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Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche head up Irish charge at Road World Championships

Published 23/09/2013 | 13:08

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Nicolas Roche, left, and Dan Martin are part of a four-man Ireland squad
Nicolas Roche, left, and Dan Martin are part of a four-man Ireland squad

DAN Martin and Nicolas Roche will lead Ireland's challenge in the Road World Championships road race on Sunday.

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The duo are capable of winning in Florence after strong seasons on the road and were confirmed in Cycling Ireland's team today.

Martin won prestigious one-day race Liege-Bastogne-Liege and stage nine of the Tour de France and his cousin Roche, the son of 1987 world champion Stephen Roche, won a stage of the Vuelta a Espana, in which he finished fifth overall.

The pair will be joined in Ireland's four-man team by Sam Bennett, a stage winner at the Tour of Britain, and Matt Brammeier, four times the Irish road race champion.

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