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Irish Pro Cycling pictures Nicolas Roche in ITT stage of Tour de Romandie
Nicolas Roche’s fears of losing time in the today’s individual time trial at the Tour de Romandie were not misplaced with the AG2R La Mondiale rider dropping to 34th in GC just 1:24 down on new race leader Michael Rogers.
Irish Pro Cycling pictures Nicolas Roche in Stage 2 - Tour de Romandie
Mark Cavendish responded to his critics in more ways than one by winning today’s second stage of the Tour de Romandie while Nicolas Roche finished 9th slipping one pace to 11th in GC.
Nicolas Roche came agonizingly close to winning the first stage of the Tour de Romandie today finishing third in a spectacular sprint finish which seen rising star Peter Sagan win the stage and become the new race leader.
Nicolas Roche pictured on Irish Pro Cycling during Tour de Romandie TT
Marco Pinotti (HTC Columbia) won today’s 4.3 kilometre Tour de Romandie prologue with a super fast time of 5:17:52 with Nicolas Roche conceding 11:03 seconds on the technical course through the Swiss town of Porrentruy.
Nicolas Roche talks to Irish Pro Cycling about Tour de Romandie
Nicolas Roche is hoping to make an early impression in the Tour de Romandie when he competes in this afternoon’s 4.3 kilometre prologue time trial through the Swiss town of Porrentruy.
Irish Pro star Nicolas Roche in action - Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) turned back time with a trademark attack to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege for the second time today while Nicolas Roche rode strongly to finish 22nd just 1.22 seconds behind.
Irish Pro Cycling star Dan Martin ahead of Liege Bastogne Liege
Dan Martin is confident that his decision to skip Amstel Gold will pay off when it matters most in Sunday’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege and that he is going into the race in much better condition than previous years.
World Champion Cadel Evans has won Fleche Wallonne with an impeccably timed attack which seen him catch and pass Alberto Contador in the final 200 metres on the Mur de Huy.
Irish Pro star Dan Martin in action
Dan Martin believes that he has the form to be a surprise package at Fleche Wallonne and to potentially pull off another big race result in the mid-week Ardennes classic.
Irish Pro star Nicolas Roche in action
Nicolas Roche believes that Wednesday’s Fleche Wallonne presents the best opportunity for him to make an impression in the Ardennes classics and that his condition is good enough to figure in the final shake-up.
Irish cycling star Nicolas Roche on Irish Pro
Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) reaffirmed his staus as one of the world’s greatest classics riders by winning Amstel Gold with a spectular finish on the Cauberg.
Deignan and Martin
No Irish rider has ever won the Amstel Gold Race and Irish pros Philip Deignan and Nicolas Roche certainly have their work cut out to write history on the finishing climb of the renowned Cauberg.
Philip Deignan will complete his preparation for Sunday’s Amstel Gold with a training ride over the final 50 kilometres which he expects will decide the winner of the opening Ardennes Classic.
Nicholas Roche may well be preparing for the Ardennes Classics this week but he is doing so with one eye on the Tour de France.
Philip Deignan ended the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe on a high note placing 10th in a bunch sprint in the final stage to Sille-Le-Guillaume which bumped him up to finish 33rd in the GC.
Garmin Transitions pro Dan Martin rounded off a solid performance in the Tour of the Basque Country moving up one place to 15th in the GC after the final stage in Orio.
Dan Martin limited his losses to just under a minute and held onto his 16th place in the GC after a gutsy performance in the 170 kilometre stage five of the Tour of the Basque Country.
The third stage of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe finished in a bunch sprint won by Samuel Dumoulin (Confidis, Le Credit En Ligne) with Philip Deignan crossing the line in the second group of 22 riders just over a minute behind.
Dan Martin
Dan Martin moved up one place to 16th in the GC in the Tour of the Basque Country after an impressive performance in the race’s toughest mountain stage.
Dan Martin
Garmin Transitions rider Dan Martin is still in contention for the overall GC at the Tour of the Basque Country despite slipping a few places to 17th position after Stage 3.
Dan Martin
Dan Martin turned in another fine performance in stage two of the Tour of the Basque Country finishing 15th and moving up two place to 6th in GC just one second off race leader Alejandro Valverdre (Caisse d’Epargne).
Dan Martin
Dan Martin survived a decisive split on the final climb of the opening stage of the Tour of the Basque Country to finish 8th as part a select 24 man group.
Cervelo Test Team rider Philip Deignan enjoyed a day of mixed fortunes at the Circuit de la Sarthe today rising and falling through the GC as the race took on two stages.
Philip Deignan
Philip Deignan bounced back to form in the opening stage of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe in France where he placed 35th following an earlier bid to escape as part of a ten man breakaway.
The An Post team are back in Belgium this week after a good showing in yesterday’s Rund um Köln in Germany. Four of the team, Mark Cassidy (28th), Ronan McLaughlin (38th), Benny De Schrooder (56th) and Kim Borry (61st), were involved in a 60 rider bunch sprint at the finish.

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