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54th FBD Insurance Rás - 2.2

Ireland, May 21-28, 2006

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Stage 8 - May 27: Westport - Clara, 168 km

Final day cliffhanger in store

Matysiak wins stage 8, House remains in yellow

By Shane Stokes

When FBD Insurance Rás race director Dermot Dignam took the decision to modify the format of the race earlier this year he couldn't have envisaged what was in store. Traditionally the final stage of the Irish Tour was a one hour circuit race which, while exciting to watch, generally had no effect on the general classification. It was however decided that this year's concluding leg of the race would be a fully-fledged road race stage, in order to keep the suspense going right up until the final moment. But even Dignam couldn't have expected it to be so tight.

After seven days, eight stages and 1077 kilometres of racing, Kristian House and Danny Pate are exactly level on time, the former holding the yellow jersey by virtue of his better stage placings. What's more, the King of the Mountains classification is also a virtual dead heat, with Ciarán Power and Peter Herzig (Australia FRF Couriers) both on 52 points and set to slug it out again tomorrow. And Lucasz Modzelewski and his Poland Legia Bazylisek team-mate Bartolomiej Matysiak are also set to go head to head, with just one point separating them in the Green Jersey competition. They are on 52 points, while Morten Hegreberg (Norway Sparebanken Vest) and Ciarán Power are on 50 and 49 respectively.

Dignam will be delighted: with the outcome of the yellow and green jerseys likely to be decided in the final sprint, the suspense will continue literally right until the final metre of the race.

Today's penultimate stage ended in a big bunch sprint and saw Bartolomiej Matysiak, the under 23 classification leader, sprinting in to Clara a bike length clear of yesterday's stage victor Ciarán Power (Eireann Dan Morrissey). Lukasz Modzelewski took third, with Joshua Marden (Australia FRF Couriers Caravel), Benjamin Hill (Germany Stevens) and Morten Hegreberg filling the other places in the top six.

Race leader Kristian House was ninth and with his closest challenger Danny Pate – who started the day level on time but separated by stage placings - taking16th, the Britain Recycling.co.uk rider earned a small buffer which could prove crucial if the two finish together tomorrow.

Third-placed Morten Hegreberg (Norway Sparebanken Vest), O'Loughlin and Evans also came home in the main field and remain 12, 28 and 43 seconds back respectively.

It was expected to be a day of all-out attacks and while a break was clear for most of the 168 kilometre stage, House and the other general classification contenders were all locked together in the bunch. A strong tailwind plus the pacesetting carried out by House's Britain Recycling.co.uk squad and the Poland Legia Bazylisek team largely kept things together, even though O'Loughlin and Evans launched several strong attacks near the end.

"It was a hard day for me and the team," said the race leader at the finish. "The guys did very well, they were on the front from the word go, just controlling things for me so hats off to them. They did all the work early on and then towards the end, when the attacks start coming, it was down to me."

The team have another big day in the saddle tomorrow. "It is very tight…there is not even a second in it," House said. "Myself and Danny Pate are on the same time. There is another rider 12 seconds behind and then another 21 seconds back, so it is still up for grabs. But we will do our best to hold onto it."

Team manager John Herety was pleased with how things went. "I am happy with today, really. The wind direction worked in our favour; as soon as we got up this morning, we turned on the television and saw the wind direction. With big, open roads all day it is quite easy to control it, frankly. We committed ourselves straight from the start, it was prearranged that we would let a little break go away to deter other riders. Every time we started to bring them back we would ease off a little bit. Things were fine, apart from a couple of flurries in the middle of the race, around the feed zone – which is a bit naughty, actually."

"O'Loughlin and Evans were attacking a lot in the last ten kilometres. We basically saved Chris Newton for the finale, we used all our other riders first of all and then we used Chris at the end just to cover the serious threats to the GC in the finale. It worked out well. The Poles were also riding today, they wanted the stage win so that worked out in our favour."

