Eoin Morton named in new-look Team Ireland for An Post Rás

Posted on: May 16th, 2017

Eoin Morton named in new-look Team Ireland for An Post Rás

Eoin Morton named in new-look Team Ireland for An Post Rás

Eoin Morton has been named in the Irish team for the An Post Rás. Aged 28 years, he is the elder statesman in an otherwise young line-up.


 

A stage winner on Rás last year, Eoin Morton has been named in the national team for the race starting on Sunday.

At 28 years old he will be the elder statesman in the line-up that also includes Angus Fyffe, Mark Downey, Darragh O’Mahony and Jake Gray.

The riders are well able to challenge for a stage win, tough overall victory would perhaps be very difficult for a team so young.

Eddie Dunbar, the winner of U23 Tour of Flanders, had been provisionally named in the team but his trade team plans clash with the Rás.

However, Fyffe and O’Mahony have been flying on the home scene so far this season, along with Morton.

Gray has been based in France, as has Downey since the conclusion of his incredible track season where he won multiple UCI World Cup golds.

As well as taking a stage win last year on the second stage, Morton was also 3rd on stage 5 and held the climbers’ jersey.

He has recently excelled in stage races; putting in very strong Kerry Group Rás Mumhan for 7th overall and winning the Tour of Ulster outright.

Fyffe (22) has taken a string of one-day wins in recent months and was also runner-up in the Shay Elliott Classic last Sunday. He was 5th overall in the recent Tour of Ulster.

O’Mahony (19) has ridden with the Irish U23 team abroad several times this season already. He won Des Hanlon Memorial in recent weeks as well as a stage in the Tour of Ulster, where he was 3rd overall.

Gray (19) is racing with the French VC Toucy team this year and has been aggressive in races such as the Under 23 Gent Wevelgem in March, gaining important experience.

The Irish team will be managed by Neil Martin, a coach and manager with the An Post-Chainreaction Continental-level team.

Cycling Ireland’s technical director Brian Nugent said the team was selected with an eye to the future.

“It is really about development for these young lads, learning as much as they can from the manager Neil and the road captain Eoin,” he said.

“For some of them it will be the first proper eight-day stage race they have done, and that is the sort of experience we are looking to build.

“We have known for years that the Rás has been a great source of knowledge for the Irish riders and we really want these guys to benefit from that.

“We will try to get as much out of every day as we can but we are looking for stage wins too.”

 

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