No cigar for us this weekend. Starting stage 3 in yellow with only 2 riders was always going to be a hard ask especially with 10 riders within 60 seconds but the lads put in a super shift. Daire & David kept the the race in touch through to the final climb of the Day with 2 riders going over the top at 10 secs lead. Despite the full gas effort of the 10 including the yellow the gap went out to over 4 mins at the end with the eventual winner riding away from his compatriot to take the stage and win by a massive margin. Images below of Daire & David finishing Stage 3
Stage 3 proved to be one of the hardest of the weekend with lineouts and crosswinds repeatedly splitting the field on the road between Westport and Leenane. At one stage the race was covering nearly a mile of road with riders everywhere. In true style the 2 lads were where they needed to be up at the head of the race. Turning left up the climb out of Leenane the race was relatively altogether. And as the riders started the last major climb of the day at Finny it looked as tough the job was under control. Feeley covered the front with 2 riders O’Connell and Scully rolled over the top about 10 secs ahead of Feeley and 9 others.
Thinking that the 2 riders rolling over the top at 10 seconds when your in a group of 10 is a safe bet for them to come back on such a breezy day turned out not to be the case. On the road after the fast decent off Finny the riders got down to business and started to chase down the 2 leaders. After a few km the gap was 50secs then 1.15 then 2 minutes even with the group of 10 working flat out. The final gap ended up over 4 minutes with Feeley loosing yellow and settling for 9th on the stage & 2nd overall on general classification. David was settled into the group behind Daires’ and finished 20th on the stage and 13th overall on general classification. Super effort over the weekend by the lads and they can only be applauded for their professionalism and commitment.
Next stop for the guys is the Lincoln GP in the UK Sunday week and back home then for the UCI 2.1 ranked An Post Ras. Thanks to everyone for supporting the team and for following our Live feeds on twitter @TeamiTap over the weekend and a super job by Mechanic Noel Feeley, DS Jonathan Gibson, Sponsors O’Neill Cycles, The Athlete Clinic , The Bike Clinic & Power2Max. Stage 3 & Full final GC below.
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