Debut for Bennett as An Post face strong field in Qatar Tour
The An Post/Sean Kelly team are ready for the Tour of Qatar which starts tomorrow until February 11.
They will line up against some of the top pro teams including Astana, Quick Step Cycling Team and Garmin-Cervélo.
The race will see Carrick-On-Suir native Sam Bennett make his first start for the team.
He joins team leader, Niko Eeckhout, together with fellow Irishman Mark Cassidy, Mark McNally and Maxim De Busschere, as well as fellow debutants Andy Fenn, Kevin Claeys and Gediminas Begdonas.
The Tour of Oman follows, from February 15-20. The only change to the side from Qatar is Pieter Ghyllebert, who will come in for Lithuanian rider Gediminas Begdonas.
A good showing at either of the tours in the gulf will bode well for the team's prospects at being invited to similar higher ranked events during the year.