Posts Tagged ‘Páidi O’Brien’

Yesterday in the GPO, Dublin there was a welcome relief when An Post revealed that they would be sponsoring the Sean Kelly Team which will be based in Mertchem, Belgium.

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The withdrawal of the Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group team in the Autumn certainly sent shockwaves throughtout the cycling community. But thankfully cycling in Ireland found an excellent replacement through the good offices of Sean Kelly.

They will be registerd as a Union Cycliste Internationale ‘Continental Team.’ Continue Reading »

Rated as one of the best sprinters in the world, Maximiliano Richeze took revenge on yesterday’s stage from La Toma to Merlo over 168.7kms with a clear cut win. Richeze makes a quantum leap in the standings to second overall behind race leader Martin Garrido (Palmeiras Resort-Tavira). In a stage dominated by Argentinean riders, Garrido took second ahead of Anibal Borrajo (Colavita) who also sits third overall.

Best of the An Post team was Paidi O’Brien finishing in 30th place of the 198 starters. Continue Reading »

Viktor Folkesson from Sweden and now representing the An Post/ M. Donnelly/Sean Kelly team proved best yesterday of the Irish outfit in the Tour de San Luis in Argentina He finished in 70th place on equal time with Team CSC’s Juan Jose Haedo. Also was in the main along with the winner were Isaac Speirs and Christian Muller.

The remaining trio of the Irish outfit, Stephen Gallagher, Paidi O’Brien and Mark Cassidy were less fortunate finishing over three minutes in arrears. Continue Reading »

Dan Lloyd breaks newground as the first English competitor to join forces with Sean Kelly’s continental team for 2008, allowing him to get his career back on track after the collapse of the Pedaltech-Cyclingnews team.

The fact that An Post has joined forces with the Kelly Team made it possible for Lloyd who is being touted as a possible for the Olympics in Beijing in August.

Initially Dan was scheduled to be team leader at Pedaltech but when the Union Cyliste Internationale pulled the plug on a licence, it had a domino effect with sponsors and support groups withdrawing.

Lloyd will not make his debut with the team who are scheduled to race next week in Argentina. But, he will begin his season at the GP La Marseillaise in early February.

Key objectives because of the An Post involvement will be the FBD Insurance Rás, the Tour of Ireland and the Tour of Britain. The team will be managed by Belgian Kurt Bogaerts, and includes Irish riders Páidi O’Brien, Isaac Speirs, Stephen Gallagher and Mark Cassidy.