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Columbia’s Mark Cavendish wins stage 1 in Ireland

Neither a four-man breakaway nor getting spit out on a climb could stop Columbia’s Mark Cavendish from taking a commanding sprint win in the opening stage of the Tour of Ireland. Columbia rode the front of the peloton all day, then strung it out in the rush to the flat finish along River Suir in downtown Waterford.

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Garmin-Chipotle’s Julian Dean is second.

By Ben Delaney

2008 Tour of Ireland, stage 1: The Irish countryside.

2008 Tour of Ireland, stage 1: The Irish countryside.

Photo: Pete Goding

Neither a four-man breakaway nor getting spit out on a climb could stop Columbia’s Mark Cavendish from taking a commanding sprint win in the opening stage of the Tour of Ireland. Columbia rode the front of the peloton all day, then strung it out in the rush to the flat finish along River Suir in downtown Waterford.

“My form isn’t so good out there after just getting back from Beijing, and it just shows how you need such a strong team behind you,” said Cavendish, who hails from the Isle of Man. “They rode today like always, and I think we have shown for a while now how strong we are as a team.”

The 192km stage kicked off in the heart of Dublin, then headed south over tight, winding roads and four categorized climbs.

2008 Tour of Ireland, stage 1: Cavendish relaxes after his win.

2008 Tour of Ireland, stage 1: Cavendish relaxes after his win.

Photo: Pete Goding

After a stage one breakaway in last year’s inaugural Tour of Ireland largely decided the race — the overall winner came from that 10-man move — riders were on the alert for a similar move Wednesday. With the morning’s drizzle giving way to dry skies, a number of groups tried their luck before three riders made a move stick.

Travis Meyer (SouthAustralia.com-AIS), David George (MTN Energade) and Ireland’s Martyn Irvine (Pezula) got a gap going, and were soon joined by Team Type 1’s Matt Wilson, who clawed his way across. The quartet built a maximum lead of more than 7 minutes.

The hills and the stiff wind eventually took their toll, however. Irvine fell off the pace as the break ascended the mist-shrouded Cat. 1 Mount Leinster.

“I knew it was coming,” Irvine said. “I can’t climb worth anything. I can’t get over a bump in the road. I thought I could get them on the descent, but they must have really been tapping through up there.”

George came off soon after.

2008 Tour of Ireland, stage 1: The peloton passes an Irish flag.

2008 Tour of Ireland, stage 1: The peloton passes an Irish flag.

Photo: Pete Goding

Meyer and Wilson kept their hopes alive and the power on, however, until about 10km to go. Wilson was rewarded for his efforts on the day with the red king of the mountains jersey.

“It’s good to come away with something,” Wilson said. “I knew that Garmin and Columbia would be going hard. I was really hoping that there would have been a few more guys that came along with us and give us a good chance of staying away.”

Wilson said he would have a good chance of keeping his red jersey, however: “I’ve got a strong team here, so I’m sure they’ll help me defend it.”

Coming into Waterford, Columbia didn’t even pretend like it was giving another team a chance to set up a lead-out train. After crossing River Suir and banking east, Columbia’s black-and-blue machine delivered Cavendish to the final 200 meters, with Garmin-Chiptole’s Julian Dean on his wheel. That was the order across the line, with Norway’s Alexander Kristoff (Joker-Bianchi) rounding out the podium.

2008 Tour of Ireland, stage 1: Garmin and Columbia were prominent at the front.

2008 Tour of Ireland, stage 1: Garmin and Columbia were prominent at the front.

Photo: Pete Goding

After the stage, Cavendish said his form was off after traveling from Beijing, where he raced the Madison with Great Britain teammate Bradley Wiggins (The pair finished ninth).

“The categorized climbs weren’t so hard; it was the rolling terrain after the last categorized climb where it got really, really tricky,” Cavendish said. “The peloton split, and I actually got dropped from the front group at one point. Bernie (Eisel) had to drop back for me.”

Poor form or no, Cavendish will start stage 2 from Thurles to Loughrea in the yellow jersey. By taking second and winning the first intermediate sprint of the day, Kristoff snagged the green points jersey and leapfrogged Dean into second place on the general classification. With Cavendish leading the under-25 competition, the white jersey goes to Rabobank’s Boy Van Poppel.

