Cavendish scores win in Irish Tour

  • By Steve Frothingham
  • Published Aug. 22, 2009
  • Updated Aug. 26, 2009 at 3:15 PM EDT

By Ben Delaney

Tour of Ireland 2009 – Stage 2: Cavendish adds another to his list of wins in 2009.

Photo: Graham Watson

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) did what he does best at the end of stage 2 of the Tour of Ireland. After a fast, slightly downhill leadout from his man Bernie Eisel, Cavendish turned on the afterburners to take the victory ahead of Rabobank’s Michael Van Staeyen and Saxo Bank’s Stuart O’Grady.

“It’s great to win,” Cavendish said. “It was a tough circuit but once the peloton came back together we took control with 2km to go.”

Stage 1 winner Russell Downing (Candi TV) retained the yellow leader’s jersey, five seconds ahead of Alexander Kolobnev and seven seconds in front of Matti Breschel (both Saxo Bank).

The 196km stage west from Clonmel to Killarney ended in a sprint after an all-day, two-man breakaway was captured, with Candi TV and Saxo Bank motoring the peloton.

The stage marked Cavendish’s 25 victory of the season. In 2009, he’s scored at least one win in every stage race he has contested.

Tour of Ireland 2009 – Stage 2: Arvesen chases.

Photo: Graham Watson

“This was a team victory; it always is,” he said. “They’re my friends as much as my teammates. One guys crosses the line with his arms in the air but it’s a success for all of us and we all get a glass of wine at dinner.”

The two rovers
Clear, sunny skies greeted the race at the start, and two young riders got right down to business after the gun fired. Just 3km into the stage, Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank) and Mark Cassidy (An Post) went clear and rode their way to a maximum lead of 16 minutes.

With five riders among the 22 still in contention for the general classification, Saxo Bank drove the pack most of the day, with race leader Downing’s Candi TV putting riders on the front as well. “We have to be seen doing something,” Downing said. “We can’t just get a free ride. And the boys did a brilliant job.”

The first obstacle of the day was the Cat. 2 climb up the Vee. Van Winden and Cassidy, son of former Irish cycling great Philip Cassidy, traded pulls up the tree-shrouded lower slopes of the Vee. Huge crowds greeted the pair as the pine trees gave way to the bare upper reaches of the mountain, and fans stood on stone walls with great views of the bucolic scene in the valley below.

Tour of Ireland 2009 – Stage 2: Cassidy and Van Winden off the front.

Photo: Graham Watson

At the KOM line, people weren’t the only spectators; a flock of sheep grazed lazily on the damp, heather-covered hills. The high-strung riders at the front of the pack were interested in a fleece of another sort, however, and Jay Thomson (MTN-Energade) took third on the KOM behind the breakaway pair to take the virtual climber’s jersey from Matt White (Team Type 1).

Although the sun was shining, the rough, narrow roads and buffeting winds took their toll on the riders.

“It was kinda long and a little arduous, with these bumpy slow roads and the wind,” said American Tony Cruz (BMC). “It’s unbelievable. I don’t know if Sean Kelly asked to have the roads paved this way, but they’re rough.”

Astana’s Lance Armstrong seconded the sentiment: “With some of the roads we were on today, it felt like we needed suspension for my back.”

In the break, Van Winden dropped Cassidy on the Cat. 2 Musheramore climb. After Cassidy crossed the KOM line, the Wilson-Thomson battle continued, with Team Type 1’s Aussie climber getting the advantage this time.

Cassidy was swept up by the peloton before the final climb of the day, the Cat. 1 Curragh, with 42km to go. As the peloton crested Curragh, Type 1’s Wilson grabbed maximum KOM points to retain his red climber’s jersey.

Tour of Ireland 2009 – Stage 2: Nearing the top of the Cat. 2 climb of the Vee

Photo: Graham Watson

“We were fighting pretty hard,” Wilson said. “On the first (KOM on the Vee), there wasn’t a signpost at 1km to go, and that caused a bit of confusion. So I lost a few points there; I didn’t score any at all. So I rallied the guys pretty hard to attack on the next two to make sure (Thomson) lost points.”

After the climb, Van Winden’s lead was 2:30 and falling and the still-intact peloton began to wind up the chase.

“I wanted to be in the breakaway today,” Van Winden said. “I was hoping to be in a bigger breakaway, not just two guys, but that’s what we had. But it was good training today. After this we have the (Dutch) national time trial, the Tour de l’Avenir and then the (under-23) world championships.”

