Gallery: Van Schip wins Rás second stage

Longford postman Sean Donnelly waits to start Stage 2
Longford postman Sean Donnelly waits to start Stage 2

Jan Willem  Van Schip of the Netherlands Delta Cycling Team won stage two of An Post Rás.

The Dutch rider soloed to victory in Newport after breaking away from a group of four which lead for 30km to the finish.

The bunch finished behind him with Chris Latham (Britain Team Wiggins) taking second and Yannis Yssaad (France Armée de Terre) third.

The Dutchman spoke of his delight at taking the stage win:

"I’m really happy with today’s result. I knew the wind direction would change as we made the turn in the last few kilometers and I decided to just go for it. I didn’t think I’d be able to stay but I kept pushing and thankfully I had the legs."

Today’s action see’s only one change to the jersey classifications. Christopher Latham’s performance results in him being the new owner of the green points jersey but Nicolai Brochner Nielsen (Denmark Riwal Platform) retains the lead at the top of the general classification with a nine second advantage.

With no categorised climbs in today’s stage, Dennis Bakker (Delta Cycling Rotterdam) keeps hold of the King of the Mountains jersey and Sasha Weemaes (Belgian National Team) stays in the Under-23 jersey.

Another good ride by Ulster Cycling’s Chris McGlinchey ensures he tops the county rider table while Richard Maes (Kerry Killarney) took an excellent 10th place finish.