Conn McDunphy wins first Cycling Ireland sanctioned race since lockdown

Conn McDunphy (C.C.Nogent-sur-Oise) has today won the Kildare Open TT Championships, the first Cycling Ireland sanctioned event since the Covid-19 lockdown measures eased. The time trial took place on a 16-kilometre course outside Johnstown Bridge in North Kildare. The riders faced an undulating course and McDunphy described conditions as "quite a hard head wind out and it was super...

2020 Rás Tailteann Postponed

Cáirde Rás Tailteann has decided as of today, to definitively postpone the 2020 edition of An Rás Tailteann which was originally due to return to the roads of Ireland in June. The race will not take place now until 2021. Over the past number of weeks, Cáirde Rás Tailteann has monitored the evolving situation daily and digested publicly available roadmaps,...

Chris Froome to leave Team INEOS and join Team Israel Start-Up Nation

Team INEOS confirmed today that they will not be renewing Chris Froome’s contract at the end of this season. Team Israel Start-Up Nation subsequently announced that the four-time Tour de France winner will lead their team, starting next season. The team confirmed that the Briton will sign a long-term contract on August 1st. In addition to his four Tour de...

2020 Rás na mBan Postponed

Continuing challenges relating to the global pandemic mean that Rás na mBan 2020 will not now take place on its original date in September. Ireland’s top international stage race for women was due to take place September 2nd to 6th from a base in Kilkenny but the event organisers have decided to wait until August to see if restrictions ease...

Florian Sénéchal wins the inaugural GP Vermarc

Florian Sénéchal (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) soloed to victory at the Grote Prijs Vermarc in Rotselaar, Belgium on Sunday. For Sénéchal and many others who lined up yesterday, it was their first race since March. A 14-man group snapped the elastic on the opening 15.4-kilometre lap, with Pieter Serry and Stijn Steels representing Deceuninck – Quick-Step in the move which quickly...

Isle of Wight to host the final stage of the 2022 Tour of Britain

The Isle of Wight will host the Tour of Britain for the first time ever in September 2022, following an agreement between race organisers and the Isle of Wight Council that will see the final stage of the race taking place on the island. It will mark the first time that the Tour of Britain has visited the Isle...

Sam Bennett to return to action at the Vuelta a Burgos

Sam Bennett along with his Deceuninck – Quick-Step team-mate Remco Evenepoel will return to action later this month, at the five-day Vuelta a Burgos (28 July-1 August). After a winning start to the season with Deceuninck – Quick-Step in Australia, where he claimed two wins, Irish Champion Bennett will look to ease back into competition and build his condition...

Details for return of Mondello Series announced

Usher Irish Road Club have announced the return of the Mondello Series. Discussions with Mondello Motor Racing Circuit have been ongoing and an agreed set of Covid measures will be introduced for the promotion of these events at the venue. The series dates for the remainder of the season are: • Tuesday July 14th* • Tuesday July 21st • Tuesday July 28th •...

Deceuninck – Quick-Step to return to action this weekend at GP Vermarc Sport

Deceuninck – Quick-Step will return to action this Sunday at the GP Vermarc Sport in Rotselaar, Belgium A strong eight-man team will be on the start line in Rotselaar, this Sunday The Grote Prijs Vermarc Sport will be the squad’s first race in almost four months, and they have named a strong eight-man team for the race which takes...

Cycling Ireland seeking expressions of interest in paracycling programme

Cycling Ireland is now seeking expressions of interest from people willing to commit to their high-performance paracycling development programme The programme is acknowledged in Sport Ireland’s post-Rio Review as “the most successful Irish performance programme in Rio 2016 with five medals, including two Gold." Since Rio 2016, Irish para-cyclists have won a total of 10 UCI Paracycling World Championships medals,...

Nicolas Roche named on Team Sunweb’s Tour de France line-up

Nicolas Roche has been included in the Team Sunweb line-up for the Tour de France which starts in Nice on the 29th of August. It will be Roche's tenth appearance at the Tour de France, having made his debut at the 2009 edition. He has also been included on the long-list for the Vuelta a España team. Lining up alongside...

Darach McQuaid and Brent Copeland join Mitchelton-SCOTT

Darach McQuaid and Brent Copeland will join Mitchelton-SCOTT from today, July 1, as part of a structural change at the Australian WorldTour team ahead of the 2020 season re-start. McQuaid will step into a newly created Chairman position as a direct liaison with team owner Gerry Ryan. McQuaid has been working as Mitchelton-SCOTT’s commercial adviser for a number of years,...