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Six months till the start of the Giro

If you haven't already seen it then take a look at the official promo for the the 2015 edition of the Giro d'Italia. From Saturday May 9th to Sunday May 31st 2015, the 98th edition of Giro d'Italia will start from Regione Liguria and will arrive in Milan.

New signing for An Post-Chain Reaction

According to the Belgian website www.cyclingsite.be this morning, the latest rider to sign for An Post-Chain Reaction is the 22 year-old Belgian, Xandro Meurisse. He arrives to the team with an impressive palmares, with his best result of the season, a stage win in the Triptyque Ardennais. Unfortunately, the rider from Harelbeke crashed heavily in the Giro della Valle...

The Tour de France at the Berlin Wall

By Graham Healy 25 years ago today, on the 9th of November 1989, the Berlin Wall was opened to East Germans as a border crossing allowing them access to the West. It was an incredible time as it meant the end for the hated wall which had been erected in 1961, dividing the city. Just two years previously, the Tour de...

Tour de France winner weds

2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome has wed Michelle Cound in South Africa, having gotten engaged early last year. He met Cound in 2009 through his team-mate at the time, Daryl Impey. Froome sent a tweet earlier today with the message "The most perfect day... I feel like the luckiest man alive"

Arnaud Démare is the latest cyclist to race against a horse

Following on from the likes of Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) and Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo), the latest cyclist to take on the challenge of racing against a horse is Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr). The French champion took to the start line against Ubera Diem which was pulling a sulky driven by Pierre Vercruysse. The race took place last Friday at Vincennes Hippodrome and you...

Cycling Ireland Membership Awards

Tomorrow is your last chance to vote in the Cycling Ireland Membership Awards. Members of Cycling Ireland can vote here:  http://www.cyclingireland.ie/cycling-news-item/cycling-ireland-membership-awards-voting-opens/414  // Below is information on the various categories and nominees.   VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Declan Slevin – Rosemount CC                 Worked to streamline para cycling at national level from come and try events with other organisations to his role as secretary as Para...

Freddy Maertens’ Near Miss

By Graham Healy In 1979, the former World Champion, Freddy Maertens was going through a massive slump in form. Since winning the world title in 1976, his form had been very erratic. He had won races such as Paris-Nice, Vuelta a España and Het Volk. However, he had also had numerous problems which were being attributed to various reasons. It was...

Marcus Christie signs for BISSELL-ABG-GIANT

BISSELL-ABG-GIANT has announced that 23-year-old Marcus Christie of Ireland joins the team for the 2015 road season. The native of Derry will be the team’s leader in top U.S. multiday events such as the Joe Martin Stage Race and North Star Grand Prix as well as UCI one-day road races. He spent last season with the An Post Sean Kelly...

Luca Benedetti tests positive

Italian cyclist Luca Benedetti (Amore Vita – Selle SMP), has tested positive for Darbepoetin at this year’s Grand Prix Cycliste Saguenay in Canada the UCI has announced. The drug is a form of EPO and the 26-year-old cyclist failed the test taken after Stage 2 of the race which took place in June. A week after his positive test, the Italian...

The Dave Rayner Fund Dinner

This evening will see the annual Dave Rayner Fund Dinner take place in Leeds. The fund has been going since 1996 and is named after the young British cyclist who died tragically at the age of 27. Rayner came to the fore in the late 80s on the UK scene where he performed particularly well in The Milk Race. He...

Dublin-based company set to take over Omega Pharma

The New York Times reported today that the Irish-based drug maker Perrigo have agreed to acquire Omega Pharma one of the largest providers of over-the-counter health care products in Europe, for about $4.5 billion. The Belgian company Omega Pharma are of course the main sponsor of one of the biggest cycling teams in the world. The team includes Tom Boonen...

The best moments from the 2014 UCI Road World Championships

Check out this highlights video from this year's Road World Championships in Ponferrada. It features the team time trials, individual time trials and road races. Well worth a watch.

Don’t Try This At Home (or anywhere really)

Check out this nutter riding his bike backwards down a mountain. Claimed speeds of 80km/h I think are a little exaggerated but none the less rather him than me.

Lotto-Jumbo back to the drawing board

According to Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf, the designers of the jersey for the new Lotto.nl - Jumbo team will have to go back to the drawing board. It seems that the UCI have deemed their jersey to be too yellow, and would therefore clash with the leader's jersey in many stage races, including the Tour de France. In previous years,...

Tinkoff-Saxo on Kilimanjaro

The entire Tinkoff-Saxo team is climbing Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, as a part of the team’s team building. Both staff and riders gathered at the base of the mountain and started the climb Saturday. They have now completed day three, and have reached Barranco Camp at 4000 meters after having climbed the Lava Tower at 4600...

Growing support for the Junior Tour of Ireland

Following on from the recent news that the Junior Tour of Ireland is struggling financially, there has been a considerable level of discussion about ways to try and raise funds to save the race. There has been talk of a number of cyclosportives taking place around the country with the money raised going towards funding the race. One such fundraising...

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