Junior Tour of Ireland secures long-term sponsorship deal

A new six-year sponsorship deal has secured the future of cycling’s Junior Tour of Ireland, the prestigious event for up-and-coming riders that has been running since the 1970s. Eurotrek Group CEO Mel Sutcliffe, a former stage winner of the event, has pledged support for the race through a number of high-profile companies.

Cycle manufacturers Scott will become title sponsors for a period from 2015 to 2020, and will also sponsor the yellow jersey. Eurocycles.com will sponsor the green jersey.

A former junior and senior international cyclist, Sutcliffe won the stage from Kanturk to Clonakilty in 1990, finishing the tour in fourth place and still holds the Dublin-Galway coast-to-coast record of 5 hours, 30 minutes, 28 seconds.

Eddie Dunbar became the first rider to win the Junior Tour of Ireland twice in 2013 and 2014, to coincide with revived television coverage of the event, joining a list of winners including Nicolas Roche, Dan Martin, Mark Cavendish, Philip Deignan and Mark Scanlan. TV coverage through Irish Sports Network will continue into 2015.

Sean Kelly, Mel Sutcliffe, Lawrence Roche

Sean Kelly and Lawrence Roche flank new Junior tour of Ireland sponsor Mel Sutcliffe

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