigators Insurance) celebrates
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Rory Wyley (Dan Morrissey) showed exceptional class
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U-23 National Champion Mark Cassidy
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Elite men podium (L-R): Paidi O'Brien (Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly),
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2007 Irish Road Race Champion David O'Loughlin (Navigators Insurance).
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