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Cycling Ireland confirms squad for UCI Road World Championships


Cycling Ireland has confirmed the squad of 17 riders who will represent Ireland at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire from 22nd – 29th September.


Sam Bennett, National Road Race Champion and multiple Vuelta a Espana stage winner has made selection for the elite men’s road race as has Eddie Dunbar, currently showing good form in the Tour of Britain. They will be joined by a strong line up including Dan Martin, Rory Townsend, Ryan Mullen and Conor Dunne.


Two Irish riders, Eddie Dunbar and Ryan Mullan will race the elite men’s time trial. The testing 54-kilometre route starts in Northallerton and finishes in Harrogate. Mullan is a 4-time National Champion in the time trial and earlier this season finished 4th at the European Games, less than a second off the podium.


Kelly Murphy, 10th at the 2019 European Road Championships will go in the elite women’s time trial on Tuesday, September 24th as will 2016 European Individual Pursuit Bronze medallist, Anna Turvey.


Current National Road Race Champion Alice Sharpe represents Ireland in the elite women’s road race which is set to take place in front of large crowds on Saturday, September 28th. Sharpe used Ireland's premier international stage race for women, Rás na mBan as preparation for the 149.5-kilometre test.


Cycling Ireland Head Coach Brian Nugent said:

“We’re going into the 2019 Road World Championships with one of the strongest teams of any nation and with a genuine opportunity to take on the race. It goes without saying, the Road World Championships is a major target for all our riders and the team is highly motivated. We are determined to put in a strong performance, work well together as a team and deliver a good result in the green jersey. We are expecting huge Irish support in Yorkshire and the team is looking forward to the experience.


It promises to be a great week of racing and there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the week for our up and coming men and women.”


Elite Men Road Race

·       Conor Dunne

·       Dan Martin

·       Eddie Dunbar

·       Sam Bennett

·       Rory Townsend

·       Ryan Mullen


Elite Men Time Trial

·       Eddie Dunbar

·       Ryan Mullen


Elite Women Road Race  

·       Alice Sharpe


Elite Women Time Trial

·       Anna Turvey

·       Kelly Murphy


U23 Men Road Race

·       Ben Healy


U23 Men Time Trial

·       Ben Healy

·       Michael O’Loughlin


Junior Men Road Race

·       Archie Ryan

·       Kevin McCambridge


Junior Men Time Trial

·       Finley Newmark

·       Kevin McCambridge


Junior Women Road Race  

·       Lara Gillespie

·       Lucy O’Donnell

·       Maeve Gallagher


Junior Women Time Trial

·       Lara Gillespie

UCI Road World Championships Schedule

Day 1: Saturday 21 September: Beverley-Tadcaster-Wetherby-Harrogate Circuit – Para-cycling Road Races (C1 Event)

Day 2: Sunday 22 September: Harrogate Circuit – Team Time Trial Mixed Relay – 28km (two circuits)

Day 3: Monday 23 September: Harrogate Circuit – Women Junior Individual Time Trial – 14km (one circuit) and Men Junior Individual Time Trial - 28km (two circuits)

Day 4: Tuesday 24 September: Ripon to Harrogate – Men Under 23 Individual Time Trial – 32.5km (route plus one circuit) and Women Elite Individual Time Trial – 32.5km (route plus one circuit)

Day 5: Wednesday 25 September: Northallerton to Harrogate – Men Elite Individual Time Trial - 54km (route only)

Day 6: Thursday 26 September: Richmond to Harrogate – Men Junior Road Race – 144.5km (route plus three circuits)

Day 7: Friday 27 September: Doncaster to Harrogate – Women Junior Road Race – 91.5km (route only) and Men Under 23 Road Race – 192.5km (route plus three circuits)

Day 8: Saturday 28 September: Bradford to Harrogate – Women Elite Road Race – 149.5km (route plus three circuits)

Day 9: Sunday 29 September: Leeds to Harrogate – Men Elite Road Race – 284.5km (route plus seven circuits)


Full details on the Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road World Championships can be found at http://Yorkshire2019.co.uk

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