Aaron Gate of An Post-Chainreaction backed up his second place from yesterday’s stage by taking third place in the fourth stage of An Post Rás.  Gate also moved up to third overall as Nicolai Brøchner took the stage win for Riwal Platform Cycling Team ahead of Gate’s teammate Emiel Wastyn.

Stage 4 of An Post Rás took the field 162.8km from Dingle to Sneem over a rolling course that featured four climbs, one of them a category 1 rise; with the final category 3 climb featuring just under 7km from the finish line.  Attacks were again in no short supply but nothing could stick in the initial stages of the day.

In fact 54km into the day’s racing and still nothing was being allowed to go clear.  The peloton have been distinctly unforgiving in who they let go clear in the break in An Post Rás and today was no different.  Finally though a group did manage to establish itself with JLT Condor’s Edward Laverack and Riwal Platform’s Casper Von Folsach being joined by Bryan McCrystal of Asea Wheelworx, Rasmus Mygind of Riwal Platform, Anthony Walsh of Aquablue and Ike Groen of Join-S De Rijk.  They were joined eventually by An Post-Chainreaction’s Nicolas Vereecken.

Together the break managed to build a lead of 2.45mins as they headed towards the halfway mark on the stage.  Back in the bunch a puncture of race leader Clemens Fankhauser of Tirol Cycling Team caused a brief disruption but he was quickly back up and running and reunited with the peloton.  Up in the break the descent of the category 1 climb saw Ike Groen crash and Anthony Walsh puncture, thus disrupting the impetus of the break.  Still with 115.6km covered the lead was a still-handy 1.50mins.

The five leaders managed to maintain 1.50mins with 32km remaining but most of a minute was then swept up in the next 7km as the pack behind them went on the hunt for the stage.  The pursuit was on as the time gap came down further and further.  With 10km to go the five leaders still had 25 seconds in hand, but by then it became clear that their days out in front were numbered.

With 5km remaining the catch was made and it looked like an all out sprint would ensue.  That might not have been the case though had a series of attacks in the final kilometres managed to gain any traction.  But the main field were far too savvy for that and it came down to the uphill sprint.  Nicolai Brochner had the pace, while teammates Emiel Wastyn and Aaron Gate arrived home 2nd and 3rd.

The result is a good one for Gate, as he now moves to just 5 seconds shy of the overall race lead held by Clemens Fankhauser.  Gate’s third place also gives him a 5 point lead in the points classification.  Taylor Gunman of Madison Genesis currently sits 11th overall while Regan Gough of the Cycling New Zealand National Team is 19th overall.

There is still plenty to play for in the GC battle as just 29 seconds separate the top 17 riders on the GC.

Stage results:


Stage results:

Pos. Rider Nation Team Time


Nicolai Brøchner DEN Riwal Platform 3.52.54


Emiel Wastyn BEL An Post-Chainreaction ST


Aaron Gate NZL An Post-Chainreaction ST


Patrick Lechner GER Stradalli-Bike Aid ST


Alistair Donohoe AUS Attaque Team Gusto ST


Mark Dowling IRE Asea Wheelworx ST


Luke Grivell-Mellor GBR JLT Condor p/b Mavic ST


Taco Van Der Hoorn NED Tirol Cycling Team ST


Clemens Fankhauser AUS Stradalli-Bike Aid ST


Nikodemus Holler GER NFTO Pro Cycling ST


Dylan Kennett NZL New Zealand ST


Taylor Gunman NZL Madison-Genesis ST


Regan Gough NZL New Zealand ST


Hayden Roulston NZL New Zealand +0.54


Scott Thomas NZL Data#3 Cisco Racing +1.31


Pieter Bulling NZL New Zealand +4.46


Nick Kergozou NZL New Zealand +17.11



Photo:  Inpho Photography


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