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Presentation on Cork Stage of the Tour of Ireland Professional Cycle Race 2007

Cycle Tour launch 2007

Superintendent Charlie Barry, Ita Madden, Cork City Council Communications Co-ordinator, Garda Kevin Mills, Lord Mayor Cllr. Donal Counihan, Fiona Buckley and Marie Keane, Fáilte Ireland, Alan Rushton, Darach McQuaid.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Donal Counihan, welcomed Alan Rushton, Event Director, and members of the organising commitee to the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on 9th July 2007 for the presentation on the Cork Stage of what promises to be one of the most exciting events on the Irish sports and cycling calendar, the 2007 Tour of Ireland Professional Cycling Race, 22nd - 26th August.

"I am delighted as  on behalf of the people of Cork that we will be part of this wonderful event. Cork is, of course, no stranger to high profile professional cycling events having been in the past a venue for the Tour de France when it visited Ireland in 1998 and to many Nissan Classic stages over the years. Anybody who has witnessed or participated in any of those events will realise that our own St. Patrick’s Hill can give Alpe D’Heuz a run for its money any day. It promises to be a breathtaking event with the cream of World and Irish professional cycling talent competing in a challenging race surrounded by what is arguably the most beautiful scenery in the world.

It will focus the eyes of the world on Ireland as a world-class sporting and tourism venue and no doubt will focus for part of that time on our wonderful city. The principal sponsor of the event, Fáilte Ireland, are obviously keen to expose key tourism locations to the widest possible global audience and this event promises to do just that. The Tour will be contested by many of the top teams in the world and televised live each day. In-depth programming will be shown live on RTÉ in Ireland, coast to coast in the United States, widely in Britain and Europe as well as South Africa, Australia and Japan.

The race will be composed of 126 professional riders, 300 race personnel and media plus 125 official vehicles and 28 civilian motorcyclists. An international press corps will attend the event from written, photographic and web outlets worldwide with pressroom facilities being provided on a daily basis.

The Tour is organized by The Events Group Limited, in association with Shadetree Sports. The Events Group promoted the former Nissan Classic (1985-1992) and the start of the Tour de France from Ireland (1998) so we can be guaranteed an event comparable with the Giro D’Italia, Vuelta D’Espana or the Tour de France."

Alan Rushton, Event Director, then outlined  important details of the event.

Lord Mayor Cllr. Donal Counihan in closing said he looked forward to August when the Peleton comes to town. 



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