OCI confirm Roche, Martin and McCann for Olympics

Philip Deignan will not be taking part in the road race at the London Olympics after the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) confirmed the three-man team of Nicolas Roche, Dan Martin and David McCann after Matt Brammeier unsuccessfully appealed for a place.

Philip Deignan will not be taking part in the road race at the London Olympics after the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) confirmed the three-man team of Nicolas Roche, Dan Martin and David McCann after Matt Brammeier unsuccessfully appealed for a place.

The 28-year-old participated in the last staging of the Games four years ago in Beijing, finishing in 81st place, some 15 minutes and 53 seconds behind winner Samuel Sánchez and five minutes behind team-mate Roche, in the 245km road race.

Since then the Letterkenny native has suffered from illness and injury, depriving him of the chance to add to his first grand tour stage victory, in stage 18 of the Vuelta a España into Avila in 2009.

Brammeier took an appeal against the OCI’s decision to omit him last month but learned on Monday it was rejected. The 27-year-old, who last month won his third Irish National Elite Road Race Championships, took his case to Cycling Ireland after being overlooked for the three-man team.

Last month Cycling Ireland’s selection panel picked Martin (Garmin Sharp) and Roche (Ag2r La Mondiale), both currently competing in the Tour de France, for the three-man team, along with McCann (RTS Racing Team).