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Philip Deignan

Philip Deignan first set foot on a bike in 1997 during the Annual Sligo to Letterkenny charity cycling event organised by Paddy Delap in Letterkenny, and from here he joined the Four Masters Cycling Club, competing in many local cycling events throughout Ireland.

Philip has been professional since 2005. Before that he was riding for amateur club VC la Pomme where he performed well as an amateur. In the Baby Giro (Giro d'Italia for amateurs) of 2004 after recovering from an earlier crash, he performed well on the mountainous stages. He won the final stage & overall classification of the 2004 Ronde de l’Isard as an amateur. His first professional road race win was in the Tour du Doubs when he attacked a breakaway group that contained his fellow Irishman and teammate at the time Mark Scanlon. Other notable performances were ninth place in the UCI World Championships Under 23 road race, fifth place in European championship under 23 road race, and second place on a mountainous stage of the 2006 Tour de l'Avenir stage race.

After an injury plagued early season, Deignan entered and finished his first grand tour with the 2007 Vuelta a España, there he finished prominently with 10th, 12th and 16th in several mountain stages. Deignan along with Nicholas Roche and Roger Aiken made up the Irish team for the 2008 World Championships in Varese on Sept 28th. None of the three finished the demanding 260 km race.

For the 2009 season Deignan rode with the Cervelo Test Team. He raced the Giro D'Italia, achieving a top ten finish in one stage and featuring prominently in others, with his team winning 4 stages in total. On 17 September 2009 he achieved his first grand tour stage victory, in stage 18 of the Vuelta a España into Avila, after a 2-man battle with the Czech Roman Kreuziger of Liquigas. By finishing 10 minutes clear of the peloton he climbed to 9th in the general classification. He became the first Irishman to win a stage on a Grand Tour since Stephen Roche's last-stage success at the Tour de France in 1992. Deignan has been selected to ride for Ireland in the 2009 World Elite Road Race Championship in Mendrisio, Switzerland (23–27 September) alongside Nicholas Roche & Daniel Martin. After his Vuelta performance, Deignan reached a personal high 2009 world ranking of 71st. Deignan was the best Irish finisher when placing 40th at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race in Mendrisio. He ended the 2009 season UCI ranked 75th, with 61 points, which helped Ireland to 16th in the team rankings. It was announced after illness ruined his 2010 season, that he was signing for Team RadioShack for 2011.

2008 Summer Olympics

He qualified to represent Ireland at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He finished in 81st place (15 minutes and 53 seconds behind winner Samuel Sánchez and five minutes behind team mate Nicholas Roche) in the 150.2 mile road race on 9 August.

Achievements:

Professional Victories (2)

2005 - Tour du Doubs (1.1)

2009 - Vuelta a España, Stage 18

Grand Tour record

2007: Vuelta a España: 71st overall; 1 top 10 stage finish

2008: Giro d'Italia: 79th overall; 14th Youth class

2009: Giro d'Italia: 56th overall; 1 top 10 stage finish

2009: Vuelta a España: 9th overall; won Stage 18.

2010: Vuelta a España: DNF (stage 11)

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