Shannon McCurley celebrates after winning a silver medal in the scratch race at the European track championships in Apeldoorn.

Silver medallist in scratch race competes in women’s elimination race but finishes 10th

  Daniel Martin’s fifth place was his highest placing since taking fifth on a stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné in June. Photograph:  Getty Images

Irish cyclist’s fine performance sees him place fifth in final warm-up event

Gold medalist Mads Pedersen of Denmark celebrates after winning the Elite Men’s Road Race during the UCI Road Cycling World championships. Photo: Vickie Flores/EPA

In dreadful conditions Sam Bennett withdrew from the race long before the finish

‘I am feeling more fresh than I did a month or so ago,’ she says

Ireland’s Maeve Gallagher  in the junior women’s race from Doncaster to Harrogate at the  Road World Championships in England.  Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Gallagher and Gillespie left pondering what might have been, particularly as they were so well positioned heading towards the spri(...)

Eddie Dunbar in action during the elite time-trial at cycling’s world road championships in Yorkshire. Photograph: Robert Jones

Ireland have strong squad that includes Dan Martin and Sam Bennett for Sunday’s event

Ben Healy in action during the Under-23 world time trial championships in Harrogate, Yorkshire. Photograph: Cycling Ireland

Irishman finishes one minute 57.7 seconds behind Mikkel Bjerg in Yorkshire rain

Nicolas Roche has signed a two-year extension with Team Sunweb. Photograph:  Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images

Irish riders make solid start at World Road Championships in Yorkshire

Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal celebrating  gold in Emmen, the Netherlands

The duo were the standout performers on the Irish team at the Paracycling World Road Championships in the Netherlands

Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal added a silver to the gold they won on Thursday at the Paracycling world road championships in the Netherlands. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irish pair finish second in the women’s tandem road-race in the Netherlands

 Ireland’s Sam Bennett crosses the finish line in second on the 19th stage of the Vuelta a España  from Avila to Toledo. Photograph: Oscar Del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

Irish rider moves second on points classification after stage 19 of Vuelta

 Katie-George Dunlevy and  Eve McCrystal: they covered the 31.2km time-trial course in 41 minutes 2.51 seconds. Photograph:   Jean-Baptiste Benavent/Sportsfile

The big stars of the Irish paracycling team beat New Zealand rivals in time trial

Katie George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal won the road race and time trial in both 2017 and 2018. Photograph: Getty Images.

Ronan Grimes keen to follow up on positive performances earlier this year

Philippe Gilbert of Deceuninck-Quick Step celebrates his victory in the 17th stage of the Vuelta a Espana with Sam Bennett coming in behind in second. Photo: Javier Lizon/EPA

Irish rider managed to stay on the tail of the former world champion in stage 17 finish

Eddie Dunbar put in a big bid on stage four of the Tour of Britain on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish cyclist now up to third overall in King of Mountains classification

 Irish rider Sam Bennett of the Bora hansgrohe team reacts crosses the finish line to win the 14th stage of the Vuelta a Espana. Photograph: EPA

Irish rider takes fifth grand tour stage victory of his career

Slovenian rider Primoz Roglic of Team Jumbo-Visma celebrates on the podium after retaining the overall leader’s red jersey following the 13th stage of the Vuelta a Espana. Photo: Javier Lizon/EPA

Sam Bennett rolled in 27 minutes back, again pacing himself in the mountains

 Nicolas Roche will miss the World Road-Race Championships in Yorkshire at the end of September after suffering a fractured left kneecap. Photograph: Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images

Irish cyclist suffered a more serious injury than first thought in Vuelta crash

 Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic crosses the finish line of the 10th stage of Vuelta a España, a 36.2 km individual time-trial from Jurancon to Pau in France. Photograph: Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty Images

Slovenian won stage by almost two minutes to take over as race leader

 Nikias Arndt of Sunweb team   celebrates as he wins the eighth stage  in Igualada. Photograph: EPA

Bunch sprint fails to materialise in eighth stage

Team Movistar rider Alejandro Valverde of Spain  crosses the finish line in front of Team Jumbo rider  Primoz Roglic to win the seventh stage of the Vuelta a España  from Onda to Mas de la Costa. Photograph: Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images

Nairo Quintana takes green jersey after Friday’s summit finish at Mas de la Costa

Nicolas Roche was involved in a crash during the sixth stage of Vuelta that has ruled him out of the race. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

‘This is one of the biggest disappointments I’ve had in my career,’says dejected rider

 Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen (left) of Quick Step just holds off Ireland’s  Sam Bennett  of Bora-hansgrohe to win the  fourth stage of the Vuelta a España  from Cullera to El Puig. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Irish cyclist finishes second after taking long way around roundabout

