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54th FBD Insurance Rás - 2.2

Ireland, May 21-28, 2006

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Stage 2 - May 22: Enniscorthy - Cobh, 180 km

Big shakeup in FBD Insurance Rás, Pate wins stage two

By Shane Stokes

Jonathan Vaughters' TIAA-CREF team has been doing a lot of racing in Europe this year and that program paid off with a good win today when Danny Pate took the stage and race leadership in the FBD Insurance Rás.

The 2001 under 23 world time trial champion attacked three breakaway companions with six kilometres remaining in the wind-buffeted 180 kilometre stage from Enniscorthy to Cobh. He used his power against the clock to open up a strong lead and then rode well on the final steep uphill section to scoop the stage win and yellow jersey.

"It was a great day to have a bike race," he said. "The conditions were challenging, the winds were high out there, there were a lot of crosswinds to contend with. But it was a great race."

"There were a lot of groups forming all day and you just had to make sure you were in the front. The crosswinds made the group form and split, form and split…it was just chaotic racing all day. The other riders in the lead group were real strong and I was just fortunate enough to have good timing, get an attack in and beat them."

Pate's group went clear over 80 kilometres from the end. It was a long way to go, but as the whole stage had seen a lot of attacking and counter attacking up to that point, the strong break was able to eke out some big gaps over a tiring chase group. At one point they had almost six minutes. "It was pretty large all right," he agreed. "We hit the headwind and I am sure no teams wanted to chase in that. It felt like we were going ten miles an hour. Behind, nobody wanted to chase with the headwind and the gap got real big."

He said the team will play it by ear over the next couple of stages. "It is a chaotic race and with only five guys, it is going to be hard to control it [holding the jersey]. We have some other guys who are real strong, one of the others just finished fifth, coming in ahead of the pack. We will attempt it anyway."

Team manager (and coach to Floyd Landis) Allen Lim was happy. "It is a great day for us. The guys rode very well. Danny was our GC guy coming here but we brought a strong team, so any of them can play that role. Yesterday people seemed to be marking him but he had a bit more freedom today.

"He went a couple of times near the end. The second one was a real track attack…he just stayed in the saddle and accelerated clear. That is the one that worked out. Mike [Friedman] also did a great ride to land fifth, he was very strong. He was over five minutes back when he left the group he was with but got a lot closer by the end.

"We will try to hold onto the jersey. These guys are great at improvising anyway, so we can see how it is working out and act accordingly."

Of the others in the break, Martin Prazdnovsky (Norway Sparebanken Vest) finished 27 seconds back in second place. Wayne Randle (Britain Doncaster Stena Line) and Robin Sharman (Britain Recycling.co.uk) were 34 and 41 seconds in arrears, respectively. The latter had been expected to put in a big bid for stage and jersey, having sat on the break all day because his team-mate Chris Newton was leading overall. But in the end he just didn't have the legs. His team must now decide if he is their best bet for the GC or if they will try to get another rider back up in the overall standings, such as Newton or perhaps the in-form Kristian House.

As mentioned, Pate's teammate Mike Friedman had a very impressive solo ride to finish 3 minutes and seven seconds back, having come out of a chase group which was five minutes in arrears. Overnight race leader Newton led home a thirteen rider selection over three and a half minutes behind the stage winner. Just two days have passed but it will take a very big effort for any of those outside the top four to get back into contention.

For Irish fans, the day was a disappointing one. Tommy Evans (Dublin IRC Usher Insulations), David O'Loughlin (Ireland Grant Thornton), Simon Kelly (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group) and Brian Kenneally (Meath MyHome.ie/Cycleways) were all in Newton's group and therefore also have an uphill road if they are to challenge for the final yellow jersey. Evans dropped from second to seventh overall, while the rest are slightly further back.

One of those further down the field was Irishman Ciarán Power (Éireann Dan Morrissey), 35th on the stage and over seven minutes in arrears. He was 13th in the Athens Olympic road race but is on his way back after an operation earlier this year to correct a blood flow problem. Although his lack of racing makes the overall classification impossible this time round, the double Rás champion was happy with his ride and his continued ownership of the King of the Mountains jersey.

Power had gone clear with five others just before New Ross and was then joined by nine more, including Pate and Irish road race champion David O'Loughlin (Ireland Grant Thornton). He took maximum points at the first climb, extending his lead in the KOM competition, and was to the fore when the break raced through his home town of Waterford.

This front group eventually swelled to 23 riders, with 16 others on their way to join up. However before the junction was made, Pate, Randle, Prazdnovsky, Tamas Lengyel (both TIAA-CREF) and Sharman (Britain Recycling.co.uk) slipped away and rode strongly to the finish.

Power also took points on the day's second climb, adding to his total.

