Tuesday 7 July 2015

Team Sky lead the race for Irish cyclist Nicolas Roche

Cycling

Published 01/08/2014 | 02:30

Irish cyclist Nicolas Roche has been linked with a move to Team Sky after two years with Tinkoff Saxo. Picture credit: Stephen McMahon / SPORTSFILE
Irish cyclist Nicolas Roche has been linked with a move to Team Sky after two years with Tinkoff Saxo. Picture credit: Stephen McMahon / SPORTSFILE

NICOLAS ROCHE has been linked with a move to Team Sky with the Irish cyclist reported to be on his way out of the Tinkoff-Saxo team after two years.

The British-based team are are leading the race to sign Roche according to Cyclingnews.com, with Trek Factory Racing and IAM Cycling also believed to be interested. Today is the first day of the transfer window in professional cycling.

TECTOR LEADS IRISH TO EUROPEAN SUCCESS

JACK TECTOR lifted the European Challenge Series trophy in Ayr yesterday despite Ireland U-19s suffering a seven-wicket defeat by Scotland in their final match.

Captain Tector top-scored with 20 in an Ireland total of 86-9 from 20 overs. Scotland struggled to 27-3 after nine overs before charging home with eight balls to spare.

After sharing victories in the two 50-overs games against Scotland, and winning two of their three games against the Netherlands, Ireland were awarded the series on number of wins.

Meanwhile, Trent Johnston will sign off as Ireland women's coach with three T20 internationals against South Africa, two on September 9 and one the following day at Mosley, near Birmingham.

ANGUISH FOR KIRK AS SHE JUST MISSES FINAL

IRISH 800m champion Katie Kirk ran a lifetime best of 2:02.63 in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last night and was unlucky not to make the final.

Her semi-final included Kenyan World Champion Eunice Sum, who won it in 2:01.28 and former European indoor champion Jenny Meadows and 2012 European champion Lynsey Sharp. The five women who finished ahead of her all made the final.

Kirk, who raced for Britain as a junior, has indicated she may declare for Ireland. Last night's time would put her ninth on the all-time Irish 800m list.

Meanwhile, Olympic 800m champion and world record holder David Rudisha had to settle for second place behind 20-year-old Nijel Amos at the Commonwealth Games.

As always, Rudisha went to the front at 150 metres and tried to control the race from there.

But he could not take it out fast enough and he was power-less as Botswana's Amos accel-erated past him with 50m to go to take gold in 1min 45.18 secs.

Irish Independent

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