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2nd Tour of Ireland - 2.1

Ireland, August 27-31, 2008

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Stage 5 - August 31: Killarney - Cork, 144km

Stage for Rabon, Pinotti bags Tour of Ireland victory

By Shane Stokes in Cork

Frantisek Rabon (Team Columbia) takes an emphatic solo victory
Photo ©: Stephen McMahon
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Team Columbia completed a spectacular Tour of Ireland campaign today, with Italian Marco Pinotti scooping the overall victory in Cork and Frantisek Rabon landing the team's fourth stage win in five days.

Rabon and second-placed rider Fredrik Ericsson (Pezula Racing) were part of a larger breakaway group which went clear early on, and was reduced to those two riders after the first of four ascents of St. Patrick's Hill. They stayed clear until the end of the stage, where Rabon surged ahead and won by fifteen seconds.

Behind, the general classification contenders fired off numerous attacks at race leader Russell Downing, the Pinarello CandiTV rider fighting strongly and succeeding in bringing back a dangerous move by Michael Barry (Team Columbia). He also covered a subsequent attack by his closest rival Julian Dean (Garmin Chipotle), but had nothing left when Pinotti raced clear with approximately ten kilometres to go.

The 32-year-old has serious horsepower, being a triple Italian time trial champion and also having won against the clock on the final stage of this year's Tour of Italy, and once he got a gap there was no bringing him back. He solod in to the finish, hitting the line one minute and four seconds behind Rabon but, crucially, 33 seconds up on Downing, Lars Petter Nordhaug (Joker Bianchi Team), Dean and Barry.

"I am delighted with this, it is my first stage race victory," he said. "This was already my best pro season but this is really the cherry on top of the cake – I am very happy. Before the stage I didn't think the circuit would suit me but it worked out very well. My team-mate Michael Barry attacked and after he was brought back, I went. I got a gap and was able to pull further ahead by the finish."

Together with the four-second time bonus for third place, that moved him 19 seconds ahead of points winner Downing in the overall standings. Dean was a further two seconds back in third place, while King of the Mountains Matt Wilson (Team Type 1) was fourth.

Roger Aiken was best Irishman on the gruelling 143.6-kilometre stage, finishing one minute 59 seconds back in 20th place, and also top home rider in the overall classification. He was 22nd there.

Photography

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Images by Stephen McMahon

Images by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Results

1 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                3.27.04 (40.60 km/h)
2 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                  0.15
3 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia                                                     1.04
4 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                            1.37
5 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                
6 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                            
7 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                         
8 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                           1.40
9 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                             
10 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                         
11 Gonzalo Rabuñal Ríos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                           1.44
12 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   
13 Kevin Evans (RSA) Team MTN                                                               
14 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                           1.46
15 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                  
16 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                     1.51
17 Dan Fleeman (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team           1.52
18 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                           1.59
19 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                
20 Roger Aiken (Irl) Irish National Team                                                    
21 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                                 
22 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldán (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                       
23 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   
24 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                      
25 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                      
26 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team              
27 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                              
28 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Pezula Racing                                                 2.17
29 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                          2.20
30 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                             3.05
31 Johnny Walker (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                         3.08
32 Adam Semple (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                               
33 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                     3.11
34 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                              
35 Trent Lowe (Aus) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                            
36 Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                   4.55
37 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   
38 Matteo Priamo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                   
39 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                
40 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                               5.29
41 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                               7.44
42 Ramón Troncoso Sobrino (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                             
43 Ciarán Power (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                     9.07
44 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team             
45 Kurt De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team         
46 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                            12.11
47 Frederick Nolf (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                 
48 Neil MacDonald (RSA) Team MTN                                                            
49 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                          12.25
50 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                              
51 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team              
52 Svein Vold (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                         
53 Alejandro Paleo Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                      14.56
54 Miceal Concannon (Irl) Irish National Team                                          16.43
55 Paul Griffen (Irl) Irish National Team                                                   
56 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Irish National Team                                             
57 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk   
DNF Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia
DNF Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia
DNF Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia
DNF David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
DNF Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
DNF Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
DNF Ilya Chernetskiy (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
DNF Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems
DNF Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare
DNF Francesco Tomei (Ita) CSF Group Navigare
DNF Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare
DNF Maximiliano Richeze Ariel (Arg) CSF Group Navigare
DNF Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1
DNF Emile Abraham (Tri) Team Type 1
DNF Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
DNF Stephen Gallagher (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team
DNF Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team
DNF Paul Healion (Irl) Irish National Team
DNF Sean Lacey (Irl) Irish National Team
DNF Matthew King (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS
DNF Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS
DNF Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Rabobank Continental
DNF Jay Thomson (RSA) Team MTN
DNF Juan Van Heerden (RSA) Team MTN
DNF Robert Partridge (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk
DNF Dale Appleby (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk
DNF Simon Holt (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk
DNF Andrew Roche (Irl) Pinarello Racing Team
DNF Lee Davis (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team
DNF Thomas Murray (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team
DNF Peter Williams (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team
DNF Matthew Kipling (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team
DNF Joachim Bøhler (Nor) Joker - Bianchi
DNF Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker - Bianchi
DNF Stian Sommerseth (Nor) Joker - Bianchi
DNF Alex Wetterhall (Swe) Pezula Racing
DNF Martyn Irvine (Irl) Pezula Racing
 
