2018 Ras Tail­teann to start in Drogheda

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By HU­BERT MUR­PHY

THE 2018 Ras Tail­teann will start in Drogheda. The an­nounce­ment will be made of­fi­cially next week.

The rid­ers will gather by the Boy­ne­side and then per­form a cer­e­mo­nial start through West Street be­fore head­ing off to the first stage.

The Ras has pre­vi­ously had a penul­ti­mate stage fin­ish in the town while there was also a stage fin­ish in a very wet Ardee last year.

The race be­gins on May 20 and runs for eight days.

For­mally the An Post Ras, the or­gan­is­ers are still seek­ing a main spon­sor or spon­sors for the event af­ter the postal com­pany ended its as­so­ci­a­tion last year.

The race has played a huge part in the Ir­ish sport­ing world since its in­cep­tion in 1953. It is the big­gest cycling oc­ca­sion in Ire­land and hav­ing the glam­our of stag­ing the start will be a big boost to the sport lo­cally.

It is a world-ranked event on the cycling cal­en­dar and rid­ers and teams come from many dif­fer­ent coun­tries. Ir­ish stars like Stephen Roche and Tony Martin have come through the ranks of it. Work on the lo­gis­tics and or­gan­i­sa­tion has been on­go­ing for months.

Some of the top cy­clists in the world are com­ing to Drogheda in May

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