An Post Rás winner, Nick Baldo, made his winning move in the hills of Donegal over the infamous Gap of Mamore, in Inishowen when he won the yellow jersey on day five of the eight day event.
The Frenchman followed up his yellow on Thursday, by winning stage six from Buncrana to Killybegs across the famous Glengesh stage to take a giant leap to become the first French winner of the Rás.
Conor McConvey in seventh place was the best Irishman with local riders Ronan McLaughlin, An Post Sean Kelly team, Ciaran O’ Sullivan and Sean McFadden, members of the Antrim Chain Reaction team and Sean Stewart, Rory Devlin, Mark Buchanan and Damien Lagan of the Letterkenny Bikes team all having a good Rás.
The Letterkenny Bikes team finished the Rás in 15th place in the overall county team classification.
McLaughlin in tenth place, was the leading local finisher in Wednesday’s Stage 4 into Bundoran, on Wednesday afternoon while Letterkenny’s Ciaran O’ Sullivan was leading local amateur over the 135 Km from Westport. O’Sullivan finished in 90th place just ahead of his team mate Sean McFadden in 95th place with Rory Devlin, 101st, Mark Buchanan,105 th position, Sean Stewart, 107 th, Damian Lagan, in 108 th place.
McLaughlin in 25th place was again the leading Donegal man at the end of Thursday’s Stage 5 from Bundoran to Buncrana with fellow Inishowen man Rory Devlin, just nine places further back in 34 th place. On Wednesday, Ronan McLaughlin was unlcuky not to take the stage win - he led for all of the stage, only to be caught by the pack over the last 100 metres. The Donegal riders which completed the 2012 Ras - this year’s event had 145 finishers - were Ronan McLaughlin (43rd in 27h11’35”); Sean McFadden (89th in 27h51’12”); Mark Buchanan (101st in 28h05’53”); Rory Devlin (118th in 28h28’36”); Shaun Stewart (120th in 28h34’08”); Ciaran O’Sullivan (127th in 28h45’20”) and Damian Lagan 145th in 30h54’09”.