Philip Deignan is part of a nine-man Team Sky squad in the Giro d’Italia. Photograph: Harry Engels/Getty Images

Irish cycling will have two representatives in the 2016 Giro d’Italia, with Nicolas Roche and Philip Deignan part of a nine-man Team Sky squad in the (...)

On Sunday Nicolas Roche was edged in the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough - finishing six seconds back overall. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Two Irishmen Philip Deignan and Nicolas Roche are slated to start the year’s opening Grand Tour, which begins in Apeldoorn, Holland with a 9.8-kilomet(...)

 Overall winner Thomas Voeckler (C) of Direct Energie and France celebrates with Nicolas Roche (L) of Team Sky and Ireland and Anthony Turgis of Cofidis, Solutions Credits and France after the third stage of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire between Middlesbrough and Scarborough. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Thomas Voeckler is now an elder statesman at 36, and in his 16th season as a professional, but winning still holds the same savour for the Frenchman w(...)

 Sam Bennett of Ireland and Bora-Argon18 celebrates winning stage two of the 2015 Arctic Race of Norway, a 162.5km stage between Evenskjer and Setermoen. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

If there was one moment last year which summed up Sam Bennett’s career thus far, it was his success on August 14th in Setermoen. He was riding the Tou(...)

African MTN-Qhubeka rider Matt Brammeier has recovered from serious injuries sustained on the Tour of Utah in August. Photograph: Getty Images.

He missed out on a planned debut in his first three-week race this year due to a horrendous crash, but Matt Brammeier’s chances of putting th(...)

 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 (...)