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Storey fails in hour record attempt

Britain’s Dame Sarah Storey failed in her attempt to break the women’s hour record at the London Olympic velodrome.

Storey rode 45.502km, to set a British and Paralympian C5 best, but Dutchwoman Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel retains the record of 46.065km set in 2003.

The 11-time Paralympic champion was ahead of schedule early on but fell behind after 30 minutes and dropped further away to finish 563m adrift.

“It was definitely the hardest hour of my life,” Storey, 37, said.

“I came in here hoping to go further than 46km, but to break the British record, I’m really chuffed.

“It’s not as far as Leontien but to miss out to her is no bad thing.”

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Will Storey break the hour record?

In her career as first a swimmer and then a cyclist, Dame Sarah Storey has broken 73 world records.

On Saturday in London’s Olympic velodrome, the 11-time Paralympic champion will attempt arguably her toughest yet – the women’s hour record.

It is a record that has stood since 2003, a time when Storey was still ploughing up and down a pool with no intention of riding around in circles.

“It’s never something I intended to do; it seems a crazy thing to do,” the 37-year-old told BBC Sport.

“But it’s a physical challenge and I’ve spent the last 24 years of my international career taking on physical challenges.

“This is one that I’ve never attempted before so it seemed fitting to see what happens.”

Storey will be the first to challenge the record of 46.065km set by Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel of the Netherlands in October 2003.

There is a certain romance in cycling surrounding the hour record.

Austria's Matthias Brandle breaks one hour track cycling world record

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Matthias Brandle breaks one-hour track cycling record

From 1993 to 2000 Britons Chris Boardman and Graeme Obree set five new records between them, while Yvonne McGregor broke the women’s record in 1995.

Attempts began to wane but a

rule change 

last year by cycling’s world governing body, the International Cycling Union, regarding the use of aerodynamic equipment, resulted in a flurry of efforts and successes.

The resurgence began in September with Jens Voigt’s record, which has already being surpassed by

Matthias Brandle


Rohan Dennis


Sir Bradley Wiggins

also has designs on it.

“There was a lot of talk on social media about the women’s record and few people mentioned my name,” said Storey.

“It was about time someone from the female side of the sport took it on as well.

“We haven’t seen the same avalanche of requests going in to do the female record, but, hopefully, if I’m successful that will come.”

Since physiology testing in November rendered favourable results for potential success she has been working on the sorts of things she will need to do in order to ride more than 184.25 laps in 60 minutes.

That involves techniques to regulate her breathing, heat adaptation to cope with the sort of sustained exertion inside a stuffy velodrome and hydration as no fluids will be taken during the effort.

She expects not only a physical test but a psychological one too.

“The mental side of things is going to be as big as anything,” said Storey. “Physically I’m going to be in the right shape.

“Once it starts to bite that psychological challenge is going to be even greater.”

Storey believes that ‘bite’ will come at some point in the second half of the attempt – although she will not know that until Saturday, joking that she has not wanted to try the full hour in training for fear breaking the record will put her off ever wanting to go through it again for real.

If successful, she will not only be the first woman to break the record in 11 years but also a disability athlete claiming an able-bodied record.

However, Storey, who was born with a partially-formed left hand, is keen to shun labels and simply be seen as a cyclist without any particular qualifying addendum.

Dame Sarah Storey with daughter Louisa

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Paracycling: Dame Sarah Storey secures first win as a mum

“I don’t like to put things into separate boxes,” she said. “People take inspiration for different reasons.

“I might be an inspiration to a female para-cyclist or a mum who wants to stay fit. So I don’t think we should say I’m going to be an inspiration to one group of people or another.

“It’s just I’m a bike rider out there trying to challenge myself to be the best I can be.

“Cycling is a very integrated and inclusive sport, so it’s easy for me to race in both able-bodied and para-cycling.

“I’ve physically got the capability to beat the record but if I get off the track and I haven’t done it, it won’t be because I have an excuse in the back pocket.

“It’ll be because it’s an incredibly difficult record – but it’s a world record; it’s supposed to be hard.”

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Thomas wins Volta ao Algarve

Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas has won the five-stage Volta ao Algarve for his fourth career stage-race victory.

The Welshman held a 27-second lead going into the final stage – won by German Andre Greipel – and stayed out of trouble to secure overall victory.

Thomas, who had led the race after winning stage two, said: “I don’t get to win very often so it’s really nice.”

The 28-year-old’s victory came on the same day that Team Sky’s Chris Froome

won the Ruta del Sol

in Spain.

Thomas’s only other stage-race wins had been in the Bayern-Rundfahrt, which he won in both 2011 and 2014 and the Fleche du Sud in 2006.

