by Tommy Campbell

Ronan Tuomey (SKO Tarrant Skoda Munster) eclipsed the breakaway group of twenty-two on the forth stage of the Scott Cycles Junior Tour which was held over 97 kilometers with a start and finish in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare. Tuomey had sufficient gas in the tank to win the stage at the expense of Jason Oosthuizen of South Africa who was looking for back to back wins. But, still the bragging rights belong to Ben Walsh who finished in sixth place and retained his advantage as race leader.

Evidently, the Irish team manager Michael O’Loughlin certainly put a master plan in place when PJ.Doogan, Dillon Corkery, Ethan Downey of the Irish team went clear shortly after the start of the stage in a five man break. Admittedly they held their advantage for the next forty kilometers. This move had put the onus on those who were in contention in the general standings to reel them in particular the American teams who regard this as an exceptional race to gain experience. Saturday’s stage with a finish on Gallows Hill could well be the deciding factor as who claims overall victory on Sunday on this the fortieth edition of the JT.