Team Wiggins have announced their provisional line-up for the forthcoming An Post Rás adding to the list of strong international squads already taking part.

Talented Irish under 23 rider Michael O’Loughlin will be part of the team for the event, joining the Britons Andy Tennant, Chris Latham, Joey Walker and Nathan Draper.

This will be O’Loughlin’s first An Post Rás and he has already illustrated his talent by finishing third in last year’s National Road Race Championship despite being in his first year as a senior rider. The performance earned him the national under 23 title. In 2015 he won a stage and finished second overall in the Nations Cup event Trophée Centre Morbihan.

O’Loughlin has had a busy racing schedule so far this season, having taken part in Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali (2.1) and the Tour of Croatia (2.1) amongst other stage races. In Croatia, he finished 7th in the Youth Classification.

Joining him will be Andy Tennant who won a stage of the Fleche du Sud in 2015 and has been part of the Great Britain track squad for many years. Chris Latham recently took a bronze medal in the scratch race at the Track World Championships, while Walker and Nathan are two promising second-year senior riders.

“The team will ride the Lincoln GP and the Ronde de l’Isard before the Rás,” states Team Wiggins manager Andrew McQuaid. “The road [how the Rás plays out] will then decide team tactics and the leaders.”

An Post Rás race director Tony Campbell is looking forward to seeing O’Loughlin in action. “Michael O’Loughlin is one of the most talented young Irish riders and will have a bright future. He is a natural attacker so An Post Rás should suit him very well.”

Team Wiggins (Britain) – provisional:
Michael O’Loughlin (20, Ireland)
Andy Tennant (29, Britain)
Chris Latham (23, Britain)
Joey Walker (19, Britain)
Nathan Draper (19, Britain)



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