Kerry team for FBD Insurance Rás selected

Niall Brosnan, Tom Flaherty and Cian Hogan from Team Earl of Desmond and Concannon brothers Michael and Eoin from the Killlorglin Credit Union Cycling Club make up Kerry’s team for this year’s FBD Insurance RAS, which gets underway in Naas on Sunday 20th May.Brosnan and the two Concannon’s have ridden Ireland’s premier cycling event before but for Hogan and Flaherty it will be a new experience.The team will be managed by former RAS cyclist Tralee man Matt Lacey and supported by his back up team of mechanic Marcus Treacy from Killarney, masseur Killian Deenihan from Ballyduff and driver Tom Brosnan from Tralee.A top 3 finish in the County category is the aim of the Kerry/Earl of Desmond Team but they are expecting tough competition from Dublin with three teams, two teams from Meath and a strong Tipperary outfit.There is also a large international array of teams taking part this year including the USA, Australia, Estonia, Denmark and Germany. The German team in particular looks very strong and will be led by Olympic Gold Medalist and former Tour de France cyclist Daniel Becke.The Kerry/Earl of Desmond Team will be launched officially on Monday 14th May in The Earl of Desmond Hotel, Tralee at 8pm.