Roscommon’s Daire Feeley finished inside the top ten at the opening stage of this year’s Ras Tailteann.
Cycling with All Human/Velo Revolution, the reigning champion clocked a time of a 3 hours and 28.12 minutes.
It saw him finish in seventh place and tenth in the general classification standings.
Monaghan’s James McEnaney (Moynalty Cycling club) is in 90th place while Cavan’s Leo Doyle (ARBÖ headstart ON-Fahrrad) is 134th.
The opening stage was won by Conor McGoldrick of Trek Richardson with Dan Gardner second and Joe Laverick third.
The second stage takes place today and will see all riders complete a 154.5 kilometre trek between Birr and Ennis.
Tomorrow's stage of the race will be almost identical in length to today's (154.5km) and will conclude in Ennis.
The Rás continues each day until the fifth and final stage, from Monaghan to Blackrock, County Louth, on Sunday.