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Roche: Ireland team needs to be clever at Worlds

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Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff Saxo) attacks, earning the most aggressive rider prize

Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff Saxo) attacks, earning the most aggressive rider prize
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Stage fovourite Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) doesn't want to give up

Stage fovourite Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) doesn't want to give up
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Philip Deignan (Team Sky)

Philip Deignan (Team Sky)
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For Fabian Cancellara, it’s a new phenomenon, but for Ireland, it’s a familiar predicament. The curious scoring system used to assign places for the World Championships road race has left the Swiss with a reduced team of three riders in Ponferrada on Sunday, but for Ireland’s trio of Nicolas Roche, Dan Martin and Philip Deignan, it’s simply business as usual. As ever, the tactical cloth will be cut accordingly.