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53rd FBD Insurance Rás - 2.2

Ireland, May 22-29, 2005

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Stage 5 - May 26: Templemore - Abbeyleix, 114 km

Stalemate despite mountain stage

By Shane Stokes in Abbeyleix

The suspense continues. Today's stage may have been billed as one of the hardest of this year's FBD Insurance Rás, but in the end it proved one of the least divisive. After 143 kilometres of racing fifty-four riders finished within 25 seconds of each other on the streets of Abbeyleix, the two category one ascents and three other climbs coming after the start in Templemore failing to splinter the main bunch.

First place on the stage went to Morten Christiansen, the Norway - Sparebanken Vest rider proving quickest of eight breakaway riders inside the final 200 metres. Irish riders Simon Kelly (Cork Nucleus) and Roger Aiken (Louth - Safe Cycling) did what they could to take top honours, but Christiansen's speed plus the strong leadout he got from team-mate Are Andresen proved enough for him to take the win.

Five seconds later, Meath rider Eugene Moriarty led home the main bunch for ninth. Yet the placing was scant consolation to the Kerryman, who lost his King of the Mountains jersey to 2000 race winner Julian Winn when the latter took three of the day's climbs. Hot on Moriarty's heels in the sprint were Chris Newton (GB - and Malcolm Elliott (Yorkshire - Trinity Capital), the English duo thus preserving their first and second places overall and ensuring a big showdown over the remaining three days.

The rest of the general classification stayed essentially unchanged, although Tim Barry (Tipperary Dan Morrissey) moved up one place to fourth while Conor Murphy (Ireland - Grant Thornton) punctured at a bad time and dropped from ninth to 38th overall.

How it unfolded

With five climbs on the agenda, including two first category ascents, today's fifth stage was expected to cause major changes in the general classification. Blue skies greeted the 169 riders left in the race, a big contrast from the wet conditions of previous days.

The action began straight away when several attempts were made to get a group clear. Stephen Gallagher (Ireland - Grant Thornton), Peter Vermeulen (Netherlands - Kennemerland), Duncan Urquhart (Scotland) and Andrew Roche (Tipperary Worldwide Cycles) attacked after two kilometres and were quickly joined by Stian Remme (Norway - Sparebanken Vest), Stuart MacGregor (Scotland - West) and Dave Peelo (Dublin Wheelers - All Systems).

The septet was reinforced minutes later by the addition of Sigvard Kukk (Estonia - Kalev Chocolate), Malte Urban (Germany - Stevens von Hacht), Morten Hegreberg (Norway - Sparebanken Vest), Tommy Evans (Yorkshire - Trinity Capital) and the mountains classification leader Eugene Moriarty (Meath - Cycleways). But the bunch brought all the riders back after several minutes of frantic chasing.

An unsuccessful solo attempt by Kevin Miller to open up a big lead was followed by a second attack by the Canada - Jet Fuel rider, this time with perennial aggressors Duncan Urquhart (Scotland) and 43 year old double Rás winner Philip Cassidy (Meath - for company.

This group grew with the addition of Peter Vermeulen (Netherlands - Kennemerland), Robert Partridge (Wales - Stena Line), Mark Lovatt (Yorkshire - Trinity Capital), Paul Healion (Dublin - Usher Insulation), Jens Schwedler (Germany - Stevens von Hacht) and Morten Christiansen (Norway - Sparebanken Vest) and, by the twenty kilometre point, the nine leaders had an advantage of 19 seconds.

Recognising the opportunity, Chris Daddy (NE England), Stephen Gallagher (Ireland - Grant Thornton), Andri Lebedev (Estonia - Kalev Chocolate), Julian Winn (Wales - Stena Line), David Robinson (US - TIAA CREF), Roger Morgan (Surrey Racing League), Stephen O'Sullivan (Meath - and John Mason (Tipperary Worldwide Cycles) set off in pursuit and closing as the riders began the first category ascent of The Crag (34 kilometres).

Robinson was dropped soon afterwards from the chase, while Veermeulen was shed from the front group. Cassidy also slipped backwards, but was picked up by the fragmenting second group. He, Stephen Gallagher, Julian Winn and Stephen O'Sullivan then continued the chase, with Gallagher and Winn forging ahead on the Crag and getting across.

Up front, first to the top was Healion. Lovatt moved into the KOH lead by virtue of the twelve points he earned for second place, while Urquhart, Partridge and Christiansen filled the next positions. The picture at this stage was nine riders being chased by five, namely Cassidy, O'Sullivan, Stian Remme (Norway - Sparebanken Vest), John Mason and Andrew Roche (both Tipperary - Worldwide Cycles).

The third category ascent of Granghill saw Winn take full points, showing his intention to go for the mountains jersey he won several years back. Healion, Gallagher and Lovatt were next over the top. The chasers finally joined up with the leaders shortly after they had covered 50 kilometres, while at this point the bunch was a minute and a half down.

