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Dauphiné Libéré
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57th FBD Insurance Rás - 2.2, Ireland, May 18-25, 2009

Stage 1 - May 17: Kilcullen - Wexford, 125 km

A quartet of pipers opened proceedings under blue skies
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Members of the U-23 and Elite Irish teams
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Teams from numerous countries had travelled to Ireland
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John Dempsey (Tipperary Dan Morrissey) and Colin Robinson (Meath Martin Donnelly)
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The peloton in hot pursuit
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There were many heavy downpours
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Sunshine on a rainy day: The race was a colourful
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Strong winds also contributed to a difficult
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The finish line crew were well prepared for every eventuality.
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The sun had broken through again by the time the race arrived
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Niko Eeckhout (Ireland An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly)
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Niko Eeckhout (Ireland An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly) was reluctant
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David McCann (Ireland National Team) managed to crack a smile
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The three amigos: Philip Finegan (Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers),
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Colin Robinson (Meath Martin Donnelly) congratulates
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Same time tomorrow? Russell Downing (Britian Candi TV Marshalls)
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Fourth on the stage for Daniel Clifford (Kildare Projector World)
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Nicholas Walker (Australia Cinelli-Down Under) dons the white jersey
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Colin Robinson (Meath Martin Donnelly) took maximum points
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As winner of stage one Niko Eeckhout (Ireland An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly)
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When his considerable experience and strength are considered,
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Podium (L-R): Stage winner and race leader Niko Eeckhout
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Niko Eeckhout (Ireland An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly)
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