Stage 1 Result
1, Ray O Shaughnessy, Cuchulainn
2, Mike Ryder, Galway Bay
3, Eoin Whelan, Seven Springs
4, Liam Frawley, Galway Bay
5, Ruairi Geraghty, Galway Bay
6, Gerry Mc Cabe, Cuchulainn
7, Mike Doyle, Barrow Wheelers
8, Danny Bruton, Dunboyne DID
9, Gerry Burn, Barrow Wheelers
10, Ted Mc Caffrey, Donegal Bay C
Overall Leader, Ray O Shaughnessy, Cuchulainn
Points Leader, Ray O Shaughnessy, Cuchulainn
KOH Leader, Ray O Shaughnessy, Cuchulainn
Winner of stage Rory O’ Shaughnessy, Cuchulainn CC and 2nd placed rider Mike Ryder, Galway Bay CC, were part of a 6 man break which formed after much early activity in the first 10k of 95km route. They managed to get away again with another 2 riders when the break was caught after 35km. Jonathan Gibson, unattached, too the first KOH. The break hovered at 30secs and the original 2 riders, O’ Shaughnessy and Ryder managed to stay away as that break looked like getting caught. O’ Shaughnessy looked very strong and seemed to do alot of the work although both riders were working together. The main bunch managed to stay together until the 2nd KOH which took the riders through the picturesque village of Finny, overlooking Lough na Fooey. Ryder crossed the top of the climb first taking 3 points and O’ Shaughnessy 2nd, which was then reversed for KOH at Maam. The climb and descent really took its toll on the peleton which never managed to come back together again. A chasing group of 12 riders stayed together with much of the pressure being put on by DID Dunboyne riders, Barrow Wheelers and Seven Springs CC all of whom had plenty of riders in the bunch, but none in the break. This duo managed to maintain the gap, with O’ Shaughnessy taking the prime, until the final few kilometres when a group of 4, including 2 Galway Bay riders, Ruaidhri Geraghty and Liam Frawley, Markievicz Cup winner, and Eoin Whelan, Seven Springs CC, and Gerry McCabe Cuchulainn CC managed to come within 5 seconds. O’ Shughnessy took the final sprint and never looked as if he was going to let anybody beat him to stage victory with Mike Ryder half a bike length behind.
One crash with Ger Madden, Fixx Rouleurs, crashing in the last 15km. Finished the course in ambulance but is fine after x-rays etc. Road burn and stitches.
70 finishers out of 71 starters.
Stage 2a is 9km TT, undualting course, and with 8 seconds separating the first 6 riders, every second will matter.
Stage 2b brings the riders along the same route as today but in reverse. With Galway Bay CC and Cuchulainn CC well represented in the race, team tactics could very easily decide the shoulders the yellow jersey will rest upon.
KOH @ Cornamona
Jonathan Gibson U/A
KOH @ Aill Dubh
KOH @ Maam
Prime @ Glengowla
STAGE 1 RESULTS:
Stage 2A Result
1, Eoin Whelan, Seven Springs
2, Gerry McCabe, Cuchullain
3, Tom O Dowd, Castlebar CC
Race Leader, Whelan
1, Derek Joyce, Galway Bay CC
2, Peter Tuohy, Castlebar CC
3, Aidan Gallery, Blarney
4, Ciaran Hallinan, DID Dunboyne
5, Ruairi Geraghty, Galway Bay CC
6, Dave Nugent, Seven Springs
7, Ray O Shaughnessy, Cuchullain
8, Sean Loughran, Cuchulainn
9, Damien Barry, DID Dunboyne
10, Mike Ryder, Galway Bay CC
GC after stage 2B
1, Derek Joyce, Galway Bay CC
2, Ray O Shaughnessy, Cuchulainn
3, Ruairi Geraghty, Galway Bay CC
4, Eoin Whelan, Seven Springs
5, Peter Tuohy, Castlebar CC
6, Dave Nugent, Seven Springs CC
STAGE 2b RESULTS:
Stage 2B Report
Big days racing today. 3 riders went very early, before Maam Cross. Alan Jacobsen, Galway Bay CC, Sean Loughran Cúchulainn CC and Aiden Gallery, Blarney CC. None of these riders were a threat to overall GC but with the 2nd and 3rd place riders from Galway Bay and Cúchulainn, there was a defintely a tactical element to this. A group of 7 riders rode off the front of the peleton and while the break were 42s ahead at the turn at Maam Cross, this group of 6 joined the leading group after a huge 3k effort!! This group contained Ruaidhri Geraghty and Derek Joyce Galway Bay CC, Gerry McCabe Cúchulainn CC, Peter Tuohy Castlebar CC, Dave Nugent Seven Springs CC and Ciaran Hallinan, DID Dunboyne. Ray O’ Shaughnessy, Cúchulainn CC, who lost the yellow jersey in the TT, rode across to the group when his team-mates dropped back to ensure he made it across. Unfortunately for Mike Ryder, polka dot jersey and the maillot jaune, Eoin Whelan, Seven Springs CC both of these missed the break. The peleton were 1m 30s behind at this point and were still together on the descent into Maam. The only female rider in the bunch, Francine Meehan was most unlucky when the pressure was put on at the climb at Tiernakill before Maam, when her chain slipped and she had to get off the bike at a crucial part of the stage. Unfortunately that was the last of the peleton action Meehan, Tullamore CC saw for the day.
The first KOH at Finny was won by Dave Nugent and the time gap to the main bunch at this stage was 1 45′. Mike Ryder and DID Dunboyne riders Danny Bruton and Johnny Carroll were between the 2 groups and working well to try to get across. Again the maillot jaune was absent and could have done with a few domestiques on the day.
The staus quo remained with the gap between leading group and stretched to 2 30′. The 2nd KOH outside Corr na Móna was again won by Dave Nugent, while the 3rd KOH outside Maam was won by Derek Joyce. Joyce rode away from the group to take the KOH and opened up a gap of about 200m on the break which he maintained until Maam Cross when he put the head down and increased his lead to 30sec. Talking to the riders afterwards, some of them felt that Joyce’s move was a little unusual and wondered about hi tactics of going out on his own into a headwind. But Joyce obviuosly knew something that they didn’t as they failed to catch him again and he took the final Prime, stage honours and managed to open a sufficient gap to take the yellow jersey. The breakaway group splintered slightly on the run in to the finish with Peter Tuohy gaining 29 sec on the chasers to finish second on the stage. 3rd place was taken by Aiden Gallery after a long day at the front of the race. Ray O Shaughnessy finished at the back of this group but lost 2 secs to Aiden Gallery which may prove to be a costly mistake yet.
Mike Ryder had a long day in between the 2 groups and really rode his heart out to catch the break, finishing 1 52′ down on Joyce but only 52 sec down on O’ Shaughnessy.
The main bunch came in 2′ 25’down on Joyce and definitely got their act together in the final 10km. The yellow jersey worked hard on the front along with Barrow Wheelers riders Gerry Byrne, Michael Doyle and Brian Cullen and Eire Óg’s Michael Devins, all of whom missed the break, and were certainly trying to minimise losses.
Tomorrow’s stage is a short but technical one and with 12 sec separating Joyce and O’ Shaughnessy, racing is sure to start from the gun. This stage has yet to provide a bunch sprint and is typically a high speed aggressive display. With wet conditions promised, this will surely add to the drama and will hopefully provide a safe but exciting stage finish.
STAGE 3 RESULTS: