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Welsh champion Rob Partridge reports from stage two of the Tour of Ireland.
Another long day here in Ireland...best part of 200km again. The route followed some very typically Irish roads today-up, down, left, right, and some very rough sections; a comfy saddle and good chamois are a must out here. Just got off the massage table where Colin (Baldwin) has worked his magic yet again. I'm a firm believer in getting a rub whilst at a stage race, keeping the muscles supple and knot-free; it's a must.
So, back to the days' events. Two guys got a massive lead but things were well controlled from behind. One thing that impressed me today was how Astana ride everywhere as a unit, Cervelo as well. Once you see those boys moving forward together it's time to panic, especially when most of the day was crosswind - although seeing a commissaire almost roll his car into the peloton was pretty scary; he bailed into a wall instead.
Cav showed his class once more by taking the win. Had a brief chat with him earlier, he's still as relaxed and confident as ever. Wilko bagged himself a top ten aswell...top ride.
So, off to Cork and St Patricks hill tomorrow. Hope the crowd is a good as ever...you tend not to notice the 1in4 gradient when a few thousand people are 'shouting' you up the road.