An Post Chain Reaction Sean Kelly riders Conor Dunne and Jack Wilson will compete as part of a six-man team at Kreiz Breizh, a three-day stage race in France tomorrow.
The duo will be joined by British rider Mark McNally, Belgian duo Kevin Claeys and Laurent Vanden Bak, and New Zealand’s Aaron Gate.
The 2.2 classification UCI race will take place in Bretagne, France and will comprise of four stages over three days, including a punishing 176 kilometre final stage.
Last year’s event saw An Post’s Nicolas Vereecken claim a fantastic third place finish in the general classification (GC) and team manager Kurt Bogaerts says his current crop of riders have a stage win firmly in their sights.
Bogaerts said: “The riders have been through an intense schedule over the past number of weeks and have been looking very strong.
“Jack performed really well in the European Championships recently as did Conor and we have several riders involved in the Commonwealth games which shows the strength and depth of the team.
“On Saturday, we will be aiming for a stage win and to get ourselves high up in the GC.”
The An Post riders have amassed an impressive five medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games so far.
Australia’s Glenn O’Shea and New Zealand’s Shane Archbold won gold and bronze respectively in the team pursuit. The two riders then went head to head in the scratch race with Archbold narrowly coming out on top to take gold this time and O’Shea claiming a silver medal, in second place.
Archbold’s Kiwi team mate Aaron Gate produced a fine display in the points race to take a bronze medal, finishing just ahead of their Welsh team mate, Owain Doull.
Archbold (NZ), Doull (WAL) and Sean Downey (NI) will be in action this Sunday as they compete at the Commonwealth Games Road Race.