Champion Systems Dave McGowan take the lead



The second day of the Suir Valley started at a much slower pace due to sore legs and a very strong headwind on the way to Dungarvan, The action took place immediately with with the KOM of the beehive which was won by Chris Reilly of Asea, onto Ballymac and the tempo increased to the Pinewood hotspot which was won by Robin Garry of Team Isle of Man and then this was closely followed by the next KOM again won by Chris Reilly after an exception lead out by teammate Damien Shaw.

After 22kms a group of 6 went 12 seconds clear riders (Tanfield,McAuley, Horgan,Christie, Callaghan and Ashurst) and started to work well together. The lead extended to 55Secs on the descent from Colligan where the bunch was hampered by a large crash on the high speed crash which took out a number of high GC riders. on the way to the pike a number of groups made their way across to the 6 leaders and in the first hour the average speed was 40.3kmph into a high headwind. On the 3rd KOM which was won by Ali Mcauley of the 6 break away riders but a strong group of 11 riders were on their way across as the descent on the pike have split the peloton into 3no defined groups. The 11 chasers included (Ed Laverick, Dante Carpenter,Lee Baldwin , Seb Baylis , Chris Reilly, Damien Sahw, Tom Mazonne, Paidi O’Brien, Michael O’Loughlin and Mark Power) and at 55kms the 6 lone leaders deficient had been reduced to 30secs.

At 59kms the 5 leaders only had a lead of 18secs to the 11 chasers and the bunch were now at 1min 28secs and as they hit carrick on Suir they were all together. As the race headed from Clonmel the bunch who had let the gap go to 1Min 28sec were not making any impact on the leading 16 riders but it was at this stage that JLT Condor Ed Laverick and Champion systems Dave McGowan decided to take a chance and attacked the large group, race radio was constantly chattering times and gaps and details but it was McGowan of Champion systems who eventually bested Laverick to take the stage, overall lead and his weight in Cider sponsored by Devils bit.



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