Richard Virenque features in Festina’s new ad

A new TV ad for watchmakers Festina features former French professional, Richard Virenque. Their description of the campaign is "A true passion for sport", the new campaign shows a more stylish and human touch together with the watches." The company sponsored a cycling team from 1989 through to 2001, under the names Festina and Lotus, and Virenque rode for the...

Wheels in Unison – The documentary about Stephen Roche’s Rás win

In 1979, Stephen Roche became the youngest winner of the Rás Tailteann (or The Health Race) as it was known then, beating the Frenchman Breure and fellow Dubliner, Alan McCormack. Roche took two stage wins along the way, the second stage from Longford to Westport and the penultimate stage, a 25-kilometre time-trial in Navan. That year, the national broadcaster RTE,...

Onboard footage from Orica-Green Edge’s Giro Team Time Trial (VIDEO)

Orica Green-EDGE won yesterday's opening stage of the Giro d'Italia, a 17.6 kilometre team time-trial from San Lorenzo al Mare to Sanremo. It was the second year in a row that they won the team time-trial in the Giro, and this enabled Simon Gerrans to take the first pink jersey of the race. Orica-Green Edge had checked out...

Clemens Fankhauser and Conor Dunne showing good form ahead of An Post Rás

Last year's An Post Rás winner, Clemens Fankhauser (Team Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang) and previous stage winner Conor Dunne (An Post - Chain Reaction) both showed that they are in good form in the lead-up to the Rás, when they came close to a win on today's stage of the Tour of Azerbaidjan. The stage from Gabala to Mingachevir was the...

Extreme weather conditions protocol to be tested during the Giro d’Italia

Representatives from the UCI, notably commissaires, riders (CPA), teams (AIGCP) and organisers (AIOCC) have agreed on the principles of an action plan in the event of extreme weather conditions during the Giro d’Italia. The group considers the safety and the health of riders as an absolute priority. The protocol involves notably the compulsory convening of a meeting between the...

“I miss him so much” Wouter Weylandt’s sister speaks about her brother four years after his death

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the tragic death of cyclist Wouter Weylandt. The Belgian crashed on a descent Passo del Bocco on the third stage of the Giro d'Italia after clipping a pedal on a wall and he died from his head injuries. Wouter's sister Elke has spoken to Het Nieuwsblad about his death and how her family was...

Novo Nordisk Renews Commitment to World’s First All-Diabetes Professional Cycling Team to 2017

Global healthcare company Novo Nordisk, renewed its partnership with Team Novo Nordisk for an additional two years, extending the company’s commitment to the first-ever all-diabetes professional cycling team to a total of five years. The team, made up of 18 athletes from 11 countries, all living with type 1 diabetes, will compete in its first major U.S. stage race...

Joshua Edmondson picked up his first win for the An Post Chain Reaction team today after storming to victory on stage three of the Tour d’Azerbaidjan. Edmondson, who rode for Team Sky in 2013 and 2014 before signing to the Irish outfit in January, made a late charge in the race in Gabala, after an original seven man breakaway was...

Stars and Watercarriers – The 1973 Giro d’Italia

On the eve of the Giro d'Italia, here's a great film about an edition of the race from over forty years ago. Stars and Watercarriers is a film from Jorgen Leth who also directed the classic documentary about Paris-Roubaix, A Sunday in Hell. In Stars and Watercarriers, Leth turns his attention to the 1973 Giro d'Italia. It was the 57th...

Determined Irish County Teams take on might of International Teams in An Post Rás

With the full contingent of fifteen international teams announced in recent weeks, the organisers of the An Post Rás today announced the nineteen Irish domestic teams who will square up against their overseas competitors in this month’s race. Many of Ireland’s top home-based riders will compete in the 2.2-ranked international event, pitching their strength against those of the international...

Looking back at Shay Elliott’s epic stage win in the Four Days of Dunkirk

By Graham Healy The Four Days of Dunkirk which is taking place at the moment was first organised in 1955, and the field in that inaugural race, which was won by Louis Deprez, wasn't exactly the strongest However, the race quickly grew in stature and within a couple of years many of the biggest names in the sport lined up...

The Col Collective on the Col d’Izoard

The Col Collective team have now taken on the Col d'Izoard, and this is how they describe the climb.   Although the north face of the Col d’Izoard may not have had quite as much of the Tour de France limelight as its southern ascent, don’t let that little piece of trivia misguide your judgement towards this mythical mountain that stands...