The fourteen became thirteen when a puncture robbed Miller of his place up front. He slipped back to the bunch, which was being led by GB - and Tipperary Dan Morrissey, riding to protect Newton's yellow jersey and the Irish county team lead, respectively.

At the bottom of the day's second first category climb, the break's lead was just 1 minute and 20 seconds. Ireland - Grant Thornton rider Conor Murphy had the misfortune to puncture on the steep slopes, eventually losing his ninth place overall as a result.

Winn was first to the top of the Butts, ahead of Remme, Gallagher, Roche, Urquhart and Healion. Lovatt was missing, and with he and Moriarty having no chance to win points, the Welshman was certain to take the jersey. Winn also took maximum points on the next climb, the second category Uskerty Hill, with Gallagher, Healion, Urquhart, Roche and Remme next over the line.

Following Urquhart's puncture and crash yesterday, the Scotsman had a flat tyre again today; appalling luck, and a misfortune which cost him his place in the break. However the other escapers were hauled back by the 70-strong bunch before the final climb of the day at Glenmagoo. Here, Urban took full points here, while Moriarty salvaged something from his day by collecting eight points for second place. Christiansen, Newton and Elliott were next.

Five riders went clear after the top of the climb - Gabriel Rasch (Norway Sparebanken Vest), Evan Oliphant, Alex Coutts (both Scotland), Rob Sharman (GB - and John Tanner (Yorkshire - Trinity Capital). These were soon recaptured, but at the 25 kilometres to go point four others had more luck. Miller, Krotky, Christiansen and Lovatt quickly opened a twelve second gap.

With about fifteen kilometres remaining stage one winner Roger Aiken (Louth Safe Cycling) surged out of the peloton, bridging across to the breakaway group. Are Andresen, Simon Kelly (Cork Nucleus) and Denis Lynch (Cork Kanturk) repeated the move shortly afterwards.

With two kilometres to go the breakaway had a healthy eighteen seconds, and when they carried twelve of those into the final kilometre it was clear that they were going to make it to the finish. Sure enough, they got there five seconds ahead of the bunch, with Morten Christiansen benefiting from a leadout by team-mate Andresen to beat Kelly, Aiken, Lovatt, Millar, Krotky and Lynch.

Andresen was caught on the line by the speeding main field, but retained enough of his advantage to finish ahead of Eugene Moriarty (Meath -, Newton, Barker and Elliott. The close finish meant that there was little change in the overall standings, bar Murphy's inopportune puncture causing him to slip from ninth to 38th overall. Barry moves up from fifth to fourth by virtue of his better stage position, while fellow Irishmen Sean Lacey and John Dempsey are now 12th and 13th overall. Newton and Winn lead the points and mountains classifications.

'I am very pleased with how things went today,' said stage winner Morten Christiansen. 'The team wanted to win something. I attacked early on in the stage and was clear over some of the climbs, but eventually went back to the bunch. I got away again though near the end and we stayed clear until the finish. My team-mate Are Andresen led out the sprint for me, and it worked out perfectly.'

'The hope now is that the team can go for the overall. Morten Hegreberg is third, just over two minutes back. We have been trying to put pressure on the GB Recycling team... they certainly know our jerseys by now!'

Irish rider Simon Kelly was happy to take second. 'My previous best finish was eighth, so today's result is very good. I've ridden the Rás five times and this is the closest I have come to winning a stage. Myself and Denis Lynch got across to the break near the end. I started the sprint in third place. The winner came around me and was too quick for me to get by him again.'

Third-placed Roger Aiken was also satisfied. 'I felt pretty good all day. I got across with Simon and Denis near the end, but I was a bit too far back in the sprint to do better. But I'm happy enough with that, and we got a few seconds on the field. That might move me up a place or two in the overall standings.'

Chris Newton finished five second behind the first five riders, but easily held on to his yellow jersey. 'It was fine out there. I've taken two wins and second on a stage so far, so I am going quite well. I am having an interesting battle with Malcolm for the jersey. We'll see how it turns out over the next few days.'

Elliott had previously expressed doubts about his climbing form, but did just fine today. 'It worked out pretty well,' he said. 'I think Saturday is going to be the big showdown. I am feeling stronger each day, so that is encouraging.'


