Murphy powers to stage success at Tour of Ulster
Leinster rider JB Murphy won yesterday's second stage of the Tour of Ulster over a 95.8-mile circuit.
The new overall race leader going into today's third stage is Conor Hennebry (Dan Morrissey-MIG.ie-Pactimo) while the King of the Hills competition is led by Lindsay Watson (Powerhouse Sport).
Today's stage starts at Banbridge Rugby Club at 9.45am and finishes at Newry Road around 12.30pm, over 71.7 miles with six tough climbs on the route.
Yesterday's competitive stage saw two riders attack on the second hill with 33 miles covered, Mark Dowling and Dermot Trulock, both of Cycling Leinster. They held a lead of 46 seconds as they crested the hill.
Three riders then attacked over Spelga Dam, Ronan McLaughlin (Dan Morrissey-MIG.ie-Pactimo), Donal Shearer (Phoenix CC) and James Jobber (Team Upshift Velo).
They were joined by Hennebry, Murphy, Charlie Prendergast (STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team) and Matthew Sparrow (Zero Boys), opening a 37-second lead over 10 chasers.
By the final hill of the day, the lead was one minute and 23 seconds over the pink jersey group. Sparrow (Zero Boys) then punctured out.
Hennebry then attacked off the front group and was joined by Murphy with just over 5km to go.
They built up a lead of 15 seconds, with Murphy winning a two-up sprint for the stage.