Power went close to taking his third stage win, the Éireann Dan Morrissey rider finishing second to Matysiak. "I think I was just missing a bit of racing, I didn't have the speed that I needed to come around him at the end," he stated. "I was in the perfect position, but he won it well in the end."

"I felt fantastic all day, I didn't have to do anything so I just took it easy. I didn't even hit the wind once. It was great, I felt really, really good but just didn't have the speed in the sprint. I am definitely ending the race stronger than I started. I am looking forward to tomorrow, I will give it a good lash. I am up there for the King of the Mountains, the points, and the stage win, so you never know!"

Today's stage took place on a flat route and pushed along by a strong tailwind, the riders covered the stage at an average speed of 46 kilometres per hour. A break of nine riders went clear at the start and while Brad Fairall (Canada Symmetrics), Fabian Brzezinski (Germany Stevens), Michael Fitzgerald (Cork Murray Ford Develops.) and John Mason (Meath MyHome.ie/Cycleways) dropped back along the way, Roger Aiken (Ireland Grant Thornton), Peter McDonald (Australia FRF Couriers Caravel), Jehudi Schoonacker (Ireland M. Donnelly Sean Kelly), Brandon Crichton (Canada Symmetrics) and Tim Barry (Éireann Dan Morrissey) persisted and were only caught inside the final ten kilometres. And, despite the efforts of several riders to go clear, including some of the GC contenders, the stage victory was decided in a big bunch sprint.

Along with Evans and O'Loughlin, Paul Healion (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group) was one of the most aggressive riders in the finale. "I attacked quite a few times," he said. "I got across to the break as they were being pulled back and I went again with that Slovakian guy, the rider on the Norway Sparebanken Vest team [Martin Prazdnovsky]. He was only taking small turns at the front. If we had worked well together I think we could have stayed away, because Newton was pretty knackered. We were caught with about a kilometre to go."

"I actually wasn't feeling great at the start. I had stomach trouble last night and this morning but I got through it okay. It was fairly fast, the Polish guys were working with Recycling.co.uk, not sure why they were doing that. The tailwind made things hard to get away, and so did the two teams chasing."

"The plan tomorrow is that we will try to get the stage. We will also watch Simon [Kelly, 7th overall] too, we were doing that today…just making sure he was okay for food, keeping him up in the top ten all the time, etc. If we get a top ten overall it would be fantastic for the team in its first year."

Britain Recycling.co.uk manager John Herety knows his team also has to be vigilant on the final stage. "As regards tomorrow, we will have a little look at it this evening. If it comes to a bunch sprint, I am confident that Kristian can do it [be placed highly enough to keep the jersey]. There is no major need to get a gap before then…okay, yes, I would love it but there is no need to, really. It is not down to us, it is up to them to take it away from us. We will have extended it a little bit points-wise today, in terms of yellow being decided on accumulated placings on the stages. We have increased that, so as long as Kristian finishes close to Pate tomorrow it should be fine…he only has to follow him."

"I believe it is a tough day tomorrow, I have heard the stage is quite hard so we will see. I have heard the finishing circuit is difficult as well. We have to watch all of the riders who are close – everyone within a minute is a threat, really. Although people are getting tired now, you can see that. It is actually becoming, in some ways, a little bit easier to control because of that. But anything can happen – it is the Rás!"

How it unfolded

The penultimate stage of the FBD Insurance Rás took the 119 starters 168 mainly flat kilometres from Westport to Clara. The weather was clear and bright, with temperatures the highest all week, at a still-unseasonably cool 16 degrees. This was to increase to 18 degrees later in the day.

Five riders attacked very soon after the start and were then joined by four others. Roger Aiken (Ireland Grant Thornton), Peter McDonald (Australia FRF Couriers Caravel), Jehudi Schoonacker (Ireland M. Donnelly Sean Kelly), Brandon Crichton (Canada Symmetrics), Brad Fairall (Canada Symmetrics), Fabian Brzezinski (Germany Stevens), Michael Fitzgerald (Cork Murray Ford Develops.), John Mason (Meath MyHome.ie/Cycleways) and Tim Barry (Éireann Dan Morrissey) worked well together and, pushed along by a strong tailwind, they had built a 45 second gap after 40 minutes of racing. This jumped to 1 minute and 21 seconds after 50 kilometres, by which time Brzezinski had dropped back.

