Sep 27, 2010
An Post Is New Rás Sponsor
GPO, Dublin, 27thSeptember: An Post is the new sponsor of the “Rás”. The event will be known as the “An Post Rás” from 2011 onwards with the sponsorship continuing for at least three years.
|Stephen O'Sullivan In The New An Post Yellow Jersey|
The 2011 An Post Rás is the only UCI recognised Irish race in the world cycling calendar.
An Post already has a strong track record of supporting grassroots and developmental cycling in Ireland.
Since 2007, the Company is a title sponsor of the Sean Kelly Cycling Team which supports elite young Irish riders at international level from the Belgium based Sean Kelly Academy.
In 2009, leisure cycling received a massive growth in interest due to the An Post Cycle Series, a community cycling initiative in association with the Irish Sports Council. The Cycle Series, five events across the country from May to September saw a 100% increase in participation numbers this year. An Post also supported the Tour of Ireland from 2007 to 2009, and was involved in the 2010 National Bike Week. More>>
Sep 26, 2010
FBD Say Goodbye To The Rás After 27 Years
FBD Insurance has sponsored the Ras for the past 27 years; one of the longest running and most successful partnerships in sport in Ireland. But all good things must come to an end one day and so it is with the Ras and FBD.
FBD are delighted that the race has attracted a quality new sponsor in An Post. They are already very involved with cycling at various levels and it is appropriate that an Irish business such as An Post becomes the new sponsor of the Ras. We wish them every success with the race in the years ahead.
We also want to take this opportunity to say a very special word of thanks to Dermot Dignam and his wonderful team of volunteers. They have given their time, expertise and energy, year in and year out, ensuring this race has grown to the success it is today and is internationally recognised as a premier event on the cycling calendar. More>>
May 23, 2010
Start List For The 2010 FBD Insurance Rás
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May 22, 2010
BDO Get BACk Challenge Will Have Its Colours Flying In The 2010 FBD Rás
BDO Get BACk Challenge will have its colours flying in the 2010 FBD Insurance Rás, one of Europe’s most prestigious cycling events with teams from all over the world taking part. The group who are known as The Edge Sports Team will be known as the BDO Get BACk Challenge Team for the event. The team has achieved a lot of success at national events in the build up to the race so hopefully a few podium finishes for the Get BACk colours lie ahead. The five riders are Michael Fitzgerald, Brendan and Seán Lacey, Alan Loftus and Michael O'Reilly. They are supported by manager Michael Butler, mechanic Rene van Dam, soigneur Peter Bane and masseur Keith Hadnett. More>>
May 10, 2010
Japanese And Spanish Professional Teams For FBD Rás
|Byron Patricio Guama de le Cruz|
The first-ever pro teams from Japan and Spain to compete in the FBD Insurance RÁS will be included in the huge field of 170 riders representing teams from Ireland, Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Belgium, USA, Britain, IOM and Wales when the 1200 kilometres race gets underway from Dunboyne on Sunday week, 23rd May.
The addition of these two teams further boosts the impressive international profile of this year’s race and brings to eight the number of pro teams in the line-up. Ireland will be represented by two national teams, including a development squad, and seventeen county teams. New Zealand, Wales and the IOM will also be national teams.
The Japanese-registered Team Nippo squad will be managed by Alberto Elli, who held the yellow jersey for four days in the 2000 Tour de France. It features former Team Milram pro Luca Barla plus past-NCG Medical-OTC Doors rider Alessio Signego. More>>
May 6, 2010
Team Ireland SUBWAY® Announced For FBD
The SUBWAY® chain has announced that it is to sponsor the Irish team competing in this year’s FBD Rás with the team comprising a new generation of riders who will be aiming for stage wins in the eight-day event.
The SUBWAY® chain’s support for the national team is an extension of its sponsorship of Irish cycling with the chain having recently become the title sponsor of the 2010 Classic League.
SUBWAY®, which is the largest quick service food chain in the Republic of Ireland with 109 stores and over 2,000 employees, is no stranger to the sport of cycling and also sponsors a cycling team in New Zealand.