1 Morten Christiansen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest       3.23.13
2 Simon Kelly (Irl) Nucleus                               
3 Roger Aiken (Irl) Safe Cycling                          
4 Mark Lovatt (GBr) Trinity Capital                       
5 Kevin Miller (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                      
6 Rostislav Krotky (Cze) Elmarco KK                   0.02
7 Denis Lynch (Irl) Kanturk                               
8 Are Andresen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                 0.05
9 Eugene Moriarty (Irl)                     
10 Chris Newton (GBr)                     
11 Yanto Barker (GBr) Stena                               
12 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Trinity Capital                  
13 Sigvard Kukk (Est) Kalev Chocolate                     
14 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                
15 Paudi O'Brien (Irl) Grant Thornton                     
16 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Scotland                           
17 Andrew Roche (Irl) Worldwide Cycles                    
18 John Tanner (GBr) Trinity Capital                      
19 Daniel Lynch (Irl) Kanturk                             
20 Philip Finegan (Irl) Usher Insulations                 
21 Sean Lacey (Irl) M Donnelly                            
22 Tom Hemmant (GBr) Exel Ravens                          
23 Greg Roche (GBr) Fujibikes                             
24 Tim Barry (Irl) Dan Morrissey                          
25 Ian MacGregor (USA) TIAA-CREF                          
26 Jiri Korbel (Cze) Elmarco KK                           
27 Timothy Dunford (GBr) SurreyRacing League              
28 Richard Cartland (GBr) Angliasport                     
29 Kristian House (GBr) Fujibikes                         
30 Martin Snizek (Cze) Elmarco KK                         
31 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) Grant Thornton                 
32 Robin Sharman (GBr)                    
33 Kevin Dawson (GBr) Trinity Capital                     
34 Paul Healion (Irl) Usher Insulations                   
35 Bill Moore (Irl) M Donnelly                            
36 Alex Coutts (GBr) Scotland                             
37 Julian Winn (GBr) Stena                                
38 Andrew Randell (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                   
39 Chris McNamara (GBr) SurreyRacing League               
40 Anthony Malarczyk (GBr) Fujibikes                      
41 Jens Schwedler (Ger) Stevens von Hacht                 
42 Stuart Gillespie (USA) TIAA-CREF                       
43 Tino Haakman (Ned) BRC Kennemerland                    
44 Thomas Evans (Irl) Trinity Capital                     
45 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                   
46 Mark Cassidy (Irl)                       
47 Stian Remme (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                     
48 Rory Wyley (Irl) Dan Morrissey                         
49 Malte Urban (Ger) Stevens von Hacht                    
50 John Horgan (Irl) Nucleus                              
51 John Dempsey (Irl) Grant Thornton                      
52 John Mason (Irl) Worldwide Cycles                      
53 Brian Keane (Irl) Grant Thornton                       
54 Robert Partridge (GBr) Stena                       0.25
55 Gary Hand (GBr) Scotland                           1.01
56 Richard Kooijman (Ned) BRC Kennemerland            5.33
57 Ian Paine (GBr) Exel Ravens                            
58 Brian Truman (Irl) Dan Morrissey                       
59 Kenny Williams (USA) Ventilux First Mortgage           
60 Andrei Mustonen (Est) Kalev Chocolate                  
61 Simon McNamara (GBr) Angliasport                       
62 Mark Pozniak (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                     
63 Chris Daddy (GBr) NE England                           
64 Tom Greene (Irl) Ena Loakman                           
65 Chris Belsham (GBr) Angliasport                        
66 Mart Ojavee (Est) Kalev Chocolate                      
67 Nathan Mitchell (USA) TIAA-CREF                        
68 Dan O'Sullivan (USA) McGuire Cycles                    
69 Simon Saunders (GBr) SurreyRacing League               
70 Eoin Whelan (Irl) Safe Cycling                         
71 Barry Meehan (Irl) Worldwide Cycles                    
72 Craig Sweetman (Irl) M Donnelly                        
73 Ken Norgrove (Irl) Whs. All Systems                    
74 Michael Mulcahy (Irl) Usher Insulations                
75 Mark McLeavey (Irl) Dundrum Shopping                   
76 Michael Steed (Irl) Murphy Surveys                     
77 Mick Hennessy (Irl) Nucleus                            
78 David Robinson (USA) TIAA-CREF                         
79 Daire O'Sullivan (Irl) Ena Loakman                     
80 Max Spirin (USA) McGuire Cycles                        
81 John Paul Lynch (Irl) Wicklow North                    
82 Conor Coffey (USA) Tradewind Sports-CCB                
83 Donald Reeb (USA) Guinness                             
84 Richard Eastham (GBr) Angliasport                      
85 Roger Morgan (GBr) SurreyRacing League                 
86 Mick Walsh (USA) Ventilux First Mortgage               
