Sam Bennett: “I am more confident in my ability now.” Photograph: Carlos Barba/EPA

Now over illness Carrick-on-Suir rider is aiming for Tour de France

New Team Sky rider Nicolas Roche is aims to make most of his chances this season. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Chris Froome’s new team-mate scheduled to make his racing debut in Spain in February

Martyn Irvine sustained a fractured collar bone in Mexico last month. Photograph: Getty Images.

Cycling Ireland hope their only omnium rider can take line in London to assure place at world championships

Matt Brammeier is yet to make his plans for next season public. Photograph: Ciaran Fallon/INPHO

Road race champion yet to reveal set-up for 2015

Martin Irvine with his silver medal from the Track Cycling World Championships in  Columbia in January. Photograph: Inpho

2013 world scratch race champion sustained injury in World Cup omnium event in Mexico

Ryan Mullen: “It’s been a great year for me and that’s down to the experience I’m getting with the team. Photograph: Inpho

Irish road race champion had options with other teams

Former world scratch race champion Martyn Irvine is competing in Mexico. Photograph:  Guy Swarbrick/Inpho

A dozen Irish riders are in Guadalajara, Mexico in the competition’s opening round

Matt Brammeier, then of Synergy Baku Cycling Project, leads Conor Dunne (An Post Chain Reaction) during the 2014 Irish National Cycling Championships. Photograph: Ciarán Fallon/Inpho.

Former Irish road race champion about to announce new team

The itinerary for the 2015 Tour de France is seen during its presentation at a news conference in Paris yesterday. The world’s greatest cycling event will start from Utrecht in the Netherlands on July 4th. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Cobblestones to feature again in route that will include just 14 individual time trial kilometres

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