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56th FBD Insurance Rás - 2.2

Ireland, May 18-25, 2008

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Stage 3 - May 20: Claremorris - Lisdoonvarna, 133 km

Stage win for Newton as Cassidy makes history

By Shane Stokes

Chris Newton (Stena – Rapha Condor – Recycling.co.uk) sprinted clear
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Like father, like son. With a dogged, determined performance which kept him in the frame right until the end, Mark Cassidy took his first ever yellow jersey in a major stage race, taking over the yellow jersey in the FBD Insurance Rás. It came nine years after his father Philip won the second of his two Rás titles and is believed to be the first time that two generations from the same family have led the race.

Double Rás champion Chris Newton (Stena Line Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk) and 2004 winner David McCann (Ireland) fought it out for the stage honours at the end of the tough, wind buffeted leg to Lisdoonvarna, with the Englishman jumping hard inside the final 500 metres and hitting the line two seconds ahead of McCann.

Mateusz Komar (Poland national team) and Waterford's Ciarán Power (Ireland Pezula Racing) were next across the line, just over a minute back. Newton's team-mate Rob Partridge took fifth, one minute and six seconds down, and it took a lengthy countback to confirm that Cassidy had indeed finished close enough to him to take over the race leader's jersey.

The Ireland An Post M. Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly rider was 15th on the stage but came home just one second behind Partridge, ending the day three seconds clear in the general classification.

A delighted Mark Cassidy (Ireland - An Post – Sean Kelly Team)
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Cassidy's team-mate Stephen Gallagher had led the race overnight but missed out on the day's crucial breaks. He came home in a group two minutes and 35 seconds back, dropping to 14th overall.

"My father took his second Rás win only nine years ago so I can remember that well," said a delighted Cassidy after the stage. "I grew up with the race and got a great buzz out of going to it. When I did my first one, I got such a kicking and thought I would never get a jersey of any sort. But this is my fifth Rás and I have got stronger and stronger. Every year I thought I could get closer and closer and I have got it now, so it is nice to wear it.

"The goal for the team is to win the race, or at least win a stage. We still have a lot of cards to play, all our team are in contention. We hope to defend the lead but it is a really hard race to control."

Chris Newton was delighted to take the stage win, particularly as he broke his collarbone two months ago and lost out on some important training and racing.

David McCann (Team Ireland) was active throughout the day
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"There was a group away so I was obviously trying to protect what we had got from the day before. [Dean Downing's second place overall]. I was riding through because it was easier to do that than sit on...the two from the Sean Kelly team were trying to drop us, were messing around.

"Then just as the second group was coming across, I saw David put his head down and start to motor a little bit. I knew straight away there must have been a bit of a gap so I helped him straight away. We just committed ourselves. That third category climb was quite hard, to be honest. We both gave it what we could. We kept getting time checks.

"I knew the finish as I won a stage here in 2005. We came from Corkscrew hill that time but the last bit was the same. I knew there was a rise to the finish...it was a bit further than I remembered, but once you have got a tailwind, it's easier to hold a gap."

David McCann was second but, like Newton, he jumps up the general classification and so is now within striking distance of yellow. He was therefore satisfied with the day.

The men of the Rás after Stage 3
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"I knew he would get me in the sprint, there was not much I could do," he admitted afterwards. "I think I actually did more work than him, just thought I would try to get as much time as possible on the others. I felt strong, I am just lacking a wee bit of zip, lacking a wee bit of racing. Hopefully I get stronger while everybody else gets more tired.

"I felt good at the end. It was strange that the group was always close behind us, but I think they never really had the nerve to go for it. They could have caught us."

The crucial move was sparked off 65 kilometres into the stage when Derek Burke (Pezula Racing) and Neill Delahaye (Dublin IRC Usher Insulations) went clear. They were eventually joined by a number of very strong riders, including Power. McCann and Newton got across in a group approximately 88 kilometres after the start.

The latter two then pressed on ahead with eighteen kilometres to go. They were clear over the third category ascent of Ballinalacken and the first category Doonagore, increasing their lead all the way to the line. Behind, the severity of the course fragmented the rest of the break and also the bunch, causing the field to be well spread out by the finish.

The FBD Insurance Rás continues on Wednesday with a lumpy 156 kilometre leg from Corofin to Tralee.

