It wasn’t long ago that the peloton worked their way through the roads of County Tipperary en route to the second stage finish of the An Post Rás and race organiser Tony Campbell has delivered a message of “thanks” to the overwhelming support that the riders received along the route and in Nenagh.
“This was my first year as An Post Rás organiser and I really have to say the turnout and response from the Tipperary crowds was incredible.
Although the riders travel at such high speed they still hear every roar along the route, which helps turn the event into a wonderful spectacle for everyone involved. I would like to say a special thanks to the people in Tipperary who contributed to making it such an amazing stage.”
After eight gruelling days and 1180 kilometres of top class racing, it was Marcin Bialoblocki of the Britain UK Youth Pro Cycling team that took the coveted Rás yellow jersey home. The Polish rider took over at the top of the classification on the third day and incredibly managed to hold on to the lead despite several attacks on his jersey.
The An Post Sean Kelly team also had a very successful Rás with three stage wins. Shane Archbold rode to victory into Nenagh while Irish rider Sam Bennett went on to claim impressive stage wins into Listowel and Skerries. The Carrick-an-Suir native was full of praise for the home crowds who turned up to spur on the team.
“It was a fantastic race for team and one personally that I won’t forget. I’ve been desperate to get a stage win for the last couple of years so to get two was unbelievable. The crowds along the entire route this year were superb - I can’t tell you how hard a race the Rás is, so hearing all the shouting and cheering really gives you an extra lift when you feel the burn in your legs.”