Video: Rider celebrates too early at Junior Tour, loses stage by inches

Posted on: July 11th, 2019

Magnus Sheffield has retained the yellow jersey on stage 3 of the Junior Tour of Ireland today. One of the riders who believed he had won the stage celebrated too early and then lost the victory.

Isaac Peatfield of the British Green Jersey team had the third stage of the Junior Tour of Ireland in his sights today but celebrated too early and was passed on the line, video below.

Nick Carter of the US Hot Tubes pushed all the way through the finish line in Barefield and lunged for the line perfectly.

His finishing kick and push for the line saw him just nudge ahead of Peatfield to take the stage win. He adds today’s victory to the 3rd place he took on the opening stage.

Today’s stage, some 90.2km from Ennis to Barefield, ended in a bunch sprint. After Carter and Peatfield, yellow jersey Magnus Sheffield (Hot Tubes) took 3rd position.

Best placed of the Irish was UK-based junior Finley Newmark; the Irish national team rider placing 5th in the gallop to the line.

Ryan Geraghty was next Irish rider to cross the line; the Cigala Development team man taking 20th place as the foreign visitors once again dominated.

US rider Magnus Sheffield in yellow. Today’s winner Nick Carter, also from the US, in green. Colby Simmons from the US in the climbers’ jersey and British rider Joe Pidcock in white (Photo: Junior Tour of Ireland
Peatfield, centre, knows he’s messed up in the final sprint (Photo with thanks to Richard Quinn)

After three stages, Sheffield retains the race lead, the young rider classification jersey and the climbers’ jersey.

While he is still eligible for the young rider classification, which is normally only open to first year junior, he rode the race last year and was leading it until a puncture on the fifth stage.

Some of the foreign riders are competing in the Junior Tour aged 15 years. It means they can ride it three times and they are still eligible for the young rider classification during their second appearance.

With the race now at the halfway point, Sheffield leads by four seconds from today’s runner-up Peatfield. Another British rider, Joe Pidcock (Fensham Howes), is in 3rd place at six seconds.

The top nine overall were all in the winning breakaway yesterday and best of the Irish in the general standings is Mark Smith (Verge). He is in 7th place and just 14 seconds off yellow.

The only other Irish rider in the top 10 overall is Nathan Keown; the national team man in 9th place some 1:36 off yellow.

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Losing the stage by inches…

Photo finish camera operated by Seamus Shortall