"I don't have the racing in my legs to go for the overall win," he said "so it is good to be in the mountains jersey instead. I went for it yesterday to try to get up on the podium but although I got the points to lead it, the jersey was mistakenly given to someone else for the podium presentation. So I had to try again today and make sure I got up there! I'll try to hold on to the jersey and also aim for a stage win later in the week."

It's not quite game over, but defending champion Chris Newton, all of the Irish contenders and a host of other good riders have a lot to do now if they are to get back into contention for winning this year's FBD Insurance Rás. Today was just the second of eight stages but after 180 kilometres of racing in cold wind, there are now only five riders within 3 minutes and 10 seconds of the yellow jersey. The race from Enniscorthy to Cobh was a hard day, and more are surely to come.

How it unfolded

A total of 142 riders lined up for today's 180 kilometre second stage, the longest of the race, which took the FBD Insurance Rás field from Enniscorthy to Cobh. The undulating route would see them cover two category three climbs and a category two ascent, as well as the steep uphill finish past the cathedral.

The weather was much dryer than yesterday, although there was a cold wind blowing which notched the temperature down to twelve degrees. Despite the chill, there was an aggressive start to the day with constant attacking from the drop of the flag.

After about ten minutes of racing, four riders succeeded in going clear. Robert Partridge (Britain Recycling.co.uk), Wayne Randle (Britain Doncaster Stena Line), Peter McDonald (Australia FRF Couriers) and Kurt Anders Fostervold (Norway Sparebanken Vest) opened up a maximum lead of 44 seconds, but a hard chase by the Poland Legia Bazylisek team saw them recaptured before New Ross, after about 25 kilometres had elapsed.

Shortly afterwards a six man break slipped away and driven by the strong riders present, opened up a good lead. With Kristian House (Britain Recycling.co.uk), Ryan Connor (Ireland Grant Thornton), Peter Herzig (Australia FRF Couriers), Brandon Crichton (Canada Symmetrics), Bartlomiej Matysiak (Poland Legia Bazylisek) and King of the Mountains leader Ciarán Power (Éireann Dan Morrissey) all present, the danger was obvious. So it was no surprise that others were keen to get across.

Rob Sharman (Britain Recycling.co.uk), David O'Loughlin (Ireland Grant Thornton), Peter McDonald (Australia FRF Couriers), Jehudi Schoonacker (Belgium M.Donnelly Sean Kelly), Andrew Randell (Canada Symmetrics), Tamas Lengyel (Norway Sparebanken Vest), Przemyslaw Pietrzak (Poland Legia Bazylisek), Danny Pate (USA TIAA-CREF) and Brian Kenneally (Meath MyHome.ie/Cycleways) set off in pursuit and these nine bridged up in New Ross, making it 15 riders up front.

The group quickly built a lead of 39 seconds, at which point Mick Steed (Kildare Murphy Surveyors) made an unsuccessful attempt to bridge. The break increased its lead to over a minute but although they had Tamas Lengyel up front, the Norwegian Sparebanken Vest team began to chase hard.

Mountains leader Power then added to his total when he was first to the top of the Glenmore category 3 climb, ahead of Pate, Pietrzak and McDonald. He was motivated as his father was originally from this area, and also because the race was passing through his home town of Waterford. The gap at this point was down under 30 seconds, but the Norwegians took the foot off the gas when their big dangerman Martin Prazdnovsky jumped across to the break. Shortly afterwards, race leader Chris Newton (Britain Recycling.co.uk) and Wayne Randle (Britain Doncaster Stena Line) did the same, and with the former having two team-mates in the break, they had a clear interest in working. The co-operation improved up front and the group began pulling away once again.

Although the lead went back up over a minute, the large number up front made the group less efficient than it might have been. As a result, Joe McDonnell (Australia FRF Couriers), Simon Kelly (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group), Morten Hegreberg (Norway Sparebanken Vest), Mike Friedman (USA TIAA-CREF) and Tommy Evans (Dublin IRC Usher Insulations) were also able to bridge across.

When everybody merged, the main bunch comprised 23 riders, several of whom came from the same team. They were Chris Newton, Kristian House, Rob Sharman (Britain Recycling.co.uk), Ryan Connor and David O'Loughlin (Ireland Grant Thornton), Wayne Randle (Britain Doncaster Stena Line), Peter McDonald, Peter Herzig and Joe McDonnell (Australia FRF Couriers), Jehudi Schoonacker (Belgium M.Donnelly Sean Kelly), Simon Kelly (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group), Andrew Randell (Canada Symmetrics), Tamas Lengyel, Morten Hegreberg, Are Andresen and Martin Prazdnovsky (Norway Sparebanken Vest), Przemyslaw Pietrzak and Bartlomiej Matysiak, Danny Pate and Mike Friedman (USA TIAA-CREF), Ciarán Power (Éireann Dan Morrissey), Tommy Evans (Dublin IRC Usher Insulations) and Brian Kenneally (Meath MyHome.ie/Cycleways).

