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2009 Tour of Ireland Route
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2009 Tour of Ireland Teams
Team Rosters and Withdrawals
15 teams announced:
Team Columbia – HTC
Team Saxo Bank
Cervélo Test Team
Irish National Team
ISD – Neri
An Post Sean Kelly
Rapha Condor
Team Type 1
BMC Racing
Australian National Team
MTN Energade

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2010 Tour of Ireland dates August 18-22, 2010. Update: Cancelled for 2010. June 2 update:
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September 25 update:
Irish Tour expands for 2010velonews

Stage 3 Results

Delight for Downing with Tour winitv
Downing sticks it to ProTour teams, wins Tour of Irelandvelonews
Nordhaug wins final stage in Irelandcyclingnews
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Stage 2 Results

Aug 22 update:
Cavendish scores win in Irish Tourvelonews
Cavendish wins in Killarneycyclingnews
Full Official
Live Text Archiveirishcycling
Cavendish Wins, Downing Holds Lead, Cassidy Attacksirishcycling
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Stage 1 Results

Aug 21 update:
Stage 1 Live Text Updatesirishcycling
Downing wins Tour of Ireland stage and takes overall leadcyclingnews
Downing wins stage 1 as Astana, Saxo split pelotonvelonews
Downing beats the big guns to take stage one in
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Spectator Stage 1 Photosflickr
Stage 1 Photositv
Stage 1

Aug 20 update:
Pre-race press conference in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Powerscourt, Co. Wicklowirishcycling

Race Preview

Aug 18 update:
Preview: Cavendish and Armstrong headline Tour of Ireland in 2009cyclingnews
2009 Tour Of Ireland Is Goirishcycling
Aug 17 update: Team Rosters now posted. Also see the interactive stage maps from (maps links in the race summary table) — Steve

2009 Route Announced

IRELAND (July 17, 2009 updated July 27th) --- The Tour of Ireland event organisers have finalised route details for this year’s race.  The three day race, in association with Fáilte Ireland, takes place on 21st to 23rd August with seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong (Astana) and eight time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) already confirmed as entries.

“We had to slim the race to three days in view of the economy and we have found a route that provides a real challenge for the teams,” said Event Organiser Alan Rushton: “It was important to ensure that each of the stages will be a proper challenge, given the quality of the field we have attracted to Ireland. It will also showcase Ireland as a fine holiday destination and I think in this respect too, the route will show the country off well.

The stages have been confirmed as:
• Stage One - Friday 21st August – The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, Enniskerry to Waterford – 196km
• Stage Two – Saturday 22nd August – Clonmel to Killarney - 196km
• Stage Three – Sunday 23rd August – Bantry to Cork City – 184km

“We will be issuing more details of the route next week,” continued Rushton: “However we felt it was important to let people know about the start and finishing locations as soon as possible.  Many fans have contacted race headquarters looking for information so they can make travel and accommodation plans.”

“We are delighted to confirm that the last stage finishes on the same tough city circuit that we used last year in Cork. We are completing three circuits which include the famous 25% gradient climb of St Patrick’s Hill and there are three other climbs on each lap. It will be a great spectacle to watch.” Stage one has already been announced with the race climbing over Mount Leinster on tough scenic route to Waterford from The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, Enniskerry.

Stage two from the Tipperary town of Clonmel will take in three categorised climbs offering the riders spectacular views of the countryside as well as king of the mountains points. The race zigzags across the counties of Waterford, Cork and Kerry heading to the finish in the centre of Killarney. Stage three starts in the historic market town and port of Bantry on a pretty coastal route on the way across to Cork City where the final yellow jersey will be presented to the race winner.

The race leaders yellow jersey is being sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, the green sprints jersey is again sponsored by An Post and the white jersey for the best U25 rider is sponsored by the Department of Transport’s Smarter Travel campaign. The fleet of race vehicles is provided by Fiat Group Automobiles Ltd.

Live Updates/Delayed Video Streaming and TV Coverage is also on Twitter with the race info updates
August 21 update: Your options for live text updates and delayed video coverage. Like previous years, there will be no live video. As ususal viewer input is appreciated. — Steve

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2009 Tour of Ireland Route Map