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Rider Blog Team Gerard DHL


Normally nerves play a huge role leading into a cyclists first participation in the Rs, but for me, there was no time to be nervous. With a heavy college schedule building up to exams that finished just 2 days before stage 1, the Rs was just a date on my calendar.

2018 marked the first year of Team-Gerard DHL but also the first Rs for 80% of our Rs squad. To help us through 8 days of chaos was Paidi OBrien. A man with huge experience and success in the sport, most of which I am still unaware of. More>>>


Luuc Bugter Delta Team Netherland Takes Final Overall Victory In The 2018 Rs Tailteann
Luuc Bugter Delta Team Netherlands Overall Winner
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Rs Taileann Overall Results 2018
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ESB At 1961 Rs Tailteann
In the summer of 1961, staff from ESBs Rural Electrification Office (REO) took to the road with the Rs Tailteann, a national multi-stage cycle race across Ireland. Instead of bicycles, their mode of transport for the race was a rather large Mobile Display van known as LIK 650.

This large demonstration vehicle, traditionally used for local shows around the Cork area, was relieved of its usual duties on this particular occasion and dispatched to Dublin to undertake an important if not somewhat unusual mission. More>>>


Bugter Grabs Final Overall Victory Ghys Wins Dramatic Last Stage Of Ras Tailteann
Luuc Bugter Delta Team Netherlands Overall Winner in two Classifications Yellow Jersey and Points

Robbe Ghys, Belgium National Team winner of the final stage of the 2018 Ras Tailteann
Luuc Bugter Delta Team Netherlands Overall Winner

On what was a highly dramatic final lap of racing in Skerries, Robbe Ghys (Belgian National Team) won the last stage in the Rs Tailteann, while Luuc Bugter (Netherlands Delta Cycling X) snatched the yellow jersey from longtime leader Cyrille Thiery (Switzerland National Team).

Ghys and Bugter made their move on the second and final lap of a 13.7 kilometre finishing circuit, bridging across to Bugters teammate Sjoerd Bax and then driving hard all the way to the line. Thiery chased and at one point looked like he would defend yellow, but finally ended up finishing 12 seconds behind Ghys, 11 behind Bugter and, crucially, one second back from Bugter overall.

I was in the top five every day. I won a stage, I am in the best form of my life. It went really well, said Bugter. I knew there was a chance that I could take the win on the last day, I had to take some seconds on the leader as there are no bonuses at the finish.

Our team did an amazing job. One rider attacked on the final climb and I was attacking after him and I went to him and we were riding together. And a guy from Belgium came to us and we were three guys. We went full gas to the finish. Then I heard that I had enough seconds to win it was a crazy feeling. More>>>


Stage 8 Results Naas to Skerries 145 Kms.
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Rs Tailteann 18 Stage 8 Pictures Naas To Skerries 145 Kms,
Luuc Bugter Delta Team Netherlands Overall Winner
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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>>>


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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