Irish cyclist Sam Bennett of Bora-Hansgrohe team celebrates winning the third stage of the La Vuelta cycling race, over 188km between Ibi and Alicante, eastern Spain. Photo: Javier Lizon/EPA

It was Bennett’s first career Vuelta stage victory and fourth in a Grand Tour

 Ireland’s  Nicolas Roche of Sunweb celebrates on the podium wearing the overall leader’s red jersey after the second stage of the Vuelta  from Benidorm to Calpe. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Irish rider enjoys brilliant ride to finish second on stage two in Spain

The Astana team celebrate their first stage win in the Vuelta. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Roche helps Team Sunweb to third place in opening stage, Bennett’s team finish fifth

Ryan Mullen has extended his deal with Trek-Segafredo. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Four-time Irish time-trial champion delighted to ink two-year extension

Lara Gillespie won bronze in the individual pursuit at the junior track world championships in Frankfurt. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cyclist continues excellent performances with bronze in individual pursuit in Frankfurt

Sam Bennett finished second in Belgium on Friday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dan Martin announces switch to Israel Cycling Academy team for 2020

Belgian Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)  crosses the line just ahead of  Swiss rider Marc Hirschi. Photograph: BinckBank Tour

Irishman’s main goal remains the upcoming Vuelta a España

Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Bora-Hansgrohe wins stage three of the 15th Binck Bank Tour 2019. Photo: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images

Carrick-on-Suir rider continued an unprecedented run of success in the event

Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Bora-Hansgrohe on the podium after winning stage two of the  Binck Bank Tour in Belgium. Photo: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images

Irishman continues to lead general classification after a tricky finale into Ardooie

Sam Bennett  took stage one of the Binck Bank Tour in Belgium on Monday. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Irish road-race champion takes opening stage of Binck Bank Tour

Ireland’s Daniel Martin: he may want to  prove a point after a Tour de France that didn’t live up to his expectations.   Photograph: Getty Images

Tour de France winner Egan Bernal and long-time yellow jersey Julian Alaphilippe among those who will line out in the event

France’s Julian Alaphilippe, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, takes a curve during the 19th stage  between Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and Tignes on Friday. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

Hail and landslides render route impassable as Egan Bernal claims yellow jersey

 The peloton on the Alpine stage 18 of the Tour de France from Embrun to Valloire. Photograph:   Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

Irish rider says the objective now is to be really aggressive and to try to win a stage

Matteo Trentin celebrates his Stage 17 victory in the Tour de France. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Irish rider finishes 16th while Dan Martin conserves energy before mountain battle

Ireland’s Daniel Martin of Uae Team Emirates in action during the 13th stage of the 106th edition of the Tour de France. Photo: Yoan Valat/EPA

Irish rider is up to 13th while Nicolas Roche fancies his chances on Wednesday

France’s Julian Alaphilippe took the 13th stage of the Tour de France. Photograph: guillame Horcajuelo/EPA

Irish rider slips down to 11th place but his favoured mountain stages are imminent

Dan Martin: “It is going to be special to be on those roads again. I just love the Pyrenees.”

Irish rider returns to scene of his first stage win on Thursday

Action form the 10th stage of the Tour de France, which saw Dan Martin climb up seven places to ninth overall. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty

Irish rider takes advantage of chaos to climb seven places into ninth ahead of rest day

Ireland’s Nicolas Roche finished sixth on Sunday. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty

Irish rider finishes sixth behind Daryl Impey after threatening a maiden stage victory

The peloton, with Trek-Segafredo rider Giulio Ciccone of Italy wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, pass a field with cows. Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Nicolas Roche lost time due to a bad crash but fortunately he was unhurt after it

Belgium’s Dylan Teuns pedals before crossing the finish line of the sixth stage of the 106th edition of the Tour de France. Photograph: Getty Images

Dylan Teuns wins first mountain stage of Tour after going clear in a large breakaway group

Ireland’s Daniel Martin rides to reach the pack after a flat tyre during the fifth stage of the 106th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Saint-Die-des-Vosges and Colmar. Photo: Marco Bertorello/Getty Images

Martin goes into Thursday’s stage with a good chance after second there in 2017

UAE Team Emirates rider Dan Martin moved up two places after the fourth stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday. Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Nicolas Roche remains 19th overall after Tuesday's stage four from Reims to Nancy

Dan Martin moved up 54 positions and is now 38th. Photograph: Getty Images

Monday’s 215 kilometre leg included several short, sharp climbs in the finale

Team Sunweb on the 27.6-km Stage 2 team time trial from Brussels Royal Palace to Brussels Atomium. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Dan Martin’s team posts disappointing showing, finishing 16th out of the 22 squads

Riders enter the Arcades du Cinquantenaire in the first stage of the Tour de France in Brussels. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty

Mike Teunissen takes stage but Irish riders receive same time due to crash in Brussels