Three others then clipped away from the main bunch, namely Robert Partridge (Britain Recycling.co.uk), Roger Aiken (Ireland Grant Thornton) and Tim Cassidy (Belgium M.Donnelly Sean Kelly). They also crossed the gap, making it a considerable 26 riders up front. The break was swelling to what was becoming an unmanageable number, while the peloton was also clearly not working properly, as another slew of riders were able to get away. Conor Murphy (Ireland Grant Thornton), Miceal Concannon (Belgium M.Donnelly Sean Kelly) and Jaroslaw Welniak (Poland Legia Bazylisek) went clear, and then they were chased and joined by thirteen others, namely Paídi O'Brien and Conor Murphy (Ireland Grant Thornton), Mark Lovatt (Britain Doncaster Stena Line), Joshua Marden (Australia FRF Couriers), Miceal Concannon (Belgium M.Donnelly Sean Kelly), Jeff Sherstobitoff (Canada Symmetrics), Greg Reian (Germany Stevens), Paul Healion (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group), Kurt Anders Fostervold (Norway Sparebanken Vest), Jaroslaw Welniak (Poland Legia Bazylisek), Lucas Euser and Bryan Smith (USA TIAA-CREF), Simon Saunders, Alex Hagman (Surrey Racing League) and Mehall Fitzgerald (Meath MyHome.ie/Cycleways).

It was obvious that the situation was less than desirable. Most of the race favourites had made it up, neutralising any benefit in riding. It was essential for someone to go again, reducing the number and thus promoting the chances of getting a tight-knit, co-operative group together. A succession of attacks followed as riders tried to achieve precisely this, and finally five flew the coup. Wayne Randle (Britain Doncaster Stena Line), Tamas Lengyel, Martin Prazdnovsky (both Norway Sparebanken Vest) and Danny Pate (USA TIAA-CREF) were all committed, while Rob Sharman (Britain Recycling.co.uk) was there to protect the interest of Chris Newton and so would not be working. Even so, the strength of the others was enough for them to start to draw clear.

Behind, much tactical manoeuvring was being played out. The Irish riders were marking Newton, but when he refused to move it became clear that the team were willing to play the Sharman card. David O'Loughlin saw the danger and jumped hard, but he and subsequent attackers were closed down.

The break continued to press onwards and the five riders had a considerable lead of over two minutes on the chasers by the time they passed through Dungarvan and hit the category two Sweep climb. The Grant Thornton Ireland team were aware the race was slipping away from them and its riders rode hard to try to get back on terms. Yet at the top, where Prazdnovsky took top points ahead of Pate, Randle, Sharman and a dropped Lengyel, the leaders were a full 2 minutes and 49 seconds up on the Power-led chasing group.

The first four went over the top of the category three Youghal climb in the same order, with all bar Sharman happy to work. They were clearly four very strong riders and their commitment to the cause increased the lead to 5 minutes and 15 seconds. Behind, yesterday's lone attacker Mike Friedman (USA TIAA-CREF) realised things were heading downhill fast and he struck out alone, riding strongly alone to reduce the gap to 3 minutes and 10 seconds by the time he passed the 20 kilometres to go marker. The main bunch were a full 5 minutes and 21 seconds down here.

Several riders then attacked the yellow jersey group. Kristian House (Britain), David O'Loughlin (Ireland Grant Thornton ), Joe McDonnell (Australia), Simon Kelly (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group), Morten Hegreberg (Norway) and Jaroslaw Welniak (Poland) drew away, but others including Newton were soon able to bridge across.

Friedman continued his progress, narrowing the gap to 2 minutes and 43 seconds. However his chances of getting closer took a knock when those up front started attacking each other, ramping up the speed. Pate and Randle put in a couple of good surges before the former finally broke the elastic with about six kilometres remaining and opened up a good lead. From there to the finish it was all about putting the head down and carving out as much of an advantage as was possible; as a former world under 23 champion in the time trial, he was perfectly suited to the task.

He duly soloed in towards Cobh, climbing well on the tough rise to the line to take the victory. Prazdnovsky drew away from the others for second, 27 seconds down, while Randle and Sharman were 34 and 41 seconds back respectively.

Friedman hung on for fifth, grinding up the hill 3 minutes and 10 seconds after Pate. Newton showed his good ability on these types of finish by taking sixth, a further 31 seconds later. Hegreberg and Matysiak also finished in the same time, some four seconds quicker than Evans, Schoonacker, McDonnell, O'Loughlin, Kenneally, Kelly, Andresen and House. The gaps aren't terminal, but it will require a big effort from these riders to get back into contention.

