Friday 24 May 2019

Ireland's Eddie Dunbar named in Team Ineos line-up for Giro d'Italia

Eddie Dunbar
Eddie Dunbar

Ciaran Lennon

Eddie Dunbar will ride his first Grand Tour after being named in the Team Ineos line-up for the Giro d'Italia, which starts in Bologna on Saturday.

The Cork rider only joined the British outfit - which was Team Sky until last month – at the end of last year after the collapse of the Irish cycling team Aqua Blue Sport, but the 22-year-old has been in impressive form.

On Sunday, Dunbar produced a storming ride in the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, finishing third on the stage, and overall, while setting up the move for his team-mate Chris Lawless to win the general classification.

Tao Geoghegan Hart and Pavel Sivakov have been named as co-leaders on the eight-man team but with Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas concentrating on the Tour de France this year, Dunbar could have some freedom to attack when the race hits the mountains in the second week.

 

Egan Bernal had been set to lead the team at the Giro but the Colombian broke his collarbone in a training accident at the weekend.

 

"Egan's injury is a real shame as he was to lead the team in a Grand Tour for the first time. However, I'm sure he will be fighting fit come July," said team boss Dave Brailsford.

 

"Eddie will now come into the Team for his first Giro and given his recent performances it is well deserved."

 

 

Speaking on Sunday, Dunbar said earning a place the Giro team would fulfil a major goal for the year.

 

"It was a goal of mine at the start of the year," he told Cyclingnews. "Then I had problems with injury, so I thought that it was out of the question but I've come back strong from injury. It will be a good race to go to and my first Grand Tour."

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