How it unfolded

Stage 3 of the Rás brought the riders from Claremorris in County Mayo
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Once again benefiting from bright, dry conditions, 137 riders lined out for the start of the third stage of the FBD Insurance Rás. The 133 kilometre leg took the riders from Claremorris to Lisdoonvarna and with the first category Doonagore climb coming just 7.5 kilometres from the line, it was sure to shake up the general classification.

This would be preceded by the category three ascent of Ballinalacken, coming fractionally under 20 kilometres from the finish.

There was plenty of aggressive riding from the drop of the flag and 10 minutes after the start, Patrick Kos (Netherlands) went clear and was joined by Ireland national team riders Miceal Concannon and Robin Seymour. Jean Marc Maurin (France Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur) tried to get across but was unable to do so, going back to the bunch. Philip Finegan (Meath MyHome.ie/BDBC) also suffered the same fate.

The gap went up to one minute and seven seconds, but came back down to 35 seconds around Tuam due to the efforts of the Ireland An Post M. Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly team of race leader Stephen Gallagher to split the field in the crosswinds. The break was hauled back several kilometres later.

The coast road to Fanore climbed steadily
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Following an unsuccessful attempt by Barry Sutton (Cycleways@53degreesnorth), Roger Aiken (Ireland), Levi Heimans (Netherlands) and Stephen O'Sullivan (Meath MyHome.ie/BDBC) to open up a decisive lead, Derek Burke (Pezula Racing) and Neill Delahaye (Dublin IRC Usher Insulations) went clear approximately 65 kilometres into the stage. They were soon joined by Tim van der Zanden (Netherlands).

The significance and danger of the break increased significantly when the strong Belgian rider Benny de Schrooder (An Post M. Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly) and double Rás champion Ciarán Power (Pezula Racing) attacked, chased, and eventually joined the move heading into Kinvarra, 67.5 kilometres after the start. The peloton was 40 seconds back at this point.

Although Burke was dropped soon afterwards, the break's chances were boosted significantly when Roger Aiken (Ireland), double Rás winner Chris Newton (Stena Line Rapha Condor Recycilng.co.uk) and Morten Hegreberg (Sparebanken Vest) attacked the bunch and narrowed the gap. They were joined by 2004 victor David McCann (Ireland) and Paídi O'Brien (An Post M. Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly), with the two groups merging approximately 88 kilometres into the stage.

The view from the first category climb of Doonagore.
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At this point the nine-man group was one minute and ten seconds ahead of the Plowman Craven-led main field. The peloton succeeded in reducing the gap to 41 seconds along the stunning coastline towards Fanore, but the break then started to pull clear again. With 25 kilometres remaining it was 45 seconds ahead of four chasers - Amir Zargari (Islamic Azad University), Mark Cassidy (An Post M. Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly), Kieran Page (Pezula) and Andrew Bye (Surrey Racing League) - and a minute up on the main field.

Wojciech Dybel, Mateusz Komar (both Poland), Rob Partridge (Stena Line Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk), Ole Quast (Stevens Von Hacht) and Chris McNamara (Surrey Racing League) also gave chase and merged with the Cassidy group, making it nine chasing nine. This latter group then swelled to twelve when S. Mostafa Razaei Khormizi (Islamic Azad University), Dale Appleby (Stena Line Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk) and Alex Higham (Plowman Craven) got across.

With approximately 18 kilometres to go, McCann and Newton attacked hard and were then joined briefly by De Schrooder. The Belgian slipped back but the other two persisted, pulling further and further away of their former breakaway companions.

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Mark Cassidy had started the day five seconds behind Stephen Gallagher in fourth overall, but with McCann and Newton adding to their advantage up the road, it was possible that one or other of them could take yellow.

They went over the top of the third category climb of Ballinalacken in that order, the summit coming approximately 15 kilometres from the line, with Hegreberg and Higham netting third and fourth. At the top of Doonagore - which came seven kilometres later - Newton and McCann had built their lead to one minute and five seconds over the lone chaser Razaei Khormizi, with the fragmenting chase group a little further behind.

Newton jumped hard inside the final 500 metres, opening up a two second lead on McCann by the line and adding to his list of stage successes in the race. The former Irish national champion was followed home one minute and four seconds later by Komar, with Power and Partridge one and two seconds further back, respectively.

Race Leader Mark Cassidy (Ireland - An Post – Sean Kelly Team)
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The rest of the chasing group was an additional second in arrears. The race referees spent quite some time examining the finishing images to determine if there were sufficient gaps in this group to give separate times - something that could have potentially seen Partridge take the race lead over Cassidy - but finally it was confirmed that the young Irish rider was indeed in yellow.

