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Gate second on tough Tour of Ireland stage

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/05/2016

New Zealand cyclist Aaron Gate has moved into overall contention following a demanding third stage of the Tour of Ireland.

Gate was second on the 133km stage from Charleville to Dingle, two seconds behind Briton James Cullen, who powered clear of the lead group on a late descent.

An Post Chain Reaction team professional Gate is riding the eight-stage tour alongside members of the Cycling New Zealand endurance track squad, who are preparing for the Rio Olympics.

A late category one climb split the field on Tuesday and shuffled the general classification standings.

Gate is third behind Austrian leader Clemens Fankhauser and Australian Jai Hindley.

The best of the Kiwi track specialists are Taylor Gunman (12th), Regan Gough (19th) and Dylan Kennett (24th), who was second overall through the first two stages.

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