Following his win in today`s (Saturday) stage two of the Newry 3-day, last year`s event winner, Jake Gray (Nicolas Roche Performance Team) takes over the leader`s Yellow jersey going in to tomorrow`s final stage.

Gray held on to win the stage by 15 seconds from a hard-charging 35 rider bunch, with his winning margin giving him a slender 8 second cushion on overnight leader Cathal Smyth, with Liam Wilson (Powerhouse) a further 9 seconds back.

With less than 30 seconds separating the top 20, there is still all to play for in tomorrow`s 73 mile stage, with Gray keen to be the first back-to-back race winner in the event`s 28 year history.

McKinley Contracts Newry 3-day Overall Classification after 2 stages.

Pos Cat Name Team Time
1 Jun Jake Gray NRPT 3.54.31
2 A2 Cathal Smyth Phoenix CC @8sec
3 Jun Liam Wilson Powerhouse @17sec
4 Jun Cameron McIntyre NRPT @24 sec
5 A2 Klaus Aurelusz Stamullen @25 sec
6 Jun Stewart Thompson Spires s.t.
7 A3 Ciaran Handley Swords @26 sec
8 A1V Craig Sweetman Stamullen @27 sec
9 A2 Finbar McGurren Swords s.t.
10 A2V Chris Richardson VC Glendale s.t.
11 A1V Stephen Hutchinson CCT s.t.
12 Jun Marc Heaney NRPT s.t.
13 A2 James Ambrose NDCC s.t.
14 A2 Stephen Cunningham Shimna s.t.
15 A1V Colin McElderry Maryland s.t.