Just under ten kilometres later Roger Aiken took the Midwest Radio Prime in Ballyhaunis. Back in the bunch, the Britain Recycling.co.uk team of race leader Kristian House were riding tempo, assisted by the Poland Legia Bazylisek team. Their cooperation meant that the break was just 43 seconds ahead going through Castlerea, 80 kilometres after the start, and the subsequent injection of pace up front saw Michael Fitzgerald (Cork Murray Ford) and John Mason (MyHome.ie Cycleways) being dropped. Brad Fairall (Canada Symmetrics) also lost contact soon afterwards, but the gap went up to 1 minute and 15 seconds.

After two hours of racing the riders had covered 96.3 kilometres, indicating an average speed of just over 48 kilometres per hour. The break's advantage was fluctuating quite a bit, dropping to 40 seconds and then going up to a maximum of 1 minute 31 seconds approximately 35 kilometres from the end of the stage. It was clear that the bunch was controlling things, the Britain Recycling.co.uk and Poland Legia Bazylisek teams happy to leave the group out front to discourage other attackers, but also limiting their gains so they could be reeled in when necessary.

The tailwind became a crosswind at times during the stage and the strength of the gusts had some riders going off the road. They stayed upright, but the sidewinds made things dangerous in the bunch.

At the 20 kilometre to go point the leaders had 1 minute and 17 seconds. Shortly afterwards, previous race leader Tommy Evans attacked hard and opened up a small lead. He rode strongly to try to get away, motivated by the thoughts of taking back some of his 38 second deficit from the yellow jersey, but he was reeled in by the Britain Recycling and Poland Legia Bazylisek-led bunch.

David O'Loughlin (Ireland Grant Thornton) then countered hard on the right hand side of the road. He started the day fourth overall, 21 seconds in arrears and like Evans was keen to chase yellow. However he was marked by the green jersey Morten Hegreberg and while the Norway Sparebanken Vest rider was third overall and was also looking to make up time, he wouldn't come through and take a turn. O'Loughlin was understandably frustrated with this.

Once they were brought back, Evans went again. He got a gap, was brought back, then tried again a minute or two later. Paul Healion (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group) also tried to get clear, as did O'Loughlin once more, but each of these efforts were frustrated by the strong tailwind which helped the bunch move along at a very rapid speed. The marking by the two pace-setting teams also made it difficult, with 2005 race winner Chris Newton (Britain Recycling.co.uk) one of those digging deep to keep things under control.

The net effect of these accelerations was that the bunch was getting closer and closer to the break. With ten kilometres to go the gap was just 18 seconds and riders out front began to sit up. Roger Aiken and Peter McDonald persisted, with the latter then going clear by himself. He rode strongly but was eventually caught with four kilometres to go.

Former race leader Mike Friedman punctured shortly after this point, unfortunately suffering the mishap outside the 3 kilometre to go safe-haven. The unlucky USA TIAA-CREF rider would trail in 33 seconds back and slip from ninth to eleventh as a result.

Several riders then tried to go clear closer to the line, including Healion, but everything was together just before the sprint. Quickest was the under 23 classification leader Bartolomiej Matysiak (Poland Legia Bazylisek) who galloped home, arms aloft, about a length clear of double stage winner and mountains jersey leader Ciarán Power (Eireann Dan Morrissey). Matysiak's team-mate Lukasz Modzelewski was third, with Joshua Marden (Australia FRF Couriers Caravel), Benjamin Hill (Germany Stevens) and Morten Hegreberg (Norway Sparebanken Vest) filling the other places in the top six. Beside Power, Irish riders Morgan Fox (Ireland Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group, 8th) and Mehall Fitzgerald (MyHome.ie/Cycleways, 10th) also finished in the top ten.

