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55th FBD Insurance Rás Stage 1 Report
 
By Staff
Date: 5/20/2007
55th FBD Insurance Rás Stage 1 Report
 

by Alicia Hopkins

55th Edition FBD Insurance Rás

Stage 1 - Sunday, May 20, 2007



Mart Ojavee wins stage 1. Photo Official Race Website

144 riders began stage 1 of the 55th edition of the FBD Insurance Rás under partly cloudy skies, and the riders faced a second category climb and one lap of a finishing circuit.

The first of three sprint point competitions occurred after 11.7km of racing ensuring a fast and aggressive start to the stage. After just a few kilometers, Andrei Mustonen (Estonia Kalev Chocolate) attacked, and was joined by Ricardo Van der Velde (Netherlands), Simon Kelly (Ireland - Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly), Michael Johansen (Denmark Vision Bikes), and Jesse Anthony (US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada).

Ondrej Pavek (Czech Republic Sparta Praha) also attacked the bunch to join the break. Mustonen would win the bonus sprint in Newbridge, ahead of Van der Velde and Anthony. The break continued to work cooperatively past the flat plains of the Curragh, which was the location for some of the filming of Braveheart.

Dermot Nally (Ireland) and Glenn Bak (Ireland - Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly) tried to get across the gap to the break, but while they closed to within twelve seconds, they could not make the junction. Other efforts to bridge the gap to the break by riders such as Canadian national champion Mark Walters (US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada) and Rory Wyley (Tipperary Dan Morrissey) were also unsuccessful.

The main field was also trying to keep tabs on the leaders but a big stall after approximately 30km of racing saw the gap extend to 55' , which jumped to 1’15" after an hour in the saddle.

Dominique Perras (USA Kelly Benefit Strategies) set off in pursuit of the break, and after a few kilometers of solo effort he was joined by Martyn Irvine (Ireland), and Roger Aiken (Armagh Big Picture Development). The three man chasing group was approximately 1'30" back from the lead group when Van der Velde beat Pavek and Kelly to win the second bonus sprint in the town of Mountmellick at the 51.1km mark. The gap had grown between the lead and first chasing group was 2'00" by the bottom of the day’s climb, and the peloton was 3’50' down.

Johansen attacked the leading group and headed towards the summit, and as he did so, he was caught and passed by US U23 cyclo-cross champion Anthony, who took the combined prime and bonus sprint at the top ahead of Van der Velde and Johansen.

Behind, Irvine was dropped by Perras and Aiken but the duo were not making any real gains in their chase. After the top of the climb they were 1 minute and 50 seconds, while the front of the fragmenting peloton was 2 minutes 47 seconds down. Aiken duly sat up and went back to the bunch, while Perras persisted for a while longer.

Sensing the possibility of a bunch finish, several teams including Ireland, Australia FRF Couriers ,and Britain Recycling.co.uk started ramping up the pace behind the breakaway groups. The increased speed of the bunch cut the gap down to 1’16" by the time the riders hit the line in Templemore for the start of the 25.4km finishing circuit. With approximately 15km to go, the gap had fallen to 30", prompting Johansen, Mustonen and Anthony to jump clear of the others in a last-gasp attempt to stay clear. However their move was ended just before the 10km to go mark.

Several riders tried to get clear on the final run in to the finish, including Alain Van der Velde (Netherlands), but there was no denying a bunch sprint. Mart Ojavee (Estonia Kalev Chocolate) proved quickest in the final dash for the line, beating Paídi O'Brien (Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/ M.Donnelly Sean Kelly team), Petr Pucelik (Czech Republic Sparta Praha), Dominique Rollin (US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada) and Mark Scanlon (Ireland Subway) in the 119 man sprint to the line. That earned the Estonia the first yellow jersey of the race, while Van der Velde’s strong performances in the bonus sprints saw him end the day 3" back in second overall.

O’Brien is just 1" further back in the general classification heading into the second stage, a lumpy 147 kilometres from Templemore to Loughrea. Three categorised ascents lie in wait; the cat two Curreeney Cross, plus the third cat Lecarrow and Killamena climbs.

