Tour of Ireland 2009

The big draw of cycling’s Tour of Ireland this year is undoubtedly the 7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, as the BBC report notes. But amongst the team lists competing in Ireland’s 3-day tour, shortened due to the “very tough economic climate”, are a number of recognisable names. Australian veteran Stuart O’Grady for example, and the Isle of Man’s Mark Cavendish who won 6 stages in this year’s Tour de France including an impressive final stage victory on the Champs-Élysées. Russell Downing of the Candi TV – Marshalls Pasta Team won the first stage today. Meanwhile Lance is, of course, twittering away. He may even go for an impromptu ride about town..

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  • RepublicanStones

    A bit of a coup gettin the great one to compete, of course we hope the weather improves [keep it civil – edited moderator]

  • billyghoti

    Will we get the same superb TV coverage as is provided each year during the Tour de France and shown on British Eurosport? It must generate millions of euros in tourist spending after they see the wonderful scenery.

  • steve white

    watching the tour last year, it had a english commentator and it was done like a tourism film,metnion how lovely each place was, rather then a cycle race it was terrible for that

  • RepublicanStones

    Now Pete how was that last bit of my post uncivil?

  • Pete Baker


    The digital channel ITV 4 is covering it. As they did the Tour de France.