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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Team iTap’s Daire Feeley takes yellow in Ballinrobe 3 Day
A hard stage 2 today in Ballinrobe was made even harder with the wet mucky conditions and overnight rain that washed debris onto the roads. David Brody was to suffer the worst out of the team with 2 punctures and one at a critical point in the race when he had bridged across to the lead group. When he go there he found team mate Daire Feeley had attacked this group on the climb and had taken 3 riders with him and was intent on distancing the yellow jersey still in the group. This set us up nicely for the run into the finish with Brody marshelling yellow and Feeley driving on. Unfortunatley for Brody after his hard work to get back with the leaders and with 3 groups on the road seperated by only only 40-50secs between them no team cars were allowed forward so this put Brody back in the third group on the road after his puncture and Feeley leading on the road.
While we got Brody going and into group 3 Feeley was getting on with business. Up until the last climb of the day the race was fairly neutralised with groups getting 20-30 seconds and then being reeled in. It was only on the last climb that the elastic snapped with Feeley giving it full gas going clear with 3 others until the finish. Despite a hard chase by the yellow jersey behind the group of 4 stayed away until the finish giving Feeley the yellow by approx 30 seconds. The teams main aim was the jersey today so Feeley emptied the tank coming in the road to give as much a buffer for the final stage tomorrow and wasn’t concerned about the green jersey he was wearing. He will have the full support of David Brody for the tomorrows stage as the team defends yellow.
Stage 1 of the 2016 Tour of the Reservoir which is part of the UK’s National Road Series turned out to be a dirty day in the North East of the UK over the weekend. The team was focused on making the move of the day which would have put us in with a shout over the weekend but unfortunatley this didn’t happen. A run of poor luck kept us out of the move and sidelined others. Stephen Murphy still suffering the after effects of an infection he picked up 10 days ago was not up to speed so we took him off the bike due to the very cold and snowy conditions and Darragh Bailey crashed out while in what was left of the main group chasing the 5 leaders. Daire Feeley and David Brody finished in this group chasing the 5 leaders even after both puncturing and Feeley being involved with a pile up and getting a bike change all while the selection of the day was being made.
David Brody Stage 1 Tour of Reservoir 2016
Daire Feeley Stage 1 Tour of Reservoir 2016
Stage 2 was always going to be difficult for the lads, especially against Pro Teams of 8 riders but we again tried to get into the move of the day. It didn’t happen for us as when it went it went fast and the bigger teams shut the race down and controlled it for the day. In the end only 61 riders finished the race out of over 100 who started and only 40 or so in the main group coming in just behind the break at the end of the stage today. Daire Feeley finished a super 22nd over all and David Brody 44th in what was there first big international event against full time pro teams with the bank balance to match. The two different worlds in the images below!
1 of the NFTO Team Cars & Motorhome
iTap Team Car
The weekend trip was a hugh success for everyone involved in the team. The riders especially were the ones to gain most knowing now where they sit in relation to the top riders in the UK and especially how they coped and performed in the British equivalent of the Irish Elite National Road Series. And to say that they all excelled in what they did over the weekend even in the event of adversity they all combined to be a team whether riding the bike or supporting each other once out the characters and culture shone through. Well done to everyone and we look forward to the Lincoln GP in May as our next traveling date.
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Last stage Overall Results
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