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by Shane Stokes
November 18, 2017
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Cameron Meyer (Australian national team) in action during the An Post Ras in Ireland, May 2017.
Five months after the announcement that An Post was stepping away as race backer, the organisers of the Rás Tailteann have said that they are still seeking a new backer for the 2018 edition.
“We are still looking for a sponsor,” Eimear Dignam told the Irish Times, speaking about the event that was known for many years as the An Post Rás. “We have had talks with a couple of different prospective sponsors, but so far nothing has come from that. We are really pushing at this stage.
“We are looking for title sponsors, but if we are not successful with that, we are happy with two or three sponsors to come in as a unit.”
The race has been a part of Irish sport since 1953 and is the biggest cycling event in the country. It is a world-ranked event on the UCI calendar and has played an important part in the development of many successful riders, including world champions such as Stephen Roche and Tony Martin.
It takes place in May of each year and with just six months until the 2018 edition, the pressure is on. “Our main focus is to get the race on the road next year,” Dignam continued. “All the other plans are going forward – the logistics, the race organisation have been going ahead. We are working on the basis that we will have a sponsor, and want to have everything in place for that.”
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