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1st Tour of Ireland - 2.1

Ireland, August 22-26, 2007

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Stage 1 - August 22: Kilkenny - Cork, 174km

Stage one will take the riders 174 kilometres from Kilkenny Castle to Cork, leaving the so-called Marble City at 12.35 and heading on to a hot-spot sprint in Kelly's backyard of Carrick on Suir (kilometre 39.1). Another follows half an hour later in Clonmel (61.8 km), then the riders will speed on towards the second category ascent of the Vee (kilometre 94.8). Shortly after the top there will be another bonus sprint in Lismore (kilometre 108.6), then the peloton will head through Midleton and on to Cork city. There one of the most spectacular sights in Irish racing history will be repeated as the riders strain to get up the wall-like St. Patrick's climb, which is an estimated 25 percent in severity. The first ascent will buckle the field; the second should break it, enabling the strongest riders to sprint it out for victory on South Mall.

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