87 Eddie O'Donoghue (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn              
88 Andri Lebedev (Est) Kalev Chocolate                    
89 David Peelo (Irl) Whs. All Systems                     
90 Philip Cassidy (Irl)                     
91 Gary Dodd (GBr) SurreyRacing League                    
92 Jamie Norfolk (GBr) Stena                              
93 Myles McCorry (Irl) Safe Cycling                       
94 Mark King (USA) Guinness                               
95 Thorsten Wiedenroth (Ger) Stevens von Hacht            
96 Arne Hinrichsen (Ger) Stevens von Hacht                
97 Paul Sheppard (GBr) Stena                              
98 Paddy Kelly (Irl) Wicklow South                        
99 Michal Stastny (Cze) Elmarco KK                        
100 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl)                
101 Mike Barton (USA) Boston Scientific                   
102 Jan Novak (Cze) Elmarco KK                            
103 Ryan Connor (GBr) Usher Insulations                   
104 John Charlesworth (GBr) NE England                    
105 James Cusick (GBr) Scotland West                      
106 Jason Bethel (GBr) Ventilux First Mortgage            
107 Stuart MacGregor (GBr) Scotland West                  
108 Steve Kenny (GBr) NE England                          
109 Paul Manning (GBr)                    
110 Shaun Snodden (GBr)                   
111 Conor Murphy (Irl) Grant Thornton                     
112 Duncan Urquhart (GBr) Scotland                        
113 Brian Taafe (Irl) Whs. All Systems               15.46
114 Jeremy Burton (USA) Tradewind Sports-CCB              
115 Barry Donnelly (Irl) Murphy Surveys                   
116 William Byrne (Irl) Murphy Surveys                    
117 Ciaran Farrell (Irl) Whs. All Systems                 
118 Dave Early (Irl) Ena Loakman                          
119 Menno de Boer (Ned) BRC Kennemerland                  
120 Cormac O'Shea (Irl) Ena Loakman                       
121 Chris Harnish (USA) Tradewind Sports-CCB              
122 Sonke Thiel (Ger) Stevens von Hacht                   
123 Anthony O'Brien (Irl) Nucleus                         
124 Paul Coats (GBr) Scotland West                        
125 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Kanturk                           
126 Ben Greenwood (GBr)                   
127 Peter Hey (GBr) Angliasport                           
128 Ronnie Batey (GBr) NE England                         
129 Jonathan Gormley (Irl) Exel Ravens                    
130 Aaron Beardsley (USA) McGuire Cycles                  
131 Adrian Hedderman (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn             
132 John Wall (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn                    
133 Morgan Fox (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn                   
134 Peter Vermeulen (Ned) BRC Kennemerland                
135 Aidan Crowley (Irl)                     
136 Justin Lillie (USA) Boston Scientific            15.55
137 Todd Duncan (USA) Guinness                       24.18
138 Stephen Enright (Irl) IRC Moy Isover                  
139 Karl Dolan (Irl) Safe Cycling                         
140 Frank O'Connor (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn               
141 Ciaran Steed (Irl) Murphy Surveys                     
142 Colm Bracken (Irl) Murphy Surveys                     
143 Adam Kelly (Irl) Wicklow North                        
144 Fred Stamm (USA) McGuire Cycles                       
145 Zach Bell (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                       
146 Hugo Keetman (Ned) BRC Kennemerland                   
147 Padraig Marrey (Irl) Nucleus                          
148 Cian Crowley (Irl) Wicklow South                      
149 Emmet Hogan (Irl) McGuire Cycles                      
150 John O'Brien (Irl) Kerry                              
151 Fergus O'Connor (Irl) Whs. All Systems                
152 Simon Mulvany (Irl) M Donnelly                        
153 Karl Elliott (Irl) IRC Moy Isover                     
154 Dave Reilly (Irl) IRC Moy Isover                      
155 Stephan Wolfer (GBr) Fujibikes                        
156 Thomas Lavery (Irl) Kerry                             
157 Eoin Concannon (Irl) Kanturk                          
158 Vincent Gleeson (Irl) Dan Morrissey                   
159 John O'Shea (Irl) Dan Morrissey                       
160 Dave Buchan (GBr) NE England                          
161 Francis Ennis (Irl) Dundrum Shopping                  
162 Sean McGreevy (Irl) Safe Cycling                 27.21
163 Jeff Craddock (USA) Tradewind Sports-CCB              
164 Richard Malone (Irl) Ena Loakman                 32.51
165 Derek Cunningham (Irl) Wicklow South             35.29
166 Marcus Smith (GBr) Scotland West                      
DNF Sheldon Deeny (USA) TIAA-CREF                         
DNF Robert Moore (Irl) M Donnelly                         
DNF Frank O'Leary (Irl) Wicklow North                     
DNS Kacey Chamberlin (USA) Ventilux First Mortgage        
DNS Kieran Keane (Irl) Exel Ravens                        
1 Morten Christiansen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest            15 pts
2 Simon Kelly (Irl) Nucleus                             14
