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Dublin Skip Gorey 3 Day - NE

Ireland, April 19-21, 2003

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Stage 3 - April 20: Gorey - Gorey, 96.49km

Hardwick in control but Lynch impresses

By Shane Stokes,

Killorglin Credit Union rider Theo Hardwick today took over at the top at the Gorey 3 day, seizing the lead from stage one winner Andrew McQuaid (Emerald) when he placed fourth in this morning's 4 mile, headwind-buffeted time trial (Results). Fastest in the test was Kanturk rider Daniel Lynch, who covered the course in a time of 9 minutes and 50.12 seconds, with Cycleways Lee Strand rider Brian Behan, Usher IRC's Hughie Davis and Hardwick finishing less than ten seconds adrift. McQuaid was tenth on the stage, 22 seconds off Lynch's winning time.

The action continued with a 60 mile afternoon stage, and with a number of riders less than a minute behind Hardwick, an aggressive race looked to be in store. This proved to be the case, with visiting rider Neil Martin opening the hostilities within minutes of the drop of the flag and Mark Nestor (Shannonside), Fergus Whelan (Staggs Lucan) and Hardwick's team-mate Barry Woods then accelerating clear to bridge the gap. Riding well together to carve their way through the gusting winds, the quartet opened up a lead of 50 seconds over the main field, which began to split once the riders turned onto the main road back towards Gorey.

With about eight miles covered on this first of four laps, a large group of riders forged clear in pursuit of the four up front, mopping up the women - who had set off five minutes before the rest of the field - and then overhauling the leaders. This made a group of approximately 20 up front but by the 24 mile point, the bunch was back on terms and a short-lived ceasefire began. Three miles later Martin was at it again, going clear with the Usher IRC duo of Sean Bracken and David Duke and building a good lead. John Mason (Cycleways), Woods, McQuaid and Paul Reid (Finglas Ravens) then set about closing the gap, reducing it to 30 seconds by the 36 mile point and shortly afterwards receiving reinforcements in the form of Navan's Derek Finnegan, Emmet Hogan (Galway Bay) and Denis O'Shea (Killarney). The latter slipped back shortly afterwards, leading to a nine-man front group once the chasers succeeded in closing the remainder of the gap.

Bracken has finished second and third overall in recent years, and with a number of other strong riders such as Woods and McQuaid present in the move, there was a degree of panic behind. A number of groups tried to bridge the gap, with Wayne Maguire (North Bucks) and David Martin (CC Giro) eventually succeeding. A little further back, a quartet comprising Sean Lally (McNally Swords), Andy Lakes (St. Tiernan's), Brian Harris (Bray) and a notably-strong John Heraty (Staggs Lucan) dug deep in the face of the strong headwind and rode clear of the bunch. However, the group were clearly outnumbered by those up front and by the third passage of the finish line, the gap had grown to one minute and 45 seconds, with the bunch closing up fast on the four trapped in no-mans land. A stubborn Heraty tried to press on, taking Harris and Brett Nelson (St. Tiernan's) with him, but the bunch reeled them in with eleven miles remaining.

From that point onwards the gap began to fall, with the strong winds sapping the strength and conviction of the leading group. With six miles remaining the gap was down to 23 seconds, enabling a small group to leap across from the bunch and inject some welcome strength into the tiring break. Lynch, Nestor, Eddie McMahon (Cycleways), Colm Crawley (Stamullen), Dylan Rafter (St. Tiernan's) and the yellow jersey of Hardwick made it a total of 17 up front, and with Hardwick and team-mate Woods working hard to keep things together, they kept clear of the main bunch all the way to the finish line.

Here Lynch kicked hard to take what was an impressive second win of the day, with Crawley, Rafter and McQuaid next home and Harwick finishing safely in the group. Keith Bannan led the main bunch home some ten seconds later, while further back the remnants of the field were scattered over several miles as the strong winds took their toll.

With just one stage remaining Hardwick has a slender five second lead, but given Lynch's form today he will be closely marking the Kanturk rider. A total of sixteen others lie within a minute of the jersey, and so the scene is set for what should be a gripping finale to the three day tomorrow. Sixty miles lie between Hardwick and the overall honours; it promises to be a fine showdown.


