Today’s racing between Mitchelstown and Carlow could be the decisive stage of this year’s An Post Rás.

This is the day when the race could really start to take shape. The last climbs come quite close to the finish and will likely play a big part.

The 154.6km stage doesn’t present any major difficulties early on, with only the An Post post office sprint at Urlingford (77.4km) featuring in the first two hours of racing.

However, things get considerably tougher after the 100km point, with five climbs rearing up between there and the finish; these are Byrnesgrove (category 2 at 108.8km), Castelcomer (category 3 at 116.3km), the first category wall of Gorteen (120.9km), plus the second category pair of Coan West (124.6km) and Clongrennan (133.5km).

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