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1st Tour of Ireland - 2.1

Ireland, August 22-26, 2007

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Stage 4 - August 25: Galway - Galway, 232.5km

The following day is the longest stage, a marathon 232.5-kilometre leg starting and finishing in Galway City and taking in the hugely picturesque areas of Cong, Westport and Leenáun. The films 'The Quiet Man' and 'The Field' were both made in this area of Ireland and with the stage being both long and lumpy, it's likely that other exciting camerawork will be produced.

Following an early-morning start in Galway's Eyre Square, the peloton will hit the second category Finny climb (kilometre 57) and then the first category Tourmakeady (kilometre 76.5), intermediate sprints in Westport (kilometre 98.1) and Louisburgh (kilometre 119.3) and the third category climbs at Leenáun (kilometre 152.3) and Maumturk (kilometre 167.8). From there remains the third intermediate gallop of the day in Oughterard (kilometre 187.9) and the second category ascent of Keeagh (kilometre 203.1), these coming in the buildup towards the final sprint in Salthill, Galway.

While it lacks the high peaks of day two, the length of this stage plus the fact that it is the penultimate day of racing – and thus crucially important to GC – means it is likely that this could be a very decisive part of the race.

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