Shaw and Gate Deliver on Stage Six for An Post Chain Reaction Team
Aaron Gate of An Post Chain Reaction sprinted to a magnificent stage six An Post Rás win in Dungarvan today. Nicolai Brochner (Denmark Riwal Platform) and Matt Holmes (Britain Madison Genesis) took second and third respectively in a lung busting 42 man sprint finish. Damien Shaw (An Post Chain Reaction) finished with the first bunch to climb to a superb third place on general classification (GC).
Today’s 159.1 kilometre route, which started from Clonakilty, was relatively flat in comparison to previous stages featuring just three category three climbs of Windygap, Rathcormack, and Knockroe.
Relentless attacks from Irish National Team rider, Eddie Dunbar began early in the day as he pulled away with a slight lead. Dylan Kennett (New Zealand National Team) and Daire Feeley (Galway Team Itap) however, were unwilling to let the Irishman go and bridged the gap to form a three man lead group.
Dunbar ferociously pressured his rivals, breaking free numerous time and was first over the ascent of Windy Gap but the pair consistently reeled him in. With 42 kilometres conquered, the trio built an impressive four minute 30 second lead and maintained an unrelenting cadence through Donoghmore and in to Mallow.
Yellow jersey leader, Clemens Fankhauser (Austria Tirol Cycling) and his teammates, alongside the teams of Madison Genesis and Australia were in dogged pursuit, chipping away to bridge the distance. Coming up to the final climb of Knockroe with 40 kilometres to go, the bunch swallowed up Kennett, who was struggling to maintain the pace and then subsequently the two Irishmen.
Intense jockeying at the recapture saw three new riders; Josh Edmondson (Britain NFTO Pro Cycling), James Gullen (Britain Pedal Heaven) and Taco van der Hoom (Netherlands Join-S De Rijke) emerge to the front and establish a 40 second gap ten kilometres outside of Dungarvan. The latter two had both clinched stage wins earlier in the week and were in eager pursuit of the yellow jersey.
Within sight of the finish line, the three were caught, while Aaron Gate delivered a lung busting effort to seal the stage victory in a time of three hours, 47 minutes, 53 seconds. Gate’s victory moves him into fifth place in the overall GC just five seconds behind race leader Fankhauser while his An Post Chain Reaction teammate, Shaw sits only two seconds back.
Delighted to finally clinch a stage win, Gate was quick to applaud his An Post Chain Reaction teammates for playing their part in the victory.
“The boys did such an awesome job today and I can’t thank them enough for the win. We’ve got a strong team and we’re all riding really well. But the race definitely isn’t over yet. Tomorrow will be a tough stage and a close battle for sure. Hopefully we can get the win again but I’d be happy to share the love with another An Post Chain Reaction Team rider.”
Fankhauser, winner of the 2014 An Post Rás, retains the yellow leaders’ jersey for the fourth consecutive day, with only two days of racing remaining.
On the podium again today was Jai Hindley (Australia National Team) who stays in the U23 Rider jersey and Ian Richardson (UCD Fitz Cycles) remains the best Irish County rider. Both riders have made their fourth appearance on the stage for this year’s race. Nikodemus Holler (Germany Stradalli Bike Aid) was named King of the Mountains for the third time and Gate once again retains the green points jersey.
Saturday’s penultimate stage will leave Dungarvan and head towards Baltinglass. The 155 kilometre trek will include three category three climbs as well as the daunting category one climb of Mount Leinster.
|Stage Start In Clonakilty|
|Clemens Fankhauser, Tirol Cycling Austria In Yellow|
|Aaron Gate An Post Chainreaction Ireland In Green|
|Nikodemus Holler Stradalli Bike Aid Germany In The Mountains Jersey|
|Jai Hindley Australian National Team Best Young Rider Under 23|
|Ian Richardson Dublin UCD Fitzbikes Best County Rider Overall, |
|Nicolai Bouchner Denmark Riwal Platform 2nd. Into Dungarvan|
|Matthew Holmes, Madinson Genesis 3rd.Into Dungarvan|
|Darnell Moore. Graham North Down Ist County Rider On Stage Six|
|Ian Richardson Dublin UCD Fitzbikes Best County Rider Overall, Aaron Gate An Post Chainreaction Ireland In Green, Clemens Fankhauser, Tirol Cycling Austria In Yellow, Nicolai Bouchner Denmark Riwal Platform 2nd. Matthew Holmes, Madinson Genesis 3rd. Darnell Moore Graham North Down 1st. County Rider On Stage, Jai Hindley Australian National Team Best Young Rider Under 23. Nikodemus Holler, Stradalli Bike Aid Germany In The Mountains Jersey |
|Clemens Fankhauser, Tirol Cycling Austria In Yellow With Two Days Remaining|
|Eddie Dunbar Ireland|
|Jack Wilson An Post Chainreaction|
|The Big Bunch Passing Through The Countryside|
|Nicolai Bouchner Denmark Riwal Platform, Darnell Moore, Graham North Down,Jai Hindley Australian National Team, Nikodemus Holler Stradalli Bike Aid Germany |
|Ramus Mygind, Denmark Riwal Platform Having A Bite To Eat After The Stage|
|Michael O'Shea, Tipperary Nenagh|
|Janvier Hadi, Stradalli Bike Aid Germany|
|Philip Lavery. ASEA Wheelworx Louth|
|Nicolas VereeCken An Post Chaunreaction Team|
|David McCarthy, JLT Condor|
|Meath Navan Team|
|Tirol Cycling Team ,Austria|