Nicolas Roche Team member takes Stage 3 of Junior Tour

Nicolas Roche Team member takes Stage 3 of Junior Tour


Picture credit: Stephen McMahon / SPORTSFILE
Picture credit: Stephen McMahon / SPORTSFILE

Banbridge Rider Matthew Teggart (Nicolas Roche Performance Team) has taken stage 3 of the Junior Tour after a 122kilometre slog which seen the riders tackle two Category 1 climbs of Corkscrew and Castle Hill.

Early on two riders from Munster Sensa went clear, Jack Hickey and Steven Gilman and worked well together to open up a lead of 2mins 20 seconds.

The pace was dictated by the Ireland team with Dunbar never leaving third spot from the front of the peloton.

As the race wound its way over towards Carron, the tough Burren roads seen the two leaders advantage drop dramtically and they were caught by the Michael Cusack Centre.

The pace up Corkscrew was set by Michael O’Loughlin (Ireland) which seen no attacks come but plenty of damge occuring behind.

A group of 30 riders hit the foot of Castle Hill out of Doolin where the eventual splits occured. 15 riders formed at the head of the race with all major jerseys in there as they dropped from the Cliffs of Moher to the finish toward Ennistymon.

In the sprint for the line it was Teggart who proved too strong from Limerick man Stephen Shanahan (Ireland) with USA Road Race champion Jonathan Brown (Hot Tubes) taking third.

Fridays stage is based entirey in East Clare with the riders taking on another 120kilometre stage starting in Mountshannon at noon and finishing in Whitegate at about 3pm.