Tomorrow: The 2006 FBD Insurance Rás continues with a 173 kilometre stage to An Daingean (Dingle). There are four category three climbs – County Bounds (82.2 km), Crohane ((114.2), An Draighneain (152.3 km) and An Bharog Bheag (159 km). The stage honours Paudi Fitzgerald, and passes by the house of the 1956 Rás winner.

Results

1 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA-CREF                       4.31.15 (41.07 km/h)
2 Martin Prazdnovsky (Svk) Sparebanken Vest           0.27
3 Wayne Randle (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line             0.34
4 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                 0.41
5 Mike Friedman (USA) TIAA-CREF                       3.10
6 Chris Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                  3.41
7 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                 
8 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek               
9 Tommy Evans (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                 3.45
10 Jehudi Schoonacker (Bel) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly         
11 Joe McDonnell (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello             
12 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Grant Thornton                  
13 Brian Kenneally (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways              
14 Simon Kelly (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group           
15 Are Andresen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                    
16 Kristian House (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                   
17 Jaroslaw Welniak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek             3.57
18 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello          4.01
19 Greg Reian (Can) Stevens                           4.43
20 John McCarthy (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                6.57
21 Robert Partridge (GBr) Recycling.co.uk             7.04
22 Micheal Concannon (Irl) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly          
23 Tamas Lengyel (Hun) Sparebanken Vest               7.07
24 Ryan Connor (Irl) Grant Thornton                   7.11
25 Simon Saunders (GBr) Surrey Racing League              
26 Jeff Sherstobitoff (Can) Symmetrics                    
27 Bryan Smith (USA) TIAA-CREF                            
28 Joshua Marden (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello             
29 Peter McDonald (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello            
30 Alex Hagman (USA) Surrey Racing League                 
31 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) Grant Thornton                     
32 Tim Cassidy (Irl) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly                
33 Lucas Euser (USA) TIAA-CREF                            
34 Mark Lovatt (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line             7.38
35 Ciarán Power (Irl) Dan Morrissey                   7.47
36 Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics                        
37 Martin O'Loughlin (Irl) Dan Morrissey             11.38
38 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Stevens                      
39 Gavin Evans (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line                 
40 Dieter Droger (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line               
41 Michael Fitzgerald (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.         
42 Michael Hennessey (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.          
43 Benjamin Hill (Ger) Stevens                            
44 John O'Brien (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.               
45 Colm Bracken (Irl) Murphy Surveys                      
46 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                    
47 Mick Steed (Irl) Murphy Surveys                        
48 Paul Healion (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group          
49 Fabian Brzezinski (Ger) Stevens                   14.26
50 Craig Sweetman (Irl) M. Donnelly                  14.32
51 Gary McNulty (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.              14.37
52 Padraig Marrey (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                   
53 Jaco Ehlers (RSA) Surrey Racing League                 
54 Vincent Gleeson (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                  
55 Mike Harrison (GBr) JE James RT                        
56 Christopher Belsham (GBr) JE James RT                  
57 Aidan Crowley (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways                
58 Myles Kirby (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                    
59 Toby Neave (GBr) Surrey Racing League                  
60 David Peelo (Irl) Murphy Surveys                       
61 Daniel Duguid (GBr) Surrey Racing League               
62 Florian Schroder (Ger) Stevens                         
63 Daniel Lynch (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.               
64 David Sachs (USA) Endeavour Cycling                    
65 Daire McCaughley (Irl) Whs. All Systems                
66 Karl Dolan (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal                    
67 Przemyslaw Pietrzak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek              
68 Lukasz Modzelewski (Pol) Legia Bazylisek               
69 Michal Pawlyta (Pol) Legia Bazylisek                   
70 John Dempsey (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group          
71 Sean Lacey (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                       
72 Morgan Fox (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group            
73 Simon Whelan (Irl) Whs. All Systems                    
74 Bryan Keane (Irl) Whs. All Systems                     
75 Paul Hanna (Irl) Biznet Solutions                      
76 Jason O'Callaghan (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby            
77 Peter Hey (GBr) JE James RT                            
78 Mark Cassidy (Irl) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly               
79 Eoin Whelan (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                    
80 Bill Moore (Irl) M. Donnelly                           
81 Dan Bowman (USA) TIAA-CREF                             
82 Tim Barry (Irl) Dan Morrissey                          
83 Adrian Crowley (Irl) Velotec.ie                        
84 Gary Crory (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                     
85 Ray Clarke (Irl) Dan Morrissey                         
86 Denis Lynch (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.                
87 Kurt Anders Fostervold (Nor) Sparebanken Vest          
88 Kurt Bogaerts (Bel) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly              
89 David Lane (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                     
90 John O'Shea (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group           
91 Brandon Crichton (Can) Symmetrics                      
92 Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics                          
93 David McLoughlin (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.               
94 Stephen McKenna (Irl) Biznet Solutions                 
95 Mehall Fitzgerald (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways            
96 Greg Swinard (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                   
97 Cody Stevenson (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello            
98 Daire O'Sullivan (Irl) E. Loakman Remax                
99 Conor Murphy (Irl) Grant Thornton                      
100 Frank O'Connor (Irl) M. Donnelly                      
101 Noel Moloney (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby                
102 Cormac O'Shea (Irl) E. Loakman Remax                  
103 John Mason (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways                  
104 Seamus Kelly (Irl) E. Loakman Remax                   
105 Sean McGreevy (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal                
106 Roger Aiken (Irl) Grant Thornton                 15.26
107 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways     15.47
108 John Lynch (Irl) Murphy Surveys                  23.07
109 Anthony O'Brien (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training          
110 Eldon Looney (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training        25.07
111 Llewellyn Byrne (GBr) JE James RT                     
112 Matthew Melville (GBr) JE James RT                    
113 Mathew Ward (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                   
114 Rory Wyley (Irl) Dan Morrissey                        
115 Simon Mulvany (Irl) M. Donnelly                       
116 Brad Fairall (Can) Symmetrics                    25.13
117 Ashley Brown (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line          34.00
118 Brian Murphy (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training        34.07
119 Emmett Murphy (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training            
120 Mark McLeavey (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby          34.18
121 Michael O'Reilly (Irl) Velotec.ie                34.20
122 Josh James (Can) Endeavour Cycling               34.22
123 Kevin Lynch (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal             34.23
124 Graham Howard (USA) Endeavour Cycling            35.01
125 Keith Griffin (Irl) Velotec.ie                        
126 Drew McKinley (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal           35.05
127 Brian Taaffe (Irl) Whs. All Systems              35.06
128 Isaiah Adams (USA) Endeavour Cycling             37.46
129 Frank Dunne (Irl) Velotec.ie                     40.39
130 Paul Vaughan (Irl) Biznet Solutions              47.35
131 Phil Maher (Irl) Velotec.ie                      48.05
132 Richard Malone (Irl) E. Loakman Remax            48.06
133 David Rawlins (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby          48.26
134 Peter O'Connor (Irl) M. Donnelly                 48.55
135 Gordon Tangney (Irl) Whs. All Systems            48.57
136 Niall Brosnan (Irl) Earl Of Desmond              49.00
137 John-Paul Lyons (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby        49.03
138 Brendan Kirk (Irl) Biznet Solutions              49.06
139 Tony Kemp (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training           49.10
DNF Martyn Irvine (Irl) Biznet Solutions                  
DNF Donal Byrne (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                   
DNF Myles Crory (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal                  
DNS Will Byrne (Irl) Murphy Surveys                       
 
