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55th FBD Insurance Rás - 2.2

Ireland, May 20-27, 2007

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Stage 4 - May 23: Sligo – Dungloe, 138 Kms

No change in overall standings as Ojavee wins stage four

By Shane Stokes

Mart Ojavee (Estonia Kalev Chocolate Team) celebrates
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There were countless attacks on yesterday’s fourth stage of the FBD Insurance Rás but despite the battles and skirmishes on the road to Dungloe, the war between the overall contenders remains unfinished.

At the end of 138 kilometres of aggressive racing, there was no change whatsoever to the time gaps of those in the top ten. Race leader Jesse Anthony and his US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada team played things perfectly to control their rivals, giving breakaways some leeway before hauling them back in.

The stage victory went to day one winner Mart Ojavee (Estonia Kalev Chocolate), who outsprinted Anthony’s team-mate Dominique Rollin (US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada) and Tomas Hruby (Czech Republic Sparta Praha) on the uphill finishing straight.

"Every win is great," said the beaming 25 year old Estonian, who was taking his sixth win of the season. "Today I was working for my team-mate Andrei Mustonen but we didn’t know that the last kilometre was so difficult. With 200 meters to go I was alone in the front and he was a little bit dropped, so I said, ‘what the heck’ and went for it."

Irish riders Stephen Gallagher (Ireland Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly) and Eugene Moriarty (Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC) were sixth and ninth respectively, while Brian Kenneally (Meath MyHome.ie/BDBC) remains second overall, just two seconds behind Anthony. Seven others are a further two seconds adrift, including Mark Cassidy (Ireland Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly) and Paul Griffin (Ireland Subway Eat Fresh).

"There were a couple of scary moments today, but we just got the team together and they organised a really good chase," said 21 year old Anthony. "There was a group of about ten guys up the road before the king of the mountains prime. It was a dangerous group and there were a couple of guys we had to watch in there, so we got the team on the front and chased it down. The guys did an awesome job today of controlling everything. We all rode together to keep things together as much as possible."

It was as much about brains as brawn, with the team using good tactics to help defend yellow. "In the end we let a group go away," he continued. "We were happy with that as it got the race to settle down a bit. Then a bit later on, the whole team took control and rode really hard to bring it back."

American Jesse Anthony (US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada Team)
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It’s Anthony’s first time to lead a major stage race but having retained the lead, he was sounding more assured about his chances. "I have never been in this position before. It is a little nerve-wracking for me, particularly in such a difficult race and one I don’t know. I have never done it before and so I don’t know how it is usually raced, aside from what people tell me. That said, while I know the next four days will be really hard, we are looking forward to that. We didn’t come here to have an easy race. We are looking forward to the challenge."

After a very aggressive, wind-assisted opening hour run off at 48 km/h, a dozen riders got clear approximately halfway through the stage. They built a maximum lead of 17 seconds and made Cassidy race leader on the road, but the US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada squad clinically hauled it back.

René Birkenfeld (Germany Stevens Von Hacht) took the prime at Mountcharles (category 3, 69 km) ahead of former race leader Ricardo Van der Velde (Netherlands National Team U23), Peter Herzig (FRF Couriers NSWIS) and Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies).

Van der Velde, whose father Johan finished third in the 1982 Tour de France, said after the stage that he had changed focus after falling far behind in the general classification. "My goal now is to try to get the mountains jersey. It won’t be easy because there is a German rider [Birkenfeld] who is also going for it. But I am not giving up, I think I can do it. I am good uphill, so we will see…

"Yesterday was difficult. Everyone was attacking one by one and we missed the big group. I felt good yesterday but it was difficult for me to do anything in the yellow jersey."

Following the prime, five others then slipped away and joined forces out front, namely Mark Lovatt (Team Sportscover), Graham Briggs (Britan Stena Line/Recycling.co.uk), Silvar Kibur (Estonia Kalev Chocolate), Dominique Perras (USA Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Glenn Bak (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly).

Danish rider Bak attacked with 25 kilometres remaining and opened up a 17 second lead over the others. They were all eventually reeled in with approximately four kilometres to go, setting things up for the uphill bunch sprint and Ojavee’s second victory of the race.

