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Photo Gallery 2003

TQ Paper 2 Day

Stage 1

Dublin, Ireland

Photos Courtesy of Shane Stokes 

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01 - Irish Team 1.jpg (61451 bytes) This year's field included riders from Germany and the Netherlands  The Holland - District Noord team wait for the race to move off The 2003 TQ Paper International 2 day was the biggest ever women's
The Hibernian Team Ireland squad before the start of the race. L-R: Team manager Mick Usher, Gillian McDarby, Karen Bothwell, Kate Rudd, Collette Swift, Marie Reilly, Louise Moriarty and soigneur Dolores Usher This year's field included riders from Germany and the Netherlands The Holland - District Noord team wait for the race to move off The 2003 TQ Paper International 2 day was the biggest ever women's race in Ireland, drawing a strong field
10 - Marie Reilly (Hibernian Ireland) and Sharon Van Essen (Netherlands - Moving Ladies).jpg (56027 bytes) The Hibernian Team Ireland squad controlled the race during the early Phil O'Brien is a former Irish national champion, but is now a  Collette Swift (Hibernian Team Ireland) leads the bunch on the Boot
Marie Reilly (Hibernian Ireland) and Sharon Van Essen (Netherlands - Moving Ladies Groenewoud) show no sign of nerves during the neutralised section The Hibernian Team Ireland squad controlled the race during the early stages Phil O'Brien is a former Irish national champion, but is now a well-respected race commissaire. He and his green Kawasaki are an essential part of Ireland's international events Collette Swift (Hibernian Team Ireland) leads the bunch on the Boot Inn Circuit
Swift accelerates away from the Dublin Airport corner, the rest of Katharine Blum (Germany RC Charlotten burg-Berlin) leads the peloton She is a strong climber but clearly also has a good turn of speed on Angela Hunter (GS Strada) was in flying form earlier this year, but
Swift accelerates away from the Dublin Airport corner, the rest of the field in tow Katharine Blum (Germany RC Charlotten burg-Berlin) leads the peloton on the circuit She is a strong climber but clearly also has a good turn of speed on the flat Angela Hunter (GS Strada) was in flying form earlier this year, but then lost out for a while because of illness. She is clearly back to top form, having recently won gold in the points race at the world masters track championships
Ruth Gamwell (Team Luciano) was the first to break the elastic and Siobhan Jacob (Leinster - Usher Insulations) was next to try. She came to cycling from rowing, but has quickly proven herself to be
Here she is stretching the field, prior to her attack later in the stage Ruth Gamwell (Team Luciano) was the first to break the elastic and open a decent, but short-lived lead over the bunch Siobhan Jacob (Leinster - Usher Insulations) was next to try. She came to cycling from rowing, but has quickly proven herself to be one of the strongest women on the Irish scene
The aerodynamic position of Angela Hunter (GS Strada) Hunter was confident in her sprinting ability but felt so good during Hunter was strong, but the day's strong winds were a problem on Liane Gaffron (RC Charlottenburg) gave it a bash after the Hunter was
The aerodynamic position of Angela Hunter (GS Strada) Hunter was confident in her sprinting ability but felt so good during the stage that she decided to try to gain time over her rivals Hunter was strong, but the day's strong winds were a problem on exposed sections such as this Liane Gaffron (RC Charlottenburg) gave it a bash after the Hunter was herself hunted down
She soldiered on alone for a while.... Before being joined by junior rider Sanne Hokke of the Holland  Hokke rode well but was eventually distanced by Gaffron, before the Sharon Van Essen (Netherlands - Moving Ladies Groenewoud) made a
She soldiered on alone for a while.... Before being joined by junior rider Sanne Hokke of the Holland District Noord team. Their urgency here can be explained somewhat by the half-car, half-shark behind them Hokke rode well but was eventually distanced by Gaffron, before the two of them were reeled in by the main bunch Sharon Van Essen (Netherlands - Moving Ladies Groenewoud) made a strong attack inside the final three kilometres. She sped clear but was eventually beaten down by the strong headwind
That paved the way for a big bunch finish which was easily won by Hunter took the first yellow jersey of the race. She is flanked here  With Hunter in yellow, the honour of wearing the green jersey passed
That paved the way for a big bunch finish which was easily won by Hunter, ahead of Inge Klep (Netherlands - Moving Ladies Groenewoud) and the aptly-named Collette Swift of Ireland Hunter took the first yellow jersey of the race. She is flanked here by race officials Paddy Fitzsimons (L) and Ian Gallahar With Hunter in yellow, the honour of wearing the green jersey passed to Dutchwoman Inge Klep. To her right is compatriot Rinus de Bruin, a former international cyclist who moved to Ireland many years ago and stayed ever since

 

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