The Tour de Ireland’s elite cycling team has been certified as “competitive cyclists”.
The team of six, led by former Tour de England winner Mark Cavendish, has been given a high level of technical certification by the Cycling Federation of Ireland, which certifies the top-tier cyclists in the world.
The certification marks a major step forward for the team as it aims to break the 100-day barrier in the Tour in 2021.
“It is great to be able to prove we are competitive cyclists and we have a competitive squad,” said Cavendish.
“We have to be realistic, we know what it takes to get through the Tour, but we want to be competitive and we want the whole world to know we are.”
I have been in this sport for a long time, and I want to show the world that I am ready and willing to do whatever it takes.
“Cavendish is the only Tour de French rider to have been certified by the federation.
The team also qualified for the Tour by winning the world road race championships in Italy in 2020.
The Team Irish rider has been training in Dublin for the past few months, with his fellow riders training in Paris and Paris-Roubaix.
The Irishman will also ride in the Giro d’Italia.”
I have had a lot to learn from the best in the team and we are going to do everything in our power to show that.””
But I will definitely have my team from Ireland behind me.
I have had a lot to learn from the best in the team and we are going to do everything in our power to show that.”