Cycling Ireland has named the Junior, U23 and Elite teams for the 2018 UCI Road World Championships, which take place in Innsbruck-Tirol, Austria, from the 23-30 September.
Racing for the Irish team will commence on Monday 24th September with the Women’s Junior Individual Time Trial.
Although before this an Irish rider could have a medal as Ryan Mullen is Riding the team time trial with his Trek- Segafredo Team today
What Do you think?
What do you think of Irelands chance of getting medals. Here’s the teams as announced by Cycling Ireland and the road and TT Course for each category.
The courses vary from moderate to savage. The links will take you to the profiles
Lara Gillespie (TT and Road Race)
RR 72 kms Course Difficult
Laura Gllespie could do very well in the TT. And depending on how the early part of the Road race goes both riders could be in with a shout in the last part of the race.
TT Course Moderate 20 Kms
Ben Healy (TT and Road Race)
Aaron Doherty (TT and Road Race)
Adam Ward (Reserve)
Distance 132 k Course Very Difficult
The juniors performances are often an unknown as the Number of good juniors at the worlds and the nervous racing sometimes makes it a survival course. If the riders are in good shape they could perform well on this type of circuit. It looks like the last part of the course will be survival of strong climbers and good descenders. There may be opportunities for Irish riders to get into early breakaways before they meet the big climbs. The Worlds is a good gauge of where the Irish Juniors are on the World stage
TT 28 Kms Course moderate
Another reference point for Irish standards versus World Standards. A top 10 could be a very good performance
Eddie Dunbar (TT and Road Race)
Michael O’Loughlin (TT and Road Race)
Conn McDunphy (Reserve)
RR 180k Very Very Difficult
This is a realistic Podium Race for Ireland with a good group of under 23 riders most of who have good racing in their legs over the previous weeks including the Top Class Tour de Lavenir.
Eddie Dunbar Exceptional Cyclist
Ireland also Has an exceptional rider in Eddie Dunbar. Dunbar has seamlessly stepped into the very top layer of racing with Team Sky in the last few weeks.
Racing the Italian series of Pre Worlds races that Italy have used to prepare their worlds riders and adapted to it immediately. Yesterday he was 8th in a very hilly Memorial Marco Pantani and finished the race with World Pro race Contenders. A very impressive performance.
From Cycling News race report
“On the next climb, Dunbar was again on the offensive, and his initial forcing would help to trigger what proved to be the race-deciding move, as Vincenzo Nibali, Franco Pellizotti, Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), David Gaudu-Groupama FDJ), Davide Brambilla (Italy), Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy), Serge Pauwels (Team Dimension Data), Davide Ballerini, Marco Cattaneo, Francesco Gavazzi, Fausto Masnada, (Androni-Sidermec), Warren Barguil (Team Fortuneo Samsic), Ivan Santaromita, Marco Tizza (Nippo Vini Fantini), Guillaume Martin and Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) joining the Irishman off the front.”
Michael O Loughlin has prepared well in the Past for these events and performed well on a good day he could be in the Top 6 or 8 riders
Conn Mc Dunphy is an unknown at this level but could perform well.
Eileen Burns (TT only)
Kelly Murphy (TT only)
RR 156k Course Very Very difficult
Hopefully the three Irish women will start the road race. It will be probably be won over the latter hills but there may be opportunities for some of the Irish team to get up the road in the early part of the race. The latter part of the race will come down to survival of the fittest and riders who can get over the climbs well
TT 28k Course moderate
Top 10 for any of the riders in the Time trial could be an excellent performance.
Dan Martin Nicolas Roche (TT and Road Race) Ryan Mullen (TT and Road Race) Conor Dunne
Dan Martin has had a good season and the Birth of twins in the last week, which could have a very positive effect of how he performs in the Worlds. The course will suit him if his form is even reasonable.
Nicolas Roche (TT and Road Race) Roche could be flying as he seemed to be improving over the first part of the Vuelta. If he has recovered well he could perform very well. Whether the hilly finish would suit him or not is another thing.
Ryan Mullen (TT and Road Race) Could be a medallist if he has prepared specifically for the TT
Looking at it realistically it looks like Ryan Mullen could be top 6 or better in the Individual TT. He has proven himself on many occasions at this event. There’s a serious hill in the event but with good pacing Mullen could still achieve a very fast overall time.
Conor Dunne Lack of racing and stress of the Aqua Blue team ending might mean his form is not great.However, as he is chasing a contract and is never short of courage and aggression he might get up the road in an early break
TT 52 kms Course Difficult
Best wishes to all the team
Paddy Doran High Performance Cycling Coach