According to organisers of the FBD Insurance Ras ? which starts this Sunday (May 20) in Naas, Ireland ? they have foiled a plot by a bogus Iranian squad to use the race as a means to illegally enter the country.

Apparently, the five-man team from Iran had no intention of taking part in the race itself. Following months of negotiating with what appeared to be a legitimate Vice President of the Iranian Cycling Federation, race organiser Dermot Dignam was alerted to the possibility of a scam over the past few days when agreed procedures were breeched by the Iranians.

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