Abu Dhabi Tour: Mark Cavendish wins final stage to top points standings

Mark Cavendish

Cavendish won a bunch finish to take the final stage

Britain’s Mark Cavendish won the fourth and final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour to top the points standings as Estonian Tanel Kangert took overall victory.

Cavendish, riding for the Dimension Data team, won a sprint finish to secure his second stage victory.

The 31-year-old finished on 53 points, nine clear of Giacomo Nizzolo.

Astana rider Kangert had won Saturday’s third stage and was in the main bunch on Sunday to finish 21 seconds clear of Team Sky’s Nicolas Roche.

Stage four standings:

1. Mark Cavendish (GB/Dimension Data) 3hrs 7mins 44secs

2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/trek Segafredo) same time

3. Elia Viviani (Ita/Team Sky) same time

4. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Dan/Orica BikeExchange)

5. Jean Pierre Drucker (Lux/BMC)

Final overall standings:

1. Tanel Kangert (Est/Astana) 12hrs 27mins 34secs

2. Nicholas Roche (Ire/Team Sky) +21secs

3. Diego Ulissi (Ita/Lampre-Merida) +43secs

4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) +1min

5. Alberto Contador (Spa/Tinkoff) +1min

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37746567

Wiggins begins final event in Britain before retiring

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins (right) and Mark Cavendish began their madison race on Tuesday

Sir Bradley Wiggins began his final event in Britain before retiring as he raced for the first time since his use of a banned steroid was revealed.

The 36-year-old is competing with Mark Cavendish in the madison at the Six Day London event, which finishes on Sunday.

Wiggins, Britain’s most decorated Olympian, will retire after next month’s Six Day track event in Ghent.

He had three therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) granted for the anti-inflammatory drug triamcinolone.

The UCI, cycling’s world governing body, cleared him to use the banned substance to treat allergies and respiratory issues.

There is no suggestion any rules were broken, but some have questioned whether Wiggins and Team Sky acted correctly.

Wiggins took the drug during his time at Team Sky, shortly before the Tour de France in 2011 and 2012 – which he won, becoming the first Briton to do so – and the 2013 Giro d’Italia.

His TUEs were approved by British authorities and the UCI. Both Wiggins and Team Sky have denied wrongdoing.

Team Sky, British Cycling and Wiggins are also co-operating with a UK Anti-Doping probe into a package that was delivered to the team during the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine, which Wiggins won.


Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

“Good to get back on a bike” is how Sir Bradley Wiggins put it when introduced by one of the Six Day Cycling hosts to a cheering crowd tonight.

With continuing questions over his use of TUEs and scrutiny over a mystery package delivered to Team Sky following a race in 2011, he opted not to speak with the media and remained out of sight in the warm-up area.

His partner for this event, Mark Cavendish, did talk. However, he wasn’t keen to discuss Wiggins, answering in curt sentences even when asked simple questions about taking to the track with the five-time Olympic champion.

This is a sport under pressure. And tonight the tension showed.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37770674

European Track Championships: Britain’s women win madison silver

Emily Kay and Emily Nelson

It was the first time a women’s madison race had been held on the world stage

Britain’s Emily Kay and Emily Nelson produced a brilliant final sprint to win silver in the women’s madison at the European Track Championships.

The pair, who took top points from the first two sprints in the 120-lap race, were fourth with 10 laps remaining.

But they secured maximum points in the last sprint to finish behind Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D’Hoore.

“It was a tough race but we fought all the way so we’re happy to take silver,” said junior world champion Kay, 21.

Nelson, 19, added: “We went a little bit big at the start and paid for it in the middle but we came back strong from fourth place.”

It was the first time a women’s Madison race had been held on the world stage, meaning men and women were competing for the same number of medals in Paris.

In the men’s race, Britain’s Ollie Wood and Mark Stewart finished 15th, while Joe Truman was sixth in the keirin.

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‘The evidence will come out’

Shane Sutton

Shane Sutton oversaw Britain’s cycling success at London 2012

British Cycling will be exonerated over allegations of wrongdoing, says its former technical director Shane Sutton.

The organisation is being investigated by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) over claims regarding medication given to riders.

“The success is built off evidence-based programmes and the evidence will come out,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

Sutton left British Cycling in April amid allegations of sexism – though he denies the “specific claims” – and will attend a hearing this week.

“It’s something I’m not at liberty to talk about but this is sport – you never say never,” the 59-year-old Australian told Sportsweek when asked if he might return to his post.

“We’ll have to wait and see. People have talked about it but nobody has asked me to go back. Let’s just let time run its course.”

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After a week in which BBC Sport revealed that British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake is to leave, Sutton said he welcomed the chance for the sport to clear its name after a series of damaging stories.

In an interview last month with BBC sports editor Dan Roan, Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford denied that they “cross the line” in the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Sir Dave Brailsford was interviewed by the BBC on 26 September

That came after it was revealed Sir Bradley Wiggins sought therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to take anti-inflammatory drug triamcinolone for allergies and respiratory issues – something the cyclist said was to “put himself back on a level playing field”.

“Our record at British Cycling speaks for itself and our record at Sky is brilliant – they have endorsed clean cycling from day one,” Sutton added.

“I am strong in the belief that we have a great leader in Sir Dave Brailsford and, from a clean sport perspective, he has been a great enforcer – so let the truth come out and let’s move on.”

Sutton also denied knowing what was inside a medical package allegedly delivered to France by a British Cycling coach on the day Wiggins won the Criterium du Dauphine in 2011.

He did, though, offer his support to 36-year-old Wiggins, Britain’s most decorated Olympian and a Tour de France winner in 2012, describing him as “one of the greats, if not the greatest athlete ever”.

“I work with Wiggins and from what I have read and seen, there is no wrongdoing on his part,” he said.

“We need to get back behind him. We are talking about a true professional here.”

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Bradley Wiggins: ‘This was about putting myself back on a level playing field’

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European Track Championships: Katie Archibald wins omnium for second title

Katie Archibald

Archibald said on Friday that she thought before the event that she was “destined for failure” after training poorly

British Olympic champion Katie Archibald won omnium gold at the European Track Championships, her second title in two nights in Paris.

Archibald, 22, dominated the event, with Dutch rider Kirsten Wild second and Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky third.

That ame 24 hours after she won her third consecutive women’s individual pursuit title, having gained silver in Thursday’s elimination race.

The Scottish cyclist won gold in the pursuit quartet at the Olympics in Rio.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37742452

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