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Road World Championships: Team Sky third in team time trial

Team Sunweb celebrate victory in the team time trial

Michael Matthews, Soren Kragh Andersen, Tom Dumoulin, Sam Oomen, Lennard Kamna and Wilco Kelderman won gold for Sunweb

Chris Froome’s Team Sky won a bronze medal in the team time trial at the Road World Championships in Norway.

Team Sunweb took gold in the men’s and women’s races on day one in Bergen.

Featuring Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin, the German outfit clocked 47 minutes 50.42 seconds on the 42.5km course from Ravnanger to beat 2014 and 2015 champions BMC by 8.29 seconds.

Tour de France and Vuelta winner Froome races for Great Britain in Wednesday’s men’s individual time trial.

The race will be shown across the BBC on TV, online and Red Button.

Team Sky, who raced the final 11km with only four riders – Froome, Michal Kwiatkowski, Vasil Kiriyenka and Gianni Moscon – after Geraint Thomas and Owain Doull dropped off the pace, finished 22.35 seconds behind Sunweb.

Sunweb’s women’s team won in 55:41.63, 12.43 seconds clear of Boels Doelmans and 28.03 ahead of Cervelo Bigla.

Men’s team time trial results:

1. Team Sunweb (Ger) 47mins 50.42secs

2. BMC Racing Team (USA) +8.29secs

3. Team Sky (GB) +22.35secs

4. Quick-Step Floors (Bel) +35.20secs

5. Orica-Scott (Aus) +1min 03.21secs

Women’s team time trial results:

1. Team Sunweb (Ned) 55mins 41.63secs

2. Boels Dolams (Ned) +12.43secs

3. Cervelo-Bigla (Ger) +28.03secs

4. Canyon SRAM (Ger) +1:04.79

5. Team Virtu (Den) +2:51.52

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Victory for Sunweb gave the Netherlands’ Ellen van Dijk (third from left) her fourth team time trial world title

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Road World Championships: BBC coverage and event schedule

Lizzie Deignan and Chris Froome

Follow the Road World Championships across BBC TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app

The World Road Championships take place from 17-24 September in Bergen, Norway, with live coverage across BBC TV, online and the BBC Sport app.

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome – who recently became the first British winner of the Vuelta a Espana – has confirmed he will compete in the men’s individual time trial.

Britain’s 2015 world champion Lizzie Deignan goes in the women’s road race after recovering from having her appendix removed in August.

As well as watching the action, you can read expert analysis on the BBC Sport website and mobile app, plus interact and share your views on the action via BBC Sport’s dedicated social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Great Britain squad

Schedule (all times BST)

Sunday, 17 September

Women’s team time trial

Men’s team time trial

Monday, 18 September

Men’s under-23 individual time trial

Tuesday, 19 September

Women’s elite individual time trial

BBC coverage

14:30-16:35 – BBC Red Button and online

Hannah Barnes and Elinor Barker, who won gold and two silvers at the World Track Championships in April, will compete for Britain.

Wednesday, 20 September

Men’s elite individual time trial

BBC coverage

12:00-17:05 – BBC Red Button and online

14:30-16:45 – BBC Two

Fresh from his Tour de France-Vuelta double, Chris Froome will be among the favourites in this event, with competition coming from 2017 Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin and reigning time trial champion, Germany’s Tony Martin. Tao Geoghegan Hart has stepped in to replace Steve Cummings, who withdrew from this event.

Thursday, 21 September

Rest day

Friday, 22 September

Men’s under-23 road race

Saturday, 23 September

Women’s elite road race

BBC coverage

12:35-17:30 – Connected TV and online (uninterrupted coverage)

12:35-14:30 – BBC Red Button and online

14:00-16:00 – BBC One

16:00-17:30 – BBC Two

The women’s elite road race sees in-form Dutch pair Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen start as favourites, while British hopeful Lizzie Deignan is fit to compete after recovering from having her appendix removed.

Sunday, 24 September

Men’s elite road race

BBC coverage

09:05-16:30 – Connected TV and online (uninterrupted coverage)

09:05-14:00 – BBC Red Button and online

13:00-16:30 – BBC Two

In the men’s elite road race Peter Sagan will again be the man to beat as he seeks his third consecutive world title. The imperious Slovak held off second-placed Mark Cavendish in Doha last year and will be looking for a repeat performance on the scenic roads of Bergen.

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Giro d’Italia: Welsh Government in talks host stage of Grand Tour cycling race

Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin of the Sunweb Team won the 2017 Giro d'Italia

Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin of the Sunweb Team won the 2017 Giro d’Italia

Wales could host a Giro d’Italia stage after “positive discussions” between the Welsh Government and owners RCS.

Representatives from RCS attended the Tour of Britain finale in Cardiff last weekend, as part of early negotiations.

A Welsh Government spokesperson told BBC Sport Wales: “We are continuing the very positive discussions with RCS about hosting the Giro d’Italia.

“This visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase Wales, to start building relationships.”

The Welsh Government has long been keen to bring a Grand Tour event – the Giro, Tour de France or Vuelta a Espana – to Wales.

Economy Minister Ken Skates revealed in June 2017 that initial talks had been held with Tour de France organisers.

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas, who has helped Team Sky leader Chris Froome secure four Tour victories, is also keen to see French cycling’s Blue Riband event come to Wales.

But there are no opportunities with the Tour in the immediate future and the Giro has now emerged as the leading contender of the three major multi-stage road races to come to Wales.

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“We have made clear our ambition to host a future Grand Tour event,” the Welsh Government spokesperson said.

