Cycling Ulster will be represented by a four person team in the upcoming Junior Tour of Wales. The event gets under way on Friday 24th August with an individual time trial followed by three road stages, concluding on Monday 27th August.
The Ulster team has a strong line-up including riders with multiple victories this year at national and international level.
Breandan Flannagan (Powerhouse Sport) returns to the event after finishing in the top 10 in last year’s edition. Flannagan also finished 14th in the European junior road race championships last month, his performance in that hilly event combined with experience from last year’s race means that Flannagan will be a major contender for overall honours.
Powerhouse Sport also have two other riders in the team, Irish national junior road race champion, Adam Ward and Cathir Doyle. Both riders have spent part of the summer racing in Belgium, returning home to don the Ulster jersey for the Welsh race.
PJ Doogan (Caldwell Cycles) also returns to the race for the second time having finished in the top 20 of the 2017 edition while riding for Ulster.
Speaking following the team announcement, Cycling Ulster Road Commission Chair, Patrick Withers said:
“Ulster has an abundance of talent in the junior ranks this season. The team for the Junior Tour of Wales contains riders who have all represented Ireland at international level this season. The strength in depth of our juniors can be seen just from the fact we have a completely different team to that which took part and rode well in the Junior Tour of Ireland including a top 10 finish from Michael McGlynn. The only disappointment is that we are limited to a team of four. The race includes the New Zealand team that won the team pursuit at the World junior track championships last week so it will be a great experience for the riders up against world class opposition.”