3 Roger Aiken (Irl) Safe Cycling                        13
4 Mark Lovatt (GBr) Trinity Capital                     12
5 Kevin Miller (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                    11
6 Rostislav Krotky (Cze) Elmarco KK                     10
7 Denis Lynch (Irl) Kanturk                              9
8 Are Andresen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                    8
9 Eugene Moriarty (Irl)                    7
10 Chris Newton (GBr)                    6
11 Yanto Barker (GBr) Stena                              5
12 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Trinity Capital                 4
13 Sigvard Kukk (Est) Kalev Chocolate                    3
14 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest               2
15 Paudi O'Brien (Irl) Grant Thornton                    1
The Crag - Cat. 1
1 Paul Healion (Irl) Usher Insulations                  15 pts
2 Mark Lovatt (GBr) Trinity Capital                     12
3 Duncan Urquhart (GBr) Scotland                        10
4 Robert Partridge (GBr) Stena                           8
5 Morten Christiansen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest             6
6 Jens Schwedler (Ger) Stevens von Hacht                 5
7 Kevin Miller (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                     3
Grangehill - Cat. 3
1 Julian Winn (GBr) Stena                                5 pts
2 Paul Healion (Irl) Usher Insulations                   4
3 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) Grant Thornton                 3
4 Mark Lovatt (GBr) Trinity Capital                      2
The Butts - Cat. 1
1 Julian Winn (GBr) Stena                               15 pts
2 Stian Remme (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                    12
3 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) Grant Thornton                10
4 Andrew Roche (Irl) Worldwide Cycles                    8
5 Duncan Urquhart (GBr) Scotland                         6
6 Paul Healion (Irl) Usher Insulations                   5
7 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                3
Uskerty - Cat. 2
1 Julian Winn (GBr) Stena                               10 pts
2 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) Grant Thornton                 8
3 Paul Healion (Irl) Usher Insulations                   6
4 Duncan Urquhart (GBr) Scotland                         4
5 Andrew Roche (Irl) Worldwide Cycles                    3
6 Stian Remme (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                     1
Glenmagoo - Cat. 2
1 Malte Urban (Ger) Stevens von Hacht                   10 pts
2 Eugene Moriarty (Irl)                    8
3 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                6
4 Chris Newton (GBr)                     4
5 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Trinity Capital                  3
6 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Scotland                           1
County Rider
1 Simon Kelly (Irl) Nucleus                        3.23.13
CI Cat2
1 Tom Greene (Irl) Ena Loakman                     3.28.46
2 Barry Meehan (Irl) Worldwide Cycles                     
3 Mark McLeavey (Irl) Dundrum Shopping                    
General classification after stage 5
1 Chris Newton (GBr)              18.00.40
2 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Trinity Capital               0.08
3 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest             2.16
4 Tim Barry (Irl) Dan Morrissey                       2.32
5 Robin Sharman (GBr)                     
6 Yanto Barker (GBr) Stena                            2.37
7 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                    
8 Kevin Dawson (GBr) Trinity Capital                  3.04
9 Stuart Gillespie (USA) TIAA-CREF                    5.11
10 John Tanner (GBr) Trinity Capital                  5.29
11 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Scotland                       6.01
12 Sean Lacey (Irl) M Donnelly                        6.15
13 John Dempsey (Irl) Grant Thornton                      
14 Sigvard Kukk (Est) Kalev Chocolate                 6.22
15 Morten Christiansen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest         6.38
16 Rostislav Krotky (Cze) Elmarco KK                  6.40
17 Andrew Roche (Irl) Worldwide Cycles                6.43
18 Eugene Moriarty (Irl)                6.44
19 Mark Lovatt (GBr) Trinity Capital                  6.49
20 Alex Coutts (GBr) Scotland                         8.11
21 Roger Aiken (Irl) Safe Cycling                     8.20
22 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) Grant Thornton             8.59
23 Denis Lynch (Irl) Kanturk                          9.17
24 Simon Kelly (Irl) Nucleus                          9.35
25 Julian Winn (GBr) Stena                            9.37
26 Are Andresen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                9.40
27 Ian MacGregor (USA) TIAA-CREF                          
28 Tino Haakman (Ned) BRC Kennemerland                    
29 Stian Remme (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                     
30 Daniel Lynch (Irl) Kanturk                             
31 John Horgan (Irl) Nucleus                              
32 Paudi O'Brien (Irl) Grant Thornton                10.07