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Results

Stage 1 Results | (GC Results ) | ( Points Standings )


1. Mark Cavendish, Team Columbia in 5:00:20

2. Julian Dean, Garmin Chipotle H30

3. Alexander Kristoff, Joker Bianchi Team

4. Boy Van Poppel, Rabobank

5. Dean Downing, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk

6. Kurt De Schrooder, An Post Sean Kelly Team

7. Russell Downing, Pinarello Canditv

8. Nikolas Maes, Topsport Vlaanderen

9. Kurt Hovelijnck, Topsport Vlaanderen

10. Zakkari Dempster, Southaustralia.com/ais

11. Dale Appleby, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk

12. Valeriy Kobzarenko, Team Type 1 Cycling Team

13. Francisco Mouron, Juan, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team

14. Sven Renders, Topsport Vlaanderen

15. Juan Van Heerden, Mtn Energade

16. Max Richeze, Csf Group Navigare

17. Massimo Graziato, Tinkoff – Credit Systems

18. Malcom Elliott, Pinarello Canditv

19. Ciaran Power, Pezula

20. Moises Aldape, Team Type 1 Cycling Team

21. Cameron Jennings, Pezula

22. Kristian House, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk

23. Daniel Lloyd, An Post Sean Kelly Team

24. Dan Martin, Garmin Chipotle H30

25. Magnus Backstedt, Garmin Chipotle H30

26. Gonzalo Rabunal, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team

27. Simon Clarke, Southaustralia.com/ais

28. Adam Hansen, Team Columbia

29. Delio Fernandez, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team

30. Frederiek Nolf, Topsport Vlaanderen

31. Ramon Sinkeldam, Rabobank

32. Alexander Gottfried, Tinkoff – Credit Systems

33. Tom Murray, Pinarello Canditv

34. Matt Wilson, Team Type 1 Cycling Team

35. Bart Aernouts, Rabobank

36. Trent Lowe, Garmin Chipotle H30

37. Rob Partridge, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk

38. Johan Coenen, Topsport Vlaanderen

39. Michael Barry, Team Columbia

40. Stephen Gallagher, An Post Sean Kelly Team

41. Luca Mazzanti, Tinkoff – Credit Systems

42. Serguei Klimov, Tinkoff – Credit Systems

43. Johnnie Walker, Southaustralia.com/ais

44. Adam Semple, Southaustralia.com/ais

45. Petter Nordhaug, Lars, Joker Bianchi Team

46. Francesco Tomei, Csf Group Navigare

47. Roger Aiken, Irish National Team

48. Marco Pinotti, Team Columbia

49. Matteo Priamo, Csf Group Navigare

50. David Millar, Garmin Chipotle H30

51. Joeri Adams, Rabobank

52. Ben Greenwood, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk

53. Morris Possoni, Team Columbia

54. Kevin Evans, Mtn Energade

55. Wesley Sulzberger, Southaustralia.com/ais

56. Daniel Fleeman, An Post Sean Kelly Team

57. Mark Cassidy, An Post Sean Kelly Team

58. Ilya Chernetskiy, Tinkoff – Credit Systems

59. Neil Macdonald, Mtn Energade

60. Frederik Wilman, Joker Bianchi Team

61. Frantisek Rabon, Team Columbia

62. Stian Sommerseth, Joker Bianchi Team s.t.

63. Thomas Rabou, Rabobank at 22

64. Thomas Berkhout, Rabobank s.t.

65. Ruben Bongiorno, Csf Group Navigare at 28

66. Filippo Savini, Csf Group Navigare at 53

67. Travis Meyer, Southaustralia.com/ais s.t.

68. David Mccann, Irish National Team at 01:33

69. Maarten Neyens, Topsport Vlaanderen at 09:40

70. Kenny De Haes, Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.

71. Alejandro Paleo, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team s.t.

72. Alberto Fernandez, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team s.t.

73. Jay Thomson, Mtn Energade s.t.

74. Fabio Calabria, Team Type 1 Cycling Team s.t.

75. Joachim Bohler, Joker Bianchi Team s.t.

76. Bernard Eisel, Team Columbia s.t.

77. Martijn Maaskant, Garmin Chipotle H30 s.t.

78. Fredrik Ericsson, Pezula s.t.

79. Kieran Page, Pezula s.t.

80. Michael Van Staeyen, Rabobank s.t.

81. Paidi O’brien, An Post Sean Kelly Team s.t.

82. Peter Williams, Pinarello Canditv s.t.

83. Simon Holt, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk s.t.

84. Emile Abraham, Team Type 1 Cycling Team s.t.

85. Alex. Surutkovych, Team Type 1 Cycling Team s.t.

86. Mauro Richeze, Csf Group Navigare s.t.

87. Andy Roche, Pinarello Canditv s.t.

88. Paul Griffen, Irish National Team s.t.

89. Erik Vold, Svein, Joker Bianchi Team s.t.

90. Alex Wetterhall, Pezula at 11:35

91. Waylon Woolcock, Mtn Energade at 12:31

92. Graham Briggs, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk s.t.

93. Mathew Kipling, Pinarello Canditv s.t.

94. Ramon Troncoso, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team s.t.

95. Matt King, Southaustralia.com/ais s.t.

96. Kenny Lisabett, An Post Sean Kelly Team s.t.

97. Ingar Stokstad, Joker Bianchi Team at 13:11

98. Miceal Concannon, Irish National Team s.t.

99. Sean Lacey, Irish National Team s.t.

100. Chris Sutton, Garmin Chipotle H30 s.t.

101. Martyn Irvine, Pezula s.t.

102. David O’loughlin, Pezula s.t.

103. David Abal, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team s.t.

104. Paul Healion, Irish National Team s.t.

105. Bernardo Riccio, Tinkoff – Credit Systems s.t.

106. David George, Mtn Energade at 24:50

107. Stephen O’Sullivan, Irish National Team s.t.

108. Lee Davis, Pinarello Canditv at 27:15


GC after stage 1: | (Stage 1 results ) | ( Points Standings )