After sweeping up Van Winden, the pack into the tourist town of Killarney, the peloton ripped through two roundabouts in the final 3km, causing a few riders to lose position in split-second decisions on which line to take.

Downing got mixed up with about 1km to go. “Pete (Williams) was doing a brilliant job of leading me out, but I went to the wrong side of an island,” he said. “We had to do a big effort to get back into position, and then when I stepped out into the wind I had nothing.”

Tour of Ireland 2009 – Stage 2: Climbing the Curragh

Photo: Graham Watson

BMC’s Cruz had good position, but ran into another problem on the slight downhill finish: “I honestly needed a bigger gear,” he said. “I topped out, and that was it. I came into the final turn sixth or seventh wheel. When it came time to go, I was already spun out, and I had to sit down with 100 meters to go.”

Cavendish had no such problems, and came across the line with his hands in the air.

Uncorking the queen stage
The Tour of Ireland concludes Sunday with a 185km ride from the south end of the island in Bantry to Cork, where riders will tackle the sharp St. Patrick’s Hill three times.

“It’s very tough,” Armstrong said of the 5km finishing circuit. “I suspect the field will be very small on the circuits, especially for the guys who aren’t having a good day. If there are showers and the weather turns bad, it could be a tough day, a classic day.”

There are 22 riders still in the GC hunt, with at least 2:12 on the rest of the field. Astana has Armstrong, Jani Brajkovic and Haimar Zubeldia. Saxo Bank has O’Grady, Kolobnev, Breschel, Jakob Fuglsang and Karsten Kroon. Columbia-HTC has 2008 race winner Marco Pinotti and American Craig Lewis. And Cervélo TestTeam has Philip Deignan in fourth, 10 seconds out of the jersey, plus Daniel Lloyd and Gabriel Rasch.

