‘If it runs, it would have to be August or September. Because once you get into October, the season is effectively over,’ said Rás Tailteann race director Eugene Moriarty. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Organisers hopeful new guidelines on large gatherings will not impact on event

A young girl and her grandfather play at a park in Taipei on April 6th, 2020. Photograph: Sam Yeh/AFP

‘I think we were the front-runner of alertness’

Eddie Dunbar (2013, 2014) and Sam Bennett (2008) are past winners of the Junior Tour of Ireland. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Race was due to take place in Clare between July 14th-19th but has been called off

Nicolas Roche wearing the leader’s red jersey  in Alicante during the 2019 Vuelta a España. Photograph:  Jose Jordan/AFP via Getty Images

Irish rider has excelled in the Vuelta a España in the past

Action from stage eight of the 2018 Rás Tailteann from  Naas to Skerries. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland’s most prestigious cycling event did not take place in 2019 for financial reasons

Ashley Arabasadi: ‘My hope right now is that even if the virus is widespread, that it remains not particularly deadly for the majority of the population’

Q&A with health security expert Ashley Arabasadi

Sam Bennett remains focussed on the Tour de France despite uncertainty over the event. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

‘I am a guy who likes numbers and I like to target a specific date and be ready’

The original time slot for the Tour de France is June 27th to July 19th. Photograph: Getty Images

ASO and French government are considering how to hold the race in June and July

 Colombia’s Egan Bernal cycles  down the Champs-Élysées during the  last stage of the Tour de France in 2019. There are real prospects that this year’s Tour   will be put on hold. Photograph: Getty Images

The Giro d’Italia scheduled for May has been postponed, while the Vuelta a España and Tour de France are under severe threat

 Colombian rider Nairo Quintana celebrates while crossing the finish line to win the seventh and final stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race on Saturday. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Tour de France organisers still hope to hold race in July

Fernando Gaviria of Colombia and UAE Team Emirates competed in the UAE Tour at the end of February. Photograph: Getty

Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria of UAE Team Emirates tests positive for virus

Sam Bennett of Deceuninck Quick Step received four stitches in the hand injury that forced him out of the Paris-Nice Race.  Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Denmark’s Anderson wins time-trial but Germany’s Schachmann leads overall

Injured Irish rider Sam Bennett  after crossing the finish line during the third stage of the Paris-Nice race. Photograph:   EPA/Sebastien Nogier

Irish cyclist limps home minutes after the peloton, and needs four stitches in one of his fingers

Irish cyclist Sam Bennett:  has been in strong form this year, winning one stage in the Santos Tour Down Under, taking two other two-three finishes in the race and netting first in the Race Torquay event. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cycling: Five teams pull out of prestigious event as Covid-19 disrupts racing schedule

Team Delta X UCI Continental’s Luuc Bugter won the Rás in 2018. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Storied race was not run last year after going continuously since 1953

Felix English in action in Glasgow in November 2019. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty

‘It’s been a long process for two years now. I think we needed 101 things to go our way today’

Ireland’s Lydia Gurley and Lydia Boylan look to have secured their Olympic spots. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Duo finished 11th in the women’s Madison race at cycling’s world track championships

Ireland’s team Lara Gillespie, Mia Griffin, Kelly Murphy and Alice Sharpe compete in the Women’s Team Pursuit qualifying at the UCI track cycling World Championship in Berlin. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Mia Griffin, Kelly Murphy, Alice Sharpe and Lara Gillespie narrowly missed medal finals

Sam Bennett (R) was pipped by Australian rider Caleb Ewan (L) in stage two of the UAE Tour. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

Irish rider says he ‘did everything that was possible’ after being pipped by Caleb Ewan

Dan Martin finished second on the fourth stage in Portgual.

‘It’s frustrating to come so close but I have to be happy’

Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team Deceuninck arrives at the Volta ao Algarve stage two finish from Sagres to  Alto da Fóia on Thursday. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Cycling: Rider caught out on 8km ascent by former world champ Remco Evenepoel

 Eddie Dunbar of Ireland looks on course to improve on his seventh place overall of last year.

Cork rider now sixth overall in Tour de La Provence

Eddie Dunbar: “I felt like I was one of the strongest riders in the race last year.” Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images.

