Boswell wears yellow in Ireland
WESTPORT, Ireland — Bend’s Austin Boswell rode his way into the yellow jersey at the 2011 Junior Tour of Ireland today during the stage 2 road race that covered a 110 km circuit through the countryside around Westport.
The 17-year-old Hot Tubes Development Team rider now has a six second lead over James Fouries of South Africa. Hot Tubes riders sit first, third and fourth overall.
Boswell started the day third overall after Tuesday’s opening 2.5-mile time trial, where he finished just eight seconds behind Fourie and fractions of a second behind Fourie’s teammate Steven Van Heeden. He grabbed the overall lead and second on today’s stage after marking a late-race move by South African junior road champion Kevin Patten, who was attempting a bridge to Boswell’s teammates Yannick Eckmann and Paul Lynch.
Boswell and Patten caught the two leaders, who had been off the front for about 90 km, with about 500 meters to go before Patten powered through to take South Africa’s second stage win. Boswell followed for second on the stage the yellow race leader’s jersey.
The six-day Junior Tour of Ireland started July 12 and runs through July 17. Previous winners include World Tour rider Nicholas Roche, among others. Racing continues Thursday with the 113.5 km stage 3 road race between Newport and Ballycastle.
Junior Tour of Ireland
GC After Stage 2
1. Boswell, Austin (Hot Tubes) 2h58’18″
2. Fourie, James (A.S.G) @06″
3. Lynch, Paul (Hot Tubes) @10″
4. Eckmann, Yannick (Hot Tubes) @12″
5. Patten, Kevin (A.S.G) @13″
6. Clarke, Cormac (Stena Line) @19″
7. Boast, Samuel (Maxgear Champion) @20″
8. Awrona, Thomas (Hot Tubes) s/t
9. Joyce, Colin (Hot Tubes) @24″
10. McIlwaine, Conor (Stena Line)@27″