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French rider Vincent Pennec was quickest in the sprint finished that settled the opening stage of the A4 race at the Wexford Two Day this morning. Seen here victorious in his native France last year.     Aug 23rd & 24th: Wexford Two Day A4 Race: Stage 1, 78km from Camross 1 Vincent,Pennec Eclanderneau 2h04’30″ […]
Brendan Murphy of Dublin University CC, seen here on the front of the bunch, has taken the stage and first yellow jersey of the A3 race at the Wexford Two Day.   Aug 23rd & 24th: Wexford Two Day A3 Race: Stage 1, 112km from Camross 1 Murphy,Brendan DUCC 3h02’15″ 2 Power,Shane Dungarvan CC @34″ […]
Greg Swinand has added another win to his storming first season with UCD CC at the age of 46 years; taking victory in Wexford by a huge winning margin (Photo: Sean Rowe)       Aug 23rd & 24th: Wexford Two Day A1-A2 Race Stage 112km from Camross 1 Swinand,Greg UCD Cycling 2h45’05″ 2 Doyle,AnthonyVelo […]
Andrew McQuaid spoke in defence of Jonathan Tiernan Locke previously, but says he has no obligation or desire to answer questions about the rider now that the process against him is over.     Having spoken publicly in defence of his then client Jonathan Tiernan Locke last year when doping allegations were levelled against the […]
Dan Martin in the climber’s jersey on stage 11 of the Vuelta in 2011; when he also won a stage in the race. A much stronger athlete now, he is looking to this year’s race to rescue his crash-hit season (Photo: Stefano Sirotti)     By Gerard Cromwell When asked what his hopes and aims […]
This is the strongest Vuelta field for a generation. The only names missing from a really massive group of Vuelta favourites are Bradley Wiggins and Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali. Above, Froome leads Wiggins in the 2012 Tour (Photo: Stefano Sirotti)     A quick look at the ‘Top 10 Contenders” video below really drives home […]
Cyclists should avoid setting goals for themselves based on a winner takes all mentality because anything short of victory may then become very debilitating.       By Paddy Doran Peak Endurance Coaching   I once spent two hours with a sports psychologist following a major international event where I was masseur for a team. […]
Both Paul Kimmage and Shay Elliott spoke openly about drugs in cycling, but it was another Irish legend that blew the whistle first; our first world track champion Harry Reynolds, above.     By Graham Healy A number of Irish cyclists over the years have revealed stories of doping in the professional peloton, basing their […]
Eddie Dunbar has already been courted by the An Post-Chainreaction team this season. However, one of the best teams on the UK scene, Rapha Condor JLT is also actively looking at the Irish teenager; seen here in the yellow jersey of Junior Tour leader on his way to his second consecutive win in the race […]
Irish fans can expect to see Philip Deignan riding on the front of the peloton at the Vuelta if all goes to plan for Team Sky over the next three weeks.     By Gerard Cromwell Donegal’s Philip Deignan will tackle his second Grand Tour of the season from Saturday when the three-week Vuelta a Espana […]
Blink and you’ll miss it: In the pits and getting ready to do the best bike change we’ve ever seen in our lives.     This bike change is so quick it took us a couple of views to even see the rider who was jumping from one mount to the next. It took place […]
The key breakaway in the main event last year which set up Sean McKenna, second from left, for the overall win (Photo: www.blackumbrella.ie)     The Wexford Two Day returns to the sunny south east for the second year running this weekend, with three races down for decision; an event for A1 & A2 riders […]
Nicolas Roche lines up for the Vuelta a España tomorrow, Saturday, where he will be an outside chance for a podium place. He has had his best GC placing in any Grand Tour in the Spanish race, where he finished in 7th place in 2010 and he’ll be hoping to improve on that in this year’s race. Read more...
Dan Martin wins stage 9 of the Vuelta a Espana in 2009 into La Covatilla. In the next three weeks can he smash his Grand Tour best of 13th overall in the race that year and add more Grand Tour stage wins to his palmares? (Photo: Stefano Sirotti)     The pressure of carrying all […]
Paidi O’Brien, seen here taking last year’s title, has been in great form of late and will go to the line next month among the hottest of favourites (Photo: Michael Meade)     By Gerard Cromwell The National Criterium Championships has been rescued for this year, with the Kildare-based Murphy Surveys Kilcullen CC stepping in […]
The crash that ended Dan Martin’s Giro d’Italia. The list of injuries and other health problems that a rider can take from a spill like this is virtually endless (Photo: Stefano Sirotti)     The video below takes us through some of the most common injuries and ailments that afflict bike riders; from crash injuries […]
Philip Deignan wins stage 19 of the 2009 Vuelta a Espana into Avila, with a vanquished Roman Kreuziger in the background. The Irishman is back in the race with Team Sky this weekend (Photo: Stefano Sirotti)     Philip Deignan has been named in a very strong Team Sky line-up for the Vuelta a Espana […]
It’s winter time in Ireland. Apart from cyclocross there’s not much happening to keep sportive and racing cyclists occupied and motivated. Going out in the evenings in the dark is difficult, dangerous and demoralising. Read more...
With the Kerry team that won the Rás in 1956 when Paudie Fitzgerald, third from right, took two stages and the final yellow. Gene Mangan, second rider from the right, also took two stages that year. Paddy O’Callaghan is the rider on the far left, seen here with Mangan, Fitzgerald, John Switzer, Jackie O’ Connor and […]
Niki Terpstra was disqualified from Eneco Tour after on the final stage after a strange incident (video below) in which he repeatedly shoulder-barged Maarten Wynants while tackling an incline on the front of the bunch (Photo: Stefano Sirotti)     Nike Terpstra of the Omega Pharma-Quickstep team found himself disqualified after the final stage of […]

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