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An Post Chain Reaction Squad, British And French Teams Confirmed For An Post Rás 2015
Sean Downey An Post Chain Reaction
Ryan Mullen Post Chain Reaction
With less than a month to go until the start of An Post Rás, three more teams have confirmed they will take part in Ireland’s top cycling event and one of the most aggressive races on the international calendar.

This trio of squads includes Ireland’s only UCI Continental team, An Post-Chain Reaction - Sean Kelly team. Kurt Bogaerts, team manager, has given some idea of the riders who could be part of the line-up this year, although the current run of injuries and illness within the team has complicated things.

He confirmed: “Ryan Mullen is racing again this weekend after his crash in the Under 23 Tour of Flanders. He is a certainty for the race.” The Irish rider finished second in the 2014, World Under 23 Time Trial Championship.

“Another rider I would like to be there is Aidis Kroupis, although he has a really bad saddle sore at the moment and won’t be able to race this weekend. It depends on how he recovers from that.

“Of the other Irish guys, Conor Dunne and Sean Downey are in contention. Jack Wilson definitely won’t make An Post Rás due his fractured collarbone and scaphoid. There is also a similar situation for Eoin McCarthy due to his two bad crashes this year. They will likely both be out of action until June as there is no point in throwing them into racing directly before they get in a block of good training again.” More>>>


Ambitious Austrian And Belgian Teams Confirmed For An Post Rás
Alexander Wachter, Tirol Cycling Team, Austria
Elliott Porter, Team 3M, Belgium

One year after winning the race with Clemens Fankhauser, the Tirol Cycling Team will attempt to once again shine in An Post Rás, with the Austrian outfit confirming that it will take part in next month’s race.

Although Fankhauser has moved to the Hrinkow Advarics CYcleanG team – and will defend his title with them – the Tirol Cycling squad remains ambitious. That said,the assistant directeur sportif Norbert Dürauer emphasises that the roster comprises very young riders and so he will take a ‘wait and see’ approach.


“All of our riders have huge potential and great character. Since we played a very active role in the peloton last year we, of course, come with big ambitions to Ireland and send the "crème de la crème" of our team to An Post Rás,” he says.

The riders who will take part are Lukas Pöstlberger, Patrick Bosman, Mario Schoibl, Sebastian Schönberger and Alexander Wachter. Wachter competed last year, helping Fankhauser win the race, while the others will all debut in the UCI ranked event. More>>>


Azerbaijan Synergy Baku Return To An Post Rás
Matej Mugerli, Synergy Baku
Azerbaijan Synergy Baku team have announced that they will return to the An Post Rás next month. The team boast an impressive record in the race winning two stages in three years and claiming two top five overall finishes.

The Baku outfit took stage wins in 2013 with the Russian Kirill Pozdnyakov plus the Kiwi Rico Rogers and in 2014 with Austrian rider Jan Sokol.

It also helped Irishman Connor McConvey to second overall two years ago and the German Christoph Schweizer to his fifth place finish in 2014.

According to the team manager, Irishman David McQuaid, the final line-up is yet to be decided and will be based in part on whether the young Azerbaijan riders the team has been set up to develop get the necessary visas. More>>>


Canadian And New Zealand National Teams To Return To An Post Rás
Alex Frame New Zealand National Team
Adding to the five overseas teams already confirmed for this year’s An Post Rás, the race organisation has confirmed that national squads from Canada and New Zealand will also be part of the 2015 edition.

The teams are travelling long distances to do a block of European racing, of which An Post Rás is an important element.

“Our team will once again be composed of a young group of riders, many of them coming from our national team pursuit programme,” stated Cycling Canada’s development coach Luc Arseneau.

The team competed in the race last year and took a superb third overall with Nic Hamilton. The rider also clocked up several strong stage placings.

While Hamilton won’t compete this time around, Arseneau has someone else in mind to head the squad. More>>>


UCI British Continental Squads NFTO And JLT Condor Add To Strong Field For 2015 An Post Rás
Eddie Dunbar NFTO
David McCarthy JLT Condor
Two strong British squads have confirmed they will compete in An Post Rás 2015. Teams NFTO and JLT Condor, both UCI Continental squads aim to have a major influence on the outcome of this year’s race.

The NFTO squad will feature top young Irish talent Eddie Dunbar, who has impressed greatly at home and abroad in the junior ranks. The first-ever double winner of the Junior Tour of Ireland also won the Junior Tour of Wales in 2014 and international races such as the Trofeo Karlsberg.

Dunbar is hugely motivated for success and will be determined to make a strong impression in his first An Post Rás. Dunbar is likely be joined by Ian Bibby, Rob Partridge, Sam Harrison and James Lowsley-Williams.

Bibby finished second on stage five and placed fourth overall in last year’s An Post Rás, and his experience will be a big asset to the team. Likewise Rob Partridge, who took third place in 2008, sixth place in 2010 and 14th overall last year. More>>>


Ambitious Swedish And Australian Teams Announced For An Post Rás
Alexander Wetterhall Winner In 2010
Former professional Thomas Löfkvist will manage 2010 An Post Rás winner, Alex Wetterhall and four other riders in May’s edition of the race, aiming to deliver a second race victory to 28 year old Wetterhall. 



The Tre Berg – Bianchi squad is one of two teams announced today, taking part in the race, which begins in Dunboyne, Co. Meath on May 17th. The Swedish Continental-level squad will be joined by the Australian club team Subaru Albion, which also has ambitious goals for the event. 



While the line up is yet to be finalised, Löfkvist said: “We come to race for an overall victory and to hunt for stages. Alexander Wetterhall will be our leader.”



Wetterhall is likely to be joined by two-time Swedish criterium champion Sebastian Balck and Lucas Eriksson, who in turn placed sixth and seventh at the Junior World Championships in 2013 and 2014. 



The other two places on the team may go to 2013 Memorial Pigoni Coli runner-up Kim Magnusson and Niklas Gustavsson, who was third in the 2012 London Nocturne. 



Löfkvist will use his considerable racing experience to guide the squad through the 2015 edition. He rode the Rás himself in 2003, forging a successful professional career with top teams including Team High Road and Team Sky. His results include overall victory in the 2013 Tour of the Mediterranean with Team IAM Cycling.

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Defending Champion Fankhauser To Lead Strong Austrian Team In An Post Rás
Clemens Frankhauser
The 2014 An Post Rás winner Clemens Fankhauser and his new team have become the first riders to be confirmed for this year’s race, with the Austrian set to return to Ireland for the May event.

Recently back in the country for a fundraiser for the Junior Tour of Ireland, Fankhauser spoke about his passion for the An Post Rás and how winning his first stage race transformed his cycling.

“There were so many memories. For me it was the first time I wore yellow in a stage race,” he said. “Fortunately I could defend it. It was the only stage race I won so far. Also, there was a great flair with the race – the people around it, the spectators, and there was great media coverage on the race. It was brilliant.

“Also, with the last stage in Skerries – there was such a big, amazing crowd. You don’t have many 2.2 races where you see such enthusiasm from the people. So I’m really happy to be going back again this year.” More>>>


Stage End Organisers 2015
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An Post Rás Race Officials 2015
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U.C.I. Appointed Chief Commissaire An Post Rås 2015
Danuta Macialek Of Poland Chief Commissaire An Post Rás 2015 Appointed By U.C.I.
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Last Updated: Apr 24th, 2015 - 06:44:58

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