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Varley Takes Superb Solo Vctory In Naas
Julian Vaelwy Britain KTM winner of stage seven in Naas

Julian Varley Britain KTM stage winner
Cyrille Thiery, Switzerland National Team Race Leader

Climbing superbly on a tough day through the Wicklow Mountains and then resisting the chase behind on the mainly flat roads towards the finish, Julian Varley (Britain Team KTM) took the biggest success of his career on Saturday in Naas.

The 21-year-old Briton reached the line 18 seconds clear of a 16 man group led in by Robbe Ghys (Belgian National Team), Jacob Rathe (USA Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis), Jason van Dalen (Netherlands Delta Cycling X) and Luuc Bugter (Netherlands Delta Cycling X).

Lindsay Watson (Antrim Velo Cafe Magasin PowerHouse Sport) was best of the home riders in sixth, taking the prize for the best county rider on the stage, while Mark Dowling (Cycling Leinster) also finished in the group and deposed best overall county rider Ronan McLaughlin (Westmeath Viner Caremark Pactimo) of his blue jersey.

It is the best result of my career, easily, said Varley. I won some races in the UK, but never UCI events. I knew I had good legs for the climb. I knew I just had to go big or dont today.

He made his move on the second of the days two first category climbs, the Wicklow Gap, jumping away about halfway up the climb and opening up a lead over a select group containing the race leader Cyrille Thiery (Switzerland National Team) and many of the other main contenders. More>>>


Rs Tailteann 18 Stage 7 Results Carlow To Naas 141Kms.
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Rs Tailteann 18 Stage 7 Pictures Carlow To Naas 155 Kms.
Julian Varley Britain KTM winning stage seven of the Rs Tailteann in Naas
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McKenna Grabs First Rs Tailteann Stage Win In Carlow
Sean McKenna, Holdsworth Pro Cycling Winning stage six of Rs Tailteann in Carlow

Sean McKenna, Holdsworth Pro Cycling Stage winner
Cyrille Thiery, Switzerland National Team In Yellow with two days to go

Sean McKenna landed his best-ever result in the Rs Tailteann on Friday when he won stage six into Carlow town. The Ireland Holdsworth Pro Racing Team rider sprinted in ahead of Claudio Imhof (Switzerland National Team), Netherlands Delta Cycling X duo Luuc Bugter and Rens Tulner, Ireland national team rider Marc Potts and Matteo Cigala (Westmeath Viner-Caremark - Pactimo).

It was a huge result for McKenna, who has been suffering from knee problems in the race. I was thinking this was just going to be another bunch kick, he said, but coming through the last roundabout, my teammate Damien Shaw let my wheel go.

The split gave McKenna and those ahead of him a slight advantage over the others, and he made the most of it, blasting through to grab the win.

He is from a famous cycling family and said he was delighted to land the victory for his father Mick, a former international, his uncle Ciaran, who is now Cycling Ireland president, and others who had helped him during his years racing. More>>>


Rs Tailteann 18 Stage 6 Results Mitchelstown To Carlow 155Kms.
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Rs Tailteann 18 Stage 6 Pictures Mitchelstown Carlow 155 Kms.
Mick McKenna,Holdsworth Pro Racing winning stage six of Rs Tailteann18 in Carlow
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German Sprinter Carstensen Speeds To Victory In Mitchelstown
Lucas Carstensen Germany Bike Aid stage winner in Mitchelstown


Lucas Carstensen Germany Bike Aid stage winner
Cyrille Thiery, Switzerland National Team In Yellow after stage five

He went close on stage three, taking second into Listowel; things worked out perfectly for German competitor Lucas Carstensen on Thursdays fifth stage of the Rs Tailteann, with victory into Mitchelstown.

The Germany Bike Aide rider was best on the uphill rise to the line, beating Robbe Ghys (Belgian National Team), Jason van Dalen (Netherlands Delta Cycling X), best county stage rider Matteo Cigala (Westmeath Viner-Caremark - Pactimo) and the rest of an 83-man main bunch.

Fintan Ryan (Cycling Leinster) was best Irishman in tenth, one place ahead of Kerry Killarneys Richard Maes.

My team brought me to the front in the last five kilometres, said Carstensen shortly after the sprint. I think at three kilometres there was crash, maybe at position 40. I just heard it from the back. And then in the last kilometre two of my teammates brought me to the front on the second-last corner. I think then there was a gap behind me. More>>>


Rs Tailteann 18 Stage 5 Results Glengarrif To Mitchelstown 150Kms.
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Rs Tailteann 18 Stage 5 Pictures Glengarriff To Mitchelstown150 Kms.
Lucas Carstensen Germany Bike Aid stage winner in Mitchelstown
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Van Dalen Grabs Rs Tailteann Glory in Glengarrif
Jason Van Dalen Delta Team Netherlands winner of stage four In Glengarriff


Jason Van Dalen Delta Team Netherlands stage winner
Cyrille Thiery, Switzerland National Team In Yellow for the fourth day

Having been race leader on the road on stage 3 but then being caught before the finish, Jason van Dalen (Netherlands Delta Cycling X) likely ended Tuesday frustrated with the missed chance for Rs Tailteann glory. However he secured a key place in the prizes on Wednesday when he won stage four into Glengarrif.

The Netherlands Delta Cycling X rider was quickest out of the select 26 man group which sprinted for victory, beating Italian Matteo Cigala (Westmeath Viner-Caremark - Pactimo), Robbe Ghys (Belgian National Team), Jacob Rathe (USA Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis), Luuc Bugter (Netherlands Delta Cycling X) and others to the line.

Ronan McLaughlin (Westmeath Viner-Caremark - Pactimo) was best of the Irish riders in eighth, taking over as best county rider.
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