An Post Sean Kelly team manager Kurt Bogaerts today announced that the Belgium based side had concluded a deal to sign young Irish rider Sean Downey on a year long contract.
“It’s no secret that we have been after Sean for a while now and I’m delighted that he has joined the team. He’s a young rider with huge potential. He’s strong in all departments – a good time trialist and a climber too” Bogaerts said.
The highly rated 21-year old from Dromore in County Down was the youngest ever winner of the Tour of Ulster when he took the honours as an eighteen year old in 2009.
He also won the U23 National Championships in the same season. The following year saw Downey ride for the VC La Pomme Marseille team, where he suffered a horrific injury which saw him lose consciousness during the Ronde de I’Isard race in South France.
After recovering from that ordeal he battled back to win a bronze medal in the team pursuit at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli. Last season he rode for the Cote d’Armor team in France and he was the top placed Irish rider at this year’s An Post Rás, finishing in 11th while riding for Team Ireland.
Bogaerts is delighted to add another talented young Irish rider to the Continental side’s setup.
“In his short career he’s already had some bad injuries, but he’s come back from them every time and showed real character. He joins the team with great confidence and I’m looking forward to seeing him at the training camp in December” Bogaerts added.