Darren Rafferty of Villeneuve Cycliste wins Junior Men’s Cycling Ireland National Road Championships in Wicklow. Photograph: INPHO/Bryan Keane

When the Sean Kelly/Stephen Roche era drew to a close in the early 1990s, it seemed like only a matter of time before Irish cycling would be riding th(...)

  Eddie Dunbar during the  UCI Road World Championships in 2019: racing cyclist says his training has gone perfectly ahead of the Olympics road race. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

In a normal year it is easy to know which riders will shine in a major competition held six days after the Tour de France: those who did the Tour. The(...)

Team UAE Emirates’ Tadej Pogacar is on the verge of retaining his Tour de France title. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/Getty/AFP

Tadej Pogacar stands to be confirmed as Tour de France champion for the second year in a row after Wout Van Aert won the stage 20 time trial in Saint-(...)

 Eddie Dunbar should be at home on the Mount Fuji circuit. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Age: 24 Event: Road race/time trail Pro Team: Ineos-Grenadiers, From Banteer in Co Cork, near from where Ireland’s first Olympic gold medallist Pat(...)

 Tadej Pogacar of the UAE-Team Emirates wins the 18th stage of the Tour de France  from Pau to Luz Ardiden, completing back-to-back stage wins. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Dan Martin put in his best showing of this year’s Tour de France, riding strongly on the final mountain stage and placing fifth at Luz Ardiden. The (...)

 Yellow jersey holder  Tadej Pogacar of the UAE-Team Emirates team celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 17th stage of the Tour de France  from Muret to Saint Lary Soulan Col du Portet. Photograph: Christophe Petit-tesson/EPA

They huffed and they puffed but yet again none of his main rivals were able to blow Tour de France leader Tadej Pogacar’s house down as the defending (...)

 Belgian rider Wout Van Aert of the Jumbo Visma team celebrates as he crosses the finish line and wins the 11th stage of the Tour de France  from Sorgues to Malaucene. Photograph: Christophe Petit-Tesson/EPA

Wout Van Aert triggered memories of the five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx with a spectacular solo victory in the 2021 Tour’s daunting Mont V(...)

 Sam Bennett:  has had to contend with unfortunate  accusations about his injury from  the Deceuninck-QuickStep general manager Patrick Lefevere. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/AFP/via  Getty Images

Such is the choice of sport in the air this weather that it’s sometimes easier and perhaps best to stick with what you know and want on any given day(...)

  Australian rider Caleb Ewan of the Lotto Soudal team receives help after he crashed shortly before the finish line of the third stage of the Tour de France. Photograph:  EPA

Sam Bennett’s stress at missing the Tour de France was further heightened on Monday when, on the day of the Tour’s first bunch sprint, his team manage(...)

 French rider Julian Alaphilippe of the Deceuninck Quick-Step team wins the first stage of the Tour de France  from Brest to Landerneau. Photograph: Christophe Petit-Tesson/EPA

Julian Alaphilippe exchanged the rainbow jersey of world champion for the yellow jersey of race leader on Saturday, winning the opening stage of the T(...)

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