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Results, stage 2

  • 1. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-Htc, 195.8km in 5:07:33 (38.07kph)
  • 2. Michael Van Staeyen (BEL), Rabobank
  • 3. Stuart O’grady (AUS), Team Saxo Bank
  • 4. Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Joker Bianchi
  • 5. Steven Van Vooren (BEL), An Post Sean Kelly Team
  • 6. Martin Reimer (GER), Cervélo Test Team
  • 7. Ian Wilkinson (GBR), Team Halfords
  • 8. Christoff Van Heerden (RSA), Mtn Cycling
  • 9. Pierpaolo De Negri (ITA), Isd-Neri
  • 10. Juan Van Heerden (RSA), Mtn Cycling
  • 11. Ramon Sinkeldam (NED), Rabobank
  • 12. Martin Kohler (SUI), Bmc Racing Team
  • 13. Antonio Cruz (USA), Bmc Racing Team
  • 14. Kenny Lisabeth (BEL), An Post Sean Kelly Team
  • 15. Sam Bennett (IRL), Irish National Team
  • 16. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Astana
  • 17. Russell Downing (GBR), Candi TV-Marshalls Pasta
  • 18. Michael Matthews (AUS), Australian National Team
  • 19. Andrey Grivko (UKR), Isd-Neri
  • 20. Dean Downing (GBR), Rapha Condor Cycling Team
  • 21. Steven Kruijswijk (NED), Rabobank
  • 22. Michael Schar (SUI), Astana
  • 23. Matti Breschel (DEN), Team Saxo Bank
  • 24. Malcolm Elliott (GBR), Candi TV-Marshalls Pasta
  • 25. Petter Nordhaug Lars (NOR), Joker Bianchi
  • 26. Maurice Vrijmoed (NED), Rabobank
  • 27. Vicente Reynes Mimo (ESP), Team Columbia-Htc
  • 28. Denys Kostyuk (UKR), Isd-Neri
  • 29. Roger Hammond (GBR), Cervélo Test Team
  • 30. Daniel Lloyd (GBR), Cervélo Test Team
  • 31. Jackson Stewart (USA), Bmc Racing Team
  • 32. Leigh Howard (AUS), Australian National Team
  • 33. David Mccann (IRL), Irish National Team
  • 34. Craig Lewis (USA), Team Columbia-Htc
  • 35. Dale Appleby (GBR), Candi TV-Marshalls Pasta
  • 36. Jef Peeters (BEL), An Post Sean Kelly Team
  • 37. Philip Deignan (IRL), Cervélo Test Team
  • 38. Marco Pinotti (ITA), Team Columbia-Htc
  • 39. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), Astana
  • 40. Valeriy Kobzarenko (UKR), Team Type 1
  • 41. Mathias Frank (SUI), Bmc Racing Team
  • 42. Janez Brajkovic (SLO), Astana
  • 43. Igor Abakoumov (BEL), Isd-Neri
  • 44. Peter Williams (GBR), Candi TV-Marshalls Pasta
  • 45. Graham Briggs (GBR), Candi TV-Marshalls Pasta
  • 46. Dennis Van Winden (NED), Rabobank
  • 47. Alexander Kolobnev (RUS), Team Saxo Bank
  • 48. Florian Stalder (SUI), Bmc Racing Team
  • 49. Benny De Schrooder (BEL), An Post Sean Kelly Team
  • 50. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN), Team Saxo Bank
  • 51. Mark Mcnally (GBR), Team Halfords
  • 52. Andrew Tennant (GBR), Team Halfords
  • 53. Kristian House (GBR), Rapha Condor Cycling Team
  • 54. Bernard Eisel (AUT), Team Columbia-Htc
  • 55. Davide Appollonio (ITA), Cervélo Test Team
  • 56. Danilo Wyss (SUI), Bmc Racing Team
  • 57. Dan Craven (NAM), Rapha Condor Cycling Team
  • 58. Simon Richardson (GBR), Rapha Condor Cycling Team
  • 59. Vegard Laengen Stake (NOR), Joker Bianchi
  • 60. Philip Lavery (IRL), Irish National Team
  • 61. Jetse Bol (NED), Rabobank
  • 62. Jason Mccartney (USA), Team Saxo Bank
  • 63. Chris Newton (GBR), Rapha Condor Cycling Team
  • 64. Ian Mcleod (RSA), Mtn Cycling
  • 65. Shawn Milne (USA), Team Type 1
  • 66. Jay Thomson (RSA), Mtn Cycling
  • 67. Stian Remme (NOR), Joker Bianchi
  • 68. Mark O’brien (AUS), Australian National Team
  • 69. Matt Wilson (AUS), Team Type 1
  • 70. Michael Creed (USA), Team Type 1
  • 71. Fabio Calabria (AUS), Team Type 1
  • 72. Ronan Mc Laughlin (IRL), An Post Sean Kelly Team
  • 73. Frederik Wilman (NOR), Joker Bianchi
  • 74. Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana
  • 75. Robert Partridge (GBR), Team Halfords
  • 76. Luis Rubiera Jose (ESP), Astana
  • 77. Jeremy Hunt (GBR), Cervélo Test Team
  • 78. G Sortveit Sondre (NOR), Joker Bianchi
  • 79. Thomas Frei (SUI), Bmc Racing Team
  • 80. Bradley Potgieter (RSA), Mtn Cycling
  • 81. Jesús Hernández (ESP), Astana
  • 82. Morris Possoni (ITA), Team Columbia-Htc
  • 83. Timothy Roe (AUS), Australian National Team
  • 84. Karsten Kroon (NED), Team Saxo Bank
  • 85. Darren Lapthorne (AUS), Rapha Condor Cycling Team
  • 86. Tom Southam (GBR), Rapha Condor Cycling Team
  • 87. Bartosz Huzarsky (POL), Isd-Neri
  • 88. Martijn Keizer (NED), Rabobank
  • 89. Asle Arvesen Kurt (NOR), Team Saxo Bank
  • 90. Travis Meyer (AUS), Australian National Team
  • 91. Jack Bobridge (AUS), Australian National Team
  • 92. Gabriel Rasch (NOR), Cervélo Test Team
  • 93. Paul Griffin (IRL), Irish National Team
  • 94. Nicholas Walker (AUS), Australian National Team
  • 95. Frantisek Rabon (CZE), Team Columbia-Htc at 30
  • 96. James Sampson (GBR), Candi TV-Marshalls Pasta at 09:18
  • 97. Robert Hayles (GBR), Team Halfords at s/t
  • 98. Erik Vold Svein (NOR), Joker Bianchi at s/t
  • 99. Martyn Irvine (IRL), Irish National Team at s/t
  • 100. Mark Cassidy (IRL), An Post Sean Kelly Team at 09:31
  • 101. Adrien Niyonshuti (RWA), Mtn Cycling at 10:08
  • 102. Ino Ilesic Aldo (SLO), Team Type 1 at 16:40
  • 103. Andrew Roche (IRL), Candi TV-Marshalls Pasta at s/t
  • 104. Ken Hanson (USA), Team Type 1 at s/t