Anthony finished 12th in the final gallop and remains two seconds clear of Irish rider Brian Kenneally (Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC). Seven others are a further two seconds adrift, including Rollin plus Irishmen Mark Cassidy (Ireland Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly) and Paul Griffin (Ireland Subway Eat Fresh).

Current Canadian champion Dominique Rollin (US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada)
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The race leader said that he would ride aggressively on tomorrow’s [Thursday’s] climbs, including the first category Gap of Mamore.

"If the opportunity presents itself I would love to get some more time," he said. He can clearly climb, given that he is the current king of the mountains. "I think the way we are going to be able to win this race is if Dom [Dominique Perras] and I play off each other and get a bit more time each day. If we can get into a group and narrow the real players down to maybe ten, then that would be a lot easier for us. Right now, there are many guys within a couple of minutes of us, so it is hard to control that many riders.

"If we can get a three or four minute buffer on all bar ten or twelve guys, then that would definitely work to our benefit. We are going to try to be aggressive, to be sure. But it is hard with everyone watching us like this. Every time we move, everyone moves with us and no-one is willing to do any of the work for us. It is pretty much all up to us right now. It is going to be real difficult to pull it off, but I think we can do it."

The 131 kilometre fifth stage from Dungloe to Buncrana will be crucial. Right now, 33 riders are within two minutes of Anthony’s lead. That will all change tomorrow, with a much clearer picture of the real contenders becoming apparent on the tough roads of Donegal.

How it unfolded

139 riders lined out in overcast conditions for the fourth stage of the FBD Insurance Rás, a relatively short 138 kilometre race from Sligo to Dungloe. Jesse Anthony (US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada) lined out in the yellow jersey, and also held the lead in the KOM and best young rider competition, while his team-mate Dominique Rollin has a strong grip on the green jersey of best sprinter.

About five kilometres after the drop of the flag, stage one victor Mart Ojavee (Estonia Kalev Chocolate) attacked and was joined by Nico Graf (Germany Thuringer Energie) and Adam Armstrong (Dublin Usher Insulations). They were reeled in soon afterwards, then Derek Burke (Dublin Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group) made a short-lived break.

He was brought back but stubbornly went again with Graham Briggs (Britain Stena Line/Recycling.co.uk), Thomas Hruby (Czech Republic Sparta Praha), Silvar Kibur (Estonia Kalev Chocolate), Marcel Barth (Germany Thuringer Energie), Scott McDonald (Meath MyHome.ie/BDBC) and Hugh Mulhearne (Tipperary Dan Morrissey). This, too, was hauled back.

After passing through the seaside resort town of Bundoran, double FBD Rás winner Chris Newton (Britain Stena Line Recycling.co.uk), his team-mate Ryan Bonser and Mart Ojavee (Estonia Kalev Chocolate) kicked clear, some 38 kilometres after the start. This group built up a lead of 29 seconds and while Bonser was then dropped, he was able to regain contact when he was picked up by three chasing riders.

Together with Dermot Nally (Ireland Subway Eat Fresh), Stephen Gallagher (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly) and Florian Frohn (Germany Thuringer Energie), he regained his place at the head of affairs and returned to helping team captain Newton.

The group had enough big hitters to be considered a real threat and others such as third-placed Paul Griffin (Ireland Subway Eat Fresh) tried to get across. However this chasing group was caught. Soon afterwards the leading group suffered the same fate, being reeled in by the bunch approximately 50 kilometres after the start.

The pace had been very hot, with the tailwind-assisted riders covering 48 kilometres in the first hour of racing. The attacks continued and after approximately 63 kilometres, Simon Kelly (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly), Nico Graf (Germany Thuringer Energie), Conor Murphy (Dublin Usher Insulations) and Ray Clarke (Tipperary Dan Morrissey) slipped clear.

They were then joined by Alain Van der Velde (Netherlands), Stephen Gallagher (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly), Peter Herzig (Australia FRF Couriers), Simon Jensen (Denmark Vision Bikes), Ben Raby (US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada), Dominique Perras (USA Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Derek Burke (Dublin Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group). However, despite the firepower, the main bunch closed them down.

