Bennett best in Turkey, Hofland in Famenne Ardenne Classic: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 12, 2017

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Sean Kelly: team has reached critical point in negotiations for its survival

by VeloClub

Former world number one Sean Kelly has said that the next few days will be crucial in determining whether or not his team will continue in 2018.

The Continental An Post Chainreaction squad has played a crucial part in the early careers of many riders, with WorldTour riders such as Sam Bennett, Ryan Mullen, Shane Archbold and Gediminas Bagdonas all competing there prior to stepping up. Ditto for current Pro Continental competitors Matt Brammeier, Andy Fenn and Aidis Kruopis, plus others.

The squad has stated many times in the past that it is aiming to move to Pro Continental level, with stage victories in races such as the Tour of Britain showing it has the results to do so. However it finds itself at a very crucial part of its history after current title sponsor An Post ended its backing. It could disappear from the peloton if a replacement is not found in the coming days.

“Things are pretty much the same as they were a week or more ago,” Kelly told CyclingTips on Tuesday evening. “We have two potential sponsors that we have been negotiating with and we are trying to finalize a deal. As yet, we haven’t done it. We are hoping that it will happen very soon.

“Time is tight. The first of November is the deadline to register with the UCI. We need to sign riders before then. We are hoping that we can secure sponsorship it in the next three or four days…that would be okay. But if it drags on much longer….”

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