As regards the other classifications, Dean Downing (Stena Line Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk) remained in the points jersey, Newton took over in the mountains competition and Appleby ended the day as leading under 23 rider. Stephen O'Sullivan (Meath MyHome.ie/BDBC) was first county team rider and Brendan Lacey (Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies) topped the list of second category competitors.

Newton and Partridge's good showing saw the Stena Line Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk squad move into the lead in the international team standings, and Dublin IRC Usher Insulations remained at the top of the county team lists.

Photography

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Results

1 Chris Newton (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                 3.25.08 (42.27 km/h)
2 David McCann (Irl) Irish National Team                                   0.02
3 Mateusz Komar (Pol) Polish National Team                                 1.04
4 Ciaran Power (Irl) Team Pezula                                           1.05
5 Rob Partridge (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                   1.06
6 Andrew Bye (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                    1.07
7 Amir Zargari (Irn) Team Azad University                                      
8 S. M. Razaei Khormizi (Irn) Team Azad University                             
9 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                                 
10 Benny de Schrooder (Bel) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly       
11 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly            
12 Dale Appleby (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                       
13 Chris McNamara (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                   
14 Kieran Page (GBr) Team Pezula                                               
15 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly             
16 Roger Aiken (Irl) Irish National Team                                   1.12
17 Tim van der Zanden (Ned) Dutch National Team                            1.14
18 Ole Quast (Ger) Team Stevens von Hacht                                  1.16
19 Alex Higham (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                   1.07
20 Rene Birkenfeld (Ger) Team Stevens von Hacht                            1.48
21 Paul Griffin (Irl) Irish National Team                                  1.49
22 Maurice Schreurs (Ned) Dutch National Team                              1.52
23 Wojciech Dybel (Pol) Polish National Team                               2.03
24 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) Polish National Team                                 
25 Bogdan Stoytchev (Bul) Team Nessebar                                    2.29
26 Renaud Pioline (Fra) Provence Alpes Cote D'A                            2.31
27 Dean Downing (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                   2.33
28 Tom Last (GBr) Kinesis                                                  2.35
29 lsmael Kip (Ned) Dutch National Team                                        
30 Kit Gilham (GBr) Kinesis                                                    
31 Martin Ford (Irl) Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5                 
32 Peter Hawkins (Irl) Usher Insulations                                       
33 Martin Grashev (Bul) Team Nessebar                                          
34 Johannes Sickmuller (Ger) Team Stevens von Hacht                            
35 Simon Coughlan (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                          
36 Christer Rake (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                                   
37 Stevens Aubert (Fra) Provence Alpes Cote D'A                                
38 Farshad Salehian (Irn) Team Azad University                                 
39 Matt Cronshaw (GBr) Kinesis                                                 
40 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Team Pezula                                          
41 Ken Hanson (Irl) Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5                  
42 Nicolas Ligier (Fra) Provence Alpes Cote D'A                                
43 Patrick Kos (Ned) Dutch National Team                                       
44 Simon Richardson (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                  
45 Florain Fina (Fra) Provence Alpes Cote D'A                                  
46 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly        
47 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Team Pezula                                          
48 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly             
49 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                     
50 Spas Gyurov (Bul) Team Nessebar                                             
51 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Meath My home.ie/BDBC                              
52 Dave Sinclair (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                    
53 Kristian House (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                     
54 Jean Marc Maurin (Fra) Provence Alpes Cote D'A                              
55 Tamas Lengyel (Hun) Team Sparebanken Vest                                   
56 Georgi Georgiev (Bul) Team Nessebar                                         
57 Levi Heimans (Ned) Dutch National Team                                      
58 Denis Dunworth (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                          
59 Havard Nybo (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                                     
60 Tom Kirk (GBr) Team Primera Sport.co.uk                                     
61 Sascha Wagner (Ger) Team Stevens von Hacht                                  
62 Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) Surrey Racing League                                  
63 James Sampson (GBr) Kinesis                                                 
64 Stian Remme (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                                     
65 Mark Power (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                                    
66 Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Polish National Team                               
67 Kiedt Yannick (Ger) Team Stevens von Hacht                                  
68 Paul Healion (Irl) McNally Swords                                       3.03
69 Michael Lucey (Irl) Kanturk Town Cork                                       
70 Aidan Crowley (Irl) Meath My home.ie/BDBC                                   
