Ireland will be represented by two cyclists in the Men's Olympic Road Race

The race will take place around the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro

BY Daniel Kelly 11:26 Tuesday 19 January 2016, 11:26 19 Jan 2016

Ireland's Nicolas Roche with teammate David McCann behind him during the 2012 race. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Cycling's World governing body the UCI have confirmed that two Irish cyclists will compete in the men's road race at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The announcement brings Ireland's team up to 55 athletes for the Games that officially begins in Rio de Janeiro on August 5th. 

Ireland have been represented by at least two athletes in the Men's Road Race in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Four years ago the team were represented by Daniel Martin, David McCann, Nicolas Roche. McCann was the best of the Irish finishing in 55th place.

The announcement of who will be on the team, will not be made by Cycling Ireland until later this year. 

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