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2nd Tour of Ireland - 2.1, Ireland, August 27-31, 2008

Stage 2 - August 28: Thurles - Loughrea, 158km

Stage 2 of the 2008 Tour of Ireland traversed the midlands of the country
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After some early skirmishes, Swedish National Time Trial champion Fredrik Ericcson (Team Pezula Racing)
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Sean Lacey (Team Ireland)
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The race passed through the heartlands
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Joachim B°hler (Joker Bianchi Team)
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Irish hopes were dealt a serious blow
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Martin disappointment was palpable
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Back in the bunch, it was Martijn Maaskant
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It was business as usual for Team Columbia
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Julian Dean (Garmin Chipotle H30)
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There was a mood of celebration along the route.
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A traditional Irish music session
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The New Zealand National Champion
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Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia)
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That man from the Isle of Man
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Literally minutes after thundering across the line Cavendish
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While the victor recounted his sprint the vanquished
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Another victim of the crash and last man home Ingar Stokstad (Joker Bianchi Team)
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Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia)
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He may not have won the stage
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With Cavendish in yellow and Kristoff in green,
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Matt Wilson (Team Type 1)
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Two victories in two days
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Cavendish was understandably satisfied
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