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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 (...)

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

It’s been on the UCI international calendar since 2000 but, following a long search for new backing, the organisers of the Rás Tailteann have been for(...)

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

The organisers of the Rás Tailteann have postponed a decision about next year’s race, deferring a self-imposed deadline due to positive talks with po(...)

Ireland’s Sam Bennett celebrates winning  the final  stage of the  Giro d’Italia in Rome on May 27th. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images

Rome’s Colosseum behind him, the final finish line of the Giro d’Italia in front, Sam Bennett hurtles forward, throws his right arm in the air and th(...)

 Sam Bennett  crosses the finishing line in Rome to win  the final stage of the  Giro d’Italia. Photograph:  Reuters/Alessandro Garofalo

Sam Bennett took the highest stage victory tally for an Irish rider in a single edition of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday, blasting home first on the fin(...)

Britain’s Simon Yates celebrates after winning the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia, from Tolmezzo to Sappada. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP

Following a brief return to form on Saturday’s stage to the top of Monte Zoncolan, Chris Froome’s chance of winning the Giro d’Italia took a hammering(...)

Cycling has attracted the reasonably comfortable middle aged, whose children are almost reared, with the time and money to commit to a top-of-the-range rothair. Photograph: iStock

Kingfisher’s Kitchen, just opposite the town clock in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on a Sunday morning any time after 8am, is a perfect spot for Mamil (mid(...)

Sam Bennett celebrates as he crosses the line to take Stage 12 of the Giro D’Italia. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP

Motorsports fan Sam Bennett seized victory on the famous Imola circuit on Thursday, jumping early to overhaul two breakaway riders and dominating the (...)

World champion Stephen Roche atop Sean Kelly’s shoulders at the Nissan Classic in 1987, the year Roche won the Tour de France

There comes a stage not long into The Ascent when it’s hard to know which rider has taken the wheel for the other; Sean Kelly for Stephen Roche, or St(...)

New Rás race organiser Eimear Dignam (right) with Alma Grimes and Mateo Cigala during the 2016 race. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Having learned earlier this year that An Post was stepping away after many years of backing the race, the organisers of the Rás Tailteann have said th(...)

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