Saturday 17 March 2018

Cycling: Philip Deignan to miss Worlds after crash

Philip Deignan broke his collarbone
Philip Deignan broke his collarbone

Ireland's Philip Deignan will miss the Road World Championships in Italy in two weeks time, having broken his collarbone in a crash on the third stage of the Tour of Britain.

A stage winner at the 2009 Vuelta a Espana, Deignan has been having a stellar year Stateside for the UnitedHealthcare team and recently signed for Team Sky for 2014, where he will ride alongside the past two Tour de France winners, Bradley Wiggins – yesterday's Tour of Britain time trial winner – and Chris Froome.

Wiggins now leads the race by 33 seconds from Ian Stannard, with Swiss rider Martin Elmiger third at 47 seconds and Dan Martin best of the Irish in 17th place at a minute and 37 seconds.

With Deignan having been selected alongside Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin on the four-man Irish team, Cycling Ireland had left the last place on the team open, but will now have to choose two riders from national champion Matt Brammeier, Cofidis stagiare Philip Lavery and An Post sprinter Sam Bennett for the road race in Florence.


NEW YORK will host what promises to be the noisiest and perhaps even the rowdiest Ryder Cup in history – the Black Course at Bethpage State Park, the first municipal facility to host a Major, has been named as venue for the 2024 battle between the US and Europe.

Lucas Glover strode through a deluge to victory there when the US Open returned in 2009. The US PGA will take place on the formidable Long Island course in 2019.

Irishman Ruaidhri McGee took a three-stroke lead over his rivals in the European Tour qualifying first stage at Wychwood Park in Cheshire yesterday with a sensational six-under-par 66.

Former Walker Cup man Paul Cutler has also put himself into a healthy position with a solid 71, one in front of Colm Moriarty and two ahead of Alan Dunbar.

Ballymena's Dermot McElroy and Matthew McAlpine each took 75 and have some work to do, while David Jones carded a 77.

Meanwhile, Dubliner Niall Kearney is tied for 10th at his qualifying event at Fleesensee in Germany after a three-under 69, three shots behind Germany's Sebastian Schwind. Limerick's Cian McNamara will need to improve today after yesterday's par 72.

Dubliner Sheena McElroy is just one stroke off the pace after the first round of the British Ladies Seniors Open Championship at wet and windy Royal Portrush.

The Seniors International from the Grange Club returned a one-over-par 76, one behind Finland's Minna Kaarnalahti.

Helen Jones, on her home course, carded an 82, while ex-champion Pat Doran took 84 and Gertie McMullen from The Island 88. Marilyn Henderson from Royal Belfast closed with three double-bogeys for an 88.

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