1 Danny Lynch (Kanturk)                          2.44.47
2 Colm Crawley (Stamullen M.Donnelly RC)
3 Dylan Rafter (St Tiernan's)
4 Andrew McQuaid (Emerald)
5 Eddie McMahon (Cycleways)
6 Derek Finnegan (Navan RC)
7 Seán Bracken (Usher IRC)
8 Mark Nestor (Shannonside)
9 Wayne Maguire (North Bucks R.C.)
9 Daniel Martin (CC Giro)
9 Neil Martin (CC Giro)
9 David Duke (Usher IRC)
9 Theo Hardwick (Killorglin Credit Union)
9 Barry Woods (Killorglin Credit Union)
9 Paul Reid (Ravens CRT)
9 John Mason (Cycleways)
9 Emmet Hogan (Galway Bay Cycles)
18 Keith Bannow (Tile Choice/Murphy Gunn)           0.10
19 James Lawless (Usher IRC)                        0.11
19 Brett Nelson (St Tiernan's)
19 Alan Lane (Orwell Wheelers)
19 Aidan Hammond (Orwell Wheelers)
19 Martin Fitzgerald (Orwell Wheelers)
19 Keith O'Sullivan (Les Jeunes CC)
19 John Wall (North Kildare)
19 John Heraty (Stagg Lucan)
19 Fergus Whelan (Stagg Lucan)
19 Alan Dunne (Stagg Lucan)
19 Seán Lally (McNally Swords)
19 Jason Ludgate (McNally Swords)
19 Philip Sinnet (North Bucks R.C.)
19 Gary Elliott (North Bucks R.C.)
19 John Rooney (Phoenix)
19 Mark Colbert (Tile Choice/Murphy Gunn)
19 Gerard Madden (IMBRC)
19 Louise Moriarty (Leinster Ladies Team)
19 David Rawlins (Usher IRC)
19 Brian Hammond (Usher IRC)
19 Ronnie Brannigan (Orwell Wheelers)
19 Eoin Concannon (Killorglin Credit Union)
19 Aidan O'Shea (Killorglin Credit Union)
19 Mark McCabe (IMBRC)
19 David Lane (UCD)
19 Jonathan Gormley (McQuaid Tyres Emyvale)
19 Noel McCarthy (Fermoy)
19 Brendan Lacey (Fermoy)
19 Conor Bartley (Fermoy)
19 Fergal O'Connor (Fermoy)
19 Kieran Smith (Autoview)
19 Ian Ormond (Autoview)
19 Scot Willingham (CRCA Sanchez Metro)
19 Daniel Byrne (CRCA Sanchez Metro)
19 Norbert O'Reilly (CRCA Sanchez Metro)
19 James Walsh (Ravens CRT)
19 Noel McGlynn (Ravens CRT)
19 John Dillon (Ravens CRT)
19 Nick Keegan (Ravens CRT)
19 Geoff Liffey (Ravens CRT)
19 John Paul Queally (Dublin Wheelers)
19 Declan Carty (Éire Óg)
19 Freeman Basil (Éire Óg)
19 Jonathan Cruise (BWCC)
19 Brian Harris (BWCC)
19 Anthony Crean (BWCC)
19 Padraig Mac Carthaigh (BWCC)
19 Ben Delaney (BWCC)
19 Seán Farrell (Hillcrest Hire Kilcullen)
19 David Farrell (Hillcrest Hire Kilcullen)
19 Micheal Lucey (Killarney)
19 Colin Leahy (Killarney)
19 Stephen McKenna (Stamullen M.Donnelly RC)
19 Mick Nulty (Stamullen M.Donnelly RC)
19 Mark Nulty (Stamullen M.Donnelly RC)
19 Liam Gallagher (Four Masters)
19 Mark Cassidy (Cycleways)
19 Brian Behan (Cycleways)
19 Laurent Dumoulin (Kanturk)
19 Barry Flanagan (Kanturk)
19 Willie Curtin (Kanturk)
19 Derek Irwin (Leinster Team)
19 Thomas Duggan (Leinster Team)
19 Mark McLeavey (Leinster Team)
19 Andrew Meehan (Leinster Team)
19 Jason Kelly (McNally Swords)
19 Ray Cullen (Autoview)
19 Jamie Barlow (Autoview)
19 John Gough (Triton Ventilux Cork)
19 Brendan Mulhare (Carlow RC)
19 Bill Miller (Carlow RC)
19 Séamus Haughney (Carlow RC)
19 Hughie Davis (Usher IRC)
19 Declan Kinch (BWCC)
19 Denis McCarthy (DPC Legal)
19 Bryan Keane (Dublin Wheelers)
19 Andrew McAllister (IMBRC)
19 Patrick Dobbs (Wexford Wheelers)
19 Karl Gallagher (DPC Legal)
19 Henry Crowley (McNally Swords)
19 Drew McKinley (Newry Wheelers)
100 Angelo O'Connor (Realt Tuam)                    1.54