Somewhat crucially, race leader Kristian House sprinted in ninth, seven places higher than Danny Pate's 16th. They had started the stage level on time and separated only by countback so while House didn't gain any time today, he has the small buffer of stage placings if it comes down to a sprint tomorrow.

However he and his team will likely have to work very hard on the final 155 kilometre stage to Skerries. Four category 3 climbs and some hard, rolling roads will give Pate, Hegreberg, O'Loughlin and Evans hope that they can get clear and chase yellow; with Britain Recycling.co.uk determined to defend, it should be a very exciting finale to the race.

Results

1 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek          3.38.46 (46.08 km/h)
2 Ciarán Power (Irl) Dan Morrissey                          
3 Lukasz Modzelewski (Pol) Legia Bazylisek                  
4 Joshua Marden (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello                
5 Benjamin Hill (Ger) Stevens                               
6 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                   
7 Cody Stevenson (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello               
8 Morgan Fox (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group               
9 Kristian House (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                      
10 Mehall Fitzgerald (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways              
11 Colm Bracken (Irl) Murphy Surveys                        
12 Simon Kelly (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group             
13 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Grant Thornton                    
14 Tommy Evans (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                      
15 Bill Moore (Irl) M. Donnelly                             
16 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA-CREF                               
17 Simon Saunders (GBr) Surrey Racing League                
18 Jaco Ehlers (RSA) Surrey Racing League                   
19 Padraig Marrey (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                     
20 Wayne Randle (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line                  
21 Martin Prazdnovsky (Svk) Sparebanken Vest                
22 Eoin Whelan (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                      
23 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) Grant Thornton                       
24 John Lynch (Irl) Murphy Surveys                          
25 Ashley Brown (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line                  
26 Florian Schroder (Ger) Stevens                           
27 Fabian Brzezinski (Ger) Stevens                          
28 Paul Healion (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group            
29 John McCarthy (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                      
30 Bryan Smith (USA) TIAA-CREF                              
31 Alex Hagman (USA) Surrey Racing League                   
32 Dan Bowman (USA) TIAA-CREF                               
33 Jason O'Callaghan (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby              
34 Tamas Lengyel (Hun) Sparebanken Vest                     
35 Daniel Duguid (GBr) Surrey Racing League                 
36 Daire McCaughley (Irl) Whs. All Systems                  
37 Aidan Crowley (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways                  
38 Vincent Gleeson (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                    
39 Gary McNulty (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                     
40 Christopher Belsham (GBr) JE James RT                    
41 Mathew Ward (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                      
42 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello                
43 Jaroslaw Welniak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek                   
44 Ryan Connor (Irl) Grant Thornton                         
45 Dieter Droger (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line                 
46 Sean McGreevy (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal                   
47 Ray Clarke (Irl) Dan Morrissey                           
48 Kurt Bogaerts (Bel) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly                
49 Adrian Crowley (Irl) Velotec.ie                          
50 Frank Dunne (Irl) Velotec.ie                             
51 Brian Kenneally (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways                
52 Peter Hey (GBr) JE James RT                              
53 Martin O'Loughlin (Irl) Dan Morrissey                    
54 Mick Steed (Irl) Murphy Surveys                          
55 Micheal Concannon (Irl) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly            
