Irish riders Sean Downey & Conor Dunne are back in action again this weekend, as part of an eight man An Post Chain Reaction Sean Kelly Team for tomorrow’s (Friday, 6th March) Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen (2.1) in Belgium.
Despite a testing start to the season, Kurt Bogaerts’ men will go into the race in high spirits following a good outing in last week’s Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne (1.1). Sean Downey put on a fine display to finish best placed for the Irish outfit, crossing the line in the first group of riders and An Post team manager Bogaerts believes his team will take great confidence from this.
“It was the first Belgian Classic of the year and we were aggressive from the start as we had planned. We wanted to be in the breakaway at the end and when the big guys came from the back, Sean rode magnificently to keep with them. Overall it was a very good performance and it gives us a bit of momentum going in to Friday.”
The team will also be boosted by the return from injury of new signing, Aidis Kruopis. The talented Lithuanian sprint champion brings a wealth of talent and experience to the squad and Bogaerts is happy to see his return to competitive action.
“It’s good to have Aidis back competing after his layoff and we are hoping for some progression with him. It will be a tough three days in Flanders with the time trial tomorrow and the two stages over the weekend, but it will be a good step forward for the rest of the year. As always, we’ll continue to ride aggressively and compete as a team.”
Ryan Mullen is also making his way back from a training camp in Spain and will be a welcome addition to the team when he makes his return to the road later in the month.
An Post Sean Kelly Chain Reaction Team for Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen (2.1), Friday 6th March 2015
Sean Downey (IRL)
Conor Dunne (IRL)
Aidis Kruopis (LTU)
Paulius Siskevicius (LTU)
Xandro Meurisse (BEL)
Alexander Maes (BEL)
Jens Vandenbogaerde (BEL)
Alistair Slater (GBR)