Ireland’s Daniel Martin celebrates winning the sixth stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France  between Brest and Mur-de-Bretagne Guerledan in 2018. Photograph:  Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

Martin and Roche aiming big in what many describe as the hardest Tour of recent years

Although there was a women’s Tour de France run alongside the men’s event in the 1980s, there has been nothing substantial for a long time. Photograph: Getty Images

10 amateurs called InternationElles will ride all 21 stages and 3,460km of the race

Bora–Hansgrohe Team’s Sam Bennett won the Irish Championships on Sunday. Photo; Bryan Keane/Inpho

Carrick-on-Suir rider came out on top around what was a tough track in Derry

Tom Moriarty lands junior title as he proves best of a six-man breakaway group in Derry

Felix English: ‘I was convinced I had at least third’. Photograph: Inpho/Ciaran Fallon

Women’s pursuit team advance to next round in Minsk, while national championships begin

Ireland’s Michael O’Loughlin in action during the time trial. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Ryan Mullen fourth in time trial, Michael O’Loughlin finishes sixth

Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar in action for Team Ineos during the stage 21 team-trial at the Giro d’Italia. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Young Irish rider relishing cycling’s steep learning curves as he continues his rise

Eddie Dunbar: he finished  La Route d’Occitanie  45 seconds behind the winner, world champion Alejandro Valverde

Roche shows strong form when taking tenth overall in Tour de Suisse

 Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar of Team Ineos. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Irish rider came home in seventh spot on Saturday’s toughest stage

Eddie Dunbar remains second overall in the La Route Occitanie in France. Photograph:  Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Irish rider comes home in bunch sprint on stage two of French race

Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar came home in second place on the first stage of the   La Route d’Occitanie in France. Photograph:  Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Irish rider comes home second behind world champion Valverde in La Route d’Occitanie

Elia Viviani celebrates his fifth stage victory in the Tour de Suisse. Photograph: Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

Nicolas Roche finishes 25th on Wednesday, Irish cycling mourning Mick Lawless

Geraint Thomas has been taken to hospital after a crash in the Tour de Suisse. Photograph: Aaron Chown/AFP/Getty

British rider set to lead Team Ineos in Tour after Chris Froome’s crash last week

Ireland’s Dan Martin in action during stage seven of the Critérium du Dauphiné from Saint-Genix-les-Villages to Les Sept Laux-Pipay. Photograph:  Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Irish rider finishes fifth on seventh stage as Tour de France

Wout van Aert, Team Jumbo-Vismarider,  celebrates as he pips  Bora-Hansgrohe rider  Sam Bennett (right), to win the fifth stage of the   Criterium du Dauphine in Voiron, France. Photograph: Anne-Christing Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Irishman frustrated after he got boxed in during exciting finale to 201km stage

Chris Froome will  miss the Tour de France after a fall during the Criterium du Dauphine. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

Four-time Tour winner crashed while doing time-trial reconnaissance

Bora-Hansgrohe rider Ireland’s Sam Bennett celebrates as he crosses the finish line after the third stage of the 71st edition of the Criterium du Dauphine. Photograph: Getty Images

Also in the main bunch was fellow Irishman Dan Martin who stays in 17th overall

Bora-Hansgrohe riders lead the pack on the first stage of the 71st edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race on Sunday. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Irish cyclist gets off to positive start crossing the line 48th as Boasson Hagen triumphs

Team Movistar rider  Richard Carapaz rides during the final stage individual time-trial in Verona as he claimed victory in the Giro d’Italia. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images

Eddie Dunbar finishes 22nd overall despite crashing in final time-trial

 Riders take the descent of the Rolle pass during stage 20 of the  Giro d’Italia  from Feltre to Croce D’Aune-Monte Avena. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images

Pello Bilbao wins battle of Basque riders to take penultimate stage of race

Colombia’s Esteban Chaves celebrates victory in Stage 19 of the Giro D’Italia. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty

Colombian took eight-month break from cycling last year due to Epstein-Barr virus

Team Nippo Vini Fantini Faizane’ Italian rider Damiano Cima  jubilates as he finishes first in the 18th stage of the 2019 Giro d’Italia  in Santa Maria di Sala. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty

Cima claims stage victory but Carapaz looks on course for race success on Sunday

French rider Nans Peters of Team AG2R La Mondiale, celebrates on the podium after winning the 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race. Photo: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar drops one place after stage 17

Italy’s Dario Cataldo crosses the finish line at Como on Stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images

Bennett helps Bora-Hansgrohe team to seventh in Hammer Stavanger event in Norway

Team Movistar rider  Richard Carapaz  of Ecuador celebrates his victory as he crosses the finish line to win stage 14 of the  Giro d’Italia  from Saint-Vincent to Courmayeur. Photograph:  by Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images

Ecuadorian rider makes his move on the Colle San Carlo during 14th stage

Stage thirteen of the 102nd Giro d’Italia on Friday. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty

Dunbar rode strongly but dropped back to help team-mate Pavel Sivakov

 Russia’s Ilnur Zakarin of Team Katusha reacts as he crosses the finish line to win stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia  from Pinerolo to Ceresole Reale. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar goes on the attack again before dropping back to help team-mate

Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar comes home third behind the Italian duo of Cesare Benedetti and Damiano Caruso on stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia  from Cuneo to Pinerolo. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Cork rider claims first podium finish on a Grand Tour event

Australian rider Caleb Ewan (C) of Lotto Soudal team celebrates winning the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia. Photo: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar (Team Ineos) also finished in the main bunch, placing 88th

France’s Arnaud Demare took stage 10 of the Giro. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty

Frenchman holds off Elia Viviani and Rudiger Selig as crash reduces stage 10 sprint

Team Lotto rider  Caleb Ewan of Australia celebrates as he wins stage eight of the  Giro d’Italia  from Tortoreto Lido to Pesaro. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images

Valerio Conti remains in pink jersey after eighth stage

Spanish cyclist Pello Bilbao celebrates winning the seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia. Photograph: AP

Irish youngster places 28th in latest stage won by Pello Bilbao to move up to 55th overall

 Riders crash during stage six of the  Giro d’Italia from Cassino to San Giovanni Rotondo. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images

Fausto Masnada takes stage as Valerio Conti takes advantage of Primoz Roglic’s crash

Pascal Ackermann (R) powered to victory in stage five of the Giro D’Italia. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty

Bora-Hansgrohe rider pips Fernando Gaviria on the line after mastering wet conditions

Team Ineos team mates Salvatore Puccio of Italy and Eddie Dunbar of Ireland during Stage Three from Vinci to Orbetello. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Irish rider Eddie Dunbar had started the day 35th overall but slipped to 82nd

Sam Bennett: has proved  the most successful sprinter thus far this season and, at 28 years of age, is likely to continue winning for many more years.

Top sprinter would be a viable option for Team Katusha and others

Eddie Dunbar (right) after his podium finish in the Tour de Yorkshire alongside Ineos team-mate Chris Lawless and CCC’s Greg Van Avermaet. Photograph:  Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

22-year-old Cork rider will be part of the Team Ineos squad for three-week race

  Irish rider Sam Bennett    sprints for the second place in front of third-placed Sonny Colbrelli  during the second stage of the 73th Tour de Romandie UCI ProTour cycling race in Switzerland on Thursday. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Irish rider places third as German rider Rick Zabel takes stage victory on day two

  Sam Bennett    sprints for the second place in front of third-placed Sonny Colbrelli  during the second stage of the 73th Tour de Romandie. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Carrick-on-Suir rider finishes second, 59 seconds behind Swiss rider Stefan Küng

 Ireland’s Dan Martin celebrates after winning the Liège-Bastogne-Liège cycle road race in 2013 in  Belgium. File photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Irish cyclist hopes to bounce back on returns to Liège-Bastogne-Liège Classic he won in 2013

 Cyclists at the  finish  point at Sultanahmet Square in final Sakarya-Istanbul stage of the Tour of Turkey in Istanbul. Photograph: Getty Images

Carrick-on-Suir rider finishes with 70 points, far ahead of stage winner’s Caleb Ewan’s 56 points

Sam Bennett extended his lead  in the Presidential Tour of Turkey after finishing third on stage four. Photograph:    Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Irish cyclist also remains top of points standing ahead of Saturday’s long climb

Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Bora-Hansgrohe. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Sprinter finishes stage in second place to retain overall lead

 Sam Bennett  made it back-to-back stage wins in the Presidential Tour of Turkey. File photograph:  Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Waterford cyclist quickest on uphill finish to claim sixth win of the season

Sam Bennett winning the opening stage of the Presidential Tour of Turkey in Tekirdag. Photograph: Getty Images

Carrick-on-Suir rider notches up his eighth career stage win

Sam Bennett won the opening stage of the Presidential Tour of Turkey in Tekirdag. Photograph:  Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Waterford rider claims fifth victory of the season after returning from break

Dan Martin finished second overall in the Tour of the Basque Country. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Irish rider finishes final stage in second place behind Adam Yates

Luuc Bugter celebrates after winning the stage eight of the Rás Tailteann last year. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cycling governing body confirms race will remain eight-day event if it returns next year

Dan Martin finished third on stage three of the Volta a Catalunya. Photograph:  Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Adam Yates takes stage after hauling in Irish rider’s late break

  Irish rider Sam Bennett of Bora-Hansgrohe   celebrates winning the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice   race   from Peynier to Brignoles, France. Photograph:  Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Irish cyclist overtakes France’s Arnaud Démare just before the line to win stage six

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