71 Stephen Halpin (Irl) McNally Swords                                         
72 Brendan Lacey (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                           
73 Mehdi Fahridi Kovij (Irn) Team Azad University                              
74 Linus Murphy (Irl) Usher Insulations                                        
75 Stanislav Zaraliev (Bul) Team Nessebar                                      
76 Joe Fenlon (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                                    
77 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Polish National Team                                  
78 Warren Flynn (Irl) Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5                
79 Sean Lacey (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                          
80 Ciaran Cassidy (Irl) Meath Cycleways @53degreesnorth                    3.15
81 Eugene Moriarty (Irl) Meath My home.ie/BDBC                             3.17
82 John Lynch (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                                 3.24
83 Daire O'Sullivan (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                3.38
84 Josh James (Can) Kinesis                                                    
85 Kevin Donagher (Irl) McNally Swords                                     3.42
86 Graham Hurley (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                     
87 Michael O'Reilly (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                          3.57
88 Michael Butler (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                      
89 Craig Sweetman (Irl) Meath Martin Donnelly                                  
90 Chris Moores (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                     
91 Richard McCauley (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                           4.08
92 David Peelo (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                                    
93 Diarmuid Carew (Irl) Kildare Newbridge                                  4.11
94 Denis Lynch (Irl) Kanturk Town Cork                                         
95 Philip Finegan (Irl) Meath My home.ie/BDBC                                  
96 Graeme Hatcher (Irl) Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5              
97 Neil Coleman (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                      
98 Ciaran Lewis (Irl) McNally Swords                                           
99 Laurence Roche (Irl) Meath Cycleways @53degreesnorth                        
100 Tom Barras (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                       
101 Stephen Surdival (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                 
102 David Brennan (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                          
103 Andrew Roche (Irl) Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5           4.21
104 Miceal Concannon (Irl) Irish National Team                                 
105 Brian Kenneally (Irl) Meath My home.ie/BDBC                                
106 Mark Nestor (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                        
107 Abbas Saeidi Tanha (Irn) Team Azad University                              
108 Con Collis (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                   4.45
109 Colm Cassidy (Irl) Usher Insulations                                   4.47
110 Neill Delahaye (Irl) Usher Insulations                                 4.58
111 Chris Troy (Irl) Kanturk Town Cork                                     5.07
112 Shane Hurley (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                 5.46
113 Barry Sutton (Irl) Meath Cycleways @53degreesnorth                     5.49
114 Niall Brosnan (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                          
115 William Hedden (GBr) Team Primera Sport.co.uk                          5.59
116 Frank O'Connor (Irl) Meath Martin Donnelly                             6.03
117 Alan Clogher (Irl) Meath Martin Donnelly                               6.07
118 Daniel Davies (GBr) Team Primera Sport.co.uk                               
119 Richard Malone (Irl) Kildare Newbridge                                 6.32
120 Michael Storan (Irl) Kildare Newbridge                                     
121 Nathan Jones (Aus) Kildare Newbridge                                       
122 Michael Fitzgerald (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                       6.39
123 Scott McDonald (Irl) Meath Cycleways @53degreesnorth                   7.54
124 Adrian Hederman (Irl) Meath Cycleways @53degreesnorth                  8.31
125 Cian Crowley (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                 8.59
126 Robin Seymour (Irl) Irish National Team                                9.02
127 Derek Burke (Irl) Team Pezula                                         11.12
128 Noel McGlynn (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                             11.13
129 Danny Carroll (Irl) Team Primera Sport.co.uk                          11.17
130 Simon Kelly (Irl) Usher Insulations                                   11.23
131 Brian Geraghty (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                           15.17
132 Urban Monks (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                   17.00
133 Cormac O'Shea (Irl) Kildare Newbridge                                 17.01
134 Paul Vaughan (Irl) Kanturk Town Cork                                  28.21
135 Simon Mulvany (Irl) Meath Martin Donnelly                             40.25
136 Colin Robinson (Irl) Meath Martin Donnelly                                 
DNF Paul Teahan (Irl) Kanturk Town Cork                                        
 
Mountains
 
Ballinalacken (Cat. 3)
1 David McCann (Irl) Irish National Team                                      5 pts
2 Chris Newton (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                       4
3 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly        3
4 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                                2
 
Doonagore (Cat. 1)
1 Chris Newton (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                      15 pts
2 David McCann (Irl) Irish National Team                                     12
3 S. M. Razaei Khormizi (Irn) Team Azad University                           10
4 Benny de Schrooder (Bel) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly       8
5 Andrew Bye (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                       6
6 Chris McNamara (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                   5
7 Mateusz Komar (Pol) Polish National Team                                    3
 
