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

 Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Bora-Hansgrohe during stage five of Paris-Nice. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Prestigious one day race, twice won by Sean Kelly, will take place on Saturday week

Ireland’s Sam Bennett of Bora Hansgrohe team celebrates while crossing the finish line to win the third stage of the Paris-Nice. Photograph: EPA

Irish rider holds off rivals to continue fine early season form

Lydia Boylan returns home to Dublin Airport after winning a silver medal in the Points Race at the World Track Cycling Championships in Poland. Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

‘It just feels so special. It is the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people’

Lydia Boylan of Ireland takes silver in the women’s points race on day five of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships held in the BGZ BNP Paribas Velodrome Arena in Pruszkow, Poland. Photo: Cycling Ireland

Silver for the 31-year-old followed Mark Downey’s bronze medal on Friday

Sam Bennett took the final stage in Dubai. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Slovenia’s Primoz secures overall victory as Bennett edges out Fernando Gaviria in Dubai

Italian Elia Viviani of DeceuninckQuick-Step team (second) sprints to win ahead of Colombian Fernando Gaviria of UAE Team during the fifth stage of the UAE tour in Khor Fakkan. Photograph:  Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Bora-hansgrohe rider edged out in sprint to the line as Elia Viviani takes stage

Ireland’s Lydia Gurley and Germany’s Franziska Brausse in action during the  world track championships in Purszkow, Poland. Photograph: Kacper Pembel/Reuters

Women’s pursuit squad impress on their world championships debut

Ireland’s  Eddie Dunbar. He showed strong form recently when he was fifth on a stage and seventh overall in the Tour de La Provence. Photograph:  Luc Claessen/Getty Images

Eddie Dunbar faces unspecified period off the bike after crashing heavily in the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal

Luuc Bugter celebrates his victory in the race in 2018. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Road race pulled this year after no new financial backer is found to replace An Post

Daniel Martin of Ireland and UAE - Team Emirates during the 70th Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

Irish rider finished fifth in Saturday’s stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

 Ireland’s Daniel Martin: the  stage between Quart de Poblet and Chera  should suit the Irish climber.  Photograph:  Reuters/Stephane Mahe

‘Wait and see’ continues to be the position regarding the future of the Rás Tailteann

Sam Bennett of Ireland and team Bora-Hansgrohe after winning stage seven of the Vuelta a San Juan Internacional. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

‘It was good for the morale to start the season by taking a win in my first stage race’

 Fernando Gaviria of Colombia and UAE Team Emirates and  Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Bora-Hansgrohe during the  37th Tour of San Juan . Photograph:  Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Irishman led the bunch sprint some 12 seconds behind the winner German Tivani

 Conor Dunne: he  has spent much of his career working for others, but stepped things up last year when he took the national title with a superb breakaway effort.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

National champion Conor Dunne shows strongly when finishing 11th in 12km time trial at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina

Shane Archbold and Aaron Gate. Both are taking part in  the five-day New Zealand Cycle Classic with the  EVO Pro team

Some or all of the five Irish riders on new team will compete in upcoming Mallorca Challenge

 Eimear Dignam: “We keep pushing out the final decision, but I don’t know how much longer I can hold out.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Race organiser Eimear Dignam in limbo in relation to sponsorship of the race

Sam Bennett: the Bora-hansgrohe rider will begin his 2019 season in the Vuelta a San Juan Internacional on January 27th. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Bennett frustrated by indications from his team that it will not select him for the Giro d’Italia

Mark Downey: he has taken gold at three track cycling World Cup races. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

New Irish team adds another strong rider in Mark Downey

Race director  Éimear Dignam with Noel Clarke  at the Rás Stage Three in Tipperary last year. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Race director Dignam in talks with two companies as final deadline looms

Ireland’s Matthew Teggart: he will be one of four Irishmen on the new UCI-registered  team. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

The team’s early programme includes the New Zealand Cycle Classic

 Felix English and Mark Downey of Ireland competing in a  madison chase  at the Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome  in London. Photograph: Getty Images

Sam Bennett says he deserves a place on the Bora-hansgrohe team in next year’s Giro d’Italia

Philip Deignan celebrates his stage victory in the 2009 Vuelta a España. Photograph: Inpho/Getty

Letterkenney rider won stage in 2009 Vuelta a España before finishing ninth overall

Ireland’s Sam Bennett celebrating after winning  the  last stage of the  Giro d’Italia in Rome in May. Photograph: Getty Images

Lara Gillespie is given a special achievement award and is named Cycling Ireland’s female rider of the year

Race director Eimear Dignam and Noel Clarke on his 50th Rás. Photograph: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Decision on next year’s cycle race is postponed until early December

Ireland’s Sam Bennett winning the seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia from Pizzo to Praia a Mare back in May. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Team-mate and fellow sprinter Peter Sagan may ride in the Giro d’Italia next year

Holdsworth’s Damien Shaw leading in the Rás Tailteann earlier this year.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Holdsworth Pro Cycling team may come to an end and Team Wiggins being scaled back

 Conor Dunne celebrates winning the Cycling Ireland Road Racing National Championships in Sligo last July. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Felix English is best of the Ireland squad in Canada, coming fourth in the scratch race

Overall 2018 Rás Tailteann winner Luuc Bugter of Team Delta X UCI Continental with race director Eimear Dignam. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Rás Tailteann confirms plug will be pulled on next year’s race if deal not struck soon

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