Ciaran Dixon was the top placed finisher on the final general classification at the Junior Tour of Ireland. The Team Type 1 rider and first year junior finished in 28th place overall out of the 140 strong field after six days of tough racing.

The Cycling Ulster team that lined up against an international field in Ennis last week contained Dixon, Ciaran Cahoon, Oisin Doherty, Christopher Donald and Dylan Traynor.

Donald scored the best individual stage result with 10th on the opening stage. Unfortunately crashes forced Donald to withdraw from the event. The final overall classification standings for the Ulster team saw Dixon in 28th, Doherty in 36th, Cahoon in 50th and Traynor in 60th.

Two Ulster riders on the Irish team had a strong showing in the race with Nathan Keown having the privilege of being the race leader at one stage during the week, swapping the Irish team jersey for the coveted yellow jersey while Kevin McCambridge finished second overall.

Cycling Ulster Team Manager for the event, Maurice McAllister said:

“I want to commend the riders on their performance and attitude throughout the week. A six day event at a high level such as the Junior Tour of Ireland requires a serious amount of dedication and while the race threw up numerous challenges during the week, the Ulster team done the province proud.

“I also want to congratulate the other Ulster riders who were representing Ireland and some individual clubs in the race, in particular Nathan Keown and Kevin McCambridge who rode fantastic while representing Ireland.

“Finally, thanks to these young riders parents, Cycling Ulster and the team mechanic, Stuart Laverty for their support throughout the week.”