Dunbar in line to break tour record
CYCLING: Eddy Dunbar who is chasing a unique double is still firmly in control of back to back wins in the Junior Tour which has never been achieved since the inaugural running back in 1978.
Today the penultimate stage finishes on Gallows Hill in Limerick where it is anticipated that Dunbar will go into the final stage with an unassailable lead.
The Cork junior from Banteer continued his dominance of the Junior Tour when the fourth stage finished in Whitegate, Co Clare yesterday.
His stage win on Wednesday at over two-and-a-half minutes put daylight between him and the opposition.
Hot Tubes, the American-based team, may have stolen all the thunder on the 118.50kms stage with Jack Maddox, Philip O'Donnell and Jonathan Brown hovering up the top three positions at the finish.
Fourth stage/Mountshannon-Whitegate, 118.50kms
1 J Maddox, (Hot Tubes), 3hrs.02mins.21secs;
2 P O'Donnell, (Hot tubes), same time;
3 J Brown, (Hot Tubes), st;
4 Q Kirby, (SKL-USA), st;
5 M Taggart (Nicholas Roche/Standard Life). St;
6 S Shanahan, (Team Ireland), st.
Overall after four stages
1 E Dunbar (Team Ireland), 9.12.47;
2 M O'Loughlin (Team Ireland), @2.35;
3 D O'Brien (Munster Sensa), @2.50;
4 S Twomey (Iverk Produce), @2.55;
5 Maddox, @2.56;
6 C. McCauley (Nicholas Roche/Standard Life), 2 2.58.