“In recent years we have made contact with the owners of all three events and have been keen to explore options.

“The ASO, the organisers of the Tour de France, have advised that there are no short-term opportunities for Wales to host a Grand Depart of the Tour de France.”

The Giro takes place mainly in Italy but has often held stages in other countries, especially neighbouring San Marino, France, Monaco, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia and Slovenia.

But RCS has been happy to go further afield, with the 2018 race set to start in Israel while the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Greece and Denmark have also held stages.

In 2014, Belfast hosted the first two stages, and the Giro continued from Armagh to Dublin in stage three before heading on to Italy.

The Yorkshire bid spent more than £10m in bringing the opening two stages of the Tour de France in 2014, while in the same year Belfast spent around a third of that figure for the privilege of bringing the Giro d’Italia to Northern Ireland.

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Pat McQuaid lobbying against me, says UCI president Brian Cookson

Cookson Lappartient

Brian Cookson, left, is being challenged in the UCI presidential election by David Lappartient

The head of cycling’s world governing body has expressed “grave concern” that his predecessor is “actively lobbying” against him.

The sport’s most powerful figure – Briton Brian Cookson – is being challenged by Frenchman David Lappartient in next week’s UCI presidential election.

Cookson says he has been shown “proof” the man he deposed in 2013, Pat McQuaid, is trying to influence the vote.

In an increasingly bitter fight, Cookson also said Lappartient would take the UCI in a “devastating direction” if he wins.

Lappartient responded by saying the claims were a “clear sign of despair from Brian Cookson and his languished campaign”.

McQuaid was among those heavily criticised in a landmark report published in 2015 into the sport’s troubled recent history.

Cookson had criticised the Irishman’s handling of the Lance Armstrong scandal, prior to beating him in an acrimonious presidential campaign in 2013.

McQuaid has called Cookson “a fraud”, and has publicly backed Lappartient.

McQuaid has left cycling politics. But one UCI voting delegate – who does not wish to be identified – has told the BBC that he received an email purportedly from McQuaid urging him to back Lappartient.

‘No respect’

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Pat McQuaid was president of the UCI for eight years

In the email said to be from McQuaid – obtained by the BBC – he says that “cycling stakeholders; teams, riders, organisers have no respect for UCI under Brian.

“Having been president for eight years I know what is involved and how a president should act and lead his sport.

“Unfortunately I haven’t seen any of this from Brian these past four years. Indeed, he has abdicated his responsibilities.

“They have a big communications machine behind them which gives the impression everything is rosy but behind the scenes I am aware it is not.

“Brian hasn’t made it to any board such as the IOC… and so UCI has little clout in the larger international sporting world.

“…I do think David Lappartient could do a much better job and be a real leader of UCI. So I ask you to support David…”

What Cookson says…

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In a statement, Cookson said: “I am aware of the rumours that Pat McQuaid has been actively lobbying on behalf of UCI Presidential candidate David Lappartient.

“I have of course seen the declarations Pat McQuaid has made recently in support of David in the media and I have also been shown proof that Pat is actively lobbying on David’s behalf.

“Only they know if Pat has been offered a senior role at the UCI, which would be a grave concern for anyone who can recall the disastrous situation that the UCI was in just four years ago under his leadership.

“I am focused on running my own campaign with the support of people who have contributed to restoring trust in our sport, to take cycling forward and build on the great achievements we have had over the past four years.

“It is, however, disappointing that David Lappartient has not come out renouncing the support of Pat McQuaid, but having hosted Pat and other former executives at the first Elite European Road Championships in France last year, I am not surprised.

“It speaks volumes for the devastating direction David would take the UCI in if he wins next week’s election.”

What Lappartient says…

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Lappartient responded to Cookson’s claims by saying the UCI chief’s “regrettable action” was part of his campaign strategy and was “false information”.

In a statement, he said: “Campaigning doesn’t mean be ready to do anything and everything.

“From information I gathered, it has been reported that Mr McQuaid has sent an email to a couple of delegates, whom he knows, by telling them his personal opinion about Brian Cookson and therefore calling on them to support my candidature.

“This was a personal act of McQuaid and not on my demand. By saying “Only they know if…” seems to me, once again, Brian Cookson is certain of nothing. Making false comments like these is unsportsmanlike behaviour.

“To set the records straight, during the Elite European Road Championships in France last year Brian Cookson is referring to, McQuaid called and asked if he could stop by since he was nearby. I immediately informed Brian Cookson, then McQuaid was of course given access to see the race as he asked to.

“It is pitiful that Brian Cookson is not concentrating his time and energy on explaining any vision he may have for cycling development in the next four years. That is what delegates are expecting, and not to delve into and hide behind old stories from four years ago.

“This act is undoubtedly a clear sign of despair from Brian Cookson and his languished campaign.”

Election too close to call

Cookson, who has been in office for the past four years, had hoped to be re-elected unopposed for a second term.

But his reputation has been dented by negative headlines about British Cycling, which he led for 17 years, and the country’s leading pro-cycling operation, Team Sky.

Lappartient admits the UCI has made progress on tackling doping, promoting women’s cycling, growing the sport in new territories and improving its status within the Olympics, with extra cycling events added to the 2020 Olympic programme in Tokyo.

But he believes these areas can still be improved, pledging in his manifesto to overhaul the race calendar, ban corticosteroids, and cap team budgets to prevent teams from dominating the sport.

Both Cookson and Lappartient say they are confident of victory in an election that appears too close to call.

McQuaid could not be reached for comment.

There is no suggestion that he has broken any rules.

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