Cycle fans encouraged to show their colours in support of the An Post Sean Kelly cycling team in the Tour of Ireland.
An Post have launched an initiative to gain home support for their An Post Sean Kelly team in this year’s Tour of Ireland cycle race.
They are calling on people to get out and show their support for one of the top Irish teams taking part in the 576km event taking place from 21st to 23rd August.
The An Post boys in green enjoyed huge home support at the Tour of Ireland last year with a sea of green at the An Post sprint lines and welcoming the team at the finishing line of each stage. They are hoping that another great show of support from the home crowd will help give them the edge in an even tougher field of the Tour of Ireland this year, so An Post is re-launching it’s “Go Green” initiative to show their support for the team and the race.
Locals are encouraged to come out and show their support for the An Post sponsored Sean Kelly team at the sprint lines and the finish line - by wearing green, having their faces painted green or using any imaginative way of showing their green colours and backing Ireland’s An Post team.
As well as sponsoring the Sean Kelly Team, An Post is also an official sponsor of the Tour of Ireland, in association with Fáilte Ireland. They will sponsor the Green jersey and the Sprint lines every day. The An Post Green Jersey is awarded to the Leader of the An Post Points competition. Points are awarded at intermediate Sprint Lines on each stage of the race and at each finish. The rider with the most points at the end of the Tour wins the An Post Points Competition and takes home the An Post Green Jersey.
The race starts at the Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt on Friday, 21st August when over 112 riders head out on a route across 12 counties toward the final destination of the City of Cork. The 576km race has been awarded a 2.1 ranking on the UCI (the world governing body for cycling) calendar and has attracted some of the best professional teams from Europe, USA, Australia and South Africa. The route embraces key towns and cities as well as iconic mountain passes and splendid Irish scenery.