1. Mark Cavendish, Team Columbia in 5:00:09

2. Alexander Kristoff, Joker Bianchi Team

3. Julian Dean, Garmin Chipotle H30 at 05

4. Matt Wilson, Team Type 1 Cycling Team at 08

5. Boy Van Poppel, Rabobank at 11

6. Dean Downing, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk at s.t.

7. Kurt De Schrooder, An Post Sean Kelly Team at s.t.

8. Russell Downing, Pinarello Canditv at s.t.

9. Nikolas Maes, Topsport Vlaanderen at s.t.

10. Kurt Hovelijnck, Topsport Vlaanderen at s.t.

11. Zakkari Dempster, Southaustralia.com/ais at s.t.

12. Dale Appleby, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk at s.t.

13. Valeriy Kobzarenko, Team Type 1 Cycling Team at s.t.

14. Francisco Mouron, Juan, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team at s.t.

15. Sven Renders, Topsport Vlaanderen at s.t.

16. Juan Van Heerden, Mtn Energade at s.t.

17. Max Richeze, Csf Group Navigare at s.t.

18. Massimo Graziato, Tinkoff – Credit Systems at s.t.

19. Malcom Elliott, Pinarello Canditv at s.t.

20. Ciaran Power, Pezula at s.t.

21. Moises Aldape, Team Type 1 Cycling Team at s.t.

22. Cameron Jennings, Pezula at s.t.

23. Kristian House, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk at s.t.

24. Daniel Lloyd, An Post Sean Kelly Team at s.t.

25. Dan Martin, Garmin Chipotle H30 at s.t.

26. Magnus Backstedt, Garmin Chipotle H30 at s.t.

27. Gonzalo Rabunal, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team at s.t.

28. Simon Clarke, Southaustralia.com/ais at s.t.

29. Adam Hansen, Team Columbia at s.t.

30. Delio Fernandez, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team at s.t.

31. Frederiek Nolf, Topsport Vlaanderen at s.t.

32. Ramon Sinkeldam, Rabobank at s.t.

33. Alexander Gottfried, Tinkoff – Credit Systems at s.t.

34. Tom Murray, Pinarello Canditv at s.t.

35. Bart Aernouts, Rabobank at s.t.

36. Trent Lowe, Garmin Chipotle H30 at s.t.

37. Rob Partridge, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk at s.t.

38. Johan Coenen, Topsport Vlaanderen at s.t.

39. Michael Barry, Team Columbia at s.t.

40. Stephen Gallagher, An Post Sean Kelly Team at s.t.

41. Luca Mazzanti, Tinkoff – Credit Systems at s.t.

42. Serguei Klimov, Tinkoff – Credit Systems at s.t.

43. Johnnie Walker, Southaustralia.com/ais at s.t.

44. Adam Semple, Southaustralia.com/ais at s.t.

45. Petter Nordhaug, Lars, Joker Bianchi Team at s.t.

46. Francesco Tomei, Csf Group Navigare at s.t.

47. Roger Aiken, Irish National Team at s.t.

48. Marco Pinotti, Team Columbia at s.t.

49. Matteo Priamo, Csf Group Navigare at s.t.

50. David Millar, Garmin Chipotle H30 at s.t.

51. Joeri Adams, Rabobank at s.t.

52. Ben Greenwood, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk at s.t.

53. Morris Possoni, Team Columbia at s.t.

54. Kevin Evans, Mtn Energade at s.t.

55. Wesley Sulzberger, Southaustralia.com/ais at s.t.

56. Daniel Fleeman, An Post Sean Kelly Team at s.t.

57. Mark Cassidy, An Post Sean Kelly Team at s.t.

58. Ilya Chernetskiy, Tinkoff – Credit Systems at s.t.

59. Neil Macdonald, Mtn Energade at s.t.

