Following yesterday’s mountainous stage, the sprinters will feel better about their chances on stage five, a 150.2km race from Glengarriff to Mitchelstown.

Early on the peloton will face the category two ascents of the Pass of Keimaneigh (25km) and Gortnabinna (37.7km), but after the latter there follows 100km of mainly flat roads, passing through Macroom, Millstreet, Banteer and Mallow.

The sole obstacle to a bunch gallop comes at the category three climb of Kildorrery (137.9km), but it remains to be seen if that ramp is sufficient to enable a rider or small group to get clear.

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