Irish Rider Nicolas Roche Signs With Team Sky For 2015

LONDON, Sept 30, 2014 (AFP) - Irish rider Nicolas Roche was on Tuesday unveiled at Team Sky along with four other new names for 2015. The 30-year-old, who has a wealth of Grand Tour experience, is joined at the British squad by Scot Andrew Fenn, Czech rider Leopold Konig, Dutchman Wout Poels and Lars Petter Nordhaug, who has re-signed for Team Sky after two years away. Roche's … [Read more...]

Nicolas Roche Wins The Route du Sud Title

CASTRES, France, June 22, 2014 - Ireland's Nicolas Roche followed in the footsteps of his cycling legend father Stephen Roche by winning the Route du Sud cycling race after the third and final stage on Sunday. Roche's father Stephen won the race through southern France in 1985 before going on to win the triple crown of the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and world road race championship … [Read more...]

Leopold Konig Wins Stage 8, Roche In Tour of Spain Lead

ESTEPONA, Spain, Aug 31, 2013 (AFP) - Czech rider Leopold Konig (NetApp) produced an impressive final climb to win the eighth stage of the Tour of Spain as Ireland's Nicolas Roche (Saxo) took the overall lead of the race. Konig just held off a late surge by Daniel Moreno (Katusha) to take the 166.6km stage from Jerez de la Frontera to Estepona with 29-year-old Roche - son of 1987 Tour de … [Read more...]

Irishman Nicolas Roche Winds Stage 2 Of Tour of Spain

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MADRID, Community of Madrid, Aug 25, 2013 (AFP) - Ireland's Nicolas Roche (Saxo) won the second stage of the Tour of Spain as he sprinted clear in the final few metres of the 177.7km ride from Pontevedra to Baiona on Sunday. Roche was followed home by Daniel Moreno (Katusha) and Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R) in second and third respectively, but Giro d'Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali did … [Read more...]

Roche Joins Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank

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Irish rider Nicolas Roche joins Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank. The 28 year old all-rounder and former National Champion has agreed to a contract that will tie him to the Danish based outfit for the coming two seasons adding significant strength to the World Tour team's roster. Roche just finished this year's Tour de France as 12th in the GC proving his abilities in Grand Tours, where he can … [Read more...]

Roche Claims Tour of Beijing Third Stage

YONGNING, Oct 7, 2011 (AFP) - Irishman Nicolas Roche of the AG2R-La Mondiale team won the 162km third stage of the Tour of Beijing, the hilliest in the race, as Germany's Tony Martin held on to the overall lead Friday. Roche finished ahead of compatriot Philip Deignan, who had been one of his breakaway companions along with Britain's Chris Froome, the recent runner-up in the Tour of … [Read more...]

Roche heads up AG2R Vuelta challenge

PARIS, Aug 8, 2011 (AFP) - Irish rider Nicolas Roche will lead the AG2R team in the forthcoming Tour of Spain the French outfit announced on Monday. The 27-year-old, son of Irish cycling legend Stephen, finished a creditable 26th on the Tour de France and is the only one of the nine man team selected to have competed in this year's edition of the world's most prestigious cycling race. … [Read more...]

Cappelle Crashes Hard, Head Trauma and Fractures

LES GETS (Haute-Savoie), June 10, 2011 - Belgian rider Andy Cappelle (QuickStep) suffered a head injury and multiple fractures after crashing Friday in the 5th stage of the Criterium du Dauphiné, it was announced by the Medical Crew race after the finish in Les Gets. Cappelle had crashed with 23 kilometers to go along with the other riders (Roche, Silin), who were evacuated to a hospital … [Read more...]

Sagan Takes Lead In Tour de Romandie

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GENEVA, April 28, 2010 - Young cycling hope Peter Sagan, riding for the Liquigas team, won the first stage of the Tour de Romandie on Wednesday and took over the yellow jersey. The Slovak rider pipped Italian Francesco Gavazzi (LAM) and Ireland's Nicolas Roche (ALM) in a mass sprint finish to the 176km stage held in warm summer weather over northwestern Switzerland's Jura hills. … [Read more...]

Roche Junior Takes First Steps On Tour

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by Justin Davis LIMOGES, France, July 13, 2009 (AFP) - As the son of one of cycling's greats, Nicolas Roche knows he has plenty to live up to. And after a tough first nine stages of racing on his Tour de France debut, the France-born Irish national road race champion is not expecting the race to get any easier. Roche, the son of former Tour de France and Giro d'Italia … [Read more...]