Under blue skies last Friday afternoon, close to 200 Irish and international cyclists passed through the Avondhu region as part of the An Post Rás.

Stage six began on Friday from Clonakilty, passing through Mallow, Rathcormac, Aghern, Conna, Curraglass, Tallow, Lismore and Cappoquin before finishing in Dungarvan.

Spectators took to the roads to catch a glimpse of the riders as they sped through the region during their 159.1km stage.

An Post Chain Reaction team rider Aaron Gate claimed what was the sixth stage in the eight day race, the New Zealander finished just ahead of Denmark’s Nicolai Brochner and Britain’s Matthew Holmes in a time of 3:47:53.

Clemens Fankheuser was the overall winner of the An Post Rás, his second win in three years.

The Austrian, who rides for the Tirol Cycling Team, managed to hold a narrow lead for most of the week, ultimately taking the title by just three seconds, ahead of the Australian pair of Jai Hindley and Lucas Hamilton.

Best of the Irish was Edward Dunbar in 4th.