The An Post Sean Kelly team to take part in the Volta ao Algarve has been announced, with two late changes to the original eight man squad for the five-day stage race in Portugal.
Sam Bennett and Mark McNally have both been pulled out of the team after failing to recover from a bout of the flu. Replacing the duo are Ronan McLaughlin and Joren Segers.
Belfast native Connor McConvey will also line up for the 151 kilometre first stage from Dunas Douradas (Loulé) to Albufiera tomorrow.
He is joined in the team by Belgians Niko Eeckhout, Pieter Ghyllebert, Nils Wytinck alongside Gediminas Bagdonas and Mark Christian.
Team manager Kurt Bogaerts is looking forward to the first major test of the season against some of the world’s top teams and riders. “The Volta ao Algarve is always a tough test at the start of the season as we race against some big teams like Omega Pharma – Quick Step, Saxo Bank and SKY. We will look to attack and ride from the front, and I’m sure we can get some good results in the race.”