Anthony Walsh of Aquablue won the third stage of the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan which started and finished in Waterville on a magnificient and scenic course in South Kerry over 135kilometers. Walsh outsprinted Daire Feely of Team ITAP in three hours, 30 minutes, and 45 seconds. Third place was Mark Dowing of ASEA/Wheelworx at 22 seconds. Dowling was first rider over the category one climb at Coom An Easpaig, 30 kilometers from the stage end.
Chris McGlinchey of the Ireland Development Team retained his overall lead for the final stage in Killorglin tomorrow (Easter Monday) at 10am.
Kerry Group Ras Mumhan, stage three.
1 A. Waldsh (Aquablue), 3hrs.30mins.-45secs;
2 D. Feely (Team ITAP), same time;
3 M. Dowling (ASEA/Wheelworx), @22secs;
4 A. Armstrong (ASEA/Wheelworx), @@58secs:
5 E. Morton (UCD/Fitzcycles), st;
6 O. Joury (Combi Lift-WF), st.
OVERALL/ C. McGlinchey..
King of Mountains/A. McAuley. ASEA/Wheelworkx.
Paddy O Callaghan Cup.
There will be a new cup for the winner of the final stage on Easter Monday. The cup is being given to the race by Gene Mangan . The cup was known as the Lanco cup in the 1950’s and Gene was the last winner in 1958, the year he won Ras Mumhan also. The cup was given to the National Cycling Club in Dublin by Joseph Veslansky who was a Swiss Jeweler in Dublin. Paddy O Callaghan gave his life to cycling and was the man who ran this great race on many occasions. He was an official at all levels of the sport of cycling from his home club, Killorglin CC to International level where he represented Ireland at UCI level. He will also be remembered as a great bike rider and was National 100 mile T.T. champion in 1955. It is a fitting tribute to a great cycling man. His son Micheal O Callaghan will present the cup to the Stage winner on Easter Monday.