How many Irish cyclists do you think are now riding for pro teams?

Posted on: March 21st, 2018

These are the legs of Nicolas Roche. But, as you can see, he’s just one of a huge number of Irish cyclists now riding for pro teams.


Irish cyclists riding for pro cycling teams in 2018


Every year we follow our pro riders with great interest all around the globe. But could anyone put a number on exactly how many Irish men are riding for UCI teams?

There are three tiers; WorldTour, ProContinental and Continental level.

We are unfortunately without the Irish An Post-Chainreaction Continental team this season. But management has promised it will be back again next year.

Despite that team’s absence from the pro peloton, it hasn’t put much of a dent in the number of Irish riders competing with pro teams this year.

The vast majority of the Irish riders who rode with An Post-Chainreaction have found new Continental teams to ride for.

And this year there are a whopping 20 Irish men riding for UCI road teams; five at WorldTour, four at ProContinental and 11 at Continental.

The six newcomers this year are all at Continental level; Cormac Mcgeough, Ben Walsh, Bryan McCrystal, Conn McDunphy, Dermot Trulock and Mark Downey.

Mcgeough is US-based and is riding this year for Jelly Belly Maxxis. He’s a 21-year-old who has done some racing in Ireland, but most of it in America.

McCrystal, McDunphy and Trulock have all signed for Holdsworth Pro Cycling from Irish club teams. Their new squad has five Irish riders in its ranks.

Former An Post-Chainreaction men Sean McKenna and Damien Shaw have also signed for the UK outfit.

Young Ben Walsh is in his first season out of the juniors. And he has signed for the new Vitus Pro Cycling.

He won the Junior Tour of Ireland last year. He is national junior TT champion and also represented Ireland up to and including World Road Championships level.

Robert Jon McCarthy is another with a UK-based Continental team; JLT-Condor.

At WorldTour in 2018 we have Sam Bennett, Nicolas Roche, Ryan Mullen, Dan Martin and Philip Deignan.

And at ProContinental Ireland has Conor Dunne, Matt Brammeier and Eddie Dunbar riding for Aqua Blue Sport. Furthermore, Stephen Clancy continues with Novo Nordisk.

As well as the six new riders at Continental level, Matt Teggart and Michael O’Loughlin are also part of Team Wiggins along with Mark Downey.

We had intended to include women in this piece. However, we’re awaiting confirmation on the nationality a number of UK-based women are riding under this year. We’ll have a separate women’s piece when we get that clarity.


Irish cyclists riding for pro teams in 2018

World Tour

  • Nicolas Roche BMC Racing
  • Sam Bennett Bora-hansgrohe
  • Philip Deignan Team Sky
  • Dan Martin UAE Team Emirates
  • Ryan Mullen Trek-Segafredo


Pro Continental

  • Conor Dunne Aqua Blue Sport
  • Stephen Clancy Novo Nordisk
  • Eddie Dunbar Aqua Blue Sport
  • Matt Brammeier Aqua Blue Sport



  • Cormac Mcgeough Jelly Belly Maxxis
  • Ben Walsh Vitus Pro Cycling
  • Bryan McCrystal Holdsworth
  • Matt Teggart Team Wiggins
  • Robert Jon McCarthy JLT-Condor
  • Sean McKenna Holdsworth
  • Michael O’Loughlin Team Wiggins
  • Conn McDunphy Holdsworth
  • Mark Downey Team Wiggins
  • Dermot Trulock Holdsworth
  • Damien Shaw Holdsworth