Points
 
1 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA-CREF                            15 pts
2 Martin Prazdnovsky (Svk) Sparebanken Vest             14
3 Wayne Randle (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line               13
4 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                   12
5 Mike Friedman (USA) TIAA-CREF                         11
6 Chris Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                    10
7 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                9
8 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek              8
9 Tommy Evans (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                    7
10 Jehudi Schoonacker (Bel) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly        6
11 Joe McDonnell (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello            5
12 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Grant Thornton                 4
13 Brian Kenneally (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways             3
14 Simon Kelly (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group          2
15 Are Andresen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                   1
 
Mountains
 
Glenmore - Cat. 3
 
1 Ciarán Power (Irl) Dan Morrissey                       5 pts
2 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA-CREF                             4
3 Przemyslaw Pietrzak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek              3
4 Peter McDonald (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello            2
 
The Sweep - Cat. 2
 
1 Martin Prazdnovsky (Svk) Sparebanken Vest             10 pts
2 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA-CREF                             8
3 Wayne Randle (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line                6
4 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                    4
5 Tamas Lengyel (Hun) Sparebanken Vest                   3
6 Ciarán Power (Irl) Dan Morrissey                       1
 
Youghal - Cat. 3
 
1 Martin Prazdnovsky (Svk) Sparebanken Vest              5 pts
2 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA-CREF                             4
3 Wayne Randle (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line                3
4 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                    2
 
Cuchalainn Crystal County Rider
 
1 Tommy Evans (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.              4.35.00
2 Brian Kenneally (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways               
3 John McCarthy (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                 3.12
 
