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

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 don’t today.”

He made his move on the second of the day’s 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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Rás Tailteann 18 Stage 7 Pictures Carlow To Naas 155 Kms.
Julian Varley Britain KTM winning stage seven of the Rás Tailteann in Naas

McKenna Grabs First Rás Tailteann Stage Win In Carlow
Sean McKenna, Holdsworth Pro Cycling Winning stage six of Rás 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 Rás 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>>>

Stage 6 Results Mitchelstown To Carlow 155Kms.
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Rás Tailteann 18 Stage 6 Pictures Mitchelstown Carlow 155 Kms.
Mick McKenna,Holdsworth Pro Racing winning stage six of Rás Tailteann18 in Carlow

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 Thursday’s fifth stage of the Rás 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 Killarney’s 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>>>

Stage 5 Results Glengarrif To Mitchelstown 150Kms.
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