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Race leader Bagdonas delivers An Post stage win

Posted 25 May 2011


Photo Credit: INPHO (Lorraine O'Sullivan)

An Post Rás leader Gediminas Bagdonas delivered the goods for his An Post Sean Kelly team in Casteltownbere today when he claimed the fourth stage of the race in a dramatic sprint finish.

The Lithuanian was one of the most aggressive riders on the 142 kilometre stage from Castleisland which featured five categorised climbs including Molls Gap and Knockanoughanish and the first category climb of the Healy Pass inside the final 65 kilometres.

A lead group of some twenty riders were caught close to the summit of the Healy Pass with the An Post Sean Kelly team riding hard to place Bagdonas in a large group before they started into the technical descent.

Poor weather conditions made the descent extremely dangerous and the group quickly slimmed to some 15 riders. Bagdonas was surprisingly unrestrained by yellow jersey of race leader and attacked with 15 kilometres to go.

He was hauled back after a matter of kilometres but found the reserves to jump once again as the race hit the finishing straight where he pipped former race leader Shane Archbold (New Zealand National Team) for the win with Stuart Shaw (Australia Drapac Cycling) third.


Stage 4: Castleisland – Castletownbere, 142 kilometres

1. Gediminas Bagdonas(Belgium An Post Sean Kelly) 3:42:59
2. Shane Archbold(New Zealand National Team) 
3. Stuart Shaw(Australia Drapac Cycling) 
4. Erwan Brenterch(France AVC Aix en Provence) 
5. Bastian Burgel(Germany Thuringer Energie) 
6. James McCallum(Britain Rapha Condor Sharp) 
7. Aaron Gate(New Zealand National Team) 
8. Sean Downey(Ireland Team Skoda) 
9. Salvador Guardiola(Greece KTM Murica) 
10. Jaume Rovira Pous(Greece KTM Murica) all same time

General classification after stage 4:

1. Gediminas Bagdonas(Belgium An Post Sean Kelly) 16:39:15
2. Oleksandr Sheydyk(Ukraine ISD-Lampre Continental) at 0:1:16
3. Nikolay Mihaylov(France AVC Aix en Provence)
4. Peter Williams(Britain Motorpoint) at 0:01:27
5. Aaron Gate(New Zealand National Team) at 0:01:31
6. Simon Richardson(Britain Sigma Specialized Team) 
7. Floris Goesinnen(Australia Drapac Cycling)
8. Shane Archbold(New Zealand National Team) at 0:02:17
9. Stuart Shaw(Australia Drapac Cycling) at 0:02:21
10. Anatoliy Pakhtusov(Ukraine ISD-Lampre Continental) same time

Photo Credit: INPHO (Lorraine O'Sullivan)

Photo Credit: INPHO (Lorraine O'Sullivan) 

Photo Credit: INPHO (Lorraine O'Sullivan) 

Photo Credit: INPHO (Lorraine O'Sullivan)


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