56 David Lane (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                       
57 Przemyslaw Pietrzak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek                
58 Jehudi Schoonacker (Bel) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly           
59 Niall Brosnan (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                      
60 David Sachs (USA) Endeavour Cycling                      
61 Michael Fitzgerald (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.           
62 Lucas Euser (USA) TIAA-CREF                              
63 Peter McDonald (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello              
64 Rory Wyley (Irl) Dan Morrissey                           
65 Simon Whelan (Irl) Whs. All Systems                      
66 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Stevens                        
67 Daire O'Sullivan (Irl) E. Loakman Remax                  
68 Robert Partridge (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                   
69 Michal Pawlyta (Pol) Legia Bazylisek                     
70 Greg Reian (Can) Stevens                                 
71 Frank O'Connor (Irl) M. Donnelly                         
72 David McLoughlin (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                 
73 John Mason (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways                     
74 Roger Aiken (Irl) Grant Thornton                         
75 Mark McLeavey (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby                  
76 David Peelo (Irl) Murphy Surveys                         
77 Mark Lovatt (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line                   
78 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways             
79 Myles Kirby (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                      
80 Bryan Keane (Irl) Whs. All Systems                       
81 Denis Lynch (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.                  
82 Greg Swinard (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                     
83 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                  0.26
84 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                  0.28
85 Mike Friedman (USA) TIAA-CREF                        0.33
86 Joe McDonnell (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello           0.40
87 Chris Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                   0.57
88 Brandon Crichton (Can) Symmetrics                    1.01
89 Brian Taaffe (Irl) Whs. All Systems                  1.14
90 Paul Vaughan (Irl) Biznet Solutions                      
91 Gavin Evans (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line                   
92 Stephen McKenna (Irl) Biznet Solutions               1.31
93 Craig Sweetman (Irl) M. Donnelly                         
94 Josh James (Can) Endeavour Cycling                   1.33
95 John Dempsey (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group            
96 Eldon Looney (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training            2.20
97 Toby Neave (GBr) Surrey Racing League                2.50
98 Llewellyn Byrne (GBr) JE James RT                    2.59
99 Seamus Kelly (Irl) E. Loakman Remax                      
100 Michael Hennessey (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.           
101 Keith Griffin (Irl) Velotec.ie                      3.12
102 Karl Dolan (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal                 3.25
103 Tim Barry (Irl) Dan Morrissey                       3.32
104 Gary Crory (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                      
105 Jeff Sherstobitoff (Can) Symmetrics                 4.17
106 Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics                       6.08
107 Brad Fairall (Can) Symmetrics                           
108 Michael O'Reilly (Irl) Velotec.ie                   7.46
109 Phil Maher (Irl) Velotec.ie                         9.58
110 Richard Malone (Irl) E. Loakman Remax                   
111 Emmett Murphy (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training              
112 Simon Mulvany (Irl) M. Donnelly                         
113 Anthony O'Brien (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training            
114 Drew McKinley (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal                  
115 Paul Hanna (Irl) Biznet Solutions                  17.17
116 Noel Moloney (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby             21.37
117 Cormac O'Shea (Irl) E. Loakman Remax               24.43
118 Kevin Lynch (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal               25.51
119 Isaiah Adams (USA) Endeavour Cycling                    
DNS Mike Harrison (GBr) JE James RT                         
 
