- May 6, 2009
pmcg76 said:Yeah, real pity it is only 3 days but its better than nothing I guess. Seen the last day on St.Patricks hill last year and it was fantastic. Race lead changed a number of times in the last hour.
Archibald said:was there for that day too - was a great afternoon on st patricks.
why have they shortened it this year? (or should i read an article somewhere)
Ya- you just want to visit that lady down in Cork again!!pmcg76 said:I really hope that is not the reason for the event being shortened or I will be seriously pi**ed. I thought Lances appearence was a tie-in with a Cancer summit taking place at the same time in Dublin. Wouldnt be surprised if he was looking for appearence fees also though.
I think the field will be improved this year regardless of Lance as it does not clash with the Vuelta and there is no Tour of Germany. Despite turning into a grear race last year, the depth of the field was pretty weak, nowhere near the level of the old Nissan Classic. Cav had a field day winning 3 stages.
I hope there is not a huge amount of fairweather fans because of Lance, this is one of those low key events that you can get pretty close to the pros, maybe even have a chat or whatever. Dont want to fbe fighting my way through hundreds of 'touristy Lance watchers'
Will the last stage be in Cork again, hope so, the first stage is heading to Waterford so seems logical.
pmcg76 said:Ok, now I am starting to worry that you actually know me!!!
craig1985 said:What is cycling in Ireland like? Looks like a lot of hill and strong cross winds from the Atlantic (never been to Ireland).
craig1985 said:I think split stages are a great thing and we should see it more often. At least the race won't always become the Mark Cavendish supported by Team Columbia show.
Dr. Maserati said:Split stages aren't allowed by the UCI anymore - and I can't remember what category the Tour of Ireland is in but I assume that this is not an option.
I think the delay in releasing the stage route's is because the organization were hoping to get increased backing and didn't get it.
So now they are trying to squeeze out the stages. Bord Failte are a big sponsor so they wont be happy if its just direct routes in to the cities. I expect a wander in to Kerry again but feel the Whest will miss out.
craig1985 said:Three Days of de Panne have split stages. Same for the Criterium International (I know ASO own it), Tour of the Med, Coppi-Bartali, and I'm certain it is the same in the Circuit de la Sathe, that is all I can think of. I know ProTour races aren't allowed split stages (Pays Basque used to be famous for this) anymore.
craig1985 said:Darach McQuaid is Pat's brother.
Dr. Maserati said:Shouldn't be a problem so....
Stage 1. Prologue in Dublin.
Stage 2. Dublin - Waterford.
Break for dinner.
Stage 3. Waterford - Cork.
Stage 4 Cork - Killarney (night stage)....
pmcg76 said:As it is the rest day on Le Tour...
Now that the full route for the Tour of Ireland has been announced, I am glad it is doing the Cork/St.Patricks hill finish again.
However, one thing that bothers me and always has is why the /Nissan Classic/Tour of Ireland never went or goes north, does that part of Ireland not exist or something. The route always seems to include Galway, Dublin, Waterford, Kerry & Cork and I think the furthest north the Tour has been is to Sligo once in the Nissan era. I understand that during the Nissan era, Northern Ireland was off-limits but times have changed now and would be good for that part of Ireland.
What about Donegal? the terrain is similar to Kerry, Galway with some really tough climbs and the Ras is a regular visitor but the Tour of Ireland has never gone near this beautiful area. Also, it is home to a one of Irelands few ProTour riders, Cervelos Philip Deignan so what is stopping the organisers from taking the race northwards for once?
Maybe the organisers should rename it the Tour of Southern Ireland, they are worse than ASO!!