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Upwardly mobile Brammeier to lead An Post team after bagging National

For the majority of the competitors in last Sunday's National Road Race, the result was a foregone conclusion.

On paper, it looked as though Nicholas Roche and Daniel Martin were the ones to beat.

Yet, that did not deter 93 competitors taking to the start line in Sligo.

From the off, Matt Brammeier set the tone for the event and short of four hours later, with 99 miles in his legs, he crossed the finish line at the head of the race. For the Liverpudlian, who took out Irish citizenship a couple of years ago, it has been an upward curve since last Sunday.

Matt will lead the An Post/Sean Kelly team in two single-day races, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad today followed by the Dwars door het Hageland tomorrow.

Brammeier will be kitted out in the national champion's jersey, which, as of now, has added to his stature and his bargaining power in the team.

Admittedly, he will not get anything near what Roche or Martin would have earned in bonuses if they are successful.

He will be hoping to continue the team's great run of form in recent weeks by teaming up with fellow Irishmen Mark Cassidy and Connor McConvey for both races.

It will also give Conor McConvey much more racing miles as he prepares for the Under-23 Championships in Turkey the week after next.