Team Ireland SUBWAY® will be led by the experienced Neil Delahaye following his excellent form in the recent Rás Mumhan where he soloed to a win on stage three on his way to finishing 3rd overall. More>>
Apr 29, 2010
Germany -Thuringer Energie Targets Another FBD Rás Yellow Jersey
One of the favourites for this year’s Tour de France, Germany’s Tony Martin, won the FBD RÁS in 2007. The team he led to victory on that occasion, Thuringer Energie, returns to the race this year with another very talented young line-up. Marcel Kittel, John Degenkolb, Jakob Steigmiller, Philipp Klein and Bastian Bürgel will together target the final yellow jersey, as well as the best young rider classification.
“Our objective is the overall standings and results on the several stages,” said directeur sportif Mario Kummer, a former Olympian who has worked with the T-Mobile and Astana teams.
Kittel (22) is one of Germany’s most promising young riders, winning the European time trial championships last year and finishing fourth in the under 23 world championship equivalent. His wins include stages in the Flèche du Sud and the Thuringen-Rundfahrt races More>>
Apr 27, 2010
Four Former Race Winners Lead British Teams In FBD Insurance Rás
|2009 Winner Simon Richardson|
Double FBD RÁS winner Chris Newton (2003 and 2005,2009 champion Simon Richardson and 2008 victor Stephen Gallagher have all be confirmed for this year’s race, with the four riders leading British-registered squads in the event.
|2008 Winner Stephen Gallagher|
Race organizer Dermot Dignam has confirmed that the Rapha – Condor Sharp, Sigma Sport - Specialized, Planet X, Motor point Marshalls’ Pasta and Isle of Man teams will all travel prior to the May 23rd start in Dunboyne, and should have a major influence on the race.
Newton showed fine form this year when he finished fourth in the points race at the world track championship in Denmark. The former world champion and Olympic silver medalist have competed in the prestigious Irish tour on several occasions and have both the experience and the strength needed to shine once again. More>>
Apr 22, 2010
Austria - KTM-Gebrüder Weiss Team To Target More Success In FBD Rás
Motivated by its excellent third place overall in last year’s FBD RÁS and third in the teams classification, the Austrian KTM-Gebrüder Weiss squad will return to this year’s race, which starts next month, determined to clock up another strong showing.
“Our team is concentrating on riding the 2.HC-ranked Tour of Austria plus events in other European countries. So we are glad that we have the opportunity to do the FBD RÁS again,” said Josef Kugler, the likely team leader. “We are a young and highly motivated team which posted some very good results last season. The most impressive was the stage five victory at the Tour of Austria by Jan Barta, but he also took third overall in the FBD RÁS and the whole team performed well.”
Barta will not contest the race this time round as he has moved to a different squad for 2010. Instead, the team will be comprised of the Austrians Kugler and Hannes Gründlinger, who competed in the 2009 FBD RÁS, Michael Singer and Stefan Probst, plus the Romanian rider Lars Pria. More>>
Apr 15, 2010
Promising Welsh Selection To Try To Elulate Winn's Victory
Ten years after Julian Winn took the only Welsh victory in the FBD Insurance RÁS, a team of riders from Wales will have the chance to follow in his wheel tracks when they line out in the race next month.
|Dale Appleby In The Irish Sports Council White Jersey Of Best Young Rider 2008|
Five from Dale Appleby, Rhys Lloyd, Paul Esposti, Huw Wilson, Matt Rowe and Jon Mould will be selected for the prestigious round-Ireland contest, which begins in Dunboyne on May 23rd.
Team manager Gareth Sheppard said that the event would be a big target for the team. “As it is Commonwealth Games year, we are starting the build up to the Games at the FBD RÁS, which will be a very important first step towards Delhi,” he said.
“The aim will be to compete for the overall, while hopefully picking up a couple of stage wins along the way. Final selection for the road team will be made after the British Road Championships in June, so you can be sure that all the Welsh riders will want to lay down a marker for their selection.”
The team will be led by Dale Appleby, a 23 year old who finished 12th overall and was best young rider in the 2008 FBD RÁS. When not on national team duty, the former Under 23 national time trial bronze medallist will be competing with Team Raleigh this season, a new pro setup that has the aim of riding the Tour de France within five years. More>>