News Shorts: Dan Martin’s illness, Team Wiggins Irish riders race debut

Posted on: March 10th, 2018

Matt Teggart Mark Downey Team Wiggins

Irish cyclists Mark Downey and Matt Teggart in their Team Wiggins kit for the 2018 season. They make their debut with the UK-based Continental level team tomorrow.


Matt Teggart, Mark Downey Team Wiggins debut

Irish riders Mark Downey and Matt Teggart are set to ride their first race with Team Wiggins tomorrow, Sunday.

They signed with the UK-based Continental team in the off season. Both former Banbridge CC riders, they get their 2018 campaigns underway in Portugal.

And they’ll be jumping in with a testing challenge; the Classica da Arrabida. The UCI 1.2-ranked race takes riders 169.6km from Sesimbra to Setubal.

And with four climbs in quick succession in the final third of the course, both Downey and Teggart will know where their form is when the race is done.

Downey is of course coming into the road season off the back of a track campaign. Indeed, he rode the World Track Championships in Holland just last weekend.

Teggart was with An Post-Chainreaction last year; winning a Rás stage and holding the yellow jersey.

Matt Teggart has just turned 22-years-old while Mark Downey is aged 21 years, meaning both will be riding U23 Nations Cup for Ireland this spring.


Dan Martin illness in Paris Nice

Matt Teggart Mark Downey Team Wiggins

Dan Martin was uncharacteristically off the back of the racing at Paris-Nice today before pulling out due illness.


Ireland’s Dan Martin does not believe the illness that ended his Paris-Nice today is anything too serious. And he was also maintaining perspective after a disappointing week.

The UAE Team Emirates rider was forced out midway through the queen stage today. He had dropped out of overall contention yesterday when he suffered a broken wheel as the final climb neared.

As a result, his race for a podium finish like last year was already over. But he believes the illness that saw him withdraw, on a day when 14 riders pulled out, was minor.

“I was feeling sick, probably a strong cold or something similar,” he said. “My legs had no power.  So I could do nothing (but) quit.

“It’s a pity, I’m sorry because my team was confident in me. This gives me extra motivations for the next race.”