The under 23’s delight in Ireland

Against a backdrop of breath-taking scenery JLT Condor’s young riders showed their hard work over the winter was paying off. During the Easter Break five riders from the squad headed to Southern Ireland to compete in the four day stage race, the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan. The team made up of riders all under the age of twenty-three delighted Team Manager John Herety, with the way they rode the race.

“They rode as a group but well in the sprint finishes delivering twenty year old, Harry Tanfield to the front to claim two second positions in the opening days of racing, as well ensure Ed Laverack was well positioned on the final stage to take a strong third.”

Harry Tanfield earned the green points jersey on day one and hovered dangerously close to the top step of the general classification just four seconds adrift from powerful sprinter, Paidi O’Brien.
However, it was Sunday’s third stage that proved to be decisive for the development riders. The 123km day featured five climbs including an ascent of Category 1 climb, the Coom an Easpaign.
With the top GC rider closely watched, five riders took off early into the stage and dangled two minutes from yellow jersey group which contained JLT Condor’s Harry Tanfield. As the race drew closer to the coast crosswind began to fracture the peloton and the five leaders worked hard over the climbs to stay out of sight of the chasing peloton. The break eventually made its way to the finish without being caught.
Tanfield finished 7th on the stage 49 seconds adrift of the days winner meaning that both the yellow and his green jersey would changed hands.

The final day of racing saw Luke Mellor test his legs in the break but the peloton was keen for the stage to end in a sprint in front of the crowds in Kilorglin and enabling stage three’s breakaway rider, Sean McKenna to keep hold of yellow and overall victory.

“The boys have been performing really well so far this year and it was apparent that they had the legs. They rode well on stage two to reduce the danger and control the stage to keep Harry in green. Stage three was always going to be tough and trying to bring such a determined break back with five riders is tough. Harry’s top ten position is positive start to the spring season.” – John Herety

Stage one – 105.6km
1 P O’Brien (Osborne Meats/McCarthy Cycles)
2 Harry Tanfield (JLT Condor p/b Mavic)
3 Bram Imming (WV Noord Holland)

Stage two – 144km
1 P O’Brien (Osborne Meats/McCarthy Cycles)
2 Harry Tanfield (JLT Condor p/b Mavic)
3 Jack Barrett (Scotland)

Stage three – 124km
1 Bryan McCrystal (Team ASEA)
2 Sean McKenna (Ireland)
3 Alastair Macaulay (Team ASEA) at 20 seconds

Stage four – 117kms
1 P O’Brien (Osborne Meats/McCarthy Cycles), 2hrs.27mins.22secs;
2 D Byrne (Champion Systems VCUK RT), same time
3 E Laverick (JLT Condor p/b Mavic), st;

Overall Standings after four stages
1 Sean McKenna (Ireland)
2 Bryan McCrystal (Team ASEA) at 11 seconds
3 Alastair Macauley (Team ASEA) at 22 seconds
4 Grant Ferguson (Socltand) at 23 seconds
5 Paidi O Brien (Osborne Meats/McCarthy Cycles) at 37 seconds
8 Ed Laverack (JLT Condor p/b Mavic) at 53 seconds

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