By Gerard Cromwell

Tuesday April 06 2010

Timmy Barry marked his return to competition after three years out by winning the four-day Ras Mumhan in Killorglin yesterday.

The 35-year-old former Ireland international, riding for the Edge Sports Team, finished in the main bunch yesterday, two minutes and 29 seconds after Dutchman Dion Beukeboom took a fine solo victory.

Beukeboom had been part of an earlier seven-man escape group that also contained fellow Dutchman Rob Mude and Irish riders Rory Wyley, Robin Kelly, Stephen Surdival, Mark Dowling and Charles Prendergast.

This group had a lead of five minutes as they entered the three-mile finishing circuit in Killorglin. Beukeboom jumped clear on the first ascent of the climb through the finish line and as the rest of the lead group were swept up in the closing kilometres, the youngster showed great strength to stay clear.

Having infiltrated the two most important breakaways of the race on stages one and two, Barry took overall victory with a comfortable cushion of three minutes and 22 seconds from Dutchman Wim Botman. Neil Delahaye of Usher Insulations was third; the Dubliner took an epic solo victory on stage three and also landed the King of the Mountains title.

Former FBD Ras winner Andy Roche of the Isle of Man was fourth, with former Giant Asia pro Paul Griffin from Tralee in fifth.

This win may be the highlight of Barry’s season as his work schedule ramps up in the summer.

“When we put the Edge Sports team together in October, I just started training with the lads for fun,” he said. “I really enjoyed it and trained a bit harder. I knew I was coming around, but I told myself that I’d only race until the Easter weekend because work gets pretty busy from now on.

“I didn’t expect to be anywhere near the yellow jersey this weekend, so I’m astounded and delighted to have won.”