County rider
 
1 Peter Hawkins (Irl) Usher Insulations                                 3.27.43
2 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Meath My home.ie/BDBC                               
3 Denis Dunworth (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                           
 
International teams
 
1 Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                                   10.17.37
2 Irish National Team                                                      0.50
3 An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly                             1.08
4 Team Pezula                                                              2.34
5 Team Azad University                                                     2.36
6 Surrey Racing League                                                         
7 Polish National Team                                                     2.57
8 Team Stevens von Hacht                                                   3.26
9 Dutch National Team                                                      3.28
10 Team Sparebanken Vest                                                   4.04
11 Team Plowman Craven                                                         
12 Team Nessebar                                                           5.26
13 Provence Alpes Cote                                                     5.28
14 Kinesis                                                                 5.32
15 Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5                               6.00
16 Team Primera Sport.co.uk                                               12.28
 
County teams
 
1 Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                                        10.23.37
2 Meath Myhome.Ie/Bdbc                                                     0.42
3 Tipperary Dan Morrissey                                                  1.22
4 Dublin Mcnally Swords                                                    1.35
5 Dublin Irc Ushers Insulations                                            2.12
6 Dublin Eurocycles                                                        2.25
7 Kildare Murphy Surveys                                                   3.27
8 Cork Kanturk Town                                                        4.08
9 Dublin Dundrum Town Centre                                               4.25
10 Meath Cycleways@53Degrees                                               5.02
11 Meath Martin Donnelly                                                   7.54
12 Kildare Newbridge                                                       9.02
 
