AN Post were the jersey sponsor for the 2009 Tour of Ireland Points Classification as well as the main sponsor for Sean Kelly`s continental team
Associated Bike Brand: Pinarello
Despite being up against a very strong international field including Mark Cavendish with Team Columbia-HTC and Lance Armstrong with Astana, Russ Downing (CandiTV - Marshall`s Pasta) set about winning the 2009 edition of the Tour of Ireland after loosing to Marco Pinotti (Team Columbia) the previous year.
Downing won the sprint from a selective break on the first stage into Waterford and was well placed in the second stage won by Cavendish. Cavendish`s team then set about working for Pinotti, but Downing broke away late in the stage with Lars Petter Nordhaug (Joker-Bianchi) - who took th win - leaving Downing to take the overall honours - which resulted in him being signed by Team Sky the following year.
As well as winning the overall jersey jersey competition, Downing also won the AN Post sponsored points classification.
Date Submitted: 09 Aug 2016