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Connor McConvey re-signs for An Post team
An Post Sean Kelly team manager Kurt Bogaerts today announced that Belfast native Connor McConvey has re-signed for the team for the rest of the 2011 season.
Connor McConvey re-signs for An Post team
An Post Sean Kelly team manager Kurt Bogaerts today announced that Belfast native Connor McConvey has re-signed for the team for the rest of the 2011 season.
Roche completes third Tour as Evans seals victory
Nicolas Roche completed his third Tour de France as one of the race’s 167 finishers on the Champs Elysees where Mark Cavendish won for the third consecutive year and Cadel Evans sealed victory overall.
Nicolas Roche flying the Irish flag in the Tour de France Grenoble TT
Cadel Evans has seized his opportunity to achieve an historic Tour de France win by coverting a 57 seconds deficit into a 1’34” winning margin in the penultimate time trial stage in Grenoble.
Roche pays the toll as Contador detonates Alpe d'Huez stage
Nicolas Roche paid the price for three days of attacking riding when Alberto Contador hit the detonator and blew the race for the Tour’s GC wide open with a surprise attack in the opening kilometres of stage 19 to Alpe-d’Huez.
Roche proves class at Andy Schleck steals the show on Col du Galibier
Nicolas Roche proved his class on the Tour’s toughest mountain stage to finish within five minutes of winner Andy Schleck who dropped him just 10 kilometres from the summit of the hors category Col du Galibier as he closed the gap on race leader Thomas Voeckler to a mere 15 seconds.
Roche animates stage 17 but gains little in GC
Nicolas Roche made an impression on stage 17 of the Tour de France but was unable to convert his attacking spirit into a significant gain in the overall GC as the race favourites continued to chip away at Thomas Voeckler’s lead.
Roche aggressive on road to Gap but misses winning break
Nicolas Roche turned in an aggressive performance on stage 16 of the Tour de France but failed to secure a place in the break from which Thor Hushovd claimed a second stage win on a day when the battle for the overall GC truly commenced.
Roche tight as Cavendish strikes in Montpellier
Nicolas Roche maintained his 18th position in the Tour de France GC heading into the second rest day after Mark Cavendish won the bunch sprint in Montpellier to tighten his grip on the green jersey.
Roche’s Tour de France GC ambitions take a hit on Plateau de Beille
Nicolas Roche’s hopes of regaining his place in the Tour de France top ten took a hammering on stage 14 to Plateau de Beille where he conceded 6’47” after losing contact with the race favourites with over 12.5 kilometres to the summit finish.
Roche slips out of Tour top ten as Thor Hushovd wins in Lourdes
Stage thirteen to Lourdes proved to be an unlucky one for Nicolas Roche after Philippe Gilbert pinched 49 seconds from the AG2R La Mondiale rider to bump him out of the top ten overall.
Nicolas Roche breaks into Tour de France top ten at Luz Ardiden
Nicolas Roche has broken into the top ten in the Tour de France after coming through the first mountain stage just over two minutes behind lone winner Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) at Luz Ardiden.
Roche sits tight at 13th as rain makes going tough at Tour de France
Nicolas Roche put in a hard day to finish in the main field on stage 11 of the Tour de France as Mark Cavendish rocketed his way through a downpour to take his eighteenth Tour win in Lavaur.
Nicolas Roche holds Tour de France GC position as Greipel take first stage win
Nicolas Roche was in the thick a rip-roaring finish to stage 10 in Carmaux claiming a fourth consecutive top twenty finish as Andre Greipel saw off arch-rival Mark Cavendish for his first Tour de France stage win.
Sam Bennett wins GP van de stad Geel
Sam Bennett of the An Post Sean Kelly team claimed a superb victory in today’s high profile one day GP van de stad Geel in Belgium.
Roches progresses as Voeckler triumphs amid Tour carnage
Nicolas Roche has moved to 13th in the Tour de France GC as crashes put two more GC contenders out of the race on a day when Thomas Voeckler stole a march on the race favourites to seize the yellow jersey.
Nicolas Roche closes in on Tour de France top ten after 19th at Super Besse
Nicolas Roche continues to close in on the top ten at the Tour de France climbing four places to 14th overall after a strong performance on the first summit finish at Super-Besse Sancy.
Nicolas Roche climbs to 18th in Tour de France GC as Wiggins crashes out
Nicolas Roche has climbed to 18th in the Tour de France GC after escaping a crash that split the peloton in two on stage seven to Chateauroux before Mark Cavendish powered his way to a second stage win
Nicolas Roche maintains steady progress through Tour de France GC
Nicolas Roche continues to make steady progress in the Tour de France moving to 23rd in the GC after Edvald Boasson Hagen made the most of the elements to claim his first ever Tour win on stage six into Lisieux.
Nicolas Roche up to 24th in Tour GC as crashes wreak havoc at Cap Frehel
Nicolas Roche provided the first real indication that his form is starting to come round when he finished 20th in a thrilling sprint finish won by Mark Cavendish after a day of high drama on stage five of the Tour de France.
Nicolas Roche hangs tough on Mur-de-Bretagne to climb Tour de France GC
Nicolas Roche is still in the hunt for a top ten placing in the Tour de France having conceded just 19 seconds on the Mur-de-Bretagne where Cadel Evans seized victory after the first real showdown between the GC contenders.
Nicolas Roche steady as Tyler Farrar celebrates first Tour de France stage win
Tyler Farrar became the first American to win a Tour de France stage on Independence Day when he chalked up Garmin Cervelo’s second stage win in Redon as Nicolas Roche survived yet another nervy day in the bunch.
Roche confines losses as Thor Hushovd take yellow in Tour de France team TT
Birthday boy Nicolas Roche confined his losses to his GC rivals to no more than 53 seconds at worst in the Tour de France team time trial as Garmin-Cervelo won the second stage to put world champion Thor Hushovd into the yellow jersey.
Nicolas Roche puts 1'14" into Contador on Tour de France opener
Nicolas Roche survived one early crash and escaped two others in the final ten kilometres to finish 19th behind Philippe Gilbert on the opening stage of the Tour de France gaining 1’14” on some of the race’s big GC contenders.

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