Monthly Archives: July 2013

Phillips takes BMX world title

Briton Liam Phillips held off the challenges of New Zealand’s Marc Willers and Germany’s Luis Brethauer to become the BMX world champion.

The 24-year-old,

eighth in the 2012 Olympics final,

pipped Willers to the line, with Brethauer taking third.

The Somerset rider won all six races en route to the World Championships final.

“So many people to thank for their sheer perseverance and continued belief. You guys know who you are – thank you,”

tweeted Phillips. 

British Cycling Olympic BMX coach

Grant White said: 

“It’s phenomenal and he’d done the work.

“Once you’ve done the work you’re prepared and you can sit there with a bit of confidence.

“He’d done the work to be successful and that’s over a long period of time – that’s not over the last few months, that’s over the last couple of years. He knew he’d had a great preparation over the last 12 months and he delivered.

“It’s a culmination of everything, we knew he was in the best shape of his life and came here and delivered. It’s unbelievable, fantastic.

“This year he knows he’s capable and he’s got the package. He put it all together today.”

Phillips won silver medals in the European Championships in 2006 and the world time trial last year as well as gold in Supercross at the World Cup in Manchester in April.

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Swift impresses as Wiggins off pace

Ben Swift managed a top-10 finish on stage three of the Tour of Poland, while Sir Bradley Wiggins remains off the pace as he returns to action.

Norwegian Thor Hushovd took the stage win, with Team Sky’s Swift in ninth.

Team-mate Wiggins was 21 seconds back and lies 49th overall, 23 minutes and 43 seconds behind leader Rafal Majka.

The 2012 Tour de France champion is taking part in his first race

since injury and illness forced him to miss this year’s tour.

Team Sky’s Sergio Henao maintained his second place overall after the 226km stage from Rzeszow to Krakow, and the Colombian is only four seconds behind Majka.

“The plan today was all about looking after Sergio,” Swift

told Team Sky’s website. 

“The team worked hard in that last 30km to ensure the break came back and then I was given the freedom to go for the sprint on my own.

“We did that really well and once everything was back together Brad looked after me once we’d got onto the circuit. He delivered me towards the front and then I was left to fend for myself in the last lap and a half.”

Stage three results:

1. Thor Hushovd (Nor), BMC Racing Team: 5hrs 10mins 02secs

2. Mark Renshaw (Aus), Belkin Pro Cycling Team: at same time

3. Steele Von Hoff (Aus), Garmin-Sharp: at same time

4. Grega Bole (Slo), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team: at same time

5. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel), Lotto Belisol: at same time

Selected others:

9. Ben Swift (GB), Team Sky: at same time

106. Bradley Wiggins (Gbr), Team Sky: at 0.21secs

Overall standings:

1. Rafal Majka (Pol), Team Saxo-Tinkoff: 16hrs 14mins 45secs

2. Sergio Henao (Col), Team Sky: +4 seconds

3. Christophe Riblon (Fra), AG2R: +6

4. Pieter Weening (Ned), Orica: +7

5. Jon Izagirre (Esp), Euskaltel: +9

Selected others:

49. Bradley Wiggins (GB), Team Sky: +23:43

90. Ben Swift (GB), Team Sky: +45.06

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Wiggins helps Henao into second place

Sir Bradley Wiggins helped team-mate Sergio Henao up to second place overall on day two of the Tour of Poland.

The Olympic and 2012 Tour de France champion is taking part in his first race

since injury and illness forced him out of this year’s tour.

He shepherded Henao to the foot of the final climb before peeling away.

Christophe Riblon took the stage win in Passo Pordoi Val di Fassa, while Wiggins finished 53rd, more than 15 minutes behind the leader.

“It was a super ride by Sergio today, supported really well by Brad right up until the last climb,” said Team Sky’s sports director Dan Hunt.

“Brad made sure Sergio had everything he needed and from there on he did great.”

After an opening weekend in the Italian Dolomites, the race now heads to Poland and the riders will enjoy a rest day on Monday as they make the journey to Krakow.

Stage two results:

1. Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R 6 hours, 3 minutes and 40 seconds.

2. Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack +1:02

3. Georg Preidler (Aut) Argos +1:18

4. Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Team Sky +1:35

5. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo – Tinkoff same time

Selected other:

53. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Sky +15:40

Overall standings:

1. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo – Tinkoff 11hours, 4 minutes and 43 seconds.

2. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky +4 seconds

3. Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R +6

4. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica +7

5. Jon Izagirre (Esp) Euskaltel +9

Selected other:

49. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Sky +23:22

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Opie learns Tour of Britain lessons

Cornish cyclist Chris Opie says he will learn the lessons of last year’s campaign as he prepares to fight for a place in the 2013 Tour of Britain.

The 26-year-old rider is hoping to secure one of the six spots on the Team Youth UK line-up for the race, which starts on 15 September.

“You have to relax and ignore how many people are cheering,” Opie told BBC Radio Cornwall.

“It’s important to ride it as if it was a normal race, a normal day at work.”

Opie said it was easy for home cyclists in particular to get drawn into attacks which may not be in their best interest.

“You can’t get too carried away as every effort you make over eight days adds up – you’re riding five or six hours every day through all kinds of weather,” he added.

“It should be a really good race and the rumour is that Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome might be riding it which will only bring out more of the public to watch.

“It’s a massively prestigious event – we had

the first British winner for a long time last year,

and he might be back with Team Sky this year.”

But Opie’s first battle is to make the squad for the race, with 12 riders battling it out for the six available slots.

“There’ll be a lot of competition for that,” he said.

“There’s a training camp coming up and we’ll all be assessed and that will be stressful.”

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Cyclist Zabel doping for ‘many years’

Former sprint cyclist Erik Zabel has admitted to “many years” of doping, according to a German newspaper.

German Zabel, now 43, won 12 stages of the Tour de France and eight stages of the Vuelta a Espana during his career.

But he has now said he used banned drugs and illegal methods between 1996 and 2003

before he retired in 2008.

“It was doping for many years. I never had a structured doping plan, never had any experts around me,” he is quoted as saying in Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Erik Zabel

Erik Zabel won 12 stages of the Tour de France

“I never saw myself as a super doper.”

But Zabel, who was recently named in a French Senate inquiry as a drugs offender, says he has had the blood booster EPO as well as taking cortisone, a steroid hormone.

“When you take everything together – EPO, cortisone and even blood doping, then it’s quite a lot,” added Zabel.

“As a young rider I did not really think about how big a step this was. But it is clear that I knew very well, this is not allowed and no one forced me to take EPO. It was my decision.

“I wanted to keep my life, my dream life as a professional. I loved that, this sport, the trips. This selfishness was just stronger.”

Zabel’s apparent admission comes only a week after the end of the 2013 Tour de France and less than a year after

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles.

Armstrong, who came first in the Tour every year from 1999 to 2005, received a life ban from the United States Anti-Doping Agency for what they called “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen”.

After years of denials, Armstrong admitted his guilt in a television interview with

chat-show host Oprah Winfrey in January.

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