Sprints
 
Ballyhaunis
 
1 Roger Aiken (Irl) Grant Thornton                          
 
County Rider Stage
 
1 Mehall Fitzgerald (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways        3.38.46
2 Colm Bracken (Irl) Murphy Surveys                         
3 Tommy Evans (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                       
 
Cotter Hoose CI Category 2
 
1 John McCarthy (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                3.38.46
2 Jason O'Callaghan (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby               
3 Daire McCaughley (Irl) Whs. All Systems                   
4 Gary McNulty (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                      
5 Adrian Crowley (Irl) Velotec.ie                           
6 Niall Brosnan (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                       
 
International Team
 
1 Legia Bazylisek                                   10.56.18
2 Murphy & Gunn                                             
3 FRF Couriers-Caravello                                    
4 Stevens                                                   
5 Sparebanken Vest                                          
6 Surrey Racing League                                      
7 TIAA-CREF                                                 
8 Grant Thornton                                            
9 Doncaster Stena Line                                      
10 Dan Morrissey                                            
11 M.Donnelly S.Kelly                                       
12 Recycling.co.uk                                      0.26
13 JE James RT                                          2.59
14 Symmetrics                                          11.26
15 Endeavour Cycling                                   27.24
 
County Team
 
1 IRC Usher Insuls.                                 10.56.18
2 Earl Of Desmond                                           
3 Murphy Surveys                                            
4 MyHome.ie Cycleways                                       
5 Dundrum Town Ctr.                                         
6 Whs. All Systems                                          
7 M. Donnelly                                           1.31
8 Murray Ford Develops.                                 2.59
9 Velotec.ie                                            3.12
10 E. Loakman Remax                                    12.57
11 Cúchulainn Crystal                                  13.23
12 Biznet Solutions                                    20.02
13 Eurocycles Eurobaby                                 21.37
14 Nat. Safety & Training                              22.16
 
General Classification after stage 8
 
1 Kristian House (GBr) Recycling.co.uk              25.48.23
2 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA-CREF                                
3 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest               0.12
4 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Grant Thornton                 0.21
5 Tommy Evans (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                   0.38
6 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello             1.55
7 Simon Kelly (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group          2.18
8 Wayne Randle (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line               4.47
9 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek             6.51
10 Ciarán Power (Irl) Dan Morrissey                     6.52
11 Mike Friedman (USA) TIAA-CREF                        7.17
12 Martin Prazdnovsky (Svk) Sparebanken Vest            7.36
13 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                  7.49
14 Robert Partridge (GBr) Recycling.co.uk               8.34
15 Chris Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                   8.57
16 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) Grant Thornton                   9.04
17 Ryan Connor (Irl) Grant Thornton                     9.27
18 Lukasz Modzelewski (Pol) Legia Bazylisek            10.29
19 Jehudi Schoonacker (Bel) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly      11.07
20 Greg Reian (Can) Stevens                            11.16
21 Jaroslaw Welniak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek              12.05
22 John McCarthy (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                 12.06
23 Peter McDonald (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello         12.14
24 Joshua Marden (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello          12.23
25 Joe McDonnell (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello          13.08
26 Ray Clarke (Irl) Dan Morrissey                      13.16
27 Alex Hagman (USA) Surrey Racing League              15.20
28 Tamas Lengyel (Hun) Sparebanken Vest                15.37
29 Lucas Euser (USA) TIAA-CREF                         15.53
30 Michael Fitzgerald (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.      16.57
31 Brian Kenneally (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways           18.52
32 Micheal Concannon (Irl) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly       19.50
33 Benjamin Hill (Ger) Stevens                         20.55
34 Mehall Fitzgerald (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways         21.25
35 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                 21.39
36 Bryan Smith (USA) TIAA-CREF                         22.00
37 Colm Bracken (Irl) Murphy Surveys                   22.08
38 Cody Stevenson (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello         22.49
39 Dan Bowman (USA) TIAA-CREF                          23.09
40 Fabian Brzezinski (Ger) Stevens                     23.20
