- Name: Conor Dunne
- Date of birth: 22/01/1992
- Weight: 88kg
- Height: 2.04m
- Specialisation: Rouleur/breakaway specialist
- Twitter: @Conordunnealot
- Instagram: @conordunne1
Biography: Conor Dunne is firmly regarded as one of the giants of Irish cycling – if only for the fact that standing at 2.04m tall (6’8” and change), he is already head and shoulders above the competition.
Also known as ‘The Lange’ (Belgian for ‘long fellow’) or ‘El Alto’ to his Spanish fans, Dunne captured the imagination of cycling fans worldwide with his heroic effort to complete La Vuelta a España, surviving 21 stages to ride into Madrid with a Grand Tour under his belt.
Born in St Alban’s, Dunne traces his Irish roots back to his father’s side of the family, with his paternal grandfather hailing from Edenderry, Co Offaly and his grandmother from Charlestown in Mayo.
Stepping up to Pro Continental level with Aqua Blue Sport in 2017, Dunne has already demonstrated his strength as a breakaway specialist, lighting up escapes in almost every race he has started. Notable results include the King of the Mountains classification in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and 3rd place in the 2017 Irish National Road Race Championships.
“In 2017 I was definitely most proud of finishing my first Grand Tour,” he said.
“For 2018 I just want to build on everything I have learned in my first year, take that experience and hopefully use it to improve my own performance.”
“I want to keep getting in those breakaways, keep helping my teammates and hopefully be part of some more victories for Aqua Blue Sport.”
- 3rd place Irish National Road Race Championships
- 1st place Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Mountains Classification
- 1st place Rutland-Melton International Cicle Classic
- 3rd place Irish National Road Championships
- 3rd place Tour d'Azerbaïdjan – Stage 4
- 1st place An Post Rás – Stage 1
- 1st place Irish National Time Trial Championships – Individual Time Trial