Ireland’s Keown takes yellow jersey from Americans at Junior Tour

Posted on: July 12th, 2019
Nathan Keown is in the yellow jersey after a brilliant ride by the Irish national team today on stage 4 into Ballyvaughan. Above, finishing at the back of the breakaway that gained 3:40 on the peloton today (Photo: Sean Rowe)

The American riders may have dominated the first three stages at the Junior Tour of Ireland but today the Irish team came into its own.

There were no fewer than three national team riders in the breakaway on stage 4 into Ballyvaughan. They were the only Irish riders in the move of 13 men.

And when the Irish team trio got up the road they really made it count; pulling hard in the escape and opening a gap of well over minutes on the bunch.

At the end of a very eventful stage, Irish team rider Nathan Keown is now leading the race with two stages to come.

The big news today was that the yellow jersey starting out this morning, Magnus Sheffield (Hot Tubes), was stranded back in the bunch.

And with him for company were all of the men, bar Keown, who made the winning breakaway on stage 2 that gained just over two minutes.

Nathan Keown of the Irish national team had been in that stage 2 breakaway but lost his place in the crosswinds.

Kevin McCambridge and Finley Newmark of the Irish team in the breakaway, with Nathan Keown (obscured) a little further back in the group (Photo: Sean Rowe)
Yellow jersey Magnus Sheffield missed the boat and lost the race lead (Photo: Sean Rowe)
Joe Wilson of the Green Jersey team takes yesterday’s stage win in a sprint finish from the 13-man breakaway (Photo: Sean Rowe)

However, while Keown was dropped he was never caught by the bunch; finishing in 9th place on the day, 1:26 down on the breakaway but 38 seconds up on the bunch.

And when Keown got into the breakaway on today’s stage 4, he was best placed rider overall in it as nobody else from the stage 2 breakaway made the escape today.

Up the road today Nathan Keown had team mates Finley Newmark and Kevin McCambridge for company; both of whom rode with Keown to pull out a gap of over three minutes.

At the finish line British rider Joe Wilson of the Green Jersey team took the stage win in a sprint from the 13-rider breakaway.

He won from Nicolas Rivard (Hot Tubes), with Alastair Pounder (Arapahoe-Hincapie) in 3rd place.

Newmark was best placed of the Irish team trio in the breakaway, placing 4th.

Keown and McCambridge, who were shattered from their work during the stage, were 11th and 12th over the line.

The classification leaders with two stages to come. Ireland’s Nathan Keown in yellow, Travis Stedman of Greenmount CA in the white young rider classification, Nick Carter of Hot Tubes in green and Colby Simmons of Lux Sideshow in the polka dot jersey (Photo: Sean Rowe)

However, the stage placings mattered little as Keown is now in the yellow jersey of race leader.

The breakaway had a very significant 3:40 on the peloton, which number just over 40 riders, on the finish line on a day when the field split to pieces.

And that gap between the breakaway and what remained of the peloton means the riders up the road today dominate the general standings.

Keown leads from team mate, and Irish junior TT champion, Kevin McCambridge by 38 seconds. Then comes today’s stage winner Wilson in 3rd one further second back.

The third national team rider up the road today, Newmark, is now in 6th place, among a group of riders 49 seconds off yellow.

Mark Smith of Verge, who was the best placed Irish rider starting today, missing the breakaway and he tumbles from 7th to 19th, some 2:18 off new race leader Keown.

For full results after stage 4, follow this link.

Stage 4 finish Ballyvaughan