Thursday 26 April 2018

Deignan joy at signing for Sky


Team Sky have signed Irish rider Philip Deignan for the 2014 season.

This year Deignan has been in his second campaign with United-Healthcare, and has won the Tour of the Gila, finished runner-up at the Tour de Beauce and claimed top-10 finishes at the Tours of Utah and California and the USA Pro Challenge.

The 29-year-old from Donegal has also been with RadioShack, Cervelo TestTeam and AG2R Prevoyance, winning the 2005 Tour du Doubs in his maiden professional season.

He sealed his first Grand Tour stage win at the 2009 Vuelta a Espana, in which he finished ninth overall.

World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt powered away late in the race to win the 100m in 9.80 seconds at the season-closing Diamond League meeting in Brussels.

Michael Rodgers was second in his season's best of 9.90 and Nesta Carter was third. Justin Gatlin finished fourth. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce set a meeting record of 10.72 as clear winner of her 100m event.

Warren Weir edged Nickel Ashmeade over the 200m sprint for victory in 19.87 seconds.

Ireland's seniors made history by reaching the finals of both the men's and women's European Team Championships and today bid for gold medals.

The men survived a titanic semi-final struggle with Scotland in Hungary, edging home 3-2 thanks to a last-green victory captain Garth McGimpsey. In Bled, Slovenia the women upset the form book to coast past top seeds Netherlands without losing a game.

Cork's Tom Cleary and Michael Quirke of Doneraile beat Lindsay Gordon and David Gardiner 3&2 in the foursomes. Adrian Morrow was also impressive in beating Lindsay Blair 5&4.

With Maurice Kelly and Arthur Pierse losing, McGimpsey prevailed over Alan O'Neill on the home green. Ireland will today face Sweden as they continue their quest for a third title in seven years.

The women produced an amazing performance to storm home 4.5-0.5. Laura Webb led the way with a 7&5 mauling of Laurence Nolte, while the foursomes pairing of Sheena McElroy and Pat Doran were almost flawless in seeing off Karin Berghuijs and Carola Vidor. When Carol Wickham won, Ireland were home and dry, and for good measure Gertie McMullen triumphed.

Italy now stand between Ireland a first European title.

Irish Independent

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