There was a brief respite but very soon afterwards the next big group surged away. The dozen-strong break included David McCann (Ireland Subway Eat Fresh), former race leader Ricardo Van der Velde (Netherlands), Mark Cassidy, Stephen Gallagher and Simon Kelly (all Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly), Peter Herzig and Jason Hegert (both Australia FRF Couriers NSWIS), Ondrej Pavek (Czech Republic Sparta Praha), Andrei Mustonen (Estonia Kalev Chocolate), Ben Raby (US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada), Justin Spinelli (USA Kelly Benefit Strategies) and René Sickmuller (Germany Stephens Von Hacht). Newton also joined up, making it 13 riders clear, but this group then dropped to a dozen when Raby elected to go back to the peloton and try to get team-mate (and race leader) Jesse Anthony back into contention. The gap was 17 seconds after some 67 kilometres of racing, making Mark Cassidy the race leader on the road.

Raby and the rest of the team had no intention of letting the 22 year old Irishman take the yellow jersey and worked hard to haul back the move. The succeeded in doing so just before the top of the third category Mountcharles climb, which came at the 69 kilometre point.

René Birkenfeld (Germany Stevens Von Hacht) was first to the top, beating Dutchman Ricardo Van der Velde (who started the day second overall in the competition), Peter Herzig (Australia FRF Couriers NSWIS) and Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies).

The next move of significance was an attack by Mark Lovatt (Team Sportscover) at the 88 kilometre point. He was joined by Graham Briggs (Britan Stena Line/Recycling.co.uk), then Silvar Kibur (Estonia Kalev Chocolate) and Dominique Perras (USA Kelly Benefit Strategies) also made the junction. Glenn Bak (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly) was the last rider to get across, making it five up front.

The peloton was 1 minute 30 seconds back at this point but hard chasing by the USA Kelly Benefit Strategies and Germany Stevens Von Hacht teams plus Australia FRF Couriers rider Brendan Brooks, helped to cut it to 50 seconds with 25 kilometres to go. Sensing the danger that they would be caught, Bak then attacked from the lead group.

The Danish rider opened up a maximum advantage of 17 seconds over the other leaders before they reeled him back in. They regrouped with approximately ten kilometres remaining, yet it was only a matter of time before the speeding bunch got back on terms. With four kilometres to go it was all together and while riders such as Rene Birkenfeld tried to clip away, things stayed as one until the uphill sprint to the finish line, where Mart Ojavee (Estonia Kalev Chocolate) got the better of yesterday's stage victor Dominique Rollin (US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada) and Tomas Hruby (Czech Republic Sparta Praha). Stephen Gallagher was best Irishman in sixth, with Euguene Moriarty best county rider in ninth.

The net result was no major change in the overall standings. There is likely to be a different story tomorrow, though, given that the race hits the notorious Gap of Mamore climb approximately 13 kilometres from the finish line in Buncrana. There is certain to be a major shakeup in the classification during the 131 kilometre stage, giving a clearer picture of who the main contenders are and how strong Jesse Anthony’s chances are of taking the final yellow jersey in Skerries on Sunday.