International Team
 
1 Sparebanken Vest                                13.41.38
2 Recycling.co.uk                                     0.14
3 TIAA-CREF                                           2.28
4 FRF Couriers-Caravello                              7.04
5 M.Donnelly S.Kelly                                 10.07
6 Grant Thornton                                     10.14
7 Doncaster Stena Line                               11.57
8 Legia Bazylisek                                    14.22
9 Stevens                                            20.06
10 Surrey Racing League                              21.06
11 Symmetrics                                        21.42
12 Murphy & Gunn                                     22.07
13 Dan Morrissey                                     26.09
14 JE James RT                                       35.58
15 Endeavour Cycling                               1.16.07
 
County Team
 
1 MyHome.ie Cycleways                             14.06.44
2 IRC Usher Insuls.                                       
3 Murray Ford Develops.                               1.55
4 Earl Of Desmond                                     3.12
5 Murphy Surveys                                      4.54
6 M. Donnelly                                        10.47
7 Dundrum Town Ctr.                                  10.52
8 Whs. All Systems                                        
9 E. Loakman Remax                                        
10 Eurocycles Eurobaby                               30.33
11 Cúchulainn Crystal                                30.38
12 Biznet Solutions                                  43.50
13 Nat. Safety & Training                            49.22
14 Velotec.ie                                        50.59
 
General classification after stage 2
 
1 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA-CREF                       7.19.54
2 Martin Prazdnovsky (Svk) Sparebanken Vest           0.27
3 Wayne Randle (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line                 
4 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                 0.41
5 Mike Friedman (USA) TIAA-CREF                       3.07
6 Chris Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                  3.29
7 Tommy Evans (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                 3.37
8 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                 
9 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek           3.41
10 Joe McDonnell (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello             
11 Jehudi Schoonacker (Bel) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly     3.45
12 Kristian House (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                   
13 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Grant Thornton                  
14 Simon Kelly (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group           
15 Brian Kenneally (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways              
16 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello          4.01
17 Are Andresen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                4.37
18 Jaroslaw Welniak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek             4.49
19 Greg Reian (Can) Stevens                           5.32
20 John McCarthy (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                6.57
21 Robert Partridge (GBr) Recycling.co.uk             7.04
22 Micheal Concannon (Irl) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly          
23 Tamas Lengyel (Hun) Sparebanken Vest               7.07
24 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) Grant Thornton                 7.10
25 Joshua Marden (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello         7.11
26 Tim Cassidy (Irl) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly                
27 Bryan Smith (USA) TIAA-CREF                            
28 Peter McDonald (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello            
29 Alex Hagman (USA) Surrey Racing League                 
30 Simon Saunders (GBr) Surrey Racing League              
31 Lucas Euser (USA) TIAA-CREF                            
32 Jeff Sherstobitoff (Can) Symmetrics                    
33 Ryan Connor (Irl) Grant Thornton                       
34 Ciarán Power (Irl) Dan Morrissey                   7.40
35 Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics                    7.47
36 Benjamin Hill (Ger) Stevens                       11.38
37 Gavin Evans (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line                 
38 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Stevens                      
39 Dieter Droger (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line               
40 Michael Hennessey (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.          
41 Mick Steed (Irl) Murphy Surveys                        
42 Martin O'Loughlin (Irl) Dan Morrissey                  
43 Colm Bracken (Irl) Murphy Surveys                      
44 Michael Fitzgerald (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.         
45 Fabian Brzezinski (Ger) Stevens                   14.26
46 Craig Sweetman (Irl) M. Donnelly                  14.32
47 Lukasz Modzelewski (Pol) Legia Bazylisek          14.34
48 Florian Schroder (Ger) Stevens                    14.37
49 Przemyslaw Pietrzak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek              
50 Gary McNulty (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                   
51 Morgan Fox (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group            
52 Dan Bowman (USA) TIAA-CREF                             
53 Padraig Marrey (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                   
54 Daniel Lynch (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.               
55 Vincent Gleeson (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                  
56 Cody Stevenson (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello            
57 Daire McCaughley (Irl) Whs. All Systems                
58 Christopher Belsham (GBr) JE James RT                  
59 Aidan Crowley (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways                
60 Kurt Bogaerts (Bel) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly              
61 Mehall Fitzgerald (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways            
62 John Dempsey (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group          
63 Daniel Duguid (GBr) Surrey Racing League               
64 Bill Moore (Irl) M. Donnelly                           
65 Ray Clarke (Irl) Dan Morrissey                         
66 Brandon Crichton (Can) Symmetrics                      
67 Sean Lacey (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                       
68 Tim Barry (Irl) Dan Morrissey                          
69 Myles Kirby (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                    
70 David Lane (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                     
71 Michal Pawlyta (Pol) Legia Bazylisek                   
72 Paul Hanna (Irl) Biznet Solutions                      
73 Mike Harrison (GBr) JE James RT                        
74 Mark Cassidy (Irl) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly               
75 Bryan Keane (Irl) Whs. All Systems                     
76 Toby Neave (GBr) Surrey Racing League                  
77 Eoin Whelan (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                    
78 Karl Dolan (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal                    
79 Kurt Anders Fostervold (Nor) Sparebanken Vest          
80 David Peelo (Irl) Murphy Surveys                       
81 Gary Crory (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                     
82 Simon Whelan (Irl) Whs. All Systems                    
83 Stephen McKenna (Irl) Biznet Solutions                 
84 Daire O'Sullivan (Irl) E. Loakman Remax                
85 Peter Hey (GBr) JE James RT                            
86 Noel Moloney (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby                 
87 Denis Lynch (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.                
88 Conor Murphy (Irl) Grant Thornton                      
89 Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics                          
90 Adrian Crowley (Irl) Velotec.ie                        
91 Greg Swinard (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                   
92 Sean McGreevy (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal                 
93 John Mason (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways              15.12
94 Cormac O'Shea (Irl) E. Loakman Remax              15.22
95 Roger Aiken (Irl) Grant Thornton                  15.26
96 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways      15.47
97 Jaco Ehlers (RSA) Surrey Racing League            15.48
98 Paul Healion (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group     16.36
99 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Recycling.co.uk               16.39
100 John O'Shea (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group     16.55
101 David Sachs (USA) Endeavour Cycling              17.00
102 John Lynch (Irl) Murphy Surveys                  23.07
103 Anthony O'Brien (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training     23.56
104 Llewellyn Byrne (GBr) JE James RT                25.07
105 Simon Mulvany (Irl) M. Donnelly                       
106 Rory Wyley (Irl) Dan Morrissey                        
107 Brad Fairall (Can) Symmetrics                    25.13
108 Seamus Kelly (Irl) E. Loakman Remax              25.36
109 Mathew Ward (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.              26.14
110 John O'Brien (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.         26.49
111 Mark Lovatt (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line                
112 David McLoughlin (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.         29.33
113 Jason O'Callaghan (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby      29.48
114 Frank O'Connor (Irl) M. Donnelly                      
115 Emmett Murphy (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training       34.07
116 Mark McLeavey (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby          34.18
117 Michael O'Reilly (Irl) Velotec.ie                34.20
118 Josh James (Can) Endeavour Cycling               34.22
119 Brian Taaffe (Irl) Whs. All Systems              35.06
120 Eldon Looney (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training        40.18
121 Matthew Melville (GBr) JE James RT               45.40
122 Paul Vaughan (Irl) Biznet Solutions              48.17
123 Peter O'Connor (Irl) M. Donnelly                 48.55
124 Richard Malone (Irl) E. Loakman Remax            49.26
125 Tony Kemp (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training           50.09
126 Graham Howard (USA) Endeavour Cycling            50.12
127 Ashley Brown (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line               
128 Kevin Lynch (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal             54.56
129 Niall Brosnan (Irl) Earl Of Desmond              55.02
130 Keith Griffin (Irl) Velotec.ie                   55.34
131 Drew McKinley (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal           55.38
132 Brian Murphy (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training      1.03.52
133 Isaiah Adams (USA) Endeavour Cycling           1.07.31
134 Frank Dunne (Irl) Velotec.ie                   1.10.24
135 Phil Maher (Irl) Velotec.ie                    1.17.50
136 David Rawlins (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby        1.18.11
137 Gordon Tangney (Irl) Whs. All Systems          1.18.42
138 John-Paul Lyons (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby      1.18.48
139 Brendan Kirk (Irl) Biznet Solutions            1.18.51
 
