U23 Tour of Flanders winner Eddie Dunbar is set to lead the Irish National team at Velothon Wales (UCI 1.1) on Sunday.
Dunbar, who has been in excellent form this season, will be amongst the favourites lining up in the 174-kilometre race in Cardiff. The route includes two ascents of the climb of the Tumble before finishing back in Cardiff on King Edward VII Avenue.
In addition to his win in Flanders, Dunbar has also taken numerous other top results this season including third in the Trofeo Città di San Vendemiano – 57th GP Industria & Commercio (1.2U), 2nd overall at Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux (2.2) and 5th overall at Volta ao Alentejo (2.1)
Dunbar will line up alongside Chris McGlinchey, Angus Fyffe, Ryan Reilly, Darragh O’Mahony and Adam Stenson. McGlinchey has taken a number of wins this season on the Irish domestic scene and in recent weeks, achieved an incredible result when he finished 2nd at the Irish Elite Men’s National Road Race Championship.
Fyffe and Reilly also achieved impressive results at the National Championships, finishing ninth and tenth respectively.
The Irish team will face stiff competition from the various British professional teams including JLT-Condor, Madison Genesis, One Pro Cycling, Raleigh GAC and Team Wiggins in addition to a number of teams travelling from the continent including Rietumu Banka-Riga from Latvia, Beobank – Corendon from Belgium and AC Sparta Praha from the Czech Republic.
Two other Irish riders are on the start list. Michael O’Loughlin is set to line up with Team Wiggins and Conn McDunphy is on the Raleigh GAC team.
Last year’s winner Thomas Stewart returns to defend his crown with the One Pro Cycling team.
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