In heavy rains that saw the final lap closed due to the weather, Russell Downing wins the Tour of Ireland. LA dropped out citing on his twitter page that "About to fly to Dublin. Rough day today on the bike. The ol' back was not in a good way and st patty's hill wasn't looking too cozy". The wet, windy and dangerous conditions contributed to 56 riders retiring from the race, leaving only 47 men standing come the end of racing (BBC News)
Congrats to Downing for a great performance.