101 Mark Keegan (St Tiernan's)                      3.24
101 Noel Beggs (Stagg Lucan)
101 Matthew Swift (Fermoy)
101 Collette Swift (Cycling Ireland)
105 Andrew Lakes (St Tiernan's)                     4.02
105 John Carroll (Naas)
105 James Lattimore (Usher IRC)
105 Paul Brady (McQuaid Tyres Emyvale)
105 Denis O'Shea (Killarney)
110 Marie Reilly (Cycling Ireland)                  5.52
111 John O'Brian (Hillcrest Hire Kilcullen)         5.59
112 Shay Murphy (Stagg Lucan)                       6.02
112 Jay Daly (Realt Tuam)
114 Scott Kinsella (Les Jeunes CC)                  6.36
115 Ian Loughman (Autoview)                         7.04
116 Joe McGill (Leinster Team)                      7.26
117 Eddie Lynch (Orwell Wheelers)                   8.45
117 Patrick Kelly (BWCC)
119 Seán Tierney (McNally Swords)                  12.38
119 Debbie Booth (Cycling Ireland)
121 Tony O'Malley (North Kildare)                  14.26
122 Noel Maloney (Ravens CRT)                      14.58
123 John O'Mahony (McQuaid Tyres Emyvale)          15.12
124 Seamus Fitzgerald (Orwell Wheelers)            15.51
125 Dave McLoughlin (Orwell Wheelers)              20.33
125 Neil O'Connor (Stagg Lucan)
125 Kate Rudd (Cycling Ireland)
125 Roisín Kennedy (Cycling Ireland)
125 Karen Bothwell (Leinster Ladies Team)
125 Beth McCluskey (Leinster Ladies Team)
125 Tony Devane (Killorglin Credit Union)
125 Kieran Keane (Ravens CRT)
125 Gerard Ivory (BWCC)
125 Paul Rowland (Kanturk)
125 Tosh Lavery (DPC Legal)
136 Kevin Whelan (Stagg Lucan)                     30.07
136 Brendan O'Sullivan (Killorglin Credit Union)
136 Dave Walsh (Ravens CRT)
136 Andrew Duffin (Ravens CRT)
136 Michael Somers (Éire Óg)
136 Eoghan Breslin (Unattached)
136 Jim Fanning (Navan RC)
143 James Keegan (St Tiernan's)                    34.52
143 Danny Leahy (Killarney)
General Classification after stage 3
1 Theo Hardwick (Killorglin Credit Union)        5.32.52
2 Danny Lynch (Kanturk)                             0.05
3 Andrew McQuaid (Emerald)                          0.13
4 Seán Bracken (Usher IRC)                          0.19
5 Barry Woods (Killorglin Credit Union)             0.20
6 Brian Behan (Cycleways)                           0.21
7 Eddie McMahon (Cycleways)                         0.24
8 Declan Kinch (BWCC)                               0.32
9 Bill Miller (Carlow RC)                           0.35
10 Paul Reid (Ravens CRT)                           0.37
11 Mark Nestor (Shannonside)
12 Scot Willingham (CRCA Sanchez Metro)             0.38
13 John Dillon (Ravens CRT)                         0.44
14 Mark Colbert (Tile Choice/Murphy Gunn)           0.45
15 Dylan Rafter (St Tiernan's)                      0.50
16 Colm Crawley (Stamullen M.Donnelly RC)           0.51
17 Denis McCarthy (DPC Legal)                       0.53
18 John Mason (Cycleways)
19 Wayne Maguire (North Bucks R.C.)                 1.03
20 Noel McGlynn (Ravens CRT)                        1.06
21 Mark McLeavey (Leinster Team)                    1.11
22 Brett Nelson (St Tiernan's)                      1.12
23 Gerard Madden (IMBRC)
24 Emmet Hogan (Galway Bay Cycles)                  1.16
25 Philip Sinnet (North Bucks R.C.)                 1.19
26 Daniel Martin (CC Giro)                          1.22
