THE recent Tour of Ireland which was shown world wide on TV proved a success with sponsors, Failte Ireland (Tourist Board), who are to back a second edition of the race in 2008, event promoter Alan Rushton of Events Group said today.

Belgian Stijn Vandenberg of Unibet won the five-day UCI International in August. Sixteen teams of seven took part, comprising four Pro Tour teams, plus teams from Ireland, UK, Europe, Australia and the USA.

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.