Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome stays third, as Calmejane wins stage four

Chris Froome

Froome is aiming to become the first man in 38 years to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same season

Britain’s Chris Froome remained third in the Vuelta a Espana, as France’s Lilian Calmejane won stage four.

Calmejane finished the 163.5km ride from Betanzos to San Andres de Teixido ahead of Colombia’s Darwin Atapuma who took the overall lead of the race.

American Benjamin King was third.

Froome, who is 33 seconds behind Atapuma, finished just over two minutes back alongside Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, who is second in the general classification.

The Movistar rider is 29 seconds off the lead.

Overnight leader Ruben Fernandez, also of Movistar, toiled during the steep final climb – the Mirador Vixia de Herbeira – and surrendered the leader’s red jersey, slipping to seventh overall.

Team Sky’s Froome is aiming to become the first man in 38 years to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same season.

The 21-stage Vuelta is the third Grand Tour on the cycling calendar after the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.

Stage four result:

1. Lilian Calmejane (Fra/Direct Energie) 4hrs 5mins 19secs

2. Darwin Atapuma (Col/BMC Racing) +15secs

3. Benjamin King (US/Cannondale) Same time

4. Andrey Zeits (Kaz/ Astana) +19secs

5. Nathan Haas (Aus/Dimension Data) +23secs

6. Enrico Battaglin (Ita/LottoNL) +24secs

7. Pierre Rolland (Fra/Cannondale) +33secs

8. Chad Haga (US/Giant) +37secs

9. Jaime Roson (Spa/Caja Rural) +40secs

10. Cesare Benedetti (Ita/BORA) +42secs

General classification after stage four:

1. Darwin Atapuma (Col/BMC Racing) 13hrs 23mins 10secs

2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +29secs

3. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +33secs

4. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +39secs

5. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) Same time

6. Samuel Sanchez (Spa/BMC Racing) +1min 8secs

7. Ruben Fernandez (Spa/Movistar) +1min 11secs

8. Leopold Koenig (Cze/Team Sky) +1min 13secs

9. Peter Kennaugh (GB/Team Sky) +1min 15secs

10. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita/Etixx-Quick-Step) +1mins 23secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37170291

Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome stays third, as Calmejane wins stage four

Chris Froome

Froome is aiming to become the first man in 38 years to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same season

Britain’s Chris Froome remained third in the Vuelta a Espana, as France’s Lilian Calmejane won stage four.

Calmejane finished the 163.5km ride from Betanzos to San Andres de Teixido ahead of Colombia’s Darwin Atapuma who took the overall lead of the race.

American Benjamin King was third.

Froome, who is 33 seconds behind Atapuma, finished just over two minutes back alongside Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, who is second in the general classification.

The Movistar rider is 29 seconds off the lead.

Overnight leader Ruben Fernandez, also of Movistar, toiled during the steep final climb – the Mirador Vixia de Herbeira – and surrendered the leader’s red jersey, slipping to seventh overall.

Team Sky’s Froome is aiming to become the first man in 38 years to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same season.

The 21-stage Vuelta is the third Grand Tour on the cycling calendar after the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.

Stage four result:

1. Lilian Calmejane (Fra/Direct Energie) 4hrs 5mins 19secs

2. Darwin Atapuma (Col/BMC Racing) +15secs

3. Benjamin King (US/Cannondale) Same time

4. Andrey Zeits (Kaz/ Astana) +19secs

5. Nathan Haas (Aus/Dimension Data) +23secs

6. Enrico Battaglin (Ita/LottoNL) +24secs

7. Pierre Rolland (Fra/Cannondale) +33secs

8. Chad Haga (US/Giant) +37secs

9. Jaime Roson (Spa/Caja Rural) +40secs

10. Cesare Benedetti (Ita/BORA) +42secs

General classification after stage four:

1. Darwin Atapuma (Col/BMC Racing) 13hrs 23mins 10secs

2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +29secs

3. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +33secs

4. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +39secs

5. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) Same time

6. Samuel Sanchez (Spa/BMC Racing) +1min 8secs

7. Ruben Fernandez (Spa/Movistar) +1min 11secs

8. Leopold Koenig (Cze/Team Sky) +1min 13secs

9. Peter Kennaugh (GB/Team Sky) +1min 15secs

10. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita/Etixx-Quick-Step) +1mins 23secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37170291

Rio Olympics 2016: Laura Trott ‘frustrated’ by questioning of British success

Laura Trott, right, and fiance Jason Kenny won five gold medals between them at Rio 2016

Laura Trott, right, and fiance Jason Kenny won five cycling gold medals between them at Rio 2016

Four-time Olympic champion Laura Trott is frustrated rival riders have questioned Britain’s Rio track success.

