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Ras Tailteann Still Seeking A New Sponsor For 2018
Eimear Dignam

Having learned earlier this year that An Post was stepping away after many years of backing the race, the organisers of the Rás Tailteann have said that they are still seeking a new backer for the 2018 edition.

“We are still looking for a sponsor,” Eimear Dignam told the Irish Times on Thursday. “We have had talks with a couple of different prospective sponsors, but so far nothing has come from that.

“We are looking for title sponsors, but if we are not successful with that, we are happy with two or three sponsors to come in as a unit.”

The race has been a part of Irish sport since 1953 and is the biggest cycling event in the country. It is a world-ranked event on the UCI calendar and has played an important part in the development of many successful riders, including world champions such as Stephen Roche and Tony Martin. More>>>

Tony Campbell Resignes As Ras Director
Tony Campbell

Race Organiser of An Post Rás/Rás Tailteann for the past five years Tony Campbell has resigned from the position. Citing “personal reasons” Campbell informed Dermot Dignam, Chairperson of the promoting club, Cumann Rás Tailteann, of his decision.

Campbell Continues As Rás Chief
Tony Campbell
Cumann Rás Tailteann Cycling Club has confirmed Tony Campbell as organiser of the 2018 8 day international cycle race, An Rás Tailteann. This will be Campbell’s sixth year in charge of the race. Campbell said he’s honoured to be continuing in the position and is looking forward to the challenges ahead. He expects next year’s race to take place from 20th to 27th May, a date to be confirmed by Union Cycliste Internationale,

Club Chairman, Dermot Dignam, heads up a sponsorship committee tasked with attracting a new sponsor to replace An Post which had to end its seven year involvement due to current financial difficulties. The committee includes Tony Campbell, Eimear Dignam and Noel Candon. Dignam thanked An Post for its great sponsorship and current support in seeking a new sponsor More>>>

James Gullen Britain JLT Condor Is Crowned An Post Rás 2017 Champion
James Gullen Britain JLT Condor Race Winner

The rain stayed away on the final day of An Post Rás 2017 as JLT Condor’s James Gullen secured the general classification. Despite no stage wins, Gullen was very consistent throughout the week, securing the yellow jersey on stage five and defending it right up to the final stage. Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz was the stage eight winner in Skerries, giving the An Post Chain Reaction team their third stage win of the week. The 22-year-old from Poland added the stage win to his King of the Mountains jersey. Kasperkiewicz came home the strongest from Samuel Jenner (Australia National Team) in second and Jerome Mainard (France Armée de Terre) in third.

After a dismal day of rain yesterday, the riders welcomed the dry weather for what was the shortest route of the week at 129.4 kilometres. The final stage took the riders along similar roads as in recent years; heading through Nobber, Navan, Kentsown, Duleek and over Bellewstown (Cat Three), Snowtown Hill/Harbourtstown (Cat Three) and Ringfort View (Cat Three) before being welcomed by a huge crowd in Skerries. The route took the peloton around the finishing circuit three times, with the riders making three climbs over Black Hills before the ceremonial finish. More>>>

MeiJjers Battles Through Rain ToTake Stage Seven Of An Post Rás
James Gullen Britain JLT Condor In Yellow With One Day To Go

The penultimate stage of An Post Rás finished in the hands of the Netherlands Delta Cycling Rotterdam team with Daan Meijers taking the win from teammate Jan Willem Van Schip. Stage five winner Regan Gough (An Post Chain Reaction) came home in third with Darragh O’Mahony (Ireland National Team) finishing best of the Irish riders in fourth.

The heavens opened for day seven making the challenge even harder for the peloton. The riders faced 167.3 kilometres, taking them southeast from Donegal town through Northern Ireland and finishing in Ardee, Louth. Unlike the previous day, which emphasised the climbs, the seventh day featured flatter roads with twisting turns, promising for a more open race. More>>>

Yssaad Sprints To Stage Six Victory As Kasperkiewicz Conquers The Mountains
James Gullen Britain JLT Condor In Yellow For The Second Day

Yannis Yssaad (France Armée de Terre) attacked late to claim stage six of An Post Rás in Donegal town today. The 23-year-old sprinted to the line to give the French team their first stage win of the week.

Yssaad had the legs to edge out stage one winner Nicolai Brøchner Nielsen (Denmark Riwal Platform Cycling) who finished second and green jersey holder (points classification) leader Dennis Bakker (Netherlands Delta Cycling) in third. Stage four winner Matthew Teggart (An Post Chain Reaction) came home best of the Irish in seventh place More>>>

An Post Team Secure Second Rás Stage Win As Gough Takes Victory Into Dungloe
James Gullen, Britain JLT Condor Race Leader

The An Post Chain Reaction team were celebrating again today after Regan Gough sprinted to victory on stage five of An Post Rás in to Dungloe, Donegal today - the second stage win for the team this week.

The New Zealander edged out Australian Cameron Meyer (Australia National Team) who finished second ahead of third place Daan Meijers (Netherlands Delta Cycling). JLT Britain rider James Gullen was a close fourth and becomes the new general classification (GC) leader.

Mathew Teaggart An Post Chain Reaction Race Leader
Matthew Teggart An Post Chain Reaction Race Leader

Michael Storer of the Australia National Team took an emphatic solo victory on stage four of An Post Rás into Buncrana today. Storer crossed the line one minute and fifty five seconds over second place Jacob Sitler (USA CCB Velotooler) with Morgan Kneiskey (France Armée de Terre) claiming third spot. Yesterday’s stage three winner, Irishman, Matthew Teggart finished just on Kneisky’s shoulder, topping the general classification (GC) and becoming the new yellow jersey leader.

Day four of the eight route took the riders into the heart of Donegal where they faced a challenging route including five categorised climbs with the monstrous Mamore Gap rearing its head just over 10 kilometres before the finish.

Irishman Teggart Takes Emphatic Stage Three Victory in An Post Rás
Msthew Teggart ,An Post Chainreaction Wins Stage Three Into Bundoran

Ireland’s Matthew Teggart of the An Post Chain Reaction team put in a magnificent ride to take a hard fought victory on stage three of An Post Rás today in to Bundoran, Donegal.

The Banbridge born rider won a bunch sprint to the line narrowly ahead of Ian Bibby (Britain JLT Condor) and Stephane Poulhies (France Armee de Terre) who finished second and third respectively. Dutch rider Dennis Bakker (Delta Cycling Rotterdam) took fourth place, and as a result becomes the new race leader More>>>

Van Schip Soloes To Superb Stage Two Victory In An Post Rás
Jan-Willem Van Schip,Delta Cycling Winner of Stage Two Of The An Post Rás In Newport

Jan-Willem Van Schip (Delta Cycling Rotterdam) soloed to a superb victory on stage two of An Post Rás in to Mayo today, seven seconds ahead of a fiercely chasing bunch. Christopher Latham (Britain Team Wiggins) was first to follow Van Schip across the line with Yannis Yssaad (France Armee de Terre) taking third place ahead of Matteo Cigala (Cork Aqua Blue Sport) in fourth.

The 142 kilometre route for day two of the eight day race was much like the opening stage with flat roads from Longford to Newport set to allow for good racing. No categorised climbs were to feature but three An Post Hot Spot Sprints were once again on offer for the riders in Ballymoe (48km), Williamstown (57km) and Breaghwy (108km). More>>>

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