33 Kevin Miller (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                10.19
34 Kristian House (GBr) Fujibikes                    10.24
35 Jens Schwedler (Ger) Stevens von Hacht                 
36 Mark Cassidy (Irl)                       
37 Greg Roche (GBr) Fujibikes                             
38 Conor Murphy (Irl) Grant Thornton                 10.29
39 Martin Snizek (Cze) Elmarco KK                    10.42
40 John Mason (Irl) Worldwide Cycles                      
41 Robert Partridge (GBr) Stena                      10.44
42 Thomas Evans (Irl) Trinity Capital                11.20
43 Jiri Korbel (Cze) Elmarco KK                      11.42
44 Chris McNamara (GBr) SurreyRacing League               
45 Bill Moore (Irl) M Donnelly                            
46 Richard Cartland (GBr) Angliasport                     
47 Timothy Dunford (GBr) SurreyRacing League              
48 Rory Wyley (Irl) Dan Morrissey                         
49 Philip Cassidy (Irl)                12.08
50 Gary Dodd (GBr) SurreyRacing League               13.45
51 Jan Novak (Cze) Elmarco KK                        14.20
52 Tom Hemmant (GBr) Exel Ravens                     15.10
53 Roger Morgan (GBr) SurreyRacing League            15.38
54 Ken Norgrove (Irl) Whs. All Systems               15.50
55 Chris Belsham (GBr) Angliasport                   15.52
56 Michal Stastny (Cze) Elmarco KK                        
57 Mike Barton (USA) Boston Scientific                    
58 Jamie Norfolk (GBr) Stena                              
59 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl)                 
60 John Charlesworth (GBr) NE England                     
61 Paul Manning (GBr)                     
62 Craig Sweetman (Irl) M Donnelly                   16.10
63 Mark Pozniak (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                     
64 Thorsten Wiedenroth (Ger) Stevens von Hacht            
65 Mart Ojavee (Est) Kalev Chocolate                      
66 David Peelo (Irl) Whs. All Systems                     
67 Paul Healion (Irl) Usher Insulations              16.28
68 Stuart MacGregor (GBr) Scotland West              16.41
69 Mick Hennessy (Irl) Nucleus                       17.09
70 Eddie O'Donoghue (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn         17.10
71 Brian Truman (Irl) Dan Morrissey                       
72 Michael Mulcahy (Irl) Usher Insulations                
73 Paul Sheppard (GBr) Stena                              
74 Richard Kooijman (Ned) BRC Kennemerland           18.13
75 Simon McNamara (GBr) Angliasport                       
76 Mark McLeavey (Irl) Dundrum Shopping                   
77 Steve Kenny (GBr) NE England                           
78 Eoin Whelan (Irl) Safe Cycling                         
79 Myles McCorry (Irl) Safe Cycling                       
80 James Cusick (GBr) Scotland West                       
81 Barry Meehan (Irl) Worldwide Cycles               18.19
82 David Robinson (USA) TIAA-CREF                    18.38
83 Kenny Williams (USA) Ventilux First Mortgage      18.45
84 Donald Reeb (USA) Guinness                        18.58
85 Malte Urban (Ger) Stevens von Hacht               20.23
86 Michael Steed (Irl) Murphy Surveys                20.51
87 Simon Saunders (GBr) SurreyRacing League          20.52
88 Andri Lebedev (Est) Kalev Chocolate               21.15
89 Daire O'Sullivan (Irl) Ena Loakman                21.58
90 Gary Hand (GBr) Scotland                          22.44
91 Andrew Randell (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                   
92 Brian Keane (Irl) Grant Thornton                  24.40
93 Chris Daddy (GBr) NE England                      25.01
94 Ben Greenwood (GBr)               25.21
95 Ryan Connor (GBr) Usher Insulations               25.50
96 Sonke Thiel (Ger) Stevens von Hacht               26.23
97 Aidan Crowley (Irl)                 27.21
98 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Kanturk                       28.26
99 Nathan Mitchell (USA) TIAA-CREF                   28.34
100 Andrei Mustonen (Est) Kalev Chocolate            29.14
101 Shaun Snodden (GBr)              29.29
102 Dan O'Sullivan (USA) McGuire Cycles              31.17
103 Tom Greene (Irl) Ena Loakman                          
104 Stephan Wolfer (GBr) Fujibikes                   34.37
105 Duncan Urquhart (GBr) Scotland                   36.22
106 Fred Stamm (USA) McGuire Cycles                  38.44
107 Padraig Marrey (Irl) Nucleus                     39.23
108 Stephen Enright (Irl) IRC Moy Isover             40.36
109 John Paul Lynch (Irl) Wicklow North              41.40
110 Ronnie Batey (GBr) NE England                    41.47
111 Menno de Boer (Ned) BRC Kennemerland             42.07
112 Philip Finegan (Irl) Usher Insulations           43.58
113 Eoin Concannon (Irl) Kanturk                     46.33
114 Todd Duncan (USA) Guinness                       47.11
115 Richard Eastham (GBr) Angliasport                50.42
116 Colm Bracken (Irl) Murphy Surveys                51.26
117 Cormac O'Shea (Irl) Ena Loakman                  52.46
118 Brian Taafe (Irl) Whs. All Systems               56.28
119 Anthony O'Brien (Irl) Nucleus                  1.00.43
120 John O'Shea (Irl) Dan Morrissey                1.02.47
121 Ian Paine (GBr) Exel Ravens                    1.04.52