Photography

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Images by Stephen McMahon

Results

1 Mart Ojavee (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                  3.14.04 (42.55 km/h)
2 Dominique Rollin (Can) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                        
3 Tomas Hruby (Cze) Sparta Praha                                            
4 Marcel Barth (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                       
5 Yvo Kusters (Ned) Netherlands National Team                               
6 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly       
7 Ben Raby (USA) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                                
8 Andrei Mustonen (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                     
9 Eugene Moriarty (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                                
10 Nico Graf (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                         
11 Marcin Bialoblocki (GBr) Team Sportscover                                
12 Jesse Anthony (USA) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                          
13 Alain Van der Velde (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                  
14 Paul Griffin (Irl) Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                              
15 Benjamin Hill (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                                    
16 Ricardo Van der Velde (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                
17 Zdenek Krizek (Cze) Sparta Praha                                         
18 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly          
19 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                      
20 Graham Briggs (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                               
21 Peter McDonald (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                  
22 Tony Martin (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                       
23 David McCann (Irl) Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                              
24 Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                
25 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                   
26 Mark Cassidy (Irl) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly           
27 Ryan Roth (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                 
28 Ondrej Pavek (Cze) Sparta Praha                                          
29 Jason Hegert (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                    
30 Brian Kenneally (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                               
31 Simon Jensen (Den) Vision Bikes                                          
32 Mark Walters (Can) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                           
33 Yannick Tiedt (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                                    
34 Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                           
35 Silvar Kibur (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                       
36 Simon Holt (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                                  
37 Matthew Ward (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                              
38 Neil Delahaye (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                             
39 Chris Newton (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                                
40 Thomas Bendixen (Den) Vision Bikes                                       
41 Dermot Nally (Irl) Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                              
42 Michael Johansen (Den) Vision Bikes                                      
43 Conor Murphy (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                              
44 Josh Thornton (USA) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                          
45 Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                  
46 Alo Jakin (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                          
47 Roger Aiken (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                                 
48 Rory Wyley (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                                 
49 Dennis Kreder (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                        
50 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                    
51 Chris Jory (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                      
52 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                            
53 Josef Soukup (Cze) Sparta Praha                                          
54 Markku Ainsalu (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                     
55 Wayne Randle (GBr) Team Sportscover                                      
56 Dominique Perras (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies                          
57 Michael Fitzgerald (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                         
58 Adam Armstrong (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                            
59 Mark Lovatt (GBr) Team Sportscover                                       
60 Mads Bugge (Den) Vision Bikes                                        0.17
61 Glenn Bak (Den) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly              
62 Johannes Sickmuller (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                          0.20
63 Petr Pucelik (Cze) Sparta Praha                                          
64 René Birkenfeld (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                              0.25
65 Sean Lacey (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                         0.54
66 Paul Wright (GBr) North England West Pennine                         1.06
67 Florian Frohn (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                 1.08
68 Mick Mulcahy (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                            1.10
69 Sonke Thiel (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                                      
70 Patrick Moriarty (Irl) Cork Omega Designs Ltd                        1.17
71 Mark Nestor (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                            
72 Brian Ahern (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                             
73 Benjamin Justesen (Den) Vision Bikes                                     
74 John Charlsworth (GBr) Team Sportscover                                  
75 David Brennan (Irl) Kerry Earl Of Desmond                                
76 Isaac Speirs (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                           
77 Hugh Mulhearne (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                         1.31
78 Ashley Brown (GBr) Team Sportscover                                  1.59
79 Michael Butler (Irl) Kerry Earl Of Desmond                               
80 Ben Pochee (GBr) Surrey                                                  
81 Alan Carey (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                                
82 Padraig Marrey (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                         
83 Tom Diggle (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                                  
84 Craig Sweetman (Irl) Meath M.Donnelly Cycleways                          
85 John O'Brien (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                               
86 Ryan Bonser (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                                 
87 Michael O'Reilly (Irl) Cork Omega Designs Ltd                            
88 Scott McDonald (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                                
89 Aidan Crowley (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                                 
90 David Peelo (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                                 
91 Frank O'Connor (Irl) Meath M.Donnelly Cycleways                          
92 Conor McGrath (Irl) Waterford Comeragh CC                                
93 Nick Waite (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                
94 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                             
95 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                              
96 Simon Kelly (Irl) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly            
97 Stephen Surdival (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                        
98 Peter Hey (GBr) North England West Pennine                           2.25
99 Kevin Donagher (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                      2.45
100 Cormac O'Shea (Irl) Kildare Newbridge ReMax                             
101 Tom Fanning (Irl) Waterford Comeragh CC                             2.46
102 Derek Burke (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                       4.05
103 Raymond Clarke (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                        6.19
104 Ronan McLaughlin (Irl) Down Mar Properties                          6.21
105 Kieran Downey (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                         13.35
106 Daire McCaughley (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                      13.45
107 Toby Neave (GBr) Surrey                                            13.48
108 David Mulholland (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                      13.53
109 Don Feighery (Irl) Waterford Comeragh CC                           17.44
110 Barry Mullin (Irl) Down Mar Properties                             17.46
111 Richard Simmonds (GBr) Surrey                                      19.45
112 Robin Kelly (Irl) Waterford Comeragh CC                                 
113 Chris Belsham (GBr) North England West Pennine                     20.16
114 Colm Bracken (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                          20.33
115 Llewellyn Byrne (Irl) North England West Pennine                        
116 Noel McGlynn (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                               
117 Paul Delahunty (NZl) Surrey                                             
118 Brian Taaffe (Irl) Meath M.Donnelly Cycleways                           
119 Richard Eastham (GBr) North England West Pennine                        
120 James Lattimore (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles -Eurobaby                       
121 Matthew Green (GBr) Surrey                                              
122 John-Paul Lyons (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles -Eurobaby                       
123 Colm Ahern (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                             
124 Frank Dunne (Irl) Waterford Comeragh CC                                 
125 Tony Kemp (Irl) Cork Omega Designs Ltd                                  
126 Dave McLoughlin (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                        
127 Michael Hennessy (Irl) Cork Omega Designs Ltd                           
128 Jonathan Gormley (Irl) Down Mar Properties                              
129 Frank O'Leary (Irl) Kildare Newbridge ReMax                             
130 Adrian Hederman (Irl) Meath M.Donnelly Cycleways                        
131 Brendan Kirk (Irl) Down Mar Properties                                  
132 Thomas O'Flaherty (Irl) Kerry Earl Of Desmond                           
133 Ben Lieberson (GBr) Cork Omega Designs Ltd                              
134 Nathan Jones (Aus) Kildare Newbridge ReMax                              
135 Miceál Concannon (Irl) Kerry Earl Of Desmond                       20.51
136 Ciaran Cassidy (Irl) Meath M.Donnelly Cycleways                         
137 Paul Vaughan (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                               
DNF Myles McCorry (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                              
DNF John Neill (Irl) Down Mar Properties                                    
 
