By Shane Stokes
The Irish-registered, Belgium-based UCI Continental Sean Kelly racing team will continue in 2008, despite the decision by this year's sponsors Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group to stop backing the squad. General manager Kurt Bogaerts confirmed to Cyclingnews on Tuesday that a new sponsor is in place; more details about this are expected on Wednesday.
The team is based in the Sean Kelly Racing Academy in Merchtem, Belgium, and has primarily acted as a development team for young Irish and international cyclists. The riders competed in a number of high-level events in 2007, including the Tour of Qatar and the 2.1 ranked Tour of Ireland.
Bogaerts has confirmed that at least four Irishmen will be with the team this coming season, plus several riders from further afield. He still has some vacancies; those interested can contact him at +32 476675830.