Ireland's only UCI-ranked event unable to run in 2019
Joe Robinson 15 Feb 2019 With no more sponsorship from Irish national lottery, the Ras Tailteann is unable to continue Ireland's largest and most prestigious stage race will be abandoned for 2019 as organisers fail to find a replacement sponsor. The Rás Tailteann has been forced to step down as a UCI -ranked event this season following the withdrawal of Irish postal service An Post in 2017. The multi-day event managed to continue into 2018 with reserve funds but was unable to secure its financial future for 2019. The race has now been downgraded from its UCI 2.2 rank and will reduce from eight stages to potentially just three. Organiser Eimaer Dignam had been in conversation with various replacement to An Post over the past week but she confirmed these had failed to come to fruition and that efforts would now turn towards the race returning for 2020. 'I am ...
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