Mountains
 
Mountcharles - Cat. 3 
1 René Birkenfeld (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                                  5 pts
2 Ricardo Van der Velde (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                4
3 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                    3
4 Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                2
 
County Rider 
 
1 Eugene Moriarty (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                         3.14.04
2 Brian Kenneally (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                                
3 Matthew Ward (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                               
 
International Team 
 
1 Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                                        9.42.12
2 Netherlands national Team U23                                             
3 Thuringer Energy                                                          
4 Kalev Chocolate                                                           
5 Sparta Praha                                                              
6 Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly                               
7 Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                                                  
8 Kelly Benefit Strategies                                                  
9 Stena Line / Recycling                                                    
10 FRF Couriers NSWIS                                                       
11 Vision Bikes                                                             
12 Team Sportscover                                                         
13 Stevens-Von Hacht                                                        
14 North England West Pennine                                          23.47
15 Surrey                                                              35.32
 
County Team 
 
1 Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                                               9.42.12
2 Dublin Usher Insulations                                                  
3 Tipperary Dan Morrissey                                               1.31
4 Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                                           3.28
5 Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                                            6.01
6 Waterford Comeragh CC                                                22.29
7 Kildare Murphy Surveys                                               23.42
8 Cork Omega Designs Ltd                                               23.49
9 Kerry Earl Of Desmond                                                     
10 Meath M.Donnelly Cycleways                                          24.31
11 Armagh Big Picture Dev                                              27.20
12 Kildare Newbridge ReMax                                             43.51
13 Down Mar Properties                                                 44.40
 
