Philip Deignan

Philip Deignan

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Philip Deignan (; born 7 September 1983, Letterkenny, County Donegal) is an Irish Olympian and professional road racing cyclist for UCI ProTeam . He was educated at St Eunan's College.

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He first set foot on a bike in 1997 during a charity cycling event organised by Paddy Delap in Letterkenny. He 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......
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