Change of plans means Rás ride now possible for Eddie Dunbar

Posted on: May 17th, 2017

Change of plans means Rás ride now possible for Eddie Dunbar

Change of plans means Rás ride now possible for Eddie Dunbar

Eddie Dunbar animated the An Post Rás last year with some brilliant riding throughout the week. And he may yet get to compete next week after his team’s plans to race in France were changed.


By Brian Canty

A change in the Axeon Hagens Berman race programme has opened the door for rising star Eddie Dunbar to ride the An Post Rás after all.

The 20-year old Corkman had been down to start the four-day Ronde de L’Isard, which begins tomorrow.

And because of the clash in scheduling he was ruled out of the Rás. He had been provisionally selected for the Irish team but recently told stickybottle he was unable to ride the Rás.

But now Dunbar’s team has confirmed it has decided not to race in France.

It appears the impact on the team of the death of its rider Chad Young influenced that decision.

The Ronde de L’Isard had been a big goal for Dunbar; the very hilly course made for climbers.

However, now that the team is not competing in France, his schedule is free for the period of the Rás.

Dunbar rode the race last year and won a stage as well as finishing 4th overall.

In an interview with stickybottle last month he said he was very disappointed at the unfortunate clash of races.

“If it (An Post Rás) started a day after Ronde de L’Isard I’d definitely have flown back but it’s not.

“It’d have been nice to do it but I’ll definitely be back to do it at some stage of my career,” he said at the time.

Efforts to contact him this evening were not successful. It remains unclear if he could be facilitated in the Irish race.

In his absence the Irish team consists of Eoin Morton, Angus Fyffe, Darragh O’Mahony, Jake Gray and Mark Downey.

More news when we have it.