Eddie Dunbar rues misplaced probability of Tour de France on Irish roads


Eddie Dunbar in yellow with Eire’s solely winner of the Tour de France, Stephen Roche. Dunbar has lamented the misplaced probability for a Tour de France on Irish roads

By Shane Stokes

Irish skilled Eddie Dunbar has expressed disappointment on the information that Eire’s bid to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France has been shelved, saying that it could have been an enormous increase to compete within the occasion on Irish soil.

“I noticed that they’ve pulled out of the bid for the Tour,” he advised stickybottle. “It could have been nice to do the Tour de France in Eire. Clearly racing on Irish roads would have been fairly particular.”

The bid was first introduced again in October 2022, with the governments of the Republic and Northern Eire expressing an curiosity in collectively internet hosting the beginning of the occasion in both 2026 or 2027.

Nonetheless after the latter’s Division of the Financial system withdrew final July as a consequence of funding pressures, the Irish authorities determined it was not able to go it alone on a Tour begin probably costing between 20 and 30 million.

“I by no means actually acquired my hopes up too excessive about it anyway, as a result of when it first got here out you can hear individuals discuss it, however since then it has been fairly silent about it,” Dunbar defined. “So when the information got here out I wasn’t too shocked in any respect.

“Nevertheless it’s disappointing, nonetheless. It’s most likely unlikely now that I’ll get to do the Tour on Irish roads throughout my profession, however hopefully down the road there might be some extra Irish riders who get the chance to try this.”

Dunbar is but to compete within the Tour de France. He’s in his second yr as a group chief with the Jayco AlUla squad, however will goal the Giro d’Italia this season.


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