News Shorts: Sam Bennett, Conor Dunne, Nicolas Roche, Irish team

Posted on: March 15th, 2019

There were plenty of riders in action yesterday; at Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Paracycling World Track Championships where the Irish were on the podium for the next relay event.


Four members of the Irish track paracycling team have taken a silver medal in a new relay event at the worlds.

Katie-George Dunlevy, Eve McCrystal, Martin Gordon and Eamon Byrne combined to make the podium.

The world title was won by Poland, with the Spanish quartet collecting the bronze medal on the day.

In the women’s C3 individual pursuit Richael Timothy was 10th in a time if 4:48.945 for the 3km event. It was a new Irish record.

Colin Lynch was beaten by Ewoud Vromant of Belgium in his 3km individual pursuit heat; the Irishman recording a time of 3:57.318 while Chris Burns did a 04:01.266.

In the 1km TT final Ronan Grimes took 8th in a time of 1:10.648 riding for Team Ireland in Holland.


Colin Lynch gets his worlds ride underway. Ronan Grimes flat out in the green of Ireland.


In France, Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) was in TT action on stage 5 yesterday. The 25.5km test in Barbentane was won by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in a time of 30.26.

He was seven seconds up on Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), with race leader Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) 3rd at 11 seconds.

The only Irish rider in the race, and the winner of stage 3, Sam Bennett placed 104th at 3:06.

In Italy at Tirreno-Adriatico, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won stage 2 after 195km into Pomarance.

He was best in the uphill finish, winning the sprint from a group of 35 riders. Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) was 2nd with Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) in 3rd.

Adam Yates now leads the race after his Mitchelton-Scott team won the TTT on Wednesday. Michael Hepburn, who was first of the team across the line in the TTT lost the leader’s jersey after ceding time.

Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) was 46th at 2:30 while Conor Dunne (Israel Cycling Academy) was 81st at 4:55.


Alaphilippe and his team are on fire; he took a great win at Tirreno-Adriatico.