Overall after stage 2

  • 1. Russell Downing (GBR), Candi Tv – Marshalls Pasta
  • 2. Alexander Kolobnev (RUS), Team Saxo Bank
  • 3. Matti Breschel (DEN), Team Saxo Bank, at 0:07
  • 4. Philip Deignan (IRL), Cervélo Test Team, at 0:10
  • 5. Marco Pinotti (ITA), Team Columbia – Htc, at 0:11
  • 6. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), Astana, s.t.
  • 7. Frederik Wilman (NOR), Joker Bianchi, s.t.
  • 8. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN), Team Saxo Bank, at 0:17
  • 9. Stuart O’grady (AUS), Team Saxo Bank, at 0:22
  • 10. Andrey Grivko (UKR), Isd – Neri, at 0:23
  • 11. Daniel Lloyd (GBR), Cervélo Test Team, at 0:25
  • 12. Steven Kruijswijk (NED), Rabobank, at 0:26
  • 13. Denys Kostyuk (UKR), Isd – Neri, s.t.
  • 14. Petter Nordhaug Lars (NOR), Joker Bianchi, s.t.
  • 15. Craig Lewis (USA), Team Columbia – Htc, s.t.
  • 16. Mathias Frank (SUI), Bmc Racing Team, s.t.
  • 17. Igor Abakoumov (BEL), Isd – Neri, s.t.
  • 18. Janez Brajkovic (SLO), Astana, s.t.
  • 19. Florian Stalder (SUI), Bmc Racing Team, s.t.
  • 20. Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana, s.t.
  • 21. Karsten Kroon (NED), Team Saxo Bank, s.t.
  • 22. Gabriel Rasch (NOR), Cervélo Test Team, s.t.
  • 23. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia – Htc, at 02:12
  • 24. Dennis Van Winden (NED), Rabobank, at 02:14
  • 25. Michael Van Staeyen (BEL), Rabobank, at 02:16
  • 26. Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Joker Bianchi, at 02:18
  • 27. Kristian House (GBR), Rapha Condor Cycling Team, at 02:19
  • 28. Martin Reimer (GER), Cervélo Test Team, at 02:21
  • 29. Ian Wilkinson (GBR), Team Halfords, at 02:22
  • 30. Ramon Sinkeldam (NED), Rabobank, s.t.
  • 31. Christoff Van Heerden (RSA), Mtn Cycling, s.t.
  • 32. Michael Matthews (AUS), Australian National Team, s.t.
  • 33. Michael Schar (SUI), Astana, s.t.
  • 34. Steven Van Vooren (BEL), An Post Sean Kelly Team, s.t.
  • 35. Malcolm Elliott (GBR), Candi Tv – Marshalls Pasta, s.t.
  • 36. Leigh Howard (AUS), Australian National Team, s.t.
  • 37. Vicente Reynes Mimo (ESP), Team Columbia – Htc, s.t.
  • 38. Graham Briggs (GBR), Candi Tv – Marshalls Pasta, s.t.
  • 39. Mark Mcnally (GBR), Team Halfords, s.t.
  • 40. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Astana, s.t.
  • 41. Andrew Tennant (GBR), Team Halfords, s.t.
  • 42. Davide Appollonio (ITA), Cervélo Test Team, s.t.
  • 43. Martin Kohler (SUI), Bmc Racing Team, s.t.
  • 44. Antonio Cruz (USA), Bmc Racing Team, s.t.
  • 45. Juan Van Heerden (RSA), Mtn Cycling, s.t.
  • 46. Roger Hammond (GBR), Cervélo Test Team, s.t.
  • 47. Jef Peeters (BEL), An Post Sean Kelly Team, s.t.
  • 48. Sam Bennett (IRL), Irish National Team, s.t.
  • 49. David Mccann (IRL), Irish National Team, s.t.
  • 50. Valeriy Kobzarenko (UKR), Team Type 1, s.t.
  • 51. Benny De Schrooder (BEL), An Post Sean Kelly Team, s.t.
