Matthew Teggart and Seán McKenna team up for 2017

Promising Irish duo confirmed for An Post Chain Reaction

The Irish-sponsored, Belgian-based cycling team An Post Chain Reaction.

The Irish-sponsored, Belgian-based cycling team An Post Chain Reaction.

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As the new Aqua Blue Sport team continues its build-up for its debut season in the pro ranks, fellow Irish squad An Post Chain Reaction is also making its own preparation for 2017.

The Irish-sponsored, Belgium-based team has announced the first two Irish riders for next year. Seán McKenna is extending for another season with the team, and is aiming to build on results such as 13th in the youth classification in the Kreiz Breizh Elites race.

‘Perfect fit’

The 22-year-old will be joined by Ulster’s Matthew Teggart. The 20-year-old is moving to the squad after two years with the French amateur Amicale Cycliste Bisontine team.

“When the offer came, I knew it was the perfect fit,” Teggart said. “I can’t wait to get going, to be part of the professional set up they have and compete at Continental level is something I’m so excited about.

“I’ve learned a lot in the last few years, and I feel I’m ready and able to cope with the demands of racing in Europe from my experiences with Amicale Cycliste Bisontine. I know there’s still a lot to learn, but I have racing in my blood and I just want to keep getting better and better.”

His grandfather competed in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich while his father and uncle both raced for Ireland in the Commonwealth Games.

According to team manager Kurt Bogaerts, Teggart is a gifted rider. “He’s got a lot of raw talent so it will be about harnessing that for him to improve his performances in bigger races.”

McKenna was studying last year and joined the team in August. He didn’t have many chances to build experience with the team and so Bogaerts hopes that a full season with the set-up will see advancement.

“He dominated in Ireland before he came to us but racing on the European stage is completely different,” said the Belgian. “He’s raced well so far, but with more international race experience in his legs, he’ll progress even more.”

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