International riders head for the hills on Stage 3 of the Junior Tour of Ireland

Junior Tour of Ireland an example of sport tourism potential of Clare, says sponsors Shannon Airport Wednesday, 16 July 2014: Co. Clare and the wider region has a huge opportunity to grow its share of the lucrative sport tourism sector, Shannon Airport Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Murphy said today. Speaking after presenting winner of the Shannon Airport sponsored Stage 2 of the Junior Tour of Ireland Eddie Dunbar, from Banteer in Cork, with his Yellow Jersey, Murphy said that the Junior Tour of Ireland is an excellent example of the type of event that counties like Clare can attract. Dunbar picked up the Yellow Jersey after finishing 2mins and 37 secs ahead of the peloton following his early break, just 10k into the 118km stage from Ennis to Lahinch, Ballyvaughan and Corofin before finishing back in the county town shortly after 3 p.m. Dunbar made his mark as one of Ireland’s up and coming cyclists at the same stage in last year’s event, also in Clare, and said following today’s sage finish that Co. Clare it’s proving a happy hunting ground for him.

2013 winner, Eddie Dunbar furthered his reputation as a cyclist for the future by claiming Stage 2 of the Junior Tour of Ireland in emphatic fashion. The Banteer (Cork) junior made the decisive break after just 10km of the stage which brought the peloton from Ennis, to Lahinch, Ballyvaughan and Corofin before finishing in Ennis, and he now holds the yellow jersey with a lead of 2.35mins.
Today’s Stage 3 will see riders face a day of climbing as they head from Ennis out through Crusheen, into Kinvara, to Carron and Ballyvaughan before tackling Corkscrew Hill. After this they will race towards Doolin and take on the Category 1 climb of Castle Hill outside the village before riding over the Cliffs of Moher in the direction of Liscannor before finishing in Ennistymon.

For times and directions of Stage 3 visit the Junior Tour of Ireland website.

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