An Post Green Jersey Sponsor on 2008 Tour of Ireland
The Green Jersey which will be fought for in the 2008 Tour of Ireland (August 27-31) was unveiled today at Dublin Castle by Minister Martin Cullen T.D., Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism.
Backing the Green Jersey for the second time, this is the latest addition to An Post’s cycling sponsorship portfolio, which includes sponsorship of the Sean Kelly Cycling Team, who had great success in the Rás during May, and the Irish Paralympic Cycling Team and squad, who will compete in Beijing this August.
The An Post Green Jersey is the coveted prize for the points-based sprint competition. With three sprints on each day the crowds on the sprint lines will be treated to fierce competition as individual riders’ battle for the right to wear the An Post Green Jersey. For spectators and participating teams the highlight at the finish line on each day will be the presentation of the Yellow and the Green Jersey.
An Post hopes to feature in both the prize giving and the prize winning at the awarding of the Green Jersey. The An Post sponsored Sean Kelly Team is competing in the Tour, and they have made it clear that the team will mount a strong challenge for the Jersey. While the team is based in Belgium and has a European membership, there are six Irish team members vying for a place on the Tour.
Sean Kelly, whose team is sponsored by An Post, said: “This is a first class racing event with many of the world's top teams participating. The Tour presents an unmatchable opportunity for the riders to perform at their highest level, in front of their home audience. Of course, we are keen to make our presence in the field count by mounting a serious offensive for the Green Jersey. Our riders are having a good summer and we are looking forward to coming home and competing in the Tour this August.
The Company’s sponsorship will include An Post staff and customers from all over Ireland in the excitement of the Green Jersey Competition, with 53 Post Offices located along the Tour route and quite a few of these right at the heart of the action, on the sprint line.
Tour of Ireland, Project Director, Darach McQuaid said; “We and our title sponsor Fáilte Ireland recently announced our Partner Sponsorship with An Post and today, we are delighted to unveil the An Post Green Jersey. It is appropriate that a national company with such a vital involvement in communities all across Ireland will be Official Partner to the Tour. “
The An Post Green Jersey is designed by the Tour of Ireland and produced by De Marchi Sports in Italy.
Find more information about An Post Cycling Sponsorship at www.anpost.ie/Cycling
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