O’Brien Wins Stage 3, Clarke Takes Yellow
Paddy Clarke of Liquidworx Fitscience is the new race leader of the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan after today’s’ stage which started in Waterville and took in Valentia Island a total distance of 142kms.
The stage was run in conditions which were superb with sunshine the order of the day. The stage was won by Paudi O’Brien of Osborne Meats/The Edge Sports in a closely contested sprint by nine escapees who forged ahead shortly before Cahirciveen.
The overall leader overnight Sean McKenna of Cycling Ireland Development had the misfortune to crash in the closing stages. There is a rule that permits Sean to have the same aggregate time of the group that he was in, which was one minute plus behind the stage winner O’Brien who incidentally won this particular stage last year.
Clarke from Ballina in Co. Mayo leads the event, but only on the basis of better placed count back positions to Mark Dowling of DID Dunboyne CC.
Stage Three Kerry Group Ras Mumhan-Waterville-Valentia Island-Watervile, 142kms
1 Paudi O’Brien-Osborne Meats/The Edge Meats, 3hrs.23mins.20;
2 Cathal Moynihan-Tralee Manor West BC, same time;
3 Eugene Moriarty-DID Dunboyne CC; same time;
4 Jack Pullar-Scotland; same time;
5 Mark Dowling-DID Dunboyne CC, same time;
6 Conor Ryan-BH Solidor, same time.
Race Leader (YELLOW) Paddy Clarke-Liquidworx-Fitscience.King of Hills Dylan Foley-Irish Development Team.
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