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Niko Eeckhout delivers star turn at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne
Veteran An Post Sean Kelly rider, Nico Eeckhout, delivered the performance of the day at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne spending over 120 kilometres in two separate breakaways before Mark Cavendish took victory in a sprint finish.
Nicolas Roche 13th in GP Citta di Lugano after explosive finale
Nicolas Roche had to settle of 13th place at the GP Citta di Lugano after leading home the chase group behind Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannodale) who clinched the win after a flying attack inside the closing four kilometres.
An Post Sean Kelly Irish riders searching for results at Belgian classics
All five Irish riders on the An Post Sean Kelly team will get the Belgian classics season underway this weekend with the objective of helping the team to achieve top ten finishes in the two races in which it will compete.
Good show by Irish riders at  Beverbeek as McNally takes 7th
The An Post-Sean Kelly team got their classics season underway today at the Beverbeek Classic in Belgium where Mark McNally took an excellent seventh place on a solid day for the Irish riders in the race.
Sam Bennett sets sights on realising Ras winning potential
Three years after becoming the youngest ever rider to win a Rás stage Sam Bennett now believes that he has what it takes to achieve overall victory in the eight-day event for his An Post Sean Kelly team.
McLaughlin hopes 2012 season will deliver lucky break
Donegal man Ronan McLaughlin is hoping to make his mark on home ground when the An Post Sean Kelly team returns to Ireland to defend its Rás crown in three months time.
Roche best placed Irish rider in Algarve after closing ITT
Nicolas Roche put in a solid performance in today's final stage time trial at the Volta ao Algarve finishing the 25.8km stage in 29th place which was enough to seal 14th place overall in his first stage race of the year.
Roche sits tight in GC as Ciolek wins in Tavira
Nicolas Roche maintained his 11th place overall at the Volta ao Algarve after another strong performance on the penultimate stage of the race which took in 186.3 kilometres from Vilamoura to Tavira.
Roche climbs to 11th as Team Sky unleash firepower
Nicolas Roche has climbed to 11th in the Volta ao Algarve GC after a strong performance on the stage three summit finish where Team Sky utilised their strength in depth to spring Richie Porte to the stage win and race lead.
Roche 10 secs of Volta ao Algarve lead as Irish riders improve
Nicolas Roche continues to lie just ten seconds off the race lead at the Volta ao Algarve despite dropping out of the top ten in GC after Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) won stage two and moved into the yellow jersey.
Roche 5th as Irish riders make good Algarve start
Nicolas Roche got the Volta ao Algarve off to a flying start today when he finished fifth in the bunch sprint in Albufeira behind stage winner Gianni Meersman (Lotto-Belisol).
Flu rules Bennett out of Volta ao Algarve
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.
Sean Kelly to tap Sam Bennett’s potential as classics rider
Sean Kelly has expressed his confidence that Sam Bennett can deliver a big result for the An Post Sean Kelly team when it gets its spring semi-classics campaign underway later this month.
Philip Deignan to kick of big season at Volta ao Algarve
Philip Deignan will open his 2012 season for the United Healthcare team at the Volta ao Algarve tomorrow (Tuesday) as one of five Irish riders hoping to make an impact on the five-day race.
Martin out of contention as Tiernan-Locke surprises in Med
Dan Martin sacrificed himself for race leader Michel Kreder on the final stage of the Tour Mediterraneen only to see his Garmin-Barracuda team upstaged by a resilient Jonathan Tiernan-Locke who snatched the stage and overall victory from their grasp.
Martin continues GC rise ahead of crunch Tour of the Mediterranean finish
Dan Martin continued to edge his way up the GC at the Tour of the Mediterranean today after placing 34th on stage three which saw his Garmin-Barracuda teammate Michel Kreder record back-to-back stage wins.
Dan Martin climbs GC at Tour Mediterraneen
Dan Martin has climbed the GC at the Tour Mediterranean after placing 23th in the bunch finish on stage two where his Garmin-Barracuda teammate Michel Kreder celebrated victory.
Matt Brammeier pilots Tom Boonen to Tour of Qatar win
Tom Boonen has won the Tour of Qatar for the fourth time thanks in no small way to his Omega Pharma-Quickstep teammate Matt Brammeier who protected his interests during a dramatic final stage in Doha Corniche.
Walsh and Meehan claim world paracycling track title
Irish cycling has two new world champions with the women’s tandem team of Catherine Walsh and her pilot Francie Meehan having claimed gold at the UCI 2012 Paracycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.
Dan Martin kicks off season at Tour of Mediterranean
Dan Martin has kicked off his 2012 season at the Tour of the Mediterranean finishing comfortably in the bunch on stage one which was cut short by bad weather.
UPDATED: An Post Sean Kelly team unveils 2012 squad
The line-up for the 2012 An Post sponsored Sean Kelly Cycling team was revealed in Brussels today, with an eighteen man team announced, including ten new signings.
Brammeier sits tight as Boonen profits from Qatar escape
Matt Brammeier had to give way to the fortunes of his Omega Pharma-Quickstep team on stage four of the Tour of Qatar after race leader Tom Boonen and three teammates managed to slip away in a late seventeen-man break.
Splits cost Brammeier and McCann time at Qatar
Matt Brammeier and David McCann were both caught on the wrong side of a split in the peloton inside the closing kilometres of stage four of the Tour of Qatar which saw Mark Cavendish record his first win as world champion.
Brammeier 13th in Qatar as Boonen retains slender lead
Matt Brammeier has climbed to 13th overall at the Tour of Qatar after helping his Omega Pharma-Quickstep team leader Tom Boonen to maintain his overall lead by the smallest of margins following’s today stage two team time trial.
Boonen praises Brammeier for setting up Qatar stage win
Tom Boonen had high praise for the role that his Omega Pharma-Quickstep teammate Matt Brammeier played in helping him to a season opening stage win at the Tour of Qatar today.
Eeckhout pipped for Etoile de Besseges stage win
An Post-Sean Kelly veteran Niko Eeckhout came agonisingly close to celebrating victory on stage four of the Etoile de Besseges after poor weather conditions reduced the stage to a 75 kilometre criterium.
Bagdonas 13th on stage three of Etoile de Besseges
Gediminas Bagdonas was the best placed An Post-Sean Kelly rider on stage three of Etoile de Besseges finishing 13th behind Pierre Rolland whose victory saw him take control of the race lead.
An-Post Sean Kelly team survive another tough day
UPDATED: The An Post-Sean Kelly team came through another tough day on stage two of the Étoile de Bessèges where Marcel Kittel (Project 1t4i) won the shortened stage after a mass sprint finish in the town of Saint-Ambroix.
Bagdonas 11th in Etoile de Besseges opener
Today's opening stage of the Étoile de Bessèges was won by Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ-BigMat) with An Post-Sean Kelly rider Gediminas Bagdonas holding out for 11th place in the bunch sprint in Bellegarde.

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