Philip Deignan (Irish: Pilib Ó Duígeannáin; born 7 September 1983) is an Irish former professional road racing cyclist, who rode professionally between 2005 and 2018 for the Ag2r–La Mondiale, Cervélo TestTeam, Team RadioShack, UnitedHealthcare and Team Sky squads. A former Olympian, Deignan won a stage in the 2009 Vuelta a España, and finished in the top ten in the general classification.
|Full name||Philip Deignan|
|Nickname||Philly, Deigy, Lippy, Nando, Tony, Andrew|
|Born||7 September 1983|
Letterkenny, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lb)|
|Rider type||Climbing domestique (retired)|
|2004||Vélo-Club La Pomme Marseille|
Born in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Deignan first competed on a bike in 1997 during the annual Sligo to Letterkenny charity cycle. He attended Saint Eunan's College for his secondary education. Before turning professional in 2005, he rode for amateur club Vélo-Club La Pomme Marseille where he performed well.
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 and the general 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.
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 Nicolas Roche) in the 150.2-mile (241.7-kilometre) road race on 9 August. Deignan along with Roche and Roger Aiken made up the Irish team for the 2008 World Championships in Varese on 28 September. None of the three finished the demanding 260-kilometre (160-mile) race.
Cervélo TestTeam (2009–2010)Edit
For the 2009 season Deignan rode with the Cervélo TestTeam. 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 was selected to ride for Ireland in the 2009 World Elite Road Race Championship in Mendrisio, Switzerland (23–27 September) alongside Nicolas Roche and Dan 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.
United Healthcare (2012–2013)Edit
After one season with RadioShack, he signed on with UnitedHealthcare for the 2012 season. Deignan was able to rebuild his career with the US-based squad, winning the Tour of the Gila in 2013, and recording top ten overall finishes in the three biggest US stage races, the Tour of Utah (6th), the Tour of California (9th) and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (10th).
Team Sky (2014–2018)Edit
Subsequently, Deignan announced he was returning to the UCI World Tour in 2014 by joining Team Sky. He rode the Giro d'Italia which began in Belfast and travelled to Dublin in the opening stages. Deignan led Sky at the Tour de Pologne, finishing seventh overall. He also rode the Vuelta a España, where he helped Chris Froome to second overall.
In November 2018, Deignan announced his retirement from professional cycling.
- 1st Overall Ronde de l'Isard
- 1st Stages 2 & 5
- National Road Championships
- 6th Boucle de l'Artois
- 8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège U23
- 10th Paris–Mantes-en-Yvelines Espoirs
- 1st Tour du Doubs
- 5th Road race, UEC European Under-23 Road Championships
- 7th Overall Tour de Wallonie
- 9th Road race, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
- 7th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
- 8th Giro del Mendrisiotto
- 9th Overall Vuelta a España
- 1st Stage 18
- 10th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
- 1st Overall Tour of the Gila
- 2nd Overall Tour de Beauce
- 6th Overall Tour of Utah
- 9th Overall Tour of California
- 10th Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
- 7th Overall Tour de Pologne
- 5th Overall Tour de Yorkshire
Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit
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|Vuelta a España||71||—||9||DNF||—||—||—||39||—||—||—|
- Frattini, Kirsten (23 September 2011). "McCartney and Deignan join UnitedHealthcare in 2012". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
- "Philip Deignan retires after 14-year professional career". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 27 November 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
- Deignan's first taste of cycling[permanent dead link]
- "Town honours Paddy Delap". Donegal Democrat. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- Ashmore, Chris (20 November 2014). "Top cyclists give an insight into their lives: Stars of today can inspire cyclists of tomorrow". Letterkenny Post. p. 25.
Deignan rides with Team Sky and has been a professional since 2005... He recalled his days as a pupil in St. Eunan's College when very few people were cycling and how he really got the bug after taking part in the annual Sligo to Letterkenny cycle in aid of cancer research.
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- "Deignan shines in mountain stage in Baby Giro". irishcycling.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007.
- "First pro win for Deignan". Irishcycling.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007.
- "Deignan ninth in World Championships under 23 road race". cyclingnews.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007.
- "Irish squad announced for worlds". irishcycling.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007.
- http://www.rte.ie/sport/olympics2008/deignanp.html[permanent dead link] RTÉ Sport: Irish Olympic Team – Philip Deignan
- BBC Sport: Beijing biker
- "Menchov wins Tour of Spain, Deignan 71st overall". Irishcycling.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
- "Deignan claims grand tour stage". Irish Times. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
- Deignan on course for top 10 Archived 26 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine, RTÉ News, 18 September 2009
- Historic win for Deignan in Spain Archived 22 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine, RTÉ News, 17 September 2009
- Irish team for 2009 World Championships Archived 14 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Cycling Ireland, 10 September 2009
- 2009 Final UCI World Rankings Archived 24 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine, UCI website, 19 October 2009
- Philip Deignan signs for RadioShack, cyclingnews website, 12 October 2010
- "Cycling: Relieved Deignan joins Armstrong's Radioshack team". Irish Independent. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- Wynn, Nigel (6 September 2013). "Philip Deignan signs to Team Sky for 2014". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- Jack, Jim (19 September 2016). "Crowds cheer on Lizzie Armitstead as she marries fellow cyclist Philip Deignan". Wharfedale Observer.