122 Vincent Gleeson (Irl) Dan Morrissey            1.08.32
123 Hugo Keetman (Ned) BRC Kennemerland            1.09.09
124 Zach Bell (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                1.09.42
125 Ciaran Steed (Irl) Murphy Surveys              1.09.52
126 Max Spirin (USA) McGuire Cycles                1.10.41
127 Arne Hinrichsen (Ger) Stevens von Hacht        1.11.57
128 Ciaran Farrell (Irl) Whs. All Systems          1.16.36
129 Adrian Hedderman (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn      1.19.18
130 John Wall (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn             1.27.17
131 Chris Harnish (USA) Tradewind Sports-CCB       1.29.40
132 Fergus O'Connor (Irl) Whs. All Systems         1.31.35
133 William Byrne (Irl) Murphy Surveys             1.33.01
134 Paddy Kelly (Irl) Wicklow South                1.33.12
135 Anthony Malarczyk (GBr) Fujibikes              1.34.19
136 Simon Mulvany (Irl) M Donnelly                 1.35.04
137 Paul Coats (GBr) Scotland West                 1.37.46
138 Derek Cunningham (Irl) Wicklow South           1.39.51
139 Conor Coffey (USA) Tradewind Sports-CCB        1.40.52
140 Frank O'Connor (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn        1.41.36
141 Jonathan Gormley (Irl) Exel Ravens             1.44.23
142 Marcus Smith (GBr) Scotland West               1.49.55
143 Jeremy Burton (USA) Tradewind Sports-CCB       1.51.05
144 Justin Lillie (USA) Boston Scientific          1.52.06
145 Dave Buchan (GBr) NE England                   1.53.20
146 Peter Vermeulen (Ned) BRC Kennemerland         1.55.40
147 Barry Donnelly (Irl) Murphy Surveys            1.56.02
148 Adam Kelly (Irl) Wicklow North                 1.58.48
149 Dave Reilly (Irl) IRC Moy Isover               2.01.59
150 Peter Hey (GBr) Angliasport                    2.02.21
151 Mick Walsh (USA) Ventilux First Mortgage       2.09.05
152 Francis Ennis (Irl) Dundrum Shopping           2.09.49
153 Karl Dolan (Irl) Safe Cycling                  2.10.01
154 Cian Crowley (Irl) Wicklow South               2.13.39
155 Emmet Hogan (Irl) McGuire Cycles               2.17.22
156 Thomas Lavery (Irl) Kerry                      2.18.15
157 Karl Elliott (Irl) IRC Moy Isover              2.19.11
158 Aaron Beardsley (USA) McGuire Cycles           2.24.33
159 Mark King (USA) Guinness                       2.25.28
160 Jason Bethel (GBr) Ventilux First Mortgage     2.32.58
161 Sean McGreevy (Irl) Safe Cycling               2.40.58
162 Jeff Craddock (USA) Tradewind Sports-CCB       2.42.55
163 Dave Early (Irl) Ena Loakman                   2.43.00
164 Morgan Fox (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn            2.45.42
165 John O'Brien (Irl) Kerry                       2.48.19
166 Richard Malone (Irl) Ena Loakman               2.51.38
Points classification
1 Chris Newton (GBr)                    62 pts
2 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Trinity Capital                 57
3 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest               42
4 Yanto Barker (GBr) Stena                              34
5 Roger Aiken (Irl) Safe Cycling                        28
6 John Tanner (GBr) Trinity Capital                     25
7 Morten Christiansen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest            24
8 Tim Barry (Irl) Dan Morrissey                         23
9 Robin Sharman (GBr)                   21
10 Rostislav Krotky (Cze) Elmarco KK                    21
11 Mark Lovatt (GBr) Trinity Capital                    21
12 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Scotland                         20
13 Sigvard Kukk (Est) Kalev Chocolate                   20
14 Eugene Moriarty (Irl)                  20
15 Kevin Dawson (GBr) Trinity Capital                   17
16 Simon Kelly (Irl) Nucleus                            16
17 Conor Murphy (Irl) Grant Thornton                    13
18 Malte Urban (Ger) Stevens von Hacht                  13
19 Philip Cassidy (Irl)                   12
20 Paul Healion (Irl) Usher Insulations                 12
21 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                 11
22 Kevin Miller (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                   11
23 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) Grant Thornton               10
24 Denis Lynch (Irl) Kanturk                            10
25 Are Andresen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                   8
26 Arne Hinrichsen (Ger) Stevens von Hacht               8
27 Gary Dodd (GBr) SurreyRacing League                   7
28 Andrew Roche (Irl) Worldwide Cycles                   6
29 Sean Lacey (Irl) M Donnelly                           5
30 Mark Cassidy (Irl)                      5
31 Richard Kooijman (Ned) BRC Kennemerland               4
32 Mart Ojavee (Est) Kalev Chocolate                     3
Mountains classification
1 Julian Winn (GBr) Stena                               35 pts
2 Eugene Moriarty (Irl)                   31
3 Mark Lovatt (GBr) Trinity Capital                     31
4 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) Grant Thornton                31
5 Paul Healion (Irl) Usher Insulations                  30
6 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest               26
7 Malte Urban (Ger) Stevens von Hacht                   26
