Tour of Ireland 2009: Stage 2 preview

Saturday August 22
Stage 2: Clonmel-Killarney, 195.8km
The race heads east to Killarney on the picturesque, narrow Kerry roads.

Despite a few rolling hills on the route, this is another flat stage that should play into the hands of the fast men.

The flat closing 40 kilometres should ensure any dangerous breaks are absorbed, making for a bunch gallop at the finish.

Mark Cavendish (Great Britain, Team Columbia-HTC)
It could be two in a row here for Cavendish, who has trusted lead-out man Eisel with him.

Matti Breschel (Denmark, Saxo Bank)
Likely to be the Briton’s biggest sprint rival in Ireland, and would love to take his scalp.

Nico Eeckhout (Belgium, AN Post-Sean Kelly Team)
Veteran Eeckhout is going well after winning the GP Stad Zottegem.

Rob Hayles (Great Britain, Team Halfords-Bikehut)
Don’t discount experienced Hayles; the 2008 British champion featured highly in several Tour of Britain bunch sprints last year.

Dennis Van Winden (Netherlands, Rabobank)
Young Dutchman is very fast on his day.

Route map and profile

Tour of Ireland stage two