In spite of stage 1’s gc-deciding break, the racing is still steaming hot in Ireland, and we’re reaching for another towel as we ride along with Team DFL’s Evan Oliphant for today’s insider report.
The 1980's were heady days for Irish cycling, there was Stephen Roche, Sean Kelly and - the Nissan Tour of Ireland. Unfortunately, no one has come-along to replace Roche and Kelly, but the Tour of Ireland is back. Wednesday’s first stage of 174 kilometres, from Kilkenny to Cork saw a break of ten, representing nine of the 16 teams present, go clear to take 10 minutes, with Unibet's Stijn Vandenberg taking the stage and the jersey.
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