Navigators team manager Ed Beamon confirmed to Cyclingnews yesterday that the two Irish riders on the team, Ciarán Power and David O'Loughlin, would be retained for next season. Power said he was happy with the decision today. "We sorted things out earlier this week. It is a bit of a relief because I have had a very hard year due to injury."
Power has experienced an intermittent leg problem ever since he finished 13th in the Olympic road race last year. Losing strength when it flares up, it was initially thought that a pinched nerve in his back was to blame. However now they are looking at other possible causes. "I will go and see a specialist after this race," he said. "It's my last one of the year, I've got to go and get this sorted. It has been very, very frustrating for me. I've been training hard but haven't been able to go properly at all. The good thing is that I am raring to go, I am very hungry to get a big winter in and be at 100 percent for the start of next season."