Points classification
 
1 Chris Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                    25 pts
2 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                   21
3 Tommy Evans (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                   21
4 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek             20
5 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest               19
6 Joe McDonnell (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello            18
7 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA-CREF                            15
8 Martin Prazdnovsky (Svk) Sparebanken Vest             14
9 Wayne Randle (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line               13
10 Jehudi Schoonacker (Bel) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly       12
11 Mike Friedman (USA) TIAA-CREF                        11
12 Benjamin Hill (Ger) Stevens                          11
13 Joshua Marden (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello            8
14 Cody Stevenson (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello           7
15 Dan Bowman (USA) TIAA-CREF                            5
16 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Grant Thornton                 4
17 Florian Schroder (Ger) Stevens                        4
18 Brian Kenneally (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways             3
19 Przemyslaw Pietrzak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek             3
20 Simon Kelly (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group          2
21 Ciarán Power (Irl) Dan Morrissey                      2
22 Are Andresen (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                   1
23 Brad Fairall (Can) Symmetrics                         1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Ciarán Power (Irl) Dan Morrissey                      20 pts
2 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA-CREF                            16
3 Martin Prazdnovsky (Svk) Sparebanken Vest             15
4 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest               11
5 Wayne Randle (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line                9
6 Lukasz Modzelewski (Pol) Legia Bazylisek               8
7 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                    6
8 Jaroslaw Welniak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek                 4
9 Tamas Lengyel (Hun) Sparebanken Vest                   3
10 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) Grant Thornton                    3
11 Przemyslaw Pietrzak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek             3
12 Peter McDonald (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello           2
13 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Stevens                     2
 
