Cyclist Power gets thumbs up in Irish Olympic review

By Shane Stokes,

Irish cyclist Ciarán Power's 13th place in the Olympic road race was today highlighted by the government-commissioned Athens Review as one of the bright points of the otherwise lacklustre multi-sport campaign at the 2004 Olympic Games. The sport has had little attention in the years following the retirements of Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche, with Irish attention turning to soccer, rugby, athletics and the national sports of Gaelic football and hurling. The start of the Tour de France in Ireland in 1998 was initially embraced by the media and public alike, but the Festina affair evaporated that interest and further marginalised the sport.

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