Super joyce too hot to handle
Colin Joyce of the American-based Hot Tubes team landed the overall prize in the 35th edition of the International Junior Tour, which finished yesterday after six days of racing in the Castlebar area of Co Mayo.
Overnight, the Idaho resident with a link to Belmullet (his great-grandparents were born there) was ahead of White Curtis, also of Hot Tubes, by 33 seconds and the closest Irish challenger was Cormac Clarke of the StenaLine Ireland team, who was 49 seconds back.
The 106km stage with two ascents of the infamous 'Windy Gap' was deemed a marker for an upset. But Hot Tubes were always in control and when push came to shove they marshalled the team to protect their leader.
"A fantastic win for the team and I. Last year I was doing my bit for Thomas Wrona of Hot Tubes to win and today he supported me," said Joyce. "They say that the Tour de France has the black jerseys of Team Sky, but here in Ireland it is the blue jerseys of Hot Tubes."
The final stage was won by Stephen Bassett of Team Specialised Racing, also based in the US, who had a margin of two seconds on James Knox of Mountivation Development, with Danny Bruton of Leinster back in third place. In all, three American teams took part in the unsponsored tour.