General Classification after stage 4
 
1 Jesse Anthony (USA) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                   14.24.17
2 Brian Kenneally (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                            0.02
3 Dominique Rollin (Can) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                    0.04
4 Yvo Kusters (Ned) Netherlands National Team                               
5 Peter McDonald (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                   
6 Mark Cassidy (Irl) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly            
7 Tony Martin (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                        
8 Paul Griffin (Irl) Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                               
9 Ryan Roth (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                  
10 Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                       0.57
11 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly      1.02
12 Chris Newton (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                            1.06
13 Ondrej Pavek (Cze) Sparta Praha                                          
14 Michael Johansen (Den) Vision Bikes                                  1.07
15 Benjamin Hill (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                                1.08
16 Alain Van der Velde (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                  
17 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                      
18 David McCann (Irl) Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                              
19 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly      
20 Jason Hegert (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                    
21 Thomas Bendixen (Den) Vision Bikes                                       
22 Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                
23 Zdenek Krizek (Cze) Sparta Praha                                         
24 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                    
25 Mark Walters (Can) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                           
26 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                   
27 Josef Soukup (Cze) Sparta Praha                                          
28 Chris Jory (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                      
29 Neil Delahaye (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                             
30 Rory Wyley (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                                 
31 Markku Ainsalu (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                 1.18
32 Petr Pucelik (Cze) Sparta Praha                                      1.24
33 Josh Thornton (USA) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                      1.26
34 Roger Aiken (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                             1.58
35 Sean Lacey (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                         2.02
36 Florian Frohn (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                 2.16
37 Brian Ahern (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                         2.25
38 Graham Briggs (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                           2.53
39 Dominique Perras (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies                          
40 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                            
41 Glenn Bak (Den) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly          3.10
42 Patrick Moriarty (Irl) Cork Omega Designs Ltd                        4.10
43 Alo Jakin (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                      9.25
44 Marcel Barth (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                 11.06
45 Simon Jensen (Den) Vision Bikes                                          
46 Tomas Hruby (Cze) Sparta Praha                                           
47 Johannes Sickmuller (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                         11.19
48 Mick Mulcahy (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                           12.16
49 Ashley Brown (GBr) Team Sportscover                                 13.05
50 Ben Pochee (GBr) Surrey                                                  
51 John O'Brien (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                               
52 Tom Diggle (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                                  
53 David Peelo (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                                 
54 Ryan Bonser (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                            13.41
55 Tom Fanning (Irl) Waterford Comeragh CC                             13.52
56 Yannick Tiedt (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                               14.42
57 Ricardo Van der Velde (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23           19.52
58 Dennis Kreder (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                   20.09
59 René Birkenfeld (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                             20.24
60 Mart Ojavee (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                   20.53
61 Nico Graf (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                    21.03
62 Ben Raby (USA) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                               
63 Marcin Bialoblocki (GBr) Team Sportscover                                
64 Wayne Randle (GBr) Team Sportscover                                      
65 Eugene Moriarty (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                               
66 Silvar Kibur (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                       
67 Simon Holt (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                                  
68 Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                  
69 Adam Armstrong (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                            
70 Dermot Nally (Irl) Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                              
71 Michael Fitzgerald (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                         
72 Conor Murphy (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                              
73 Mark Lovatt (GBr) Team Sportscover                                       
74 Mads Bugge (Den) Vision Bikes                                       21.20
75 Benjamin Justesen (Den) Vision Bikes                                21.22
76 Andrei Mustonen (Est) Kalev Chocolate                               21.42
77 Nathan Jones (Aus) Kildare Newbridge ReMax                          22.01
78 Sonke Thiel (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                                 22.13
79 David Brennan (Irl) Kerry Earl Of Desmond                           22.20
80 Isaac Speirs (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                           
81 John Charlsworth (GBr) Team Sportscover                                  
82 Hugh Mulhearne (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                        22.34
83 Simon Kelly (Irl) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly       23.01
84 Conor McGrath (Irl) Waterford Comeragh CC                           23.02
85 Craig Sweetman (Irl) Meath M.Donnelly Cycleways                          
86 Alan Carey (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                                
87 Scott McDonald (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                                
88 Michael O'Reilly (Irl) Cork Omega Designs Ltd                            
89 Michael Butler (Irl) Kerry Earl Of Desmond                               
90 Nick Waite (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                
91 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                         23.12
92 Derek Burke (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                       25.08
93 Matthew Ward (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                         25.34
94 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                        26.18
95 Paul Wright (GBr) North England West Pennine                        26.46
96 Richard Simmonds (GBr) Surrey                                       30.51
97 Matthew Green (GBr) Surrey                                          31.39
98 Kieran Downey (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                          34.38
99 Daire McCaughley (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                       34.48
100 Mark Nestor (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                      36.48
101 Padraig Marrey (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                   37.30
102 Llewellyn Byrne (Irl) North England West Pennine                   41.36
103 Richard Eastham (GBr) North England West Pennine                        
104 Raymond Clarke (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                       41.50
105 Ronan McLaughlin (Irl) Down Mar Properties                         41.52
106 Miceál Concannon (Irl) Kerry Earl Of Desmond                       41.54
107 Ciaran Cassidy (Irl) Meath M.Donnelly Cycleways                         
108 Paul Vaughan (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                               
109 Aidan Crowley (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                           52.54
110 Chris Belsham (GBr) North England West Pennine                     56.19
111 Kevin Donagher (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                    57.01
112 Cormac O'Shea (Irl) Kildare Newbridge ReMax                        57.42
113 Paul Delahunty (NZl) Surrey                                      1.01.31
114 Colm Bracken (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                        1.11.28
115 Michael Hennessy (Irl) Cork Omega Designs Ltd                           
116 Stephen Surdival (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                1.11.39
117 Brian Taaffe (Irl) Meath M.Donnelly Cycleways                    1.12.02
118 David Mulholland (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                    1.12.53
119 James Lattimore (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles -Eurobaby                1.19.59
120 Noel McGlynn (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                        1.21.23
121 Toby Neave (GBr) Surrey                                          1.22.54
122 Robin Kelly (Irl) Waterford Comeragh CC                          1.27.46
123 Adrian Hederman (Irl) Meath M.Donnelly Cycleways                 1.29.39
124 Don Feighery (Irl) Waterford Comeragh CC                         1.32.23
125 Ben Lieberson (GBr) Cork Omega Designs Ltd                       1.40.01
126 Frank O'Connor (Irl) Meath M.Donnelly Cycleways                  1.42.42
127 Barry Mullin (Irl) Down Mar Properties                           1.48.27
128 Thomas O'Flaherty (Irl) Kerry Earl Of Desmond                    1.55.32
129 Peter Hey (GBr) North England West Pennine                       1.57.01
130 Dave McLoughlin (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                 1.57.20
131 Colm Ahern (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                      1.58.16
132 Tony Kemp (Irl) Cork Omega Designs Ltd                           2.08.21
133 John-Paul Lyons (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles -Eurobaby                2.15.09
134 Frank Dunne (Irl) Waterford Comeragh CC                                 
135 Jonathan Gormley (Irl) Down Mar Properties                              
136 Frank O'Leary (Irl) Kildare Newbridge ReMax                             
137 Brendan Kirk (Irl) Down Mar Properties                                  
 