27 Karl Gallagher (DPC Legal)
28 Neil Martin (CC Giro)                            1.25
29 Seán Lally (McNally Swords)                      3.05
30 Hughie Davis (Usher IRC)                         3.29
31 David Duke (Usher IRC)                           3.37
32 Aidan Hammond (Orwell Wheelers)                  3.42
33 Kieran Smith (Autoview)                          3.44
34 Ray Cullen (Autoview)                            3.46
35 Andrew Meehan (Leinster Team)                    3.48
36 Jamie Barlow (Autoview)                          3.50
37 Derek Irwin (Leinster Team)
38 Mark Cassidy (Cycleways)                         3.55
39 Laurent Dumoulin (Kanturk)
40 John Wall (North Kildare)                        3.59
41 Norbert O'Reilly (CRCA Sanchez Metro)            4.12
42 Derek Finnegan (Navan RC)                        4.13
43 Barry Flanagan (Kanturk)
44 Brian Harris (BWCC)                              4.16
45 Jason Kelly (McNally Swords)                     4.17
46 Jason Ludgate (McNally Swords)                   4.29
47 Anthony Crean (BWCC)                             4.32
48 Mark Nulty (Stamullen M.Donnelly RC)             4.33
49 Daniel Byrne (CRCA Sanchez Metro)                4.43
50 Conor Bartley (Fermoy)                           4.50
51 Brendan Lacey (Fermoy)
52 Aidan O'Shea (Killorglin Credit Union)           4.53
53 Drew McKinley (Newry Wheelers)                   5.00
54 Fergal O'Connor (Fermoy)                         5.05
55 Mick Nulty (Stamullen M.Donnelly RC)             5.06
56 James Walsh (Ravens CRT)
57 Geoff Liffey (Ravens CRT)
58 Gary Elliott (North Bucks R.C.)                  5.07
59 Seán Farrell (Hillcrest Hire Kilcullen)          5.13
60 Nick Keegan (Ravens CRT)                         5.16
61 Jonathan Gormley (McQuaid Tyres Emyvale)
62 Martin Fitzgerald (Orwell Wheelers)              5.23
63 Declan Carty (Éire Óg)                           5.25
64 Freeman Basil (Éire Óg)                          5.28
65 Liam Gallagher (Four Masters)                    5.35
66 John Heraty (Stagg Lucan)                        5.55
67 Fergus Whelan (Stagg Lucan)                      6.25
68 Angelo O'Connor (Realt Tuam)                     6.27
69 Willie Curtin (Kanturk)                          6.29
70 Jonathan Cruise (BWCC)                           7.17
71 Jay Daly (Realt Tuam)                            7.22
72 Mark Keegan (St Tiernan's)                       7.34
73 Joe McGill (Leinster Team)                       9.13
74 Patrick Dobbs (Wexford Wheelers)                 9.14
75 Ian Ormond (Autoview)                            9.32
76 Noel McCarthy (Fermoy)                           9.47
77 Henry Crowley (McNally Swords)                  11.12
78 Alan Lane (Orwell Wheelers)                     11.28
79 Ian Loughman (Autoview)                         11.31
80 Shay Murphy (Stagg Lucan)                       11.40
81 Bryan Keane (Dublin Wheelers)                   12.20
82 Séamus Haughney (Carlow RC)                     12.25
83 John Gough (Triton Ventilux Cork)               13.41
84 Padraig Mac Carthaigh (BWCC)                    13.48
85 Keith Bannow (Tile Choice/Murphy Gunn)          13.53
86 Andrew McAllister (IMBRC)                       14.02
87 Eoin Concannon (Killorglin Credit Union)        14.11