General classification after stage 3
 
1 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly      10.28.39
2 Rob Partridge (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                   0.03
3 Alex Higham (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                    0.05
4 Andrew Bye (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                    0.17
5 Kieran Page (GBr) Team Pezula                                                
6 Chris Newton (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                    0.18
7 David McCann (Irl) Irish National Team                                   0.20
8 Roger Aiken (Irl) Irish National Team                                    0.24
9 Benny de Schrooder (Bel) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly    1.21
10 Dean Downing (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                   1.22
11 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                                
12 Mateusz Komar (Pol) Polish National Team                                    
13 Ciaran Power (Irl) Team Pezula                                          1.23
14 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly        
15 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly        1.25
16 S. M. Razaei Khormizi (Irn) Team Azad University                            
17 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                     
18 Dale Appleby (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                       
19 Amir Zargari (Irn) Team Azad University                                     
20 Renaud Pioline (Fra) Provence Alpes Cote D'A                            1.28
21 Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Polish National Team                           1.30
22 Martin Grashev (Bul) Team Nessebar                                      1.32
23 Ole Quast (Ger) Team Stevens von Hacht                                  1.34
24 Stevens Aubert (Fra) Provence Alpes Cote D'A                            1.35
25 Havard Nybo (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                                     
26 Paul Griffin (Irl) Irish National Team                                  2.07
27 Maurice Schreurs (Ned) Dutch National Team                              2.10
28 Wojciech Dybel (Pol) Polish National Team                               2.21
29 Ken Hanson (Irl) Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5              2.43
30 Patrick Kos (Ned) Dutch National Team                                   2.47
31 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly         2.52
32 Christer Rake (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                                   
33 Jean Marc Maurin (Fra) Provence Alpes Cote D'A                          2.53
34 Kit Gilham (GBr) Kinesis                                                    
35 Florain Fina (Fra) Provence Alpes Cote D'A                                  
36 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Meath My home.ie/BDBC                              
37 Tom Last (GBr) Kinesis                                                      
38 Nicolas Ligier (Fra) Provence Alpes Cote D'A                                
39 Denis Dunworth (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                          
40 Matt Cronshaw (GBr) Kinesis                                                 
41 Johannes Sickmuller (Ger) Team Stevens von Hacht                            
42 Kristian House (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                     
43 Simon Richardson (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                  
44 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Team Pezula                                          
45 Peter Hawkins (Irl) Usher Insulations                                       
46 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Team Pezula                                          
47 Tamas Lengyel (Hun) Team Sparebanken Vest                                   
48 Georgi Georgiev (Bul) Team Nessebar                                         
49 Stian Remme (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                                     
50 Joe Fenlon (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                                3.21
51 Sean Lacey (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                          
52 Sascha Wagner (Ger) Team Stevens von Hacht                              3.42
53 Neil Coleman (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                  4.29
54 Graeme Hatcher (Irl) Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5              
55 Neill Delahaye (Irl) Usher Insulations                                  5.13
56 Kiedt Yannick (Ger) Team Stevens von Hacht                              6.03
57 Simon Coughlan (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                     10.51
58 Farshad Salehian (Irn) Team Azad University                            11.11
59 Brendan Lacey (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                      11.39
60 Linus Murphy (Irl) Usher Insulations                                        
61 Daire O'Sullivan (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                               11.54
62 Chris McNamara (GBr) Surrey Racing League                              12.04
63 Michael Butler (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                 12.33
64 Chris Moores (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                     
65 Rene Birkenfeld (Ger) Team Stevens von Hacht                           12.45
66 Laurence Roche (Irl) Meath Cycleways @53degreesnorth                   12.47
67 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) Polish National Team                            13.00
68 Derek Burke (Irl) Team Pezula                                          13.06
69 Tim van der Zanden (Ned) Dutch National Team                           13.12
70 Colm Cassidy (Irl) Usher Insulations                                   13.23
71 Bogdan Stoytchev (Bul) Team Nessebar                                   13.26
72 Spas Gyurov (Bul) Team Nessebar                                        13.32
73 Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) Surrey Racing League                                  
74 lsmael Kip (Ned) Dutch National Team                                        
75 Dave Sinclair (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                    
76 Martin Ford (Irl) Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5                 
77 Mark Power (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                                    
78 Tom Kirk (GBr) Team Primera Sport.co.uk                                     
79 Levi Heimans (Ned) Dutch National Team                                      
80 Aidan Crowley (Irl) Meath My home.ie/BDBC                              14.00
81 Paul Healion (Irl) McNally Swords                                           
82 Warren Flynn (Irl) Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5                
83 Michael Lucey (Irl) Kanturk Town Cork                                       
84 Stephen Halpin (Irl) McNally Swords                                         
85 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Polish National Team                                  
86 Shane Hurley (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                 14.02
87 Graham Hurley (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                14.10
88 Eugene Moriarty (Irl) Meath My home.ie/BDBC                            14.14
89 Josh James (Can) Kinesis                                               14.35
90 Kevin Donagher (Irl) McNally Swords                                    14.39
91 Mehdi Fahridi Kovij (Irn) Team Azad University                         14.45
92 Stanislav Zaraliev (Bul) Team Nessebar                                 14.49
93 Craig Sweetman (Irl) Meath Martin Donnelly                             14.54
94 David Peelo (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                               15.05
95 Richard McCauley (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                               
96 Diarmuid Carew (Irl) Kildare Newbridge                                 15.08
97 Philip Finegan (Irl) Meath My home.ie/BDBC                                  
98 Stephen Surdival (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                  
99 Denis Lynch (Irl) Kanturk Town Cork                                         
100 Nathan Jones (Aus) Kildare Newbridge                                       
101 David Brennan (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                          
102 Mark Nestor (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                   15.18
103 Andrew Roche (Irl) Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5               
104 Abbas Saeidi Tanha (Irn) Team Azad University                              
105 Brian Kenneally (Irl) Meath My home.ie/BDBC                                
106 Con Collis (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                  15.42
107 Ciaran Lewis (Irl) McNally Swords                                     15.57
108 Chris Troy (Irl) Kanturk Town Cork                                    16.04
109 Tom Barras (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                       
110 Frank O'Connor (Irl) Meath Martin Donnelly                            16.13
111 Richard Malone (Irl) Kildare Newbridge                                16.44
112 Barry Sutton (Irl) Meath Cycleways @53degreesnorth                    16.46
113 Miceal Concannon (Irl) Irish National Team                            16.54
114 Michael Fitzgerald (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                      17.36
115 James Sampson (GBr) Kinesis                                           18.34
116 Scott McDonald (Irl) Meath Cycleways @53degreesnorth                  18.51
117 Adrian Hederman (Irl) Meath Cycleways @53degreesnorth                 19.28
118 Cian Crowley (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                19.56
119 Robin Seymour (Irl) Irish National Team                               19.59
120 Danny Carroll (Irl) Team Primera Sport.co.uk                          23.03
121 Simon Kelly (Irl) Usher Insulations                                   23.16
122 John Lynch (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                               29.25
123 Ciaran Cassidy (Irl) Meath Cycleways @53degreesnorth                  29.53
124 Michael Storan (Irl) Kildare Newbridge                                33.10
125 Alan Clogher (Irl) Meath Martin Donnelly                              39.06
126 Niall Brosnan (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                     42.20
127 Urban Monks (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                   44.20
128 William Hedden (GBr) Team Primera Sport.co.uk                         44.51
129 Daniel Davies (GBr) Team Primera Sport.co.uk                          44.59
130 Noel McGlynn (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                             46.32
131 Cormac O'Shea (Irl) Kildare Newbridge                                 55.04
132 Michael O'Reilly (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                      1.02.28
133 Paul Vaughan (Irl) Kanturk Town Cork                                1.06.24
134 Brian Geraghty (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                         1.08.41
135 Simon Mulvany (Irl) Meath Martin Donnelly                           1.13.24
136 Colin Robinson (Irl) Meath Martin Donnelly                          1.39.45
 