U23 Rider classification
 
1 Jesse Anthony (USA) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                           
2 Yvo Kusters (Ned) Netherlands National Team                           0.04
3 Mark Cassidy (Irl) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly            
4 Tony Martin (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                        
5 Benjamin Hill (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                                 1.08
6 Alain Van der Velde (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                   
7 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                       
8 Jason Hegert (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                     
9 Zdenek Krizek (Cze) Sparta Praha                                          
10 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                   
11 Chris Jory (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                      
12 Florian Frohn (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                 2.16
13 Alo Jakin (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                      9.25
14 Marcel Barth (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                 11.06
15 Tom Diggle (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                             13.05
16 Ryan Bonser (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                            13.41
17 Yannick Tiedt (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                               14.42
18 Ricardo Van der Velde (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23           19.52
19 Dennis Kreder (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                   20.09
20 Nico Graf (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                    21.03
21 Silvar Kibur (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                       
22 Simon Holt (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                                  
23 Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                  
24 Adam Armstrong (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                            
25 Isaac Speirs (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                      22.20
26 Derek Burke (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                       25.08
27 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                        26.18
28 Matthew Green (GBr) Surrey                                          31.39
29 Mark Nestor (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                       36.48
30 Ronan McLaughlin (Irl) Down Mar Properties                          41.52
31 Ciaran Cassidy (Irl) Meath M.Donnelly Cycleways                     41.54
32 David Mulholland (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                     1.12.53
 
County Rider classification
 
1 Brian Kenneally (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                                
2 Neil Delahaye (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                          1.06
3 Rory Wyley (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                                  
4 Roger Aiken (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                              1.56
5 Sean Lacey (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                          2.00
6 Brian Ahern (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                          2.23
7 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                         2.51
8 Patrick Moriarty (Irl) Cork Omega Designs Ltd                         4.08
9 Mick Mulcahy (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                            12.14
10 John O'Brien (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                          13.03
 
CI Category 2 classification
 
1 Brian Ahern (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                              
2 Tom Fanning (Irl) Waterford Comeragh CC                              11.27
3 Conor McGrath (Irl) Waterford Comeragh CC                            20.37
4 Alan Carey (Irl) Dublin Usher Insulations                                 
5 Kieran Downey (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                           32.13
6 Daire McCaughley (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                        32.23
7 Mark Nestor (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                        34.23
8 Kevin Donagher (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                      54.36
9 Stephen Surdival (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                  1.09.14
10 James Lattimore (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles -Eurobaby                 1.17.34
11 Noel McGlynn (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                         1.18.58
12 Ben Lieberson (GBr) Cork Omega Designs Ltd                        1.37.36
13 Dave McLoughlin (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                  1.54.55
14 Colm Ahern (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                       1.55.51
15 Tony Kemp (Irl) Cork Omega Designs Ltd                            2.05.56
16 John-Paul Lyons (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles -Eurobaby                 2.12.44
17 Jonathan Gormley (Irl) Down Mar Properties                               
18 Brendan Kirk (Irl) Down Mar Properties                                   
 
