All of the Irish contingent within the An Post Sean Kelly team will be in action this weekend as the side take part in two one day races in Belgium.
Sam Bennett, Mark Cassidy, Sean Downey and Connor McConvey are part of the seven man team that will compete in the Beverbeek Classic (1.2) on Saturday (25th February). McConvey remains a slight doubt for the race after suffering from flu all week, but he’s hopeful of taking a place on the starting line. Mark McNally remains on standby.
Donegal native Ronan McLaughlin will line out as part of a strong eight man team in the Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (1.1) on Sunday (26th February). The one day race is the first Belgian classic of the year and will host a number of the world’s top riders including Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen.
Team manager Kurt Bogaerts is optimistic about the weekend’s races ahead.
“We had a second placing in last year’s Beverbeek Classic, so the aim is to go one better, but it will not be easy.”
“The Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne is always a very unpredictable race. The guys, particularly Niko, are looking forward to it as it’s the first Belgian classic of the season. We have prepared well and aim to be competitive and aggressive throughout. Our objective is a top ten finish so we’ll see how it goes.” said Bogaerts
Team for Beverbeek Classic (1.2) 25th February
Mark Cassidy (IRL)
Sam Bennett (IRL)
Sean Downey (IRL)
Connor McConvey (IRL)
Roy Jans (BEL)
Kenneth Van Bilsen (BEL)
Joren Segers (UK)
Team for Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (1.1) 26th February
Gediminas Bagdonas (LTU)
Niko Eeckhout (BEL)
Mark Christian (GB)
Mark McNally (GB)
Ronan McLaughlin (IRL)
Niels Wytinck (BEL)
Stijn Ennekens (BEL)
Pieter Ghyllebert (BEL)