Corkman is a climbing specialist and will have a strong chance in second stage

Daniel Martin of Ireland and Team Israel Start-Up Nation during the 71st Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2020. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

Irish rider now sits fourth in general classification after four stages

Martin will hope for a strong showing on Saturday’s big uphill finish, which will almost certainly determine the final general classification on Sunday. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Irish rider fourth after battling for stage two win in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Ronan Grimes won a bronze medal inCanada. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Duo both land bronze at the paracycling world track championships

Irish duo Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal took silver in Canada. Photograph: Casey B Gibson

Irish duo second in women’s pursuit at world paracycling track championships on Friday

Irish rider Sam Bennett from team Deceuninck - Quick Step won the Race Torquay in Australia. Photo: Brenton Edwards/AFP via Getty Images

Irish rider followed a stage victory last week by taking the Race Torquay on Thursday

Sam Bennett won the opening stage of the Santos Tour Down Under, finishing 73rd overall. Photograph: Brenton Edwards/Getty/AFP

Irish rider finishes 73rd overall but comes fourth in terms of points classification

Sam Bennett finished third in the fifth stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. Photograph: Brenton Edwards/Getty/AFP

Irish rider finishes with a flourish but can’t reel in leaders in Santos Tour Down Under

Lotto Soudal rider Caleb Ewan (C) pips Sam Bennett to the line. Photo: David Mariuz/EPA

Irishman came within a whisker of winning a second stage on the Santos Tour

 Sam Bennett from team Deceuninck- Quick Step celebrates his win on stage one of the Santos  Tour Down Under in Adelaide. Photograph: Brenton Edwards/AFP/Getty

Paralympic squad named for forthcoming track world championships

Lotto Soudal rider Caleb Ewan sprints to the line to win stage two of the Tour Down Under. Photo: David Mariuz/EPA

Irish rider won the first stage on Tuesday but faded to 13th behind the winner Caleb Ewan

Sam Bennett of Ireland after winning the opening stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. Photograph: Getty Images

He moved to Deceuninck-QuickStep in order to act as its number one sprinter

Sean Nolan: cyclocross and road rider will be a member of the EvoPro Racing cycling team in 2020. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Aaron Kearney agrees a new deal and will be joined by Ben Walsh and Seán Nolan

Israel Cycling Academy’s Conor Dunne. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Meanwhile, Sam Bennett is the first Irish rider in action in 2020

Sam Bennett shows off the Irish champion’s jersey he will wear in 2020 as part of the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad. Photograph: Shane Stokes

2018 Irish Road Race champion Conor Dunne announces his retirement

Sam Bennett is preparing in Australia before making his bow for new team Deceuninck QuickStep squad after leaving Bora Hansgrohe. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Irish rider starts with his new Deceuninck QuickStep team in Adelaide on January 19th

Lydia Gurley won bronze in the scratch race at   the UCI World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photograph:   Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images

Irish rider makes podium in scratch race on penultimate day of competition

Sam Bennett: this week Deceuninck-QuickStep confirmed the signature of the Irishman  who spent  several seasons with the Bora-hansgrohe team. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty

Switch to Deceuninck-QuickStep team can create more opportunities for Irish sprinter

Sam Bennett has signed a two-year deal with the Deceuninck-QuickStep team. Photograph: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

Waterford sprint specialist in line for return to Tour de France after four-year absence

Ger Campbell of Cáirde Rás Tailteann says  that the race will begin ‘in the greater Dublin area’, that it will follow a point to point route rather being based around the same area throughout. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Organisers say there will be international presence despite race losing UCI status

Rás Tailteann race director Eimear Dignam and Noel Clarke, who cycled his 50th Rás, at last year’s event.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cycling: Event cancelled this year after An Post pulled out, but returns as domestic race

Team Delta X UCI Continental’s Luuc Bugter celebrates after winning the Ras by one second in 2018. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Volunteer group will run the race but are still looking for a new sponsor to come on board

Shane Archbold and Aaron Gate. Both participated in the five-day New Zealand Cycle Classic with the EvoPro team in the early part of 2019.

Principals trying to take pressure off chasing funds and instead have three- to five-year plan

Felix English in action in Glasgow in November 2019. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty

Aggressive tactics pay off as English secures one of the best results of his career on Sunday

 Sam Bennett:   has been part of the Bora-Hansgrohe set-up since he turned pro, but his chances were considerably stifled this season. Photograph: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

Irish cyclist free to join another team as he chases ambition of Tour de France stage wins

Sam Bennett: he  has been part of  Bora-hansgrohe and its predecessor since turning professional,  but  has been passed over for selection for several key events.  Photograph: Getty Images

Indications by Deceuninck-QuickStep that Sam Bennett will be able to transfer to the Belgian squad

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

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