He added: “You look at the previous winners and there are a lot of strong guys there. There’s a lot of strong teams here too.

“We’ve got a big month ahead with Paris-Nice and the classics. The form seems to be building nicely so I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.”

Overall standings:

1. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky), 19hr 46min 13sec

2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Etixx-QuickStep) +27sec

3. Tiago Machado (Por/Katusha) + 1min 11sec

4. Richie Porte (Aus/Team Sky) + 1min 14sec

5. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana) + 1min 18sec

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Briton Froome wins Ruta del Sol

Britain’s Chris Froome won the Ruta del Sol in Spain to seal his first stage-race victory since May on Sunday.

The Team Sky rider, 29, led Spaniard Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) by two seconds going into the final stage.

The 2013 Tour de France champion safely negotiated the 168km from Montilla to Alhaurin de la Torre – won by Spain’s Juan Jose Lobato – to finish sixth and retain his advantage.

“Happy and relieved to have held onto this jersey today,” Froome


“Great start to the year…thank you team.”

Contador, 32, had led from the opening day until Saturday when Froome overturned a 27-second deficit with a stunning breakaway on the

4.4km climb to the finish.

It is Froome’s first stage-race win since the

Tour de Romandie.

Stage five results:

1. Juan Jose Lobato (SPA/Movistar) 3hr 48min 56sec

2. John Degenkolb (GER/Giant-Alpecin) +1sec

3. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/IAM Cycling) +2sec

4. Grega Bole (SLO/CCC Sprandi Polkowice) same time

5. Pim Ligthart (NED/Lotto Soudal) same time

6. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) same time

7. Moreno Hofland (NED/LottoNL-Jumbo) same time

8. Jan Bakelants (BEL/AG2R La Mondiale) same time

9. Alberto Contador (SPA/Tinkoff-Saxo) same time

10. Nicolas Edet (FRA/Cofidis) same time

Overall standings:

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 21hr 21min 41sec

2. Alberto Contador (SPA/Tinkoff-Saxo) +2sec

3. Benat Intxausti (SPA/Movistar) +2min 38sec

4. Mikel Nieve (SPA/Team Sky) +3min 5sec

5. Romain Bardet (FRA/AG2R La Mondiale) +3min 13sec

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Trott takes omnium silver at Worlds

Laura Trott took silver in the omnium as Britain finished without a gold medal at the Track World Championships for the first time since 2001.

Olympic champion Trott finished behind Australia’s Annette Edmondson to earn a third successive world omnium silver.

Britain also

won two silver medals

in the team pursuit events in Paris, but failed to match the two golds claimed in Colombia last year.

“I think we’re moving forward,” Trott, 22, told BBC Sport.

“It’s always hard to tell where you’re at because even at World Cups people don’t always put out their strongest teams.

“I think we’ve definitely moved forward since last year – obviously we won a gold medal then and we haven’t this year, but I think you’ll see in the times that we have come on. Slowly but surely we’ll get there.

“This time before London 2012 was the Apeldoorn Worlds and I came 16th in the omnium, so way down. I think we will come, it’s there, it’s just getting it to come together on the day.”

All the results and medallists from the Track Cycling World Championships.

Trott had always been playing catch-up in the six-discipline omnium after finishing 13th in the opening scratch race on Saturday, but she worked her way into contention for gold on day two.

She came fifth in the fourth discipline, the 500m time-trial, and was third in the flying lap, but could not overhaul the impressive Edmondson in the closing points race.

“I’m really happy, to be honest,” added Trott. “After the scratch race I think a lot of people had actually written me off and didn’t think I had the form.

Britain's Laura Trott ( L), winner Annette Edmondson of Australia (C) and second placed Netherlands' Kirsten Wild

Trott finished behind Australia’s Edmondson and ahead of Dutch rider Wild

“At the end of the day a silver medal at the World Championships is really good, I am pleased with where my form is at.

“I think I’ve got some work to do in some of the events – the 500m let me down this time, which is not normal for me, that’s one of my stronger events.

“But it will come together and I am really pleased to get the silver medal.”

Australian Anna Meares won the keirin to claim her 11th world title, a women’s record, and silver in the 500-metre time trial plus bronze in the team sprint took her overall tally to 26 world medals, surpassing Chris Hoy’s 26.

Host nation France topped the medals table with five gold medals after Gregory Bauge won the men’s sprint.

“It’s a big big performance, we did not expect that,” said Bauge. “It’s the perfect launching pad for the (Olympic) Games.”

Anna Meares of Australia

Australia’s Meares became the most successful woman ever at the Track World Championships

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