Martyn Irvine return to racing delayed by UCI rules

Posted on: April 10th, 2017

Martyn Irvine return to racing delayed by UCI rules


Martyn Irvine return to racing delayed by unexpected UCI rules

Irvine’s return to racing suffers delays due to UCI rules for those coming back to the sport after a period away from competition.


Martyn Irvine will finally get in the saddle for his new team Aqua Blue Sport this week. He has suffered delays in returning to the peloton.

The former world track champion had retired from competition only to miss it and decide to return. He accepted an offer of a place on Aqua Blue Sport over the winter months.

However, under UCI rules he had to be part of the dope testing programme for six months before returning. The team announced in January that he would only be in a position to return around now.

It means while his team mates have been racing away the Irish legend has been on the sidelines itching to get back.

His frustration has been compounded by the fact he has been subjected to just one test while waiting for the six-month period to elapse.

Irvine told Ciaran Lennon in the Irish Independent that maybe his delayed return to racing would mean he’d be fresher later in the year.

“I kinda knew there was something going on,” he said of the UCI six-month rule for those returning to competition.

Team’s quick emergence

“The team kinda came out of the woodwork real quickly, you know. I suppose I didn’t plan to be back at this level.

“If I was at the level I was the year before I wouldn’t have to be doing all this. So it kinda caught me out. It’s a good problem to have, I suppose.”

While Irish riders Conor Dunne and Matt Brammeier have both been in action for Aqua Blue Sport, Irvine has trained mostly alone.

But he gets back into action in the one-day Belgian semi classic Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday.