Bora-hansgrohe’s Irish duo Sam Bennett and Ryan Mullen have been selected to ride the Vuelta a Espana, which starts next Friday in the Netherlands.
After being overlooked for the team’s Tour de France squad, Bennett will get the chance to bounce back at the three-week Spanish Grand Tour.
Bora’s eight-man team will go with dual ambitions for the sprints and the general classification, with Mullen and lead-out man Danny van Poppel offering support to the Carrick-on-Suir fastman in the sprints that are expected to dominate the first week of the Vuelta.
The 31-year-old hasn’t raced a Grand Tour since the 2020 Vuelta, which came hot on the heels of his green jersey success at the Tour.
Bennett will first be looking to add to his one win this season when he lines up for Ireland in the road race at the European Championships in Munich on Sunday.
Ireland’s European Championship got off to a strong start yesterday with Ryan Henderson qualifying for the BMX Freestyle final.
On the track, the Irish Women’s Team Pursuit squad of Emily Kay, Kelly Murphy, Mia Griffin and Alice Sharpe finished sixth to qualify for today’s first round. They will now face off against the seventh fastest qualifier, Poland, after completing the 4,000-meter team pursuit in a time of 4:26.028.
On the opening day of competition at the Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Canada Paralympic bronze medallist Gary O’Reilly narrowly missed out on a medal in the time trial.
The Portlaoise hand-cyclist came close to grasping the bronze medal from Luis Costa of Portugal.
O’Reilly completed the 18.9km course in 30:36.88, over three seconds down on the Portuguese rider and 2:18.12 down on gold medal winner Mitch Valize (Netherlands).