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TIAA-CREF on top in Ireland

TIAA-CREF rider Danny Pate took the stage win and the leader jersey in yesterday's 180km second stage of Ireland's biggest race, the FBD Insurance Rás.

Just 30 kilometres into the stage, Pate, the 2001 under-23 world time trial champion, escaped with a group of ten. The composition of the break changed over the next three hours as some original escapees dropped off and others bridged up from the peloton, but with 10 kilometres to go Pate was still out there, with three others.

Pate attacked and rode solo to the finish to win by 27 seconds.

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