British riders won six gold medals, four silvers and one bronze in Brazil, having taken 12 medals at London 2012.

World championships in between have yielded fewer medals and several rivals – including Australia’s Anna Meares – have questioned the team’s improvement.

“It is a little bit frustrating because there’s a lot of hard work gone into that performance,” Trott, 24, said.

Meares, who came 10th in the individual sprint in Rio having won the title at London, had said: “We’re all just scratching our heads going ‘how do they lift so much when in so many events they have not even been in contention in the World Championships?'”

German rider Kristina Vogel called Team GB’s performance “questionable”, while France’s sprint coach Laurent Gane said he “could not understand” their improvement.

Great Britain won three silver medals at the 2015 World Championships in France and nine medals at this year’s event in London in March, including five golds.

Trott, who won two golds in Rio to become Britain’s most successful female Olympian, told BBC Radio 5 live: “British Cycling has always been very much an Olympic-based programme, so for us it wasn’t about clearing up at the World Championships.

“It’s always been around the Olympics and that’s what our funding is pushed towards.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/37165060

Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome fourth overall after two stages

Chris Froome

Froome is aiming for a Tour de France and Vuelta double in 2016

Chris Froome’s attempt to become the first man in 38 years to win the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in the same season remains on track.

The Team Sky rider is fourth after Sunday’s second stage of the Vuelta – 52 seconds clear of Alberto Contador.

Another of Froome’s rivals, Nairo Quintana, is seventh, one place behind Manxman Pete Kennaugh, who ceded the leader’s red jersey to Team Sky colleague Michal Kwiatkowski.

Belgian Gianni Meersmann won the stage.

The Vuelta is the third Grand Tour on the cycling calendar after the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.

Spaniard Contador was the last man to win more than one in a season – claiming the Giro and Vuelta in 2008.

Stage 2 result:

1. Gianni Meersmann (Bel/Etixx – Quick-Step) 4hrs 16mins 39secs

2. Michael Schwarzmann (Ger/Bora-Argon 18) same time

3. Magnus Nielsen (Den/Orica BikeExchange)

4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Team Sky)

5. Jonas van Genechten (Bel/IAM Cycling)

6. Kristan Sbaragali (Ita/Dimension Data)

7. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita/Trek-Segafredo)

8. Jhonatan Restrepo (Col/Team Katusha)

9. Jean-Pierre Drucker (lux/BMC)

10. Lorenzo Manzin (Fra/FDJ)

General classification:

1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Team Sky) 4hrs 47mins 16secs

2. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa/Movistar) same time

3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar)

4. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)

5. Salvatore Puccio (Ita/Team Sky)

6. Peter Kennaugh (GB/Team Sky)

7. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar)

8. Leopold Konig (Cze/Team Sky)

9. Ruben Fernandez (Spa/Movistar)

10. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa/Movistar)

Selected others:

16. Simon Yates (GB/Orica BikeExchange) +6secs

40. Alberto Contador (Spa/Tinkoff) +52 secs

131. Scott Thwaites (GB/Bora-Argon 18) +02mins 24secs

186. Hugh Carthy (GB/Caja Rural) +05mins 41secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37150184

Rio Olympics 2016: Jenny Rissveds wins women’s mountain bike cross country gold

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Sweden’s Rissveds wins gold in the mountain bike cross-country

Sweden’s Jenny Rissveds won mountain bike gold in the women’s cross country, beating Poland’s Maja Wloszczowska.

Games debutant Rissveds, 22, and Wloszczowska, 32, were at the head of the field for much of the race before the Swede pulled clear in the last lap.

Rissveds finished in 1:30:15, with Wloszczowska 37 seconds behind and Canada’s Catharine Prendel third.

Sweden won its second Rio 2016 gold after swimmer Sarah Sjostrom won the 100m butterfly.

Rissveds, the under-23 champion for 2016, battled illness and an elbow injury this year and only returned to competition in March 2016.

Wloszczowska’s silver matched her finish at Beijing 2008, while reigning world champion Annika Langvad of Denmark finished in 11th place more than three minutes behind Rissveds.

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Jenny Rissveds (centre) added to her under-23 World Championship title

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