41 Mick Steed (Irl) Murphy Surveys                     23.29
42 Florian Schroder (Ger) Stevens                      23.32
43 Simon Saunders (GBr) Surrey Racing League           23.34
44 Gavin Evans (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line              23.54
45 Jeff Sherstobitoff (Can) Symmetrics                      
46 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Stevens                   24.09
47 David Peelo (Irl) Murphy Surveys                    26.28
48 Przemyslaw Pietrzak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek           26.33
49 Michal Pawlyta (Pol) Legia Bazylisek                     
50 Mark Lovatt (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line              26.49
51 Tim Barry (Irl) Dan Morrissey                       26.53
52 Bill Moore (Irl) M. Donnelly                        27.11
53 Dieter Droger (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line            27.41
54 Jaco Ehlers (RSA) Surrey Racing League              28.24
55 Paul Healion (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group       28.57
56 John Mason (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways                30.45
57 Daire O'Sullivan (Irl) E. Loakman Remax             30.50
58 Christopher Belsham (GBr) JE James RT               31.05
59 John Lynch (Irl) Murphy Surveys                     31.21
60 Craig Sweetman (Irl) M. Donnelly                    31.51
61 Martin O'Loughlin (Irl) Dan Morrissey               32.43
62 Brandon Crichton (Can) Symmetrics                   34.32
63 Eoin Whelan (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                 34.52
64 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways        36.17
65 Aidan Crowley (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways             36.37
66 Vincent Gleeson (Irl) Earl Of Desmond               36.38
67 Bryan Keane (Irl) Whs. All Systems                  36.53
68 Myles Kirby (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                 37.08
69 Daniel Duguid (GBr) Surrey Racing League            37.18
70 Rory Wyley (Irl) Dan Morrissey                      37.28
71 Roger Aiken (Irl) Grant Thornton                    38.18
72 Stephen McKenna (Irl) Biznet Solutions              38.44
73 Mathew Ward (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                 38.47
74 Daire McCaughley (Irl) Whs. All Systems             40.40
75 Gary McNulty (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                40.45
76 David Lane (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                       
77 Kurt Bogaerts (Bel) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly           41.15
78 John Dempsey (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group       41.39
79 Morgan Fox (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group         43.13
80 Karl Dolan (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal                 47.06
81 Denis Lynch (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.             48.35
82 Mark McLeavey (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby             50.26
83 Adrian Crowley (Irl) Velotec.ie                     53.19
84 Toby Neave (GBr) Surrey Racing League               55.16
85 Brad Fairall (Can) Symmetrics                       56.53
86 Paul Hanna (Irl) Biznet Solutions                   58.17
87 Padraig Marrey (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                59.01
88 Seamus Kelly (Irl) E. Loakman Remax               1.01.52
89 Brian Taaffe (Irl) Whs. All Systems               1.02.23
90 Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics                     1.05.39
91 Gary Crory (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                       
92 Michael Hennessey (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.     1.06.24
93 David Sachs (USA) Endeavour Cycling               1.11.28
94 Simon Whelan (Irl) Whs. All Systems               1.11.47
95 Ashley Brown (GBr) Doncaster Stena Line           1.20.41
96 Niall Brosnan (Irl) Earl Of Desmond               1.21.57
97 Peter Hey (GBr) JE James RT                       1.24.59
98 Jason O'Callaghan (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby       1.25.14
99 Michael O'Reilly (Irl) Velotec.ie                 1.33.51
100 Greg Swinard (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.             1.36.44
101 Sean McGreevy (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal           1.37.28
102 Frank O'Connor (Irl) M. Donnelly                 1.39.30
103 David McLoughlin (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.         1.40.02
104 Anthony O'Brien (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training     1.49.25
105 Josh James (Can) Endeavour Cycling               1.49.35
106 Llewellyn Byrne (GBr) JE James RT                1.53.28
107 Emmett Murphy (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training       1.55.47
108 Eldon Looney (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training        1.59.10
109 Paul Vaughan (Irl) Biznet Solutions              2.05.43
110 Keith Griffin (Irl) Velotec.ie                   2.11.34
111 Noel Moloney (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby           2.16.06
112 Frank Dunne (Irl) Velotec.ie                     2.23.54
113 Drew McKinley (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal           2.36.32
114 Cormac O'Shea (Irl) E. Loakman Remax             2.37.16
115 Simon Mulvany (Irl) M. Donnelly                  2.47.27
116 Richard Malone (Irl) E. Loakman Remax            3.06.38
117 Kevin Lynch (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal             3.34.05
118 Phil Maher (Irl) Velotec.ie                      3.43.55
119 Isaiah Adams (USA) Endeavour Cycling             3.51.59
 
