Organisers of the Tour of Ireland professional
cycle race, held in association with Fáilte Ireland, have
announced a three day format for 2009.
The race, from Friday 21st
to Sunday 23rd August, should provide some spectacular racing with
some of the top teams and names in cycling taking part.
cyclists from 16 teams will head out from
The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow on Friday 21st
The prestigious hotel is the Race Headquarters and the main media hub for the
days prior to the event and has also been chosen as the starting
line for stage one to Waterford.
Powerscourt is a proud sponsor of the Tour of Ireland,” said
general manager of the hotel, Allan Federer. “It is an exciting
time for the hotel to have a race like this commence in the
grounds and I believe guests staying here will enjoy the
The 196km first stage will be starting from
The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt on Friday 21st. It is a rolling
stage that sees the peloton competing for the king of the mountain
points after only five kilometers.
The race travels over beautiful
countryside and takes in the handsome climb of Mount Leinster en
route to Waterford where the race will finish on the Quays.
times Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish (Columbia – HTC) returns to Ireland where he scored three consecutive stage
wins last year. Lance Armstrong and Team Astana will also be among
The race has established a big reputation in the
professional peloton and this year’s event, held in association
with Fáilte Ireland, will not disappoint the athletes or the
thousands of spectators expected to line the roads.
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