Defending champion Eddie Dunbar leads the 2014 Junior Tour into SMB

The 2014 International Junior Tour rolled into the village today with the holder of the yellow jersey Eddie Dunbar leading the way…

Stage 5 (Saturday, 19 July): 101km started in Ennis and ended with a climb of Gallows Hill…

Ennis –  Barefield – Crusheen – Killaneana – Kilcarron – O’Callaghans Mills – Broadford – Sallybank Category 2 – Truagh – Meelick – Windy Gap Category 2 – Sixmilebridge – Cratloe – Gallows Hill Category 1

THE 2014 International Junior Tour of Ireland cycling race got underway in Clare  Tuesday and continues over five days in venues around the county. The world’s longest junior (U-18) stage event will see more than 80 cyclists compete over 532 kilometres of road.

The Junior Tour represents the biggest opportunity young Irish cyclists will get to compete against some of the best junior cyclists from the United Kingdom, United States and across Ireland. For many it will dictate whether they decide to pursue cycling with the aim of going professional.

Previous winners of the prestigious international bike race include professional road cyclist Nicholas Roche and Sam Bennett, who now rides as a professional with German team Netapp Endura.  The defending champion is Eddie Dunbar from Banteer in County Cork who will have the rare opportunity to line out again this week in a bid to become the first competitor ever to retain the title.