By Shane Stokes
Irish duo David McCann and Paul Griffin have outlined their early racing programme for 2006. The Giant Asia riders will get things underway shortly with a ride in the Tour of Siam from January 15-21, then begin the six-day Tour of Thailand three days later.
The performances in the 2.2 ranked events will determine who gets selected for the 2.HC Tour de Langkawi (3-12 February). The 2.2 Tour de Taiwan follows from March 6-11.
McCann is reasonably confident of competing in the Malaysian race. "The team isn't finalised yet but if I am going alright I should be there," he said. "They invited us on condition we go for the Asia classification so we must bring four Asian riders, leaving only two others. At the minute it's me and Griff (Paul Griffin), but we will see how the first two races go."