An Post–Chain Reaction
|Website||Team home page|
|General manager||Kurt Bogaerts|
|Team name history|
|Sean Kelly ACLVB–M Donnelly
Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn–M Donnelly–Sean Kelly
An Post–M Donnelly–Grant Thornton–Sean Kelly Team
An Post–Sean Kelly
An Post–Chain Reaction
An Post–Chain Reaction Cycles–Sean Kelly (UCI Team Code: SKT) is a UCI Continental cycling team registered in Ireland, based at the Sean Kelly Academy in Merchtem, that participates predominantly in races on the UCI Europe Tour. The team is managed by Kurt Bogaerts and Sean Kelly with directeur sportif Andy Vanhoudt.
The team began in 2006 with the name Sean Kelly Team ACLVB–M Donnelly as the first Irish professional cycling team. Shortly after its launch another Irish continental team was launched, Team Murphy & Gunn–Newlyn. For the 2007 season, these two teams merged to form the Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn–M Donnelly–Sean Kelly team. The team achieved several good results including second overall in the Rás Tailteann with Paídi O'Brien. At the end of 2007 it was announced that An Post would replace Murphy & Gunn as main sponsor while Grant Thornton replaced the Newlyn group as a co-sponsor. For the 2008 season, the team became more international with four Belgians, two Britons, one Swede and one German joining the six Irish riders. The team took its biggest win when Stephen Gallagher won the general classification of the Rás Tailteann. It has also taken overall victories in Vuelta a Extremadura (Daniel Lloyd), Tour des Pyrennees (Dan Fleeman), & Ronde de l'Oise (Steven Van Vooren).
The team began as an Irish registered team, becoming Belgian registered between 2010 and 2013, primarily to gain access to races in Belgium. For the 2014 season the team will be Irish registered once more.
UCI Europe Tour
The SKT team was UCI ranked 31st out of 125 teams at the end of the 2009 UCI Europe Tour season with 481 points. The team was ranked 46th out of 110 teams on the UCI Europe Tour rankings for 2010 with 314 points. It improved ranking to 21st out of 114 teams in 2011 with 648 points, with the team's highest points scorers being Mark McNally with 125 and Andrew Fenn, who scored 122. The team had their best ever season in 2012, finishing 16th out of 125 teams in the final rankings on 879 points. Gediminas Bagdonas was the team's highest points scorer with 346 points, a tally that was good enough to put him in tenth place in the individual standings. Niko Eeckhout contributed 187 points to the tally, while Kenneth Vanbilsen scored 131. In 2013 the team finished 28th overall with a total of 341 points.
- 1st Overall Vuelta a Extremadura, Daniel Lloyd
- 1st Stage 1, Team Time Trial
- 1st Overall FBD Insurance Ras, Stephen Gallagher
- 1st Overall Tour des Pyrénées, Dan Fleeman
- 1st Stages 4 & 5 Vuelta a Extremadura, Niko Eeckhout
- 1st Stage 1 FBD Insurance Ras, Niko Eeckhout
- 1st Overall Ronde de l'Oise, Steven Van Vooren
- 1st GP Stad Zottegem, Niko Eeckhout
- 1st Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen, Niko Eeckhout
- 1st Ireland Irish Road Race Championship, Matt Brammeier
- 1st Stage 5 Étoile de Bessèges, Niko Eeckhout
- 1st Stage 3 Ronde de l'Oise, Niko Eeckhout
- 1st Stage 3 FBD Insurance Ras, David O'Loughlin
- 1st Stage 7 FBD Insurance Ras, Mark Cassidy
- 1st Lithuania Time Trial Championships, Gediminas Bagdonas
- 1st Stage 2 Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, Niko Eeckhout
- 1st Stage 7 Tour de Bretagne, Andrew Fenn
- 1st Overall An Post Rás, Gediminas Bagdonas
- 1st Stages 2 & 4, Gediminas Bagdonas
- 1st Memorial Philippe Van Coningsloo, Andrew Fenn
- 1st Overall Ronde de l'Oise, Gediminas Bagdonas
- 1st Stage 2, Gediminas Bagdonas
- 1st GP Stad Geel, Sam Bennett
- 1st Overall Mi-Août en Bretagne, Mark McNally
- 1st Stage 7 Tour of Britain, Gediminas Bagdonas
- 1st Lithuania Road Race Championships, Gediminas Bagdonas
- 1st Kattekoers, Roy Jans
- 1st Ronde van Noord-Holland, Gediminas Bagdonas
- 1st Omloop der Kempen, Nico Eeckhout
- 1st Stages 3 & 8 An Post Rás, Gediminas Bagdonas
- 1st Memorial Philippe Van Coningsloo, Gediminas Bagdonas
- 1st Schaal Sels-Merksem, Nico Eeckhout
- 1st Stage 5 Tour of Britain, Sam Bennett
- 1st Stage 2 An Post Rás, Shane Archbold
- 1st Stages 3 & 8 An Post Rás, Sam Bennett
- 1st Stage 2 Ronde de l'Oise, Glenn O'Shea
- 1st Ireland Irish U23 Road Race Championship, Jack Wilson
As of 12 January 2013.
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- "New look Irish continental team launched in Dublin". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
- "Kenneally Takes Final Stage, Martin Wins Overall". FBD Insurance Ras.com. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
- "An Post to sponsor Sean Kelly team". RTE.ie. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
- "Sean Kelly pushes harder for 2008". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
- "Stage victory for O'Loughlin, Gallagher takes An Post's greatest win". Irish Cycling. Archived from the original on 30 May 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2008.
- "An Post Chainreaction to register as Irish; targets pro-continental status and more sponsors". stickybottle.com. Retrieved 29 December.
- "Chain Reaction Cycles sponsors An Post-Sean Kelly team". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 9 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
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