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Martin third overall at Volta a Catalunya
Dan Martin secured a podium place on the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya finishing third overall behind Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) and winner Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) after a dramatic 124.5 kilometres of racing.
Dan Martin goes close with 4th in Mollet del Valles
Dan Martin came within inches of a stage win on stage six of the Volta a Catalunya proving once again that he can sprint as well as he can climb by taking fourth place behind Jose Joaquin Rojas in Mollet-del-Valles.
Nicolas Roche comes close to Volta a Catalunya stage win with 7th in Tarragona
Nicolas Roche came close to winning stage five of the Volta a Catalunya placing seventh in the bunch sprint in Tarragona which was won by Samuel Dumoulin (Confidis) after the peloton closed down a break inside the final five kilometres.
Dan Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) 10th in Catalunya bunch sprint in El Vendrell
Dan Martin provided further proof of his good form and all-round ability on stage four of the Volta a Catalunya when he finished tenth in the bunch sprint won by Radioshack’s Manuel Cardoso.
Dan Martin shows class in Andorra with move to 4th in Volta a Catalunya GC
Dan Martin has established himself as a serious contender for overall victory at the Volta a Catalunya after an impressive performance on the mountainous stage three where he finished just 35 seconds behind stage winner and new race leader Alberto Contador.
An Post Sean  Kelly team hoping to maintain early season form
The An Post Sean Kelly team will be aiming to maintain their excellent early season form at two races in Belgium this week starting with today's (Wednesday) Dwars door Vlaanderen (1.1) followed by the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen–Harelbeke (1.HC) on Sunday.
Nicolas Roche starts Volta a Catalunya GC ascent
Nicolas Roche has edged closer to the top ten in the GC at the Volta a Catalunya thanks to a strong finish on stage two which was won by Alessandro Petacchi after a bunch sprint in Banyoles.
Irish riders on form in Volta a Catalunya
Dan Martin finished the best of the three Irish riders on the first stage of the Volta a Catalunya won by HTC-Highroad’s Gatis Smukulis from a day-long break.
Nicolas Roche abandons Paris-Nice
Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) was one of a number of riders to abandon a rain soaked stage seven of Paris-Nice won by Frenchman Remi di Gregorio after a well timed counter-attack on the finishing circuit in Biot.
Nicolas Roche loses time in Paris Nice time trial
HTC-Highroad’s Tony Martin lived up to expectations by winning the 27 kilometre stage six Paris-Nice time trial with his finishing time of 33:24 a full 3:07 quicker than Nicolas Roche who endured another frustrating day.
Nicolas Roche slips to 37th in Paris-Nice GC after Col de la Mure
Nicolas Roche’s lack of top end form caught up with him on the final climb of the first category Col de la Mure during stage five of Paris-Nice where he conceded 2’51” to stage winner and new race leader Andreas Kloden.
Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) on course to mount Paris-Nice GC assault
Nicolas Roche remains in contention to mount a serious challenge for the overall GC at Paris-Nice having finished the mountainous stage four just 13 seconds behind French national champion Thomas Voeckler who clinched victory from a day long break.
Nicolas Roche climbs to 21st in Paris-Nice GC
The AG2R La Mondiale team of Nicolas Roche put up a real fight to win stage three of Paris-Nice only to have their hopes dashed by a crash which saw Peter Sagan fall in the sprint as Matthew Goss took the win and race lead overall.
Nicolas Roche 28th on stage two of Paris-Nice
Nicolas Roche enjoyed another solid day on stage two of Paris-Nice finishing 28th having successfully avoided the splits that occurred as the race wound itself up for the bunch sprint won by Team Sky’s Greg Henderson.
Nicolas Roche finishes 48th in Paris-Nice opener
Nicolas Roche came through the first stage of Paris-Nice without any major difficulties finishing in the main bunch as it came within inches of capturing a three-man breakaway from which Vacansoleil-DCM’s Thomas De Gendt triumphed on the line.
Nicolas Roche targeting a stage win at  Paris-Nice
Nicolas Roche expects to be chasing a stage win rather than the GC at this week’s Paris-Nice as he continues to rebuild form following the knee injury that derailed his preparations for the eight-day race.
Matt Brammeier 82nd at GP Le Samyn
Matt Brammeier finished comfortably in the main bunch at the GP Le Samyn placing 82nd after Dominic Klemme timed a closing chase to perfection to deliver Leopard Trek’s first win of the season.

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