Stage 1 Results:
1, Mart Ojavee (Estonia Kalev Chocolate) 157 kilometres in 3 hours 52 mins 44 secs (40.48 kph)
2, Paídi O’Brien (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly)
3, Petr Pucelik (Czech Republic Sparta Praha)
4, Dominique Rollin (US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada)
5, Mark Scanlon (Ireland Subway)
6, Yvo Kusters (Netherlands)
7, Robin Chaigneau (Netherlands)
8, Benjamin Hill (Germany Stevens Von Hacht)
9, René Birkenfeld (Germany Stevens Von Hacht)
10, Mark Cassidy (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly)
11, Nico Graf (Germany Thuringer Energy)
12, Marcel Barth (Germany Thuringer Energy)
13, Alain Van der Velde (Netherlands)
14, Peter Herzig (Australia FRF Couriers)
15, Eugene Moriarty (Meath MyHome.ie/BDBC) all same time


Hot spot sprint, Newbridge (11.7km):

1, Andrei Mustonen (Estonia Kalev Chocolate) 3seconds
2, Ricardo Van der Velde (Netherlands) 2 secs
3, Jesse Anthony (US Kodak Gallery) 1 sec
 

Hot Spot Sprint in Mountmellick (51.1 km):

1, Ricardo Van der Velde (Netherlands) 3 seconds
2, Ondrej Pavek (Czech Republic Sparta Praha) 2 seconds
3, Simon Kelly (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly) 1 second


King of the Mountains/Hot Spot Sprint of The Cut (73.8 km):

1, Jesse Anthony (US Kodak Gallery) 10 pts/3 seconds
2, Ricardo Van der Velde (Netherlands) 8 pts/2 seconds
3, Michael Johansen (Denmark Vision Bikes) 6 pts/1 second
4, Ondrej Pavek (Czech Republic Sparta Praha) 4 pts
5, Simon Kelly (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donelly Sean Kelly) 3 pts
6, Andrei Mustonen (Estonia Kalev Chocolate) 1 pt

General classification:

1, Mart Ojavee (Estonia Kalev Chocolate) 157 kilometres in 3 hours 52 mins 44 secs
2, Ricardo Van der Velde (Netherlands) at 3 secs
3, Paídi O’Brien (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly) at 4 secs
4, Petr Pucelik (Czech Republic Sparta Praha) at 6 secs
5, Jesse Anthony (US Kodak Gallery) same time
6, Ondrej Pavek (Czech Republic Sparta Praha) at 8 secs
7, Michael Johansen (Denmark Vision Bikes) at 9 secs
8, Simon Kelly (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly) st
9, Dominique Rollin (US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada) at 10 secs
10, Mark Scanlon (Ireland Subway)
11, Yvo Kusters (Netherlands)
12, Robin Chaigneau (Netherlands)
13, Benjamin Hill (Germany Stevens Von Hacht)
14, René Birkenfeld (Germany Stevens Von Hacht)
15, Mark Cassidy (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly) all same time

Points competition:

1, Mart Ojavee (Estonia Kalev Chocolate) 15 points
2, Paídi O’Brien (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donnelly Sean Kelly) 14
3, Petr Pucelik (Czech Republic Sparta Praha) 13
4, Dominique Rollin (US Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada) 12
5, Mark Scanlon (Ireland Subway) 11

Mountains classification:

1, Jesse Anthony (US Kodak Gallery) 10 pts
2, Ricardo Van der Velde (Netherlands) 8
3, Michael Johansen (Denmark Vision Bikes) 6
4, Ondrej Pavek (Czech Republic Sparta Praha) 4
5, Simon Kelly (Ireland Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group/M. Donelly Sean Kelly) 3


Under 23 rider:

1, Ricardo Van der Velde (Netherlands) 3 hours 52 mins 37 secs
2, Jesse Anthony (US Kodak Gallery) at 3 secs
3, Yvo Kusters (Netherlands) at 7 secs
4, Robin Chaigneau (Netherlands)
5, Benjamin Hill (Germany Stevens Von Hacht) both same time



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