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May 2012

Bagdonas delivers An Post Sean Kelly stage win
Gediminas Bagdonas has claimed the third stage of the Rás for his An Post Sean Kelly team after a gallant long-range attack from Norwegian rider Sondre Hurum came up short in Westport.
Pirmin Lang of the Switzerland Atlas Jakroo team won stage two of the An Post Rás from a seven-man break after 157 kilometres of racing from Kilkenny to Gort.
Irish riders strong as Bialoblocki takes Rás opener
The opening stage of the 2012 An Post Rás saw Polish rider Marcin Bialoblocki (Node4 Giordana) sprint to victory following a four-man breakaway which just held off the chasing bunch. The stage win was Bialoblocki’s second at the Rás, as he also triumphed into Tramore last year.
Roche and Deignan run out of steam on Mount Baldy
Nicolas Roche and Philip Deignan ran out of steam on the Amgen Tour of California’s big mountain stage to Mount Baldy where Robert Gesink announced his comeback by riding into the race lead with a memorable stage win.
Roche celebrates classic team win at Big Bear Lake
Nicolas Roche had some cause for celebration at Big Bear Lake on stage six of the Amgen Tour of California after his AG2R La Mondiale teammate Sylvain Georges celebrated a remarkable solo victory.
Bakersfield TT costs Nicolas Roche and Philip Deignan time at Tour of California
Nicolas Roche and Philip Deignan have left themselves with an uphill struggle to make an impression on the overall GC at the Amgen Tour of California after disappointing performances in Bakersfield time trial.
Sagan’s winning streak takes time out of Irish duo
Philip Deignan and Nicolas Roche dropped another ten seconds on stage four of the Amgen Tour of California as race leader Peter Sagan profited from the time bonus that came with an incredible fourth stage win.
Nicolas Roche attack puts GC contenders on alert
Nicolas Roche gave his fellow GC contenders reason to be worried during stage three of the Amgen Tour of California with a daring attack over the final climb of Patterson Pass.
Philip Deignan rips peloton in two on Bear Creek climb
Philip Deignan was in sparkling form on stage two of the Amgen Tour of California with a move to the front of peloton on the second category climb of Bear Creek Road splitting the peloton in two.
Nicolas Roche has lucky escape from Tour of California crash
Nicolas Roche had a lucky escape on the opening stage of the Tour of California after being brought down in a crash on the fringe of the three kilometre to go safety zone.

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