60. Frederik Wilman, Joker Bianchi Team at s.t.

61. Frantisek Rabon, Team Columbia at 24

62. Stian Sommerseth, Joker Bianchi Team at s.t.

63. Thomas Rabou, Rabobank at 33

64. Thomas Berkhout, Rabobank at s.t.

65. Ruben Bongiorno, Csf Group Navigare at 39

66. Travis Meyer, Southaustralia.com/ais at 01:01

67. Filippo Savini, Csf Group Navigare at 01:04

68. David Mccann, Irish National Team at 01:44

69. Joachim Bohler, Joker Bianchi Team at 09:49

70. Maarten Neyens, Topsport Vlaanderen at 09:51

71. Kenny De Haes, Topsport Vlaanderen at s.t.

72. Alejandro Paleo, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team at s.t.

73. Alberto Fernandez, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team at s.t.

74. Jay Thomson, Mtn Energade at s.t.

75. Fabio Calabria, Team Type 1 Cycling Team at s.t.

76. Bernard Eisel, Team Columbia at s.t.

77. Martijn Maaskant, Garmin Chipotle H30 at s.t.

78. Fredrik Ericsson, Pezula at s.t.

79. Kieran Page, Pezula at s.t.

80. Michael Van Staeyen, Rabobank at s.t.

81. Paidi O’brien, An Post Sean Kelly Team at s.t.

82. Peter Williams, Pinarello Canditv at s.t.

83. Simon Holt, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk at s.t.

84. Emile Abraham, Team Type 1 Cycling Team at s.t.

85. Alex. Surutkovych, Team Type 1 Cycling Team at s.t.

86. Mauro Richeze, Csf Group Navigare at s.t.

87. Andy Roche, Pinarello Canditv at s.t.

88. Paul Griffen, Irish National Team at s.t.

89. Erik Vold, Svein, Joker Bianchi Team at s.t.

90. Alex Wetterhall, Pezula at 11:46

91. Waylon Woolcock, Mtn Energade at 12:42

92. Graham Briggs, Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk at s.t.

93. Mathew Kipling, Pinarello Canditv at s.t.

94. Ramon Troncoso, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team at s.t.

95. Matt King, Southaustralia.com/ais at s.t.

96. Kenny Lisabett, An Post Sean Kelly Team at s.t.

97. Martyn Irvine, Pezula at 13:19

98. Ingar Stokstad, Joker Bianchi Team at 13:22

99. Miceal Concannon, Irish National Team at s.t.

100. Sean Lacey, Irish National Team at s.t.

101. Chris Sutton, Garmin Chipotle H30 at s.t.

102. David O’loughlin, Pezula at s.t.

103. David Abal, Karpin Galicia Cycling Team at s.t.

104. Paul Healion, Irish National Team at s.t.

105. Bernardo Riccio, Tinkoff – Credit Systems at s.t.

106. David George, Mtn Energade at 24:58

107. Stephen O’sullivan, Irish National Team at 25:01

108. Lee Davis, Pinarello Canditv at 27:26


Points Competition | ( Stage Results )| (GC Results)

1. A Kristoff, 18 Points

2. M Cavendish, 17 Points

3. J Dean, 14 Points

4. B Van Poppel, 12 Points

5. D Downing, 11 Points

6. K De Schrooder, 10 Points

7. R Downing, 10 Points

8. N Maes, 8 Points

9. K Hovelijnck, 7 Points

10. M Wilson, 6 Points

11. Z Dempster, 6 Points

12. M Irvine, 5 Points

13. D Appleby, 5 Points

14. T Meyer, 5 Points

15. D George, 5 Points

16. V Kobzarenko, 4 Points

17. J Mouron, 3 Points

18. J Bohler, 3 Points

19. S Renders, 2 Points

20. J Van Heerden, 1 Points

21. M Possoni, 1 Points