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Kruopis wins Rás Stage 4 sprint
20 May 2015 23:11
Aidis Kruopis of An Post Chain Reaction won a dramatic eight-man sprint finish to win stage four of the An Post Rás in Newport, Co Mayo, narrowly beating Davide Vigano (Team IDEA) in the final straight.
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The leading group were tightly bunched coming into the final corner but coming out of the bend Lithuanian Kruopis took the initiative and stormed to the front to win.
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On paper, the fourth stage looked relatively straightforward, with no categorised climbs along the 155km route from Bearna to Newport. However, this did not prove to be the case as gusting winds on wide-open roads along the Wild Atlantic Way led to tactical racing, which ended in an explosive sprint to the line.
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An early break by Dominic Jelfs (Madison Genesis) and Eric Johnstone (Canada) set the tone for the day but they were soon joined by Ian Bibby (NFTO) and Alessandro Pettiti (Team IDEA 2010 ASD).
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Clemens Fankhauser (Hrinkow Advarics Cycleangteam), Jeremy Durrin (Neon Velo Cycling Team), Christopher Reilly (Down Nth Graham Powerhouse Sport), Stephen Murray (Cork Strata3/Velorevolution RT) and David Watson (Down Nth Graham Powerhouse Sport) were determined not to allow the leaders to get too far ahead and pushed hard to bridge the gap.
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This nine-man group formed the lead, up until the 41km mark where they merged with another 13 riders.
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The groups became fragmented, with a lot of stop-start racing and nobody going clear.
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Ronan McLaughlin (Cork Aquablue), who was the first county rider across the line, made a number of attacks including a brave move accompanied by Jimmy Janssens (Team 3M), which extended out to nearly two minutes at its peak.
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However, coming into the final 50km the chasing group reeled them in.
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Approaching Westport and with only 10km to go there was a lead group of eight including last year’s Rás winner Fankhauser (Hrinkow Advarics), who rode superbly today but just ran out of steam in the final straight.
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The excitement built among the crowd in Newport and they burst into voice as the leaders came around the final bend.
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It was all to play for but Kruopis really put his foot down to propel himself across the line and claim the stage victory for An Post Chain Reaction Team.
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“We had a plan today and everything went really well," he said afterwards. "We got the stage victory and we are delighted, we move up in the GC and also claim the young rider’s jersey so it’s really good”.
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Lukas Postlberger (Tirol Cycling Team) retains the yellow jersey and points jersey, with Down's Martyn Irvine 1'43 behind him in third in general classification after both finished in the eight-man bunch.
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Ryan Mullen (An Post) leapfrogs Jaap De Mann (Team 3M) to claim the U23 Jersey. Best County Rider (Ian Richardson) and King of the Mountains (Robert Partridge) remain unchanged.
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Tomorrow's stage will cover 142.4km from Newport to Ballina.
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