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Dan Martin, Nicolas Roche and Philip Deignan named on Ireland's team for UCI Road World Championships

Updated: Saturday, 07 Sep 2013 12:05 | Comments

Dan Martin (front right) has been named on Ireland's team for the UCI Road World Championships
Dan Martin (front right) has been named on Ireland's team for the UCI Road World Championships

Cycling Ireland have named Dan Martin, Nicolas Roche and Philip Deignan on the Ireland team for the 2013 UCI Road World Championships.

2013 Tour de France stage winner Martin (Garmin-Sharp) was all but guaranteed a spot on the team, and will compete despite withdrawing from the Vuelta a Espana due to a head injury sustained in crash.

His cousin Nicolas Roche (Saxo Tinkoff) will ride alongside him, and will be buoyed by his current second-place position in the general classifications of the Vuelta.

The third member of the team, Deignan, has also had a good season to date, with victory in the Tour of the Gila. The Dongel man has recently sealed a move to Team Sky following a strong season which included top ten finishes in the Tour of California and the Tour of Utah.

The trio will be joined by a fourth rider, as yet unnamed by Cycling Ireland. The governing body has decided to give riders some more time to compete for the final spot in the team.

Connor McConvey (Synergy Baku), Matt Brammeier (Champion System), Sam Bennett, Ronan McLaughlin (both An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly) and Philip Lavery (Cofidis stagiare) are all being considered for the position.

Women's, junior and under-23 competitors
Mel Spath and Olivia Dunne will compete for Ireland in the women's event.

In the junior event, Eddie Dunbar, Dylan Foley and Mark Downey will compete for Ireland. Downey will also compete in the time-trial, with Matthew Doyle named as the reserve.

Ireland will also have two competitors in the under-23 time-trial, with European track championship bronze medallist Ryan Mullin named to compete.

The other Irish spot is between Conor Dunne and Marcus Christie and will be handed out after the Port Talbot time trial in Britain this weekend.

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