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.