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by Mark Zalewski
May 27, 2017
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Earlier this month the An Post company announced that it would cease its sponsorship of the An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly team plus two Irish international races it backs, the An Post Rás and the An Post Rás na mBan. The news was a blow to all three, but An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly team manager Kurt Bogaerts says he is confident the team will continue and could actually be bigger than ever in 2018.
“We are in talks with different options,” he told CyclingTips at the An Post Rás. “The decision is not a big surprise. It was coming. I am just very grateful with the support we got from An Post.”
An Post is the Irish national postal company and it has backed the team since 2008. However it has been under financial pressure and has been forced to conclude its sponsorships, thus leading to the decision.
Bogaerts believes the team has a lot to offer and that this will prove crucial in securing a new backer or backers. “At the moment we have a great setup that normally should attract the sponsors. We are very organised. We get good results. And then we always have a good relationship with the sponsors in the past, so that will help us to secure a new sponsor for next year. We are working on it. I am very confident that it will work out and that the team will continue.”
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