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Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar unveiled in first Team Sky race line-up

Posted on: September 14th, 2018

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Young Irish rider Eddie Dunbar in the line-up of his dreams; with Team Sky and ready to take his place at WorldTour level.

 

Eddie Dunbar unveiled in first Team Sky race line-up

 

Eddie Dunbar has been unveiled in his first Team Sky line-up, having signed for the British WorldTour outfit this week.

The 22-year-old takes on the Coppa Agostoni (1.1) and Coppa Bernocchi (1.1), both in Italy, tomorrow and Sunday.

He is in a selection for the races that includes several other young up and coming riders as Team Sky looks to develop emerging talent.

One of those is Briton Mark Donovan (19); a quality U23 rider who Dunbar knows well and is now starting a stagiaire with the team.

Also starting with Team Sky this weekend is another stagiaire, 19-year-old Ethan Hayter. He rode last week’s Tour of Britain for Team GB.

Hayter claimed five top 10 stage results. He also won gold at the recent European Track Championships.

Italian Gianni Moscon (24) is also in the Team Sky selection for this weekend, along with Leonardo Basso (24) and Michal Golas (34).

The final place in the team for tomorrow’s race is taken by Diego Rosa (24). And the only change for Sunday’s line-up is Norwegian sprinter Kristoffer Halvorsen (22) taking Rosa’s place.

 

 

The 200km Coppa Agostoni tomorrow starts and finishes in Lissone. There are 12 climbs, the final one almost 50km from the end.

And the Coppa Bernocchi on Sunday starts and finishes in Legnano. While there are six climbs on the course, they are short and the last comes almost 60km from the finish.

In both races some of the fastest men in the peloton should still be in contention at the finish.

However, the races have split at times and past editions have been won by both sprinters and those more suited to the climbs.

Team Sky believes Sunday’s race is more likely to end in a sprint, meaning tomorrow should suit Dunbar more.

The Irish rider will not care if the racing ends up suiting the faster riders more than climbers like himself.

When Aqua Blue Sport collapsed it did so with immediate effect. That meant Eddie Dunbar faced a build-up to the World Championships with no racing.

But his securing a place with Team Sky for the rest of the year, before riding for the squad in 2019, rescues his end of season.

He will at least get some race miles at high intensity into his legs before the U23 road race at the Worlds the week after next.

Because the Worlds in Innsbruck are on a hilly course, it is one that suits Eddie Dunbar.

The prospect of not being able to race for a month before the Worlds, because of Aqua Blue Sport’s collapse, would have been far from ideal preparation.

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