Points classification
 
1 Dominique Rollin (Can) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                      53 pts
2 Yvo Kusters (Ned) Netherlands National Team                             39
3 Mart Ojavee (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                       30
4 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly         28
5 Paul Griffin (Irl) Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                             25
6 Mark Cassidy (Irl) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly          23
7 Peter McDonald (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                 21
8 Ryan Roth (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                21
9 Tony Martin (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                      19
10 René Birkenfeld (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                                18
11 Marcel Barth (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                    16
12 Brian Kenneally (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                             15
13 Petr Pucelik (Cze) Sparta Praha                                        13
14 Tomas Hruby (Cze) Sparta Praha                                         13
15 Alain Van der Velde (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                12
16 Benjamin Hill (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                                  11
17 Nico Graf (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                       11
18 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                            11
19 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                    10
20 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly    10
21 Brian Ahern (Irl) Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                           10
22 Jesse Anthony (USA) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                         9
23 Ben Raby (USA) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                              9
24 Eugene Moriarty (Irl) Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                              8
25 Andrei Mustonen (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                   8
26 Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                               7
27 Ricardo Van der Velde (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23               6
28 Josef Soukup (Cze) Sparta Praha                                         5
29 Marcin Bialoblocki (GBr) Team Sportscover                               5
30 Dennis Kreder (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23                       4
31 Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                          3
32 Sean Lacey (Irl) Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                            3
33 Chris Newton (GBr) Stena Line / Recycling                               2
34 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                   2
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Jesse Anthony (USA) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                         29 pts
2 Ricardo Van der Velde (Ned) Netherlands National Team U23               27
3 René Birkenfeld (Ger) Stevens-Von Hacht                                 15
4 Michael Johansen (Den) Vision Bikes                                      6
5 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Thuringer Energy                                   6
6 Petr Pucelik (Cze) Sparta Praha                                          5
7 Dominique Rollin (Can) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                       4
8 Ondrej Pavek (Cze) Sparta Praha                                          4
9 Roger Aiken (Irl) Armagh Big Picture Dev                                 4
10 Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                          3
11 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                   3
12 Ben Raby (USA) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                              3
13 Nathan Jones (Aus) Kildare Newbridge ReMax                              3
14 Simon Kelly (Irl) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly           3
15 Peter McDonald (Aus) FRF Couriers NSWIS                                 2
16 Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                               2
17 Andrei Mustonen (Est) Kalev Chocolate                                   1
 
International Team classification
 
1 Netherlands national Team U23                                     43.13.13
2 Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada                                           0.54
3 Kelly Benefit Strategies                                              1.47
4 Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn-M. Donnelly-Sean Kelly                           1.58
5 FRF Couriers NSWIS                                                        
6 Thuringer Energy                                                          
7 Sparta Praha                                                          3.02
8 Vision Bikes                                                         13.00
9 Stena Line / Recycling                                               14.43
10 Ireland Subway Eat Fresh                                            21.53
11 Stevens-Von Hacht                                                   25.43
12 Kalev Chocolate                                                     31.24
13 Team Sportscover                                                    52.50
14 Surrey                                                            1.08.28
15 North England West Pennine                                        1.17.09
 
County Team classification
 
1 Meath Myhome.ie/BDBC                                              43.36.49
2 Dublin Usher Insulations                                              9.19
3 Tipperary Dan Morrissey                                              10.50
4 Dublin Murphy & Gunn Newlyn                                          22.44
5 Kildare Murphy Surveys                                               42.59
6 Armagh Big Picture Dev                                               46.54
7 Kerry Earl Of Desmond                                              1.03.00
8 Cork Omega Designs Ltd                                             1.14.42
9 Waterford Comeragh CC                                              1.15.48
10 Meath M.Donnelly Cycleways                                        1.34.08
11 Dublin DTC Orwell Wheelers                                        1.47.07
12 Kildare Newbridge ReMax                                           2.15.44
13 Down Mar Properties                                               3.57.35