2017 An Post Rás – Stage 2 (Liam Dolan)

Photo courtesy of Adrian Crawley Photography

Stage 2 over & complete, 143km to the charming Mayo town of Newport. On paper it was a very straightforward stage with a few sprints, decent roads & no climbs. Essentially it was all that but side winds battered us all day. We seemed to spend a lot of the day lined out in the gutter as King Kelly would say. It finished in a bunch sprint, with me safely in their.

There will however be a big cost to this stage. It really ground you down & will leave guys tired. It never let up all day & had some really intense periods as the crosswinds split the bunch at various times. My positioning wasn’t as good as yesterday but i kept myself out of trouble.

B&B is 200m from finish line which is a godsend. Within 15mins of finishing i was wolfing down tuna risotto made by top class chefs Roseanna & Muireann. Muireann  will be doing the rubs later. The Bike Station’s Ray Fedigan is working on the bikes & mine needs a little TLC after a collision with a pothole.

Everyone home safe, Alan impressively battling with a broken finger. Ray is motoring & seldom seems under pressure, while Rás debutante John is finding his feet & getting stronger.

That’s a wrap for today tomorrow we head for Donegal & the looming hills. Las Vegas in the hills of Donegal. #RAS2017