Barry Ryan, from Glanworth in Co. Cork, is European Editor at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and other events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. In The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation Ryan deals with the careers of Ireland’s two greatest cyclists. This, however, is an untypical Irish-written cycling biography, more in the tradition of Paul Kimmage’s Rough Ride than the many hagiographical accounts of the rise of the Golden Two. It doesn’t shirk pointing out the elephant in the room, the many questions surrounding doping in Irish cycling. He talks to Myles Dungan.