Eddie Dunbar making up for lost time with return to the Giro d'Italia

Eddie Dunbar during the Itzulia Basque Country
Eddie Dunbar during the Itzulia Basque Country (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A new season, a new start, and then a familiar, shuddering stop. When Eddie Dunbar crashed and broke his hand during his very first race in Jayco-Alula colours last February, the Corkman must have wondered if he was doomed never to return to a Grand Tour again.

During his four-year stint at Ineos, Dunbar's lone experience over three weeks came at the 2019 Giro d'Italia, where he placed 22nd overall after riding in support of Pavel Sivakov. A broken collarbone ruled him out of a return the following year, but in his last two seasons at Ineos, Dunbar found himself overlooked even when his form seemed to brook no argument.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.