Conor Dunne and Sam Bennett compete in the elite men’s road race in Virginia, USA. Photograph: Inpho

After the time-trial events earlier this week, the Irish competitors in the UCI road world championships will begin their road race campaign on Friday(...)

 Italian cyclist Fabio Aru (C) of Astana, makes a toast with Spanish rider Joaquim Rodriguez (left) of Katusha and Polish rider Rafal Majka  of Tinkoff-Saxo at the start of the 21st and last stage of the  Vuelta a Espana, won by Aru. Photograph:  Javier Lizon/EPA

Italian Fabio Aru wrapped up a debut grand tour triumph when the beaming Astana rider coasted over the line on the final day’s ceremonial ride into Ma(...)

Astana’s rider Fabio Aru from Italy celebrates on the podium after becoming the overall leader at the end of the 20th stage between San Lorenzo del Escorial and Cercedilla. Photograph: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP

Fabio Aru all but secured a debut grand tour triumph when he left overnight leader Tom Dumoulin floundering on the third ascent of Saturday’s penulti(...)

Sky's Irish cyclist Nicolas Roche (R) sprints next to Trek's Spanish cyclist Haimar Zubeldia to win the 18th stage of the 2015 Vuelta Espana cycling tour, a 204 km route between Roa and Riaza on September 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JAIME REINAJAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images

Already in the top four on three of this year’s stages in the Vuelta a España, Nicolas Roche finally hit the jackpot on yesterday’s 18th stage when he(...)

Sky’s Irish cyclist Nicolas Roche sprints next to Trek’s Spanish cyclist Haimar Zubeldia to win the 18th stage of the 2015 Vuelta Espana cycling tour. Photograph: Getty Images

Nicolas Roche secured his first stage win of this year’s La Vuelta a Espana on Thursday afternoon - edging a two-up sprint to seal Stage 18. The Team (...)

 Dutch cyclist  Tom Dumoulin on his way to winning the 17th stage of La Vuelta Espana, a 38.7 kilometres individual time trial in Burgos. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Tom Dumoulin of The Netherlands seized the initiative and the Vuelta a Espana’s red jersey with a potentially decisive victory on Wednesday’s 17th st(...)

Lampre-Merida’s Portuguese cyclist Nelson Oliveira celebrates winning the 13th Stage of the Vuelta a Espana, a 178km route between Calatayud and Tarazona. Photograph:  Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images

Portugal’s Nelson Oliveira attacked from the breakaway for a solo win on stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana. Oliveira (Lampre-Merida) broke free alone wi(...)

Ireland’s Nicolas Roche. He had been fourth overall prior to Wednesday’s stage. Photograph: Reuters/Jon Nazca

Having lost any chance of a high overall finish due to the after effects of a bad crash earlier in the race and a disappointing 11th stage on Wednesda(...)

Team Sky rider Nicolas Roche of Ireland during the Vuelta Tour of Spain cycling race. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Nicolas Roche rode strongly on the stage-nine summit finish of the Vuelta a España on Sunday, netting eighth atop the first category summit finish t(...)

Trek’s Belgian cyclist Jasper Stuyven celebrates winning the eighth stage of the  Vuelta a Espana between Puebla de Don Fadrique and Murcia. Photograph:   Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland’s Dan Martin was taken to hospital after crashing out of the Vuelta a Espana after a big crash on stage eight of the race that saw American Te(...)