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Bradley Wiggins shares memory of his 1998 Junior Tour ride

Posted on: July 12th, 2018

Bradley Wiggins wins stage 3 of the 1998 Junior Tour of Ireland; some interesting names behind him.

 

Bradley Wiggins remembers 1998 Junior Tour of Ireland ride

 

Bradley Wiggins has given a nod to his racing days in Ireland; the 1998 Junior Tour to be precise.

The 2018 edition is on at the moment. And with three stages completed the international flavour of the race is alive and well.

It is being led by an American and we’ve had stage winners from the US, Ireland and Holland.

Back in 1998 the general classification was an Ireland Vs Britain affair.

Mark Scanlon of the Irish national team came out on top. He would go on to be crowned junior world road race champion later that season.

Bradley Wiggins was riding the Junior Tour as part of the UK-based Brite team. He was 2nd overall, some 3:29 behind outright winner Scanlon.

 

 

Mark Scanlon was the Irish champion at the time and the British junior champion Yanto Barker was also in the race.

He was 3rd overall; just one second between himself and Wiggins.

Scanlon would win the opening stage but Wiggins took stage three from a breakaway.

Estonian Marko Kurits was 2nd, with Scanlon 3rd, Barker 4th and Irish rider John Bann Lavery was in 5th place on the day.

Wiggins, who would also win the TT at the Junior Tour, was already world junior pursuit champion and British junior TT champion.

All three – Scanlon, Wiggins and Barker – have long finished their racing days.

Barker now owns the Le Col clothing line and Wiggins has become heavily involved in that.

He has launched his own line with Le Col and Wiggins shared a link to it along with the memory from the Junior Tour on Twitter today.

It was a nice nod to the race, and a reminder of its significance in the careers of developing riders.

Dan Martin, who won the Tour de France stage today, also rode the Junior Tour.

He competed in 2004 and took a stage win, below. His Team GB team mate Ian Stannard won the race overall.

Geraint Thomas was in the same national selection. Dan Martin would later declare for Ireland.

 

Dan Martin, riding for Great Britain before he declared for Ireland, takes a stage of the 2004 Junior Tour of Ireland.

 

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