Points classification
 
1 Dean Downing (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                      26 pts
2 Mateusz Komar (Pol) Polish National Team                                   25
3 Benny de Schrooder (Bel) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly      19
4 Renaud Pioline (Fra) Provence Alpes Cote D'A                               18
5 Rob Partridge (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                     16
6 Chris Newton (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                      15
7 Ken Hanson (Irl) Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5                 15
8 Andrew Bye (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                      14
9 David McCann (Irl) Irish National Team                                     14
10 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                              14
11 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                   14
12 Patrick Kos (Ned) Dutch National Team                                     14
13 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly           13
14 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly      13
15 Ciaran Power (Irl) Team Pezula                                            12
16 Martin Grashev (Bul) Team Nessebar                                        11
17 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly          10
18 Mark Nestor (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                       10
19 Alex Higham (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                      9
20 Amir Zargari (Irn) Team Azad University                                    9
21 Scott McDonald (Irl) Meath Cycleways @53degreesnorth                       9
22 S. M. Razaei Khormizi (Irn) Team Azad University                           8
23 Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Polish National Team                              8
24 Havard Nybo (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                                    8
25 Stevens Aubert (Fra) Provence Alpes Cote D'A                               7
26 Jean Marc Maurin (Fra) Provence Alpes Cote D'A                             6
27 Kieran Page (GBr) Team Pezula                                              4
28 Dale Appleby (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                      4
29 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) Polish National Team                                4
30 Roger Aiken (Irl) Irish National Team                                      3
31 Chris McNamara (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                  3
32 Josh James (Can) Kinesis                                                   3
33 Neil Coleman (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                     1
34 Eugene Moriarty (Irl) Meath My home.ie/BDBC                                1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Chris Newton (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                      19 pts
2 David McCann (Irl) Irish National Team                                     17
3 S. M. Razaei Khormizi (Irn) Team Azad University                           14
4 Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Polish National Team                               8
5 Benny de Schrooder (Bel) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly       8
6 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly        7
7 Andrew Bye (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                       6
8 Alex Higham (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                                       5
9 Neill Delahaye (Irl) Usher Insulations                                      5
10 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                               5
11 Chris McNamara (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                  5
12 Kieran Page (GBr) Team Pezula                                              4
13 Kristian House (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                    4
14 Mateusz Komar (Pol) Polish National Team                                   3
15 Christer Rake (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                                  3
16 Kit Gilham (GBr) Kinesis                                                   2
 
Under 23 classification
 
1 Dale Appleby (GBr) Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                10.30.04
2 Martin Grashev (Bul) Team Nessebar                                       0.07
3 Ole Quast (Ger) Team Stevens von Hacht                                   0.09
4 Maurice Schreurs (Ned) Dutch National Team                               0.45
5 Patrick Kos (Ned) Dutch National Team                                    1.22
6 Christer Rake (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                                1.27
7 Tom Last (GBr) Kinesis                                                   1.28
8 Denis Dunworth (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                           
9 Matt Cronshaw (GBr) Kinesis                                                  
10 Sascha Wagner (Ger) Team Stevens von Hacht                              2.17
11 Kiedt Yannick (Ger) Team Stevens von Hacht                              4.38
12 Farshad Salehian (Irn) Team Azad University                             9.46
13 Derek Burke (Irl) Team Pezula                                          11.41
14 Spas Gyurov (Bul) Team Nessebar                                        12.07
15 lsmael Kip (Ned) Dutch National Team                                        
16 Dave Sinclair (GBr) Surrey Racing League                                    
17 Warren Flynn (Irl) Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5           12.35
18 Michael Lucey (Irl) Kanturk Town Cork                                       
19 Stephen Halpin (Irl) McNally Swords                                         
20 Josh James (Can) Kinesis                                               13.10
21 Stanislav Zaraliev (Bul) Team Nessebar                                 13.24
22 Mark Nestor (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                    13.53
23 James Sampson (GBr) Kinesis                                            17.09
24 Ciaran Cassidy (Irl) Meath Cycleways @53degreesnorth                   28.28
25 Urban Monks (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                    42.55
26 William Hedden (GBr) Team Primera Sport.co.uk                          43.26
27 Daniel Davies (GBr) Team Primera Sport.co.uk                           43.34
 