88 David Lane (UCD)                                14.17
89 Ben Delaney (BWCC)                              14.25
90 David Rawlins (Usher IRC)                       14.31
91 Brendan Mulhare (Carlow RC)                     14.43
92 Stephen McKenna (Stamullen M.Donnelly RC)
93 John Rooney (Phoenix)                           14.46
94 Micheal Lucey (Killarney)                       15.09
95 James Lawless (Usher IRC)                       15.25
96 Louise Moriarty (Leinster Ladies Team)          15.26
97 Alan Dunne (Stagg Lucan)                        15.27
98 Paul Brady (McQuaid Tyres Emyvale)              15.30
99 Colin Leahy (Killarney)                         15.32
100 Keith O'Sullivan (Les Jeunes CC)               15.39
101 Ronnie Brannigan (Orwell Wheelers)             15.49
102 David Farrell (Hillcrest Hire Kilcullen)       16.50
103 Seán Tierney (McNally Swords)                  18.08
104 Matthew Swift (Fermoy)                         18.31
105 Andrew Lakes (St Tiernan's)                    18.48
106 Noel Maloney (Ravens CRT)                      19.09
107 Noel Beggs (Stagg Lucan)                       19.22
108 Marie Reilly (Cycling Ireland)                 20.11
109 John Carroll (Naas)                            20.25
110 John O'Brian (Hillcrest Hire Kilcullen)        21.41
111 Patrick Kelly (BWCC)                           23.17
112 Tony O'Malley (North Kildare)                  23.20
113 Kieran Keane (Ravens CRT)                      24.45
114 Mark McCabe (IMBRC)                            25.23
115 Paul Rowland (Kanturk)                         25.51
116 Collette Swift (Cycling Ireland)               26.03
117 John O'Mahony (McQuaid Tyres Emyvale)          27.41
118 Debbie Booth (Cycling Ireland)                 28.10
119 Thomas Duggan (Leinster Team)                  29.54
120 Scott Kinsella (Les Jeunes CC)                 32.44
121 Michael Somers (Éire Óg)                       34.30
122 Eddie Lynch (Orwell Wheelers)                  34.39
123 Neil O'Connor (Stagg Lucan)                    35.36
124 Tosh Lavery (DPC Legal)                        36.06
125 Karen Bothwell (Leinster Ladies Team)          36.16
126 Tony Devane (Killorglin Credit Union)          36.20
127 Denis O'Shea (Killarney)                       36.50
128 Brian Hammond (Usher IRC)                      37.31
129 James Lattimore (Usher IRC)                    39.34
130 John Paul Queally (Dublin Wheelers)            41.18
131 Dave Walsh (Ravens CRT)                        45.02
132 Gerard Ivory (BWCC)                            46.29
133 Dave McLoughlin (Orwell Wheelers)              47.07
134 Beth McCluskey (Leinster Ladies Team)          47.08
135 Kevin Whelan (Stagg Lucan)                     47.13
136 Kate Rudd (Cycling Ireland)                    52.55
137 Roisín Kennedy (Cycling Ireland)               57.11
138 Seamus Fitzgerald (Orwell Wheelers)            57.33
139 Jim Fanning (Navan RC)                       1.02.54
140 Danny Leahy (Killarney)                      1.08.43
141 Andrew Duffin (Ravens CRT)                   1.12.05
142 Eoghan Breslin (Unattached)                  1.12.35
143 Brendan O'Sullivan (Killorglin Credit Union) 1.13.15
144 James Keegan (St Tiernan's)                  1.16.46