Deceuninck – Quick-Step name strong line-up for Le Samyn

Following on from their incredible Opening Weekend, where they won both Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, Deceuninck – Quick-Step will go fully motivated to Le Samyn, a race won by the team on three occasions since 2009. The 198.4km-long course is stacked with cobblestone sectors and twelve climbs, the last of these featuring with one kilometre to go, thus...

Lydia Boylan wins Points Race silver at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Ireland’s Lydia Boylan has won silver at the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in the Women’s Points Race at the Pruszkow Arena in Poland - just 48 hours after team mate Mark Downey won Bronze in the Men’s Points Race. Boylan, who lives in Dublin, helped Ireland to a stellar ninth place in Saturday’s Women’s Madison with Shannon McCurley...

Bob Jungels solos to victory at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Bob Jungels (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) today became the first Luxembourger in 106 years to win a cobbled Classic when he triumphed at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. It completed a remarkable Opening Weekend for his team following on from Zdenek Stybar’s solo success at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. This time, it was Jungels’ time to shine, and the 26-year-old put in a excellent solo...

Zdenek Stybar wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

A brilliant move inside the final two kilometres of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad netted Zdebek Stybar (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) his biggest victory to date in a one-day race. The Czech rider won the 74th edition of the race with a perfectly-executed attack from the breakaway group that emerged over the top of the Molenberg and managed to keep the chasers...

Sam Bennett wins the final stage of the UAE Tour

Sam Bennett (BORA - hansgrohe) has taken his second win of the season by winning the final stage of the UAE Tour, adding to his win last month at the Vuelta a San Juan Internacional (2.1). The riders faced 145 kilometres of racing between Dubai Safari Park and Dubai Walk. The flat parcours was tailored to the sprinters and was...

When the British Army allowed the first Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to take place

In 2009, the opening race of the Belgian cycling season, Omloop Het Volk, changed its name to Omloop Het Nieuwsblad following the merger of the newspapers Het Volk and Het Nieuwsblad, but the race wasn’t originally called Het Volk. It was first organised in 1945, when it was named Omloop van Vlaanderen (Circuit of Flanders) by journalist Jerome Stevens of...

Sep Vanmarcke looks ahead to the start of the classics season

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad not only marks the start of the Classics season, it’s also the first European WorldTour race of the year. The race begins in Ghent, as it did last year. The 199.8km course weaves through the Flandrien countryside over seven cobble sectors and 13 climbs, known to the Flandriens as ‘bergs’. A 12km flat section will lead...

Mark Downey wins bronze at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Ireland’s Mark Downey has won bronze at the 2019 Track Cycling World Championships in the Men’s Points Race at the Pruszkow Arena in Poland. The County Down rider struggled through the first half of the race, but with 40 laps to go took a lap, and sprint points. Recovering quickly, he took another lap, and entered the final nine...

Ireland’s top cycling team Dan Morrissey – MIG.ie – Pactimo to continue into 10th season

Ireland’s top cycling team is set to begin the 2019 season in new colours and an enhanced roster following the announcement that the Dan Morrissey Quarry Group, McCarthy Insurance Group and Pactimo will support the squad in the upcoming campaign. The team sponsors are all long-time supporters of cycling in Ireland at all levels and the team, headed by sports...

Eve McCrystal focusing on both domestic and international targets in 2019

Eve McCrystal ended 2018 in the number one slot in the Cycling Ireland domestic rankings and for 2019, she is targeting the double of National Road Race Championships and the National Road Series. In preparation for the season, McCrystal has been combining her solo riding around Dundalk with training on the velodrome in Mallorca as pilot of Katie George...

Elia Viviani wins Stage 5 of the UAE Tour

Italian National Champion Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) put in a late burst of speed to take the win on the fifth stage of the UAE Tour. The 181-kilometre stage took a route that crossed from the coast at Sharjah, along a mainly flat course to the tips of the Indian ocean at the other side of the peninsula at...

Strong line-up set for Annaclone GP on opening weekend of Irish road season

Banbridge Cycling Club will once again open the Ulster road racing season with the Travers Engineering Annaclone GP this Saturday, 2nd March. With over 150 riders along with support crews and race officials Annaclone village is expected to be a hive of activity both in the lead up to and following the mid-day race start. Two races will be...