Despite breaking his collarbone in a crash, 18-year-old Eddie Dunbar received 52 per cent of the public's vote for the Dimension Data Digital jersey

NFTO youngster Eddie Dunbar receieved more than half of the votes for the Tour de Yorkshire’s Dimension Data Digital jersey, but could not collect the award due to being in hospital.

Dunbar, the youngest rider in the race at the age of 18, showed he has no fear of riding against some of the best riders in the world as he leapt into the day’s breakaway.

But a crash left him in an ambulance with a broken collarbone and out of the race, but that didn’t stop people voting in their droves for the Irishman.

Up against fellow breakaway riders Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar), George Harper (One Pro Cycling), Tim Declercq (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Anthony Turgis (Cofidis), Dunbar took an impressive 52 per cent.

Upon the announcement on Twitter there was some confusion as to how Dunbar could collect his jersey.

Due to Dunbar not being available to collect and wear the jersey on stage two, Quemeneur picked it up in his absence having garnered 32 per cent of the vote.