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Saturday 3 December 2016

Cycling: Irish teams named for An Post Rás

27 January 2015; Former R?s winner David McCann, extreme right, with Irish riders, from left, Damien Shaw, Sean McKenna and Eoin Morton at the launch of the 2015 An Post R?s which will begin on Sunday May 17th, in Dunboyne, Co. Meath and finish on Sunday May 24th, in Skerries, Co. Dublin
27 January 2015; Former R?s winner David McCann, extreme right, with Irish riders, from left, Damien Shaw, Sean McKenna and Eoin Morton at the launch of the 2015 An Post R?s which will begin on Sunday May 17th, in Dunboyne, Co. Meath and finish on Sunday May 24th, in Skerries, Co. Dublin

With the full contingent of fifteen international teams announced in recent weeks, the organisers of the An Post Rás announced the nineteen Irish domestic teams who will square up against their overseas competitors in this month's race.

Many of Ireland's top home-based riders will compete in the 2.2-ranked international event, pitching their strength against those of the international riders. They will aim to show that domestic riders can race competitively and aggressively despite having less experience of racing abroad.

Recent Tour of Ulster winner Mark Dowling will lead a strong Meath DID Electrical team and will seek to build on the form which earned him the stage race title and other strong results throughout the season.

Eoin Morton, who briefly led the Tour of Ulster race and finished second overall, will spearhead the Dublin UCD squad, while stage winners Damien Shaw and Roger Aiken will head to the An Post Rás with big aspirations wearing the Louth Team Asea jersey.

Cork Aquablue will field another strong line-up, with Kerry Group Rás Mumhan winner Sean McKenna and former An Post-Chain Reaction Sean Kelly rider Ronan McLaughlin two of the five.

The Rás will begin in Dunboyne next Sunday week, May 17th, and will feature stage finishes in Carlow, Tipperary, Bearna, Newport, Ballina, Ballinamore, Drogheda and Skerries. It will cover 1,200 km and include 21 categorised climbs.

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