Category 2 rider classification
 
1 Brendan Lacey (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                    10.40.18
2 Mark Power (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                                 1.53
3 Michael Lucey (Irl) Kanturk Town Cork                                    2.21
4 Stephen Halpin (Irl) McNally Swords                                          
5 Shane Hurley (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                   2.23
6 Graham Hurley (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                  2.31
7 Kevin Donagher (Irl) McNally Swords                                      3.00
8 Richard McCauley (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                            3.26
9 Diarmuid Carew (Irl) Kildare Newbridge                                   3.29
10 Stephen Surdival (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                  
11 Con Collis (Irl) Dundrum Town Centre                                    4.03
12 Ciaran Lewis (Irl) McNally Swords                                       4.18
13 Frank O'Connor (Irl) Meath Martin Donnelly                              4.34
14 Richard Malone (Irl) Kildare Newbridge                                  5.05
15 Danny Carroll (Irl) Team Primera Sport.co.uk                           11.24
16 Michael Storan (Irl) Kildare Newbridge                                 21.31
17 Alan Clogher (Irl) Meath Martin Donnelly                               27.27
18 Niall Brosnan (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                      30.41
19 Noel McGlynn (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                              34.53
20 Cormac O'Shea (Irl) Kildare Newbridge                                  43.25
21 Michael O'Reilly (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                         50.49
22 Brian Geraghty (Irl) Kildare Murphy Surveys                            57.02
23 Simon Mulvany (Irl) Meath Martin Donnelly                            1.01.45
24 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Plowman Craven                              1.28.06
 
County rider classification
 
1 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Meath My home.ie/BDBC                       10.31.32
2 Denis Dunworth (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                           
3 Peter Hawkins (Irl) Usher Insulations                                        
4 Joe Fenlon (Irl) Tipperary Dan Morrissey                                 0.28
5 Sean Lacey (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                           
6 Neill Delahaye (Irl) Usher Insulations                                   2.20
7 Brendan Lacey (Irl) Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                        8.46
8 Linus Murphy (Irl) Usher Insulations                                         
9 Daire O'Sullivan (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                 9.01
10 Michael Butler (Irl) Dublin Eurocycles                                  9.40
 
International team classification
 
1 Stena Rapha-Condor Recycling.Co.Uk                                   31.26.17
2 An Post M.Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly                             1.02
3 Irish National Team                                                      2.31
4 Team Plowman Craven                                                      4.03
5 Team Pezula                                                              4.15
6 Polish National Team                                                     4.24
7 Team Sparebanken Vest                                                    5.33
8 Provence Alpes Cote                                                      5.36
9 Team Stevens von Hacht                                                   6.13
10 Kinesis                                                                 8.19
11 Team Azad University                                                   13.41
12 Dutch National Team                                                    16.54
13 Team Nessebar                                                          17.31
14 Team Isle Of Man Microgaming-Dolan-High 5                              19.26
15 Surrey Racing League                                                   23.12
16 Team Primera Sport.co.uk                                             1.15.56
 
County team classification
 
1 Dublin Irc Ushers Insulations                                        31.45.34
2 Kerry Total Cleaning Supplies                                            5.46
3 Dublin Eurocycles                                                        8.11
4 Meath Myhome.Ie/Bdbc                                                    11.30
5 Tipperary Dan Morrissey                                                 12.10
6 Dublin Dundrum Town Centre                                              22.42
7 Dublin Mcnally Swords                                                   23.02
8 Meath Cycleways@53Degrees                                               24.08
9 Kildare Murphy Surveys                                                  24.54
10 Cork Kanturk Town                                                      25.35
11 Kildare Newbridge                                                      27.23
12 Meath Martin Donnelly                                                  50.36