  • 52. Jason Mccartney (USA), Team Saxo Bank, s.t.
  • 53. Simon Richardson (GBR), Rapha Condor Cycling Team, s.t.
  • 54. Ian Mcleod (RSA), Mtn Cycling, s.t.
  • 55. Robert Partridge (GBR), Team Halfords, s.t.
  • 56. Danilo Wyss (SUI), Bmc Racing Team, s.t.
  • 57. Mark O’brien (AUS), Australian National Team, s.t.
  • 58. Ronan Mc Laughlin (IRL), An Post Sean Kelly Team, s.t.
  • 59. Vegard Laengen Stake (NOR), Joker Bianchi, s.t.
  • 60. Matt Wilson (AUS), Team Type 1, s.t.
  • 61. G Sortveit Sondre (NOR), Joker Bianchi, s.t.
  • 62. Chris Newton (GBR), Rapha Condor Cycling Team, s.t.
  • 63. Jetse Bol (NED), Rabobank, s.t.
  • 64. Luis Rubiera Jose (ESP), Astana, s.t.
  • 65. Jesús Hernández (ESP), Astana, s.t.
  • 66. Darren Lapthorne (AUS), Rapha Condor Cycling Team, s.t.
  • 67. Stian Remme (NOR), Joker Bianchi, s.t.
  • 68. Bartosz Huzarsky (POL), Isd – Neri, s.t.
  • 69. Travis Meyer (AUS), Australian National Team, s.t.
  • 70. Asle Arvesen Kurt (NOR), Team Saxo Bank, s.t.
  • 71. Martijn Keizer (NED), Rabobank, s.t.
  • 72. Thomas Frei (SUI), Bmc Racing Team, s.t.
  • 73. Timothy Roe (AUS), Australian National Team, s.t.
  • 74. Jack Bobridge (AUS), Australian National Team, s.t.
  • 75. Nicholas Walker (AUS), Australian National Team, at 02:38
  • 76. Bradley Potgieter (RSA), Mtn Cycling, at 02:43
  • 77. Frantisek Rabon (CZE), Team Columbia – Htc, at 02:48
  • 78. Tom Southam (GBR), Rapha Condor Cycling Team, at 05:30
  • 79. Pierpaolo De Negri (ITA), Isd – Neri, at 06:34
  • 80. Erik Vold Svein (NOR), Joker Bianchi, at 11:40
  • 81. Adrien Niyonshuti (RWA), Mtn Cycling, at 12:51
  • 82. Jay Thomson (RSA), Mtn Cycling, at 14:24
  • 83. Kenny Lisabeth (BEL), An Post Sean Kelly Team, at 14:27
  • 84. Dean Downing (GBR), Rapha Condor Cycling Team, s.t.
  • 85. Maurice Vrijmoed (NED), Rabobank, s.t.
  • 86. Jackson Stewart (USA), Bmc Racing Team, s.t.
  • 87. Dale Appleby (GBR), Candi Tv – Marshalls Pasta, s.t.
  • 88. Peter Williams (GBR), Candi Tv – Marshalls Pasta, s.t.
  • 89. Philip Lavery (IRL), Irish National Team, s.t.
  • 90. Dan Craven (NAM), Rapha Condor Cycling Team, s.t.
  • 91. Bernard Eisel (AUT), Team Columbia – Htc, s.t.
  • 92. Fabio Calabria (AUS), Team Type 1, s.t.
  • 93. Shawn Milne (USA), Team Type 1, s.t.
  • 94. Michael Creed (USA), Team Type 1, s.t.
  • 95. Morris Possoni (ITA), Team Columbia – Htc, s.t.
  • 96. Paul Griffin (IRL), Irish National Team, s.t.
  • 97. Jeremy Hunt (GBR), Cervélo Test Team, s.t.
  • 98. Robert Hayles (GBR), Team Halfords, at 23:45
  • 99. James Sampson (GBR), Candi Tv – Marshalls Pasta, s.t.
  • 100. Martyn Irvine (IRL), Irish National Team, s.t.
  • 101. Mark Cassidy (IRL), An Post Sean Kelly Team, at 23:51
  • 102. Andrew Roche (IRL), Candi Tv – Marshalls Pasta, at 31:07
  • 103. Ken Hanson (USA), Team Type 1, s.t.
  • 104. Ino Ilesic Aldo (SLO), Team Type 1, at 37:59

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