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“It’s the right time for a velodrome in Ireland now” – Brian Nugent reflects on successful European Champs

The final day of racing at the UEC Junior and U23 Track European Championships took place on Sunday at the Sangalhos Velodrome in Anadia, Portugal and it marked Ireland's most successful European Championships to-date. On the final day of racing, the Men’s Junior Madison pairing of Xeno Young and Luke Smith finished eighth. In the Women’s U23 Keirin Autumn...

100 years since 1910 Tour de France winner Octave Lapize was killed in action

One hundred years ago this month, the winner of the 1910 Tour de France Octave Lapize, was killed in action in the First World War. Not only did Lapize win the Tour, he also won Paris-Roubaix on three consecutive occasions, in addition to Paris-Brussels and Paris-Tours amongst other races. When war broke out in 1914 Lapize signed up to fight within...

Bas Tietema on the benefits of core training and training at altitude

Young Dutch rider Bas Tietema was one of the new recruits for the An Post Chain Reaction team at the start of the 2017 season and since lining up with the Irish team, the 22 year-old has been making steady progress which has seen him take bronze in the U23 Dutch TT Championships last month. Since then, Tietema has been...

Team Sunweb secure both green and polka dot jerseys at the Tour de France

Team Sunweb have upped their Grand Tour classification triumphs to three in as many months, as Warren Barguil and Michael Matthews brought home two of the Tour de France's prestigious jerseys for the German team. With four stage wins, eleven top tens, two jerseys and the race's most combative rider, it was an incredibly successful race for Team Sunweb. Both...

“I’m leaving France with many beautiful memories” – Dan Martin

Stage 21 of the Tour de France, which rolled out from Montgeron – the location of the first ever start of a Tour de France stage, 114 years ago – marked the end of Dan Martin’s most successful Grand Tour campaign, one which saw the 30-year-old Quick-Step Floors rider finish in sixth place, after three hard weeks of fighting...

Cyril Gautier proposes to girlfriend during final stage of Tour de France (VIDEO)

Cyril Gautier (AG2R La Mondiale) had a day to remember on the final stage of this year's Tour de France. En route to Paris, the French rider unfurled a piece of paper showing the route profile live on TV with a message which translated as: "Caroline - will you marry me? I love you." Gautier showed the paper to the motorbike...

Dan Martin achieves career-best Tour de France result

Dan Martin (Quick Step Floors) has achieved his best overall result at the Tour de France, finishing in sixth place, 4'42" behind overall winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) and just 2'22" off a podium place. The result marks a big improvement for the Irish rider whose previous best finish at La Grand Boucle was 9th place last year when he...

Nicolas Roche breaks Sean Kelly’s record for most Grand Tours completed by an Irish rider

By finishing the Tour de France today, Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing Team) has beaten the long-standing record set by Sean Kelly of the most Grand Tours completed by an Irish rider. Roche has completed seventeen Grand Tours in total, having finished the Giro d'Italia three times, the Tour de France eight times and the Vuelta a Espana six times. What...

Irish riders close to adding to medal tally at the European Track Championships

Both Luke Smith and Mark Downey came agonisingly close to medals at the UEC Junior and U23 Track European Championships today in Portugal, in a week where the young, talented and ambitious Irish team has already won three medals in against the top young riders in Europe. In the Men’s Junior Points Race Smith lapped the field as well...

Maciej Bodnar wins his first Tour de France stage as Chris Froome increases overall lead

Maciej Bodnar today took his first Tour de France stage victory in the Marseille time-trial and BORA-hansgrohe’s second of the race as yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome (Team Sky) increased his overall lead over Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) to 54". The penultimate stage of the 2017 Tour de France was 22.5km long on a challenging course with its long straight...

Mark Downey adds to Ireland’s medal tally at the European Track Championships

Mark Downey has won a bronze medal in the Points Race at the UEC Junior and U23 Track European Championships in Anadia, Portugal tonight. This brings to three the number of medals won by Ireland in these championships so far. The Men’s U23 Points Race was won by Niklas Larsen (Den), silver went to Ethan Hayter (GB) and Downey...

Fernando Gaviria delays return to racing after suffering training injury

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) will return to racing later than scheduled after injuring his calf muscle during a training rider. The Colombian – winner of eight races this season – had been scheduled to take part in RideLondon Classic, which would have marked his return to action following a break which he took after completing his maiden Grand Tour, the...

Edvald Boasson Hagen attacks late to win stage 19 of the Tour de France

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data) finally grabbed a stage win in the Tour de France after four podium finishes on earlier stages. The Norwegian soloed to victory in Salon-de-Provence after a late attack on stage 19. Today’s stage was the last chance for many riders to take a stage win in the race, and it was no surprise to...

PSNI launch initiative to identify drivers involved in close passes

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) recently launched a new initiative to raise awareness of cycle safety in Belfast. The first part of the two-pronged initiative will see close-pass operations involving police officers in plain clothes on unmarked bicycles equipped with cameras, supported by police motorcyclists to identify drivers who don’t give cyclists enough room when they pass. This will...

Xeno Young wins second silver medal for Ireland at European Track Champs

Xeno Young has won Ireland’s second silver medal at the UEC Junior and U23 Track European Championships in Portugal tonight, finishing behind Ivan Smirnov (Russia) in the gold medal final of the Men’s Junior Individual Pursuit. Young’s 3.19.063 was the second fastest time in the Individual Pursuit qualifying rounds earlier today, guaranteeing the County Down man a European medal,...

Annemiek van Vleuten wins La Course by Le Tour on the Col d’Izoard (VIDEO)

Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) put in a solo attack to claim La Course by Le Tour at the top of the Col d'Izoard (2,360 m) today. A number of riders tried to go clear early on including French champion Charlotte Bravard who attacked from the start and also Rozanne Silk and Linda Villumsen. However, the Boels Dolmans team controlled...

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Maciej Bodnar today took his first Tour de France stage victory in the Marseille time-trial and BORA-hansgrohe’s second of the race as yellow jersey...

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