Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 19, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria earns hat-trick of Giro d’Italia wins with victory on stage 12; Talansky claims Amgen Tour of California queen stage; Amanda Spratt takes stage win and GC lead in the second stage of Emakumeen Bira; Dylan Groenewegen wins stage 2 of the Tour of Norway; Fraile into Giro d’Italia mountains jersey; Gary Sutton let go by Cycling Australia; An Post departure leads to major sponsorship search for Irish cycling; Some Thoughts on Thoughtlessness; Simon Geschke left behind by Team Sunweb bus; UCI fines rider over dating request; Video: Daily hassle en route to Giro d’Italia sign on; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 12 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 12 Post Race; Video: cycling thief tries to steal racing bike off a car

An Post departure leads to major sponsorship search for Sean Kelly team and Irish cycling

by VeloClub

The announcement on Thursday that the Irish national postal service is ending its backing of Irish cycling will force three separate organisations to search for new sponsorship for 2018 and beyond. The An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly team, the 22-ranked An Post Rás and the International An Post Rás na mBan women’s race will have existing deals for 2017 but these will not be renewed by the company.

An Post began its support of Irish cycling at the 2007 Tour of Ireland and started backing the Kelly team the following year. It has been under financial challenges in recent years, and its backing of the sport was also likely affected by the retirement of cycling-friendly CEO Donal Connell last October.

“The conclusion of these sponsorships comes at a time when An Post is facing significant financial challenges,” said the company’s Corporate Communications Manager Aileen Mooney on Thursday. “As we set about implementing a new strategy for An Post, we must focus our resources on reshaping and restructuring our business, and on new product development.

“The timing of this formal announcement is to give the teams and the event organisers the opportunity to secure new sponsors whilst still having the backing of An Post until the end of this year’s activities.”

“An Post have been a fantastic sponsor of Irish Cycling over the last 10 years, having supported the sport at all levels,” said Kelly. “We have greatly enjoyed our partnership with them which has allowed us to provide a platform for the on-going development of professional riders including talented Irish cyclists such as Sam Bennett, who has gone on to compete at World Tour level and twice at the Tour de France.”