Track World Cup: Neah Evans finishes 11th in Colombia

Neah Evans

Neah Evans is one of four female riders competing for Great Britain in Colombia

Great Britain’s Neah Evans finished 11th in the scratch race at the Track Cycling World Cup in Colombia.

The 26-year-old Scot was making her World Cup debut for Great Britain’s cycling team in the race won by USA’s Sarah Hammer.

Evans is also part of the women’s team pursuit, alongside Emily Kay, Emily Nelson and Manon Lloyd.

The quartet qualified sixth fastest and will ride for bronze alongside New Zealand, Poland and Colombia on Sunday.

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Track World Cup: Emily Nelson wins omnium silver in Colombia

Emily Nelson

Nelson is one of four female riders competing for Great Britain in Colombia

Emily Nelson won silver for Great Britain in the omnium at the Track Cycling World Cup in Colombia.

The race includes scratch, tempo, elimination and points races, with Nelson third going into the last of those events.

In her first omnium at world level, the 20-year-old was third in the points race to earn silver behind winner Lotte Kopecky of Belgium.

Nelson will next race in the team pursuit qualifying on Saturday in Cali.

She will line up with team-mates Manon Lloyd, Emily Kay and Neah Evans in the event.

“Extremely happy with a silver medal in the Omnium!,” Nelson wrote on Twitter. “On to the Team Pursuit now with qualification tomorrow.”

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Jonathan Tiernan-Locke: Ex-Team Sky rider retires from professional cycling

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke won the 2012 Tour of Britain but was later stripped of his title after being found guilty of a doping violation

Former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has retired from professional cycling.

The 32-year-old Briton was sacked by Team Sky and banned for two years for a doping violation in 2014, which also led to him being stripped of the 2012 Tour of Britain title.

He returned to racing at national level in 2016 but says he no longer has the “mindset” to race professionally.

“I wouldn’t want to be a pro again,” he told the Exeter Express and Echo.

“I’m glad I raced last year, even if I was never that fit, as I felt I needed to come back and compete at some level.

“I just about did the bare minimum in training, often missing a few days’ riding at a time – and that was the polar opposite to the way I was before.

“I have searched for the motivation, but the fact is that it’s difficult to get fired up about the kind of races that I once saw as stepping-stones to the pro world.”

  • Ex-Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke questions TUE stance

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Team Sky TUE stance questioned by Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

Tiernan-Locke became the first British athlete to be sanctioned on the basis of abnormal blood values in his biological passport in July 2014, having previously withdrawn from the 2013 Road World Championships due to potential discrepancies in his data.

He argued the abnormality was explained by dehydration after getting drunk to celebrate his move to Team Sky in October 2012 – but the ban was upheld by the UCI, cycling’s governing body, and Tiernan-Locke was dismissed by the British team.

Team Sky say the anomalies arose in September 2012, when Tiernan-Locke was riding for Endura Racing, with whom he also claimed overall wins in the Tour Mediterraneen, Tour du Haut Var and Tour Alsace that season.

In an exclusive interview with BBC sports editor Dan Roan in October, Tiernan-Locke questioned Team Sky’s stance on therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) and claimed he was offered Tramadol – a legal but controversial painkiller – when riding for Great Britain at the 2012 Road World Championships.

His claims led to an ongoing UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) investigation into “allegations of wrongdoing in cycling”. Team Sky and British Cycling deny any wrongdoing.

A talented junior, Tiernan-Locke was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus in 2005, which affected his immune system and forced him to stop racing, before returning with the Rapha Condor team in 2010.

He made a second return to racing in 2016 following his suspension with the Saint Piran team he co-founded, but has now decided to focus on his work in property renovation and redevelopment.

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Women’s Tour 2017: London to host to final stage, with race to open in Daventry

Lizzie Deignan wins 2016 Women's Tour

England’s Lizzie Deignan (in yellow) won the 2016 event with the help of her Boels Dolmans team

London will host the 2017 Women’s Tour final stage, with the race to open on 7 June in Daventry.

The five-stage event, won by Britain’s Lizzie Deignan last year, will conclude in the capital on Sunday, 11 June.

Its fourth edition will also include stages in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

All of the world’s top 15 teams will take part in the race, which is a part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour.

“This year’s route will combine testing climbs and beautiful scenery in the heart of England with the London finish, which will be an undoubted highlight of the sporting calendar,” race director Mick Bennett said.

  • Stage one: 7 June, Daventry to Kettering
  • Stage two: 8 June, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire
  • Stage three: 9 June, Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa
  • Stage four: 10 June, Chesterfield and Derbyshire
  • Stage five: 11 June, London


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Lance Armstrong: Banned cyclist fails to block £79m US government lawsuit

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012

Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong has lost his bid to block a $100m (£79m) lawsuit by the US government.

The suit alleges that Armstrong defrauded the government by cheating while riding for the publicly funded US Postal Service team.

It was filed by Armstrong’s former team-mate Floyd Landis before being joined by the government in 2013.

A federal judge refused to block the lawsuit on Monday, which clears the way for the case to go to trial.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life in August 2012.

The 45-year-old won the seven titles between 1999 and 2005. The US Postal Service sponsored the team between 1996 and 2004.

Armstrong admitted to using drugs in all seven of his Tour wins in January 2013 while Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for failing a doping test.

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