8 Duncan Urquhart (GBr) Scotland                        24
9 Stian Remme (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                    15
10 Andrew Roche (Irl) Worldwide Cycles                  11
11 Zach Bell (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                      10
12 Philip Cassidy (Irl)                    9
13 Rostislav Krotky (Cze) Elmarco KK                     9
14 Are Andresen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                   9
15 Chris Newton (GBr)                    8
16 Robert Partridge (GBr) Stena                          8
17 Thomas Evans (Irl) Trinity Capital                    7
18 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Trinity Capital                 6
19 Robin Sharman (GBr)                   6
20 Morten Christiansen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest            6
21 Jens Schwedler (Ger) Stevens von Hacht                5
22 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Scotland                          4
23 Alex Coutts (GBr) Scotland                            4
24 Kevin Miller (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                    3
25 Yanto Barker (GBr) Stena                              2
26 Tim Barry (Irl) Dan Morrissey                         1
Under 23 classification
1 Stuart Gillespie (USA) TIAA-CREF                18.05.51
2 Alex Coutts (GBr) Scotland                          3.00
3 Ian MacGregor (USA) TIAA-CREF                       4.29
4 Paudi O'Brien (Irl) Grant Thornton                  4.56
5 Mark Cassidy (Irl)                    5.13
6 Martin Snizek (Cze) Elmarco KK                      5.31
7 Robert Partridge (GBr) Stena                        5.33
8 Jiri Korbel (Cze) Elmarco KK                        6.31
9 Michal Stastny (Cze) Elmarco KK                    10.41
10 Mark Pozniak (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                10.59
County rider classification
1 Tim Barry (Irl) Dan Morrissey                   18.03.12
2 Sean Lacey (Irl) M Donnelly                         3.43
3 Andrew Roche (Irl) Worldwide Cycles                 4.11
4 Eugene Moriarty (Irl)                 4.12
5 Roger Aiken (Irl) Safe Cycling                      5.48
6 Denis Lynch (Irl) Kanturk                           6.45
7 Simon Kelly (Irl) Nucleus                           7.03
8 Daniel Lynch (Irl) Kanturk                          7.08
9 John Horgan (Irl) Nucleus                               
10 Mark Cassidy (Irl)                   7.52
CI Cat. 2 classification
1 Mark McLeavey (Irl) Dundrum Shopping            18.18.53
2 Barry Meehan (Irl) Worldwide Cycles                 0.06
3 Tom Greene (Irl) Ena Loakman                       13.04
4 Stephen Enright (Irl) IRC Moy Isover               22.23
5 Cormac O'Shea (Irl) Ena Loakman                    34.33
6 Anthony O'Brien (Irl) Nucleus                      42.30
7 Ciaran Farrell (Irl) Whs. All Systems              58.23
8 Fergus O'Connor (Irl) Whs. All Systems           1.13.22
9 Frank O'Connor (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn          1.23.23
10 Jonathan Gormley (Irl) Exel Ravens              1.26.10
International Team classification
1 Trinity Capital                                 54.10.38
2 Sparebanken Vest                                    3.04
3                                     9.03
4 Grant Thornton                                     11.37
5 Stena                                              14.23
6 Scotland                                           16.41
7 Elmarco KK Cube                                    17.18
8 TIAA-CREF                                          20.36
9 Fujibikes                                          22.34
10 Jet Fuel Coffee                                   25.10
11 Stevens von Hacht                                 26.55
12 Surrey Racing League                              26.59
13 Kalev Chocolate                                   33.06
14 Angliasport                                       37.09
15 NE England                                        41.37
16 Kennemerland                                      50.06
17 Scotland West                                   1.06.04
18 McGuire Cycles                                  2.01.11
19 Guinness                                        2.42.49
20 Ventilux First Mortgag                          3.18.22
21 Tradewind Sports-CCB                            4.39.10
County Team classification 
1                                   54.31.00
2 Dan Morrissey                                       1.24
3 M Donnelly                                          4.07
4 Worldwide Cycles                                    6.44
5 Nucleus                                             7.25
6 Usher Insulations                                   9.23
7 Safe Cycling                                       15.56
8 Kanturk                                            18.23
9 Whs. All Systems                                   30.23
10 Murphy Surveys                                  1.13.39
11 Ena Loakman Remax                               1.17.01
12 Team Murphy & Gunn                              1.22.46
13 Exel Ravens                                     1.27.16
14 IRC Moy Isover                                  4.32.46
15 Wicklow South                                   4.46.03