Belfast Telegraph

Tour of the North: Duncan's yellow peril

By Tommy Lambe

Despite winning two stages of the Tour of the North Fraser Duncan is an agonising 11 seconds in arrears as the race concludes today with a 72 mile road stage taking in Maghera, Limavady, Coleraine and Rasharkin before finishing in Galgorm.

The 29-year-old Northern Dave Kane rider won Saturday's opening stage in convincing fashion riding clear of a break and yesterday afternoon Duncan was again the best of the bunch winning stage three which came down to a group sprint.

Where Duncan lost out was in the short Sunday morning time trial. This was a mere two-mile test along the A26 dual carriageway at Ballymena won by Marcus Christie riding for the Donegal outfit North Pole CC.

English rider James Gullen of the Velosure Giordana team, who was closest to Duncan on General Classification, finished third to take the yellow jersey.

This may seem like a narrow lead but Velosure Giordana are one of the strongest teams in the race with riders such as James Moss, Brad Morgan and Richard Hepworth. They will use all their strength and experience to ensure that Gullen remains in yellow throughout the stage.

Eddie Dunbar leads the King of the Mountains competition.

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