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Dan Martin celebrates his win at the Giro d’Italia in May. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

The news that Dan Martin has decided to retire at the end of the current racing season will come as a surprise to many in the sport, not least because(...)

A Rough Ride, written by Paul Kimmage and published in 1990, revealed to a shocked public the extent of the doping culture in cycling.

Summer 1990, and somewhere between finishing my Leaving Cert and going to run in college in America, my dad arrives home with a sports book under his (...)

Ireland’s Sam Bennett celebrates as wins his first Tour de France stage and regains the green jersey in Saint Martin de Re. Photograph: Getty Images

A first stage win, the green jersey suitably regained, and a special place in Tour de France history, turns out the only thing Sam Bennett ended up lo(...)

French cyclist Laurent Fignon lost the 1989 Tour de France by just eight seconds after America’s Greg LeMond put in a stunning final time-trial. Photograph:  Jean-Yves Ruszniewski/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

Eight seconds. What can you do in eight seconds? You can’t lose a bike race of 3,285km around your own country, of 21 stages plus a prologue time-tria(...)

Stephen Roche in the yellow jersey during the 1987 Tour de France. Photograph:  Nutan/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

The question of which Irish rider has worn the most yellow jerseys in the Tour de France typically throws most people: few guess Shay Elliott and Step(...)

Ireland’s world record-breaking quartet on their lap of honour after setting a new time at Belfleld (L-R Frank O’Mara, Marcus O’Sullivan, Ray Flynn and Eamonn Coghlan). Photograph: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times

The idea was to stage some sort of world record attempt on the grass track and raise a few quid towards the famine in Ethiopia. Truth is John O’Shea h(...)

Spain’s Miguel Indurain in the yellow jersey  is protected by his team-mates Marino Alonso (left) and Pedro Delgado (centre) during the 17th stage of the 1992 Tour de France. Photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP via Getty Images

If memory serves, the bus from Bilbao pulled into San Sebastian on the Friday morning. Thursday night had been spent on the sleeper train from Madrid’(...)

Simon Yates descending  the Col du Galibier during the 2017 Tour de France. File photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

The Tour de France holds many fond memories from an Irish perspective, not least Stephen Roche’s overall victory in 1987 and Sean Kelly winning the Gr(...)

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

Ask cycling analysts who the best Irish riders in history are and the same names will crop up. The trailblazer was Shay Elliott, who in the 1960s won (...)

Ronan McLaughlin (right) is going for back-to-back wins at the Shay Elliott Memorial. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ronan McLaughlin returns to Wicklow for the 62nd staging of the Shay Elliott Memorial race this weekend aiming to become for the first rider to retain(...)

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