Irish Olympian and retired road racing cyclist who rode in 11 Grand Tours and spent 5 years with Team Sky
Born: Letterkenny, Ireland
Date of birth: 7th September 1983
Lives: Monaco / Harrogate
Deignan first set foot on a bike in 1997 during a charity cycling event in Letterkenny and since then has gone on to be recognised as one of the most talented Irish riders.
He won the 2004 Ronde de l'Isard and turned professional with AG2R in 2005 logging his first victory that year on the Tour du Doubs - Conseil General.
2008 saw him represent Ireland at the Beijing Olympics and he was the best Irish finisher at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race in Mendrisio.
A highlight of his career was his stage victory at the 2009 Vuelta a Espana, when he overcame Roman Kreuziger in a two-up sprint in Avila. He was the first Irishman to win a stage of a Grand Tour since Stephen Roche's victory in the 1992 Tour de France, and went on to finish 9th overall at the 2009 Vuelta. He rode 11 Grand Tours in total with his final appearance coming at the 2017 Giro d’Italia.
Deignan signed for Team RadioShack for 2011 and his most notable result that year was finishing second on Stage 3 of the Tour of Beijing. He moved to United Healthcare for the 2012 season and in 2013 he finished 1st overall on the Tour of the Gila and second overall on the Tour de Beauce.
Recognised as an experienced climber, Deignan announced that he was returning to the UCI World Tour in 2014 by joining Team Sky where he stayed for five years. He became the first Irishman to ride for Team Sky and quickly established himself as a popular member of the squad. Whilst riding for Sky, Deignan finished the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire fifth overall.
In 2016 Deignan married Lizzie Armitstead and their daughter Orla was born in September 2018.
At the end of 2018 he announced his retirement from professional cycling saying; “There have been lots of ups and downs but to be able to finish my career healthy and at the top of my sport with the best team in the world, makes me grateful and proud. On to the next challenge.”
Deignan took the first steps in his career post professional cycling at the beginning of 2019 by teaming up with fellow Irishman Ronan McLaughlin at Panache Coaching. Together they deliver a comprehensive and professional service for athletes looking to improve their performance by sharing advice on coaching, nutrition and clothing (www.panachecoaching.com).
Deignan also made his debut as an ITV pundit during the coverage of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, and 2019 Tour de France.