Mountains
 
Crohane, cat 3
1 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                  6 pts
2 Frederick Nolf (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                 4
3 Ilya Chernetskiy (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                            2
4 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                      1
 
St Patricks Hill 1st Passage, cat 1
1 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                     15 pts
2 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                    12
3 Ilya Chernetskiy (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                           10
4 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                      8
5 Ciarán Power (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                         6
6 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                4
7 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                      2
8 Neil MacDonald (RSA) Team MTN                                                            1
 
St Patricks Hill 3rd Passage, cat 1
1 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                     15 pts
2 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                    12
3 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                          10
4 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                         8
5 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                        6
6 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                               4
7 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                              2
8 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                               1
 
Sprints
 
Blarney
1 Ilya Chernetskiy (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                            5 pts
2 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                     3
3 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                      2
4 Thomas Murray (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                1
 
McCurtain Street #1
1 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                      5 pts
2 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                     3
3 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                         2
4 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldán (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                       1
 
McCurtain Street #2
1 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                     5 pts
2 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                      3
3 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                        2
4 Trent Lowe (Aus) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                            1
 
Teams
 
1 Team Columbia                 10.23.53
2 Tinkoff - Credit Systems          2.36
3 Topsport Vlaanderen               3.01
4 Rabobank                          3.03
5 SouthAustralia.com/AIS            5.15
6 Team Type                         6.27
7 Karpin Galicia Cycling Team       8.46
8 Pezula                            8.58
9 An Post Sean Kelly Team          10.17
10 MTN Energade                    13.34
11 Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk    20.56
12 Joker Bianchi Team              23.32
13 Irish National Team             32.44
 
Final general classification
 
1 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia                                                 21.43.16
2 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                            0.19
3 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                        0.21
4 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                      0.33
5 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                     0.36
6 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                           0.37
7 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                
8 Gonzalo Rabuñal Ríos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                            0.38
9 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                0.44
10 Kevin Evans (RSA) Team MTN                                                               
11 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                           0.46
12 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                     0.50
13 Dan Fleeman (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team           0.52
14 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                            0.54
15 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team          0.56
16 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                  0.59
17 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                              
18 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   
19 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                              1.08
20 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                     3.09
21 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                  5.09
22 Roger Aiken (Irl) Irish National Team                                                    
23 Adam Semple (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                           6.18
24 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                               7.43
25 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                        9.15
26 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldán (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                   9.34
27 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Pezula Racing                                                 9.52
28 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                           9.56
29 Trent Lowe (Aus) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                       10.46
30 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                            12.07
31 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                           12.30
32 Matteo Priamo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                   
33 Johnny Walker (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                        13.16
34 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team         13.29
35 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                         14.09
36 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                              15.34
37 Ciarán Power (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                    17.02
38 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                17.23
39 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                              18.19
40 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                            19.37
41 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                         20.00
42 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                               
43 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                 20.01
44 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                            21.07
45 Ramón Troncoso Sobrino (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                        21.19
46 Neil MacDonald (RSA) Team MTN                                                       25.23
47 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                         26.12
48 Frederick Nolf (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                            28.34
49 Kurt De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team    29.16
50 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                   33.06
51 Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                  33.49
52 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team        35.10
53 Svein Vold (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                    38.28
54 Paul Griffen (Irl) Irish National Team                                              39.17
55 Alejandro Paleo Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                      40.09
56 Miceal Concannon (Irl) Irish National Team                                          43.06
57 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Irish National Team                                        56.52
 
Points classification
 
1 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                              64 pts
2 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                          54
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                45
4 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                    40
5 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                  26
6 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                               26
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                        87 pts
2 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                             37
3 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                    36
4 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                     32
5 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                             21
 
Young rider classification
 
1 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                       21.43.53
2 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                
3 Gonzalo Rabuñal Ríos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                            0.01
4 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                0.07
5 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                      0.13
6 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                               0.31
7 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                      2.32
8 Adam Semple (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                            5.41
9 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                                7.06
10 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                        8.38
11 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldán (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                   8.57
12 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                           9.19
13 Trent Lowe (Aus) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                       10.09
14 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                           11.53
15 Johnny Walker (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                        12.39
16 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team         12.52
17 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                         13.32
18 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                              17.42
19 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                            19.00
20 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                          19.23
21 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                 19.24
22 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                            20.30
23 Frederick Nolf (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                            27.57
24 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team        34.33
25 Svein Vold (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                    37.51
26 Miceal Concannon (Irl) Irish National Team                                          42.29
 
Teams classification
 
1 Team Columbia                                                                     65.09.29
2 Tinkoff - Credit Systems                                                              2.36
3 Topsport Vlaanderen                                                                   3.01
4 SouthAustralia.com/AIS                                                               10.24
5 Team Type                                                                            10.37
6 An Post Sean Kelly Team                                                              12.21
7 Rabobank                                                                             12.37
8 Karpin Galicia Cycling Team                                                          19.25
9 MTN Energade                                                                         24.47
10 Joker Bianchi Team                                                                  32.07
11 Pezula                                                                              35.48
12 Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk                                                        42.16
13 Irish National Team                                                               1.07.50

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