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In pictures: Downing ahead of the bunch as Rás gets underway

The first day of the An Post Rás ended in a sprint in Portumna with the Rapha Condor Sharp coming out on top.

AND THEY’RE OFF.

Dean Downing of the Rapha Condor Sharp team won the first stage of this year’s An Post Rás yesterday,

He edged out Irish youngster Sam Bennett of the An Post-Sean Kelly team, in bunch sprint finish in Portumna, Co Galway.

Here’s how it happened:

In pictures: Downing ahead of the bunch as Rás gets underway
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    Sam Bennett of the An Post Sean Kelly team signs on in Dunboyne.
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    Ronan McLauhglin of the An post Sean Kelly Team.
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    The main bunch on the road to Portumna.
  • An Rás

    The main bunch on the road to Portumna.
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    Remi Sarreboubee of the France AVC Aix en Provence team takes a sharp corner.
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    Martyn Irvin of the Asia Giant Kenda Team breaks away from the main bunch.
  • An Rás

    Participants in the Race the Rás cycling challenge on the way to Portumna.

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