Ben McKenna Trophy U23 Rider classification
 
1 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek        7.23.35
2 Robert Partridge (GBr) Recycling.co.uk              3.23
3 Micheal Concannon (Irl) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly           
4 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) Grant Thornton                  3.29
5 Ryan Connor (Irl) Grant Thornton                    3.30
6 Benjamin Hill (Ger) Stevens                         7.57
7 Lukasz Modzelewski (Pol) Legia Bazylisek           10.53
8 Florian Schroder (Ger) Stevens                     10.56
9 Przemyslaw Pietrzak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek               
10 Brandon Crichton (Can) Symmetrics                      
11 Paul Hanna (Irl) Biznet Solutions                      
12 Mark Cassidy (Irl) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly               
13 Brad Fairall (Can) Symmetrics                     21.32
14 Josh James (Can) Endeavour Cycling                30.41
15 Graham Howard (USA) Endeavour Cycling             46.31
16 David Rawlins (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby         1.14.30
 
CI Category 2 classification
 
1 John McCarthy (Irl) Earl Of Desmond              7.26.51
2 Gary McNulty (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                7.40
3 Daire McCaughley (Irl) Whs. All Systems                 
4 Myles Kirby (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                     
5 Simon Whelan (Irl) Whs. All Systems                     
6 Noel Moloney (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby                  
7 Adrian Crowley (Irl) Velotec.ie                         
8 Anthony O'Brien (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training       16.59
9 David McLoughlin (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.           22.36
10 Jason O'Callaghan (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby       22.51
11 Frank O'Connor (Irl) M. Donnelly                       
12 Emmett Murphy (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training        27.10
13 Mark McLeavey (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby           27.21
14 Eldon Looney (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training         33.21
15 Paul Vaughan (Irl) Biznet Solutions               41.20
16 Peter O'Connor (Irl) M. Donnelly                  41.58
17 Tony Kemp (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training            43.12
18 Kevin Lynch (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal              47.59
19 Niall Brosnan (Irl) Earl Of Desmond               48.05
20 Keith Griffin (Irl) Velotec.ie                    48.37
21 Drew McKinley (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal            48.41
22 Brian Murphy (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training         56.55
23 Phil Maher (Irl) Velotec.ie                     1.10.53
24 David Rawlins (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby         1.11.14
25 Gordon Tangney (Irl) Whs. All Systems           1.11.45
26 John-Paul Lyons (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby       1.11.51
27 Brendan Kirk (Irl) Biznet Solutions             1.11.54
 
Cycleways County Rider classification
 
1 Tommy Evans (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.              7.23.31
2 Brian Kenneally (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways           0.08
3 John McCarthy (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                 3.20
4 Michael Hennessey (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.       8.01
5 Mick Steed (Irl) Murphy Surveys                         
6 Colm Bracken (Irl) Murphy Surveys                       
7 Michael Fitzgerald (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.          
8 Craig Sweetman (Irl) M. Donnelly                   10.55
9 Gary McNulty (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.               11.00
10 Padraig Marrey (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                   
 
International Team classification
 
1 Sparebanken Vest                                22.07.35
2 Recycling.co.uk                                     0.12
3 TIAA-CREF                                           2.28
4 FRF Couriers-Caravello                              7.04
5 M.Donnelly S.Kelly                                 10.07
6 Grant Thornton                                     10.14
7 Doncaster Stena Line                               11.57
8 Legia Bazylisek                                    14.22
9 Stevens                                            20.06
10 Surrey Racing League                              21.06
11 Symmetrics                                        21.42
12 Murphy & Gunn                                     22.07
13 Dan Morrissey                                     26.09
14 JE James RT                                       35.58
15 Endeavour Cycling                               1.33.41
 
County Team classification
 
1 IRC Usher Insuls.                               22.32.39
2 MyHome.ie Cycleways                                 0.02
3 Murray Ford Develops.                               1.57
4 Earl Of Desmond                                     3.14
5 Murphy Surveys                                      4.56
6 M. Donnelly                                        10.49
7 Dundrum Town Ctr.                                  10.54
8 Whs. All Systems                                        
9 E. Loakman Remax                                   12.59
10 Cúchulainn Crystal                                30.40
11 Biznet Solutions                                  43.52
12 Eurocycles Eurobaby                               45.46
13 Nat. Safety & Training                            51.12
14 Velotec.ie                                      1.11.34
 
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