Points classification
 
1 Lukasz Modzelewski (Pol) Legia Bazylisek                53 pts
2 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek               52
3 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest                 50
4 Ciarán Power (Irl) Dan Morrissey                        49
5 Joshua Marden (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello              46
6 Tommy Evans (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.                     41
7 Chris Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                      39
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Ciarán Power (Irl) Dan Morrissey                        52 pts
2 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello               52
3 Lukasz Modzelewski (Pol) Legia Bazylisek                23
 
U23 Rider classification
 
1 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek         25.55.14
2 Robert Partridge (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                1.43
3 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) Grant Thornton                    2.13
4 Ryan Connor (Irl) Grant Thornton                      2.36
5 Lukasz Modzelewski (Pol) Legia Bazylisek              3.38
6 Micheal Concannon (Irl) M.Donnelly Sean Kelly        12.59
7 Benjamin Hill (Ger) Stevens                          14.04
8 Florian Schroder (Ger) Stevens                       16.41
9 Przemyslaw Pietrzak (Pol) Legia Bazylisek            19.42
10 Brandon Crichton (Can) Symmetrics                   27.41
11 Brad Fairall (Can) Symmetrics                       50.02
12 Paul Hanna (Irl) Biznet Solutions                   51.26
13 Josh James (Can) Endeavour Cycling                1.42.44
 
CI Category 2 classification
 
1 John McCarthy (Irl) Earl Of Desmond               26.00.29
2 Myles Kirby (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                  25.02
3 Daire McCaughley (Irl) Whs. All Systems              28.34
4 Gary McNulty (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.                 28.39
5 Mark McLeavey (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby              38.20
6 Adrian Crowley (Irl) Velotec.ie                      41.13
7 Simon Whelan (Irl) Whs. All Systems                  59.41
8 Niall Brosnan (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                1.09.51
9 Jason O'Callaghan (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby        1.13.08
10 Frank O'Connor (Irl) M. Donnelly                  1.27.24
11 David McLoughlin (Irl) Dundrum Town Ctr.          1.27.56
12 Anthony O'Brien (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training      1.37.19
13 Emmett Murphy (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training        1.43.41
14 Eldon Looney (Irl) Nat. Safety & Training         1.47.04
15 Paul Vaughan (Irl) Biznet Solutions               1.53.37
16 Keith Griffin (Irl) Velotec.ie                    1.59.28
17 Noel Moloney (Irl) Eurocycles Eurobaby            2.04.00
18 Drew McKinley (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal            2.24.26
19 Richard Malone (Irl) E. Loakman Remax             2.54.32
20 Kevin Lynch (Irl) Cúchulainn Crystal              3.21.59
21 Phil Maher (Irl) Velotec.ie                       3.31.49
 
County Rider classification
 
1 Tommy Evans (Irl) IRC Usher Insuls.               25.49.01
2 John McCarthy (Irl) Earl Of Desmond                  11.28
3 Michael Fitzgerald (Irl) Murray Ford Develops.       16.19
4 Brian Kenneally (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways            18.14
5 Mehall Fitzgerald (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways          20.47
6 Colm Bracken (Irl) Murphy Surveys                    21.30
7 Mick Steed (Irl) Murphy Surveys                      22.51
8 David Peelo (Irl) Murphy Surveys                     25.50
9 Bill Moore (Irl) M. Donnelly                         26.33
10 John Mason (Irl) MyHome.ie Cycleways                30.07
 
International Team classification
 
1 Sparebanken Vest                                  78.02.48
2 Recycling.co.uk                                       2.31
3 FRF Couriers-Caravello                                6.22
4 TIAA-CREF                                             7.01
5 Grant Thornton                                        8.19
6 Legia Bazylisek                                      22.03
7 Doncaster Stena Line                                 30.12
8 Dan Morrissey                                        34.22
9 Murphy & Gunn                                        42.40
10 Stevens                                             43.02
11 M.Donnelly S.Kelly                                  50.19
12 Surrey Racing League                                57.25
13 Symmetrics                                        1.09.40
14 JE James RT                                       2.06.59
15 Endeavour Cycling                                 6.33.09
 
County Team classification
 
1 MyHome.ie Cycleways                               78.54.04
2 IRC Usher Insuls.                                     1.31
3 Murphy Surveys                                       13.11
4 Earl Of Desmond                                      17.43
5 Murray Ford Develops.                                25.50
6 Whs. All Systems                                   1.03.38
7 Dundrum Town Ctr.                                  1.03.57
8 M. Donnelly                                        1.13.24
9 E. Loakman Remax                                   2.45.59
10 Biznet Solutions                                  2.48.25
11 Velotec.ie                                        3.36.14
12 Eurocycles Eurobaby                               3.37.27
13 Cúchulainn Crystal                                3.46.46
14 Nat. Safety & Training                            4.36.32

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