Carrick-on-Suir cycling stars Sean Kelly and Sam Bennett at Clonmel roadshow

Carrick-on-Suir cycling stars Sean Kelly and Sam Bennett at Clonmel roadshow

Sam Bennett and Sean Kelly answer questions at the SKODA roadshow.

Carrick-on-Suir cycling stars of the past and present were the main attractions at a major cycling Question and Answer evening in Clonmel.

Hosted by SKODA dealers Ryan Motor Power, the  event attracted a huge audience to hear local legend Sean Kelly and upcoming star Sam Bennett talk about the sport and the upcoming Tour de France.

Also taking part was former Tipperary hurler and now cycling enthusiast John Leahy while RTE's Des Cahill compered the evening.

Pictured at the Ryan Power Motor Skoda pretour night were Barry Meehan, Des Cahill, Sean Kelly, Ronan Power, Sam Bennett, Michael Ryan, John Donegan Skoda ireland.

Widely regarded as one of Ireland's greatest ever sportsmen in any discipline, Sean Kelly was a major force in the Tour de France for many years, a multipe Green Jersey and stage winner without ever taking the overall prize.

Coming from the same town, Sam Bennett is regarded as one of the stars of the future and is already one of the select group of Irish cyclists to finish the Tour de France.

He is not part of his Bora-Hansgrohe team in this year's race which starts next month after a gruelling Giro in Italy but is expected to make an impact on the race in years to come.

Kelly and Bennett answered questions on all aspects of cycling at the Clonmel event.

Sharing a joke - John Leahy, Sam Bennett, Tara Fogarty and Des Cahill.

Sean Kelly and his cycle wear brand Onda Cycle Wear has teamed up with Ryan Motor Power SKODA  which will see Kelly take to the road in a customised SKODA Superb Sportline Combi attending cycling events across the country over the course of the year.

SKODA are also the official car partner for the 14th year for the Tour de France that starts on July 1.

The SKODA links to cycling date back to 1895 when they started manufacturing bicycles before turning to cars ten years later.