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British And American Squads In Line Up For Rs Tailteann
Damien Shaw Holdsworth
As the weeks tick down towards the May 20 start of the Rs Tailteann, a further two overseas squads have been confirmed for the world-ranked event.

Former Irish national road race champion Damien Shaw and talented young rider Sean McKenna are the first two to be named for the Britain Holdsworth Pro Racing Team. The rest of the squad is yet to be decided, but the two Irish riders have amassed plenty of experience in the race and will share that with their teammates.

Shaw won the national championships in 2015 and finished second, second and third on stages in that years Rs. He was also fifth overall in 2016 and again last year. As for McKenna, he was fourth in the mountains classification in 2017 and took 15th overall. He went on to place fifth in the national road race championships.

John Harris CCB Velotooler
Sean has had a good start to the 2018 season, winning races in Ireland, while Damien always has great form in May, said sports director Dean Downing. Perhaps one of our Italian sprinters will be on the team, along with one of the young Irish under 23 riders. Its a tough decision to choose just five riders. But hopefully we will have a few surprises up our sleeves with our international riders.

The team will do a series of big races as part of its build-up, including the Tour de Yorkshire. Downing believes the squad will be exactly where it needs to be as it starts the event.

The Rs is such a hard race to control as its a small team of five riders, he said. But we will go in with stage win ambitions and to place riders in the big breaks on the queen stages in this years race. We will have no leaders, just five lads working hard together each stage.


Multiple Stage Winning Team Amongst Squads Announced For 2018 Rs Tailteann
Jasdon Van Dalen Delta Cycling
Will Fox,KTM
A week after the announcement of the first two international squads for this years Rs Tailteann, two more teams have been revealed for the race. The Netherlands Delta Cycling Rotterdam team has shone in the past two editions, winning two stages under the Cyclingteam Join's - De Rijke name in 2016 and then repeating that tally last year via Jan Willem Van Schip and Daan Meijers.

In addition to that, Ike Groen was a superb second overall, while Meijers won the points classification.

Our first goal is to win a stage, states team manager Jim van den Berg. We strongly believe in by riding for day wins, the classification will follow automatically. We will not start with protected riders who will try to save energy. That might be a tactic later on, when the general classification comes within reach. More>>>

Two International Teams Announced For Ras Tailteann
Rory Townsend, Canyon Eisberg
With just over six weeks to go until the start of the 2018 Rs Tailteann, the first two international teams have been announced for the event. The British Canyon Eisberg and Saint Piran squads have confirmed their attendance and are aiming high in what is Irelands most prestigious cycling race.

Dexter Gardias will be one of the big guns on the Canyon Eisberg squad, having taken third overall last year in the King of the Mountains competition. He was also fourth on stage one in 2016. He will be joined by fellow Britons Max Stedman, Louis Rose Davies and Matt Nowell, plus newly-declared Irishman Rory Townsend in the event.

Townsend has clocked up five top-ten results in UCI races. These include second in the 1.2-ranked Midden Brabant Poort Omloop, as well as ninth in the 1.1 Rad am Ring. He was also points classification winner in the 2.2 Tour of Quanzhou Bay and mountains classification victory in the 2.1-ranked Tour of Almaty. More>>>

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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 Rs 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 Rs/Rs 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 Rs Tailteann, of his decision.

Campbell Continues As Rs Chief
Tony Campbell
Cumann Rs Tailteann Cycling Club has confirmed Tony Campbell as organiser of the 2018 8 day international cycle race, An Rs Tailteann. This will be Campbells sixth year in charge of the race. Campbell said hes honoured to be continuing in the position and is looking forward to the challenges ahead. He expects next years 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 Rs 2017 Champion
James Gullen Britain JLT Condor Race Winner

The rain stayed away on the final day of An Post Rs 2017 as JLT Condors 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 Arme 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 Rs
James Gullen Britain JLT Condor In Yellow With One Day To Go

The penultimate stage of An Post Rs 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 OMahony (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 Arme de Terre) attacked late to claim stage six of An Post Rs 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 Brchner 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>>>

Last Updated: Apr 19th, 2018 - 17:53:08

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