You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Gate slips to fifth on Tour of Ireland

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/05/2016

New Zealand cyclist Aaron Gate is just five seconds astray of the leader after five stages of the Tour of Ireland, but has slipped a couple of places down the general classification.

Gate, riding for his An Post Chain Reaction professional team, and fellow Kiwi Regan Gough worked hard in the challenging 148km stage to Conakilty along the southern coast of Ireland.

Both New Zealanders were in the peloton which finished 27sec behind a breakaway group of six on a tough day with five categorised climbs.

Gate now lies fifth behind Austrian rider Clemens Fankhauser.

Gate retained his lead in the points classification going into the sixth stage, which covers 159km and three categorised climbs as the field skirts around Cork to finish on the south east coast at Dungarvan.

Piet Bulling won't start the stage after retiring from the fifth stage after feeling unwell.

The riders are part of the Cycling New Zealand endurance track squad using the tour as part of their preparations towards the Rio Olympics.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon