Monthly Archives: January 2016

‘Motorised bike’ confiscated at Worlds

A rider at the Cyclo-cross World Championships

The Cyclo-cross World Championships are being held in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

A bicycle has been confiscated at the Cyclo-cross World Championships in Belgium after it was allegedly found to contain a motor.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) said it was investigating an incident of “technological fraud” in the women’s under-23 race.

The race was won by Great Britain’s Evie Richards, but none of the podium finishers is under suspicion.

If confirmed it would be the first case of its kind in elite cycling.

The UCI said in a statement that the bike “has been detained for further investigation”.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/35452791

Team GB ‘could win 79 medals in Rio’

Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Tom Daley and Nicola Adams

Team GB took home a record 65 medals from London 2012

UK Sport believes Great Britain could win 79 Olympic medals at Rio 2016 and be the first nation to beat its tally as hosts of the previous Games.

A final medal target – and targets for each sport – will come in July, but it is likely to be in a range of 47 to 79.

Team GB won a record 65 medals at London 2012 and 120 at the Paralympics.

“If all stars align and things go perfectly, it could be as good as 79 medals,” said Simon Timson, UK Sport director of performance.

“We can be confident it will be our best ever away Games.”

However, he admitted that there is “no absolute method” of forecasting a nation’s likely medal haul.

Great Britain finished third in the medal table at London 2012

Team GB won 29 golds, 17 silvers and 19 bronzes at 2012.

Timson said it would be “absolutely unprecedented” for a host country to increase its medal tally at the next summer Games.

Since the modern Olympic era began in 1896, it has never been done.

But Timpson said it was “a challenge that has kindled the fire in the bellies of our elite programmes, coaches and athletes”.

He added that it was important to set an aspirational goal “to focus people’s effort and to drive the intensity of that effort”.

Trackers and targets

UK Sport has statistically modelled 250,000 different scenarios in Rio based on British performances in major events in 2015.

This analysis suggests GB will win 53 medals.

But a more up-to-date ‘tracker’, based on projections from each sport, says 71 medals might be possible.

Diving, gymnastics and swimming all posted great results in 2015, while cycling showed signs of a return to the form of 2008 and 2012.

The most recent prediction from sport statistics company Infostrada had GB in fifth place on 48 medals.

Russia was third with 70 medals, a figure that may need revising if the country’s athletics team remains banned.

UK Sport’s predictions for Paralympics GB were even more bullish, with a London-beating total of 124 being suggested.

Zika virus threat to Olympics

Rod Carr, the chair of UK Sport, said he was confident that Rio organisers would have plans in place to combat the threat of the Zika virus at the Games.

The virus has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains and has been spreading on a massive scale in the Americas, including Brazil.

Carr told BBC Sport: “Sport is important, but not that important. No-one wants to risk the lives of unborn children, mothers or families.

“At least it has happened now and not two weeks before the Games.

“There will be a massive effort to sort it out. I will be surprised if it is still a threat to the athletes in Rio.

“We will follow what is best for the athletes and their supporters.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/35414068

Team GB ‘could win 79 medals in Rio’

Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Tom Daley and Nicola Adams

Team GB took home a record 65 medals from London 2012

UK Sport believes Great Britain could win 79 Olympic medals at Rio 2016 and be the first nation to beat its tally as hosts of the previous Games.

A final medal target – and targets for each sport – will come in July, but it is likely to be in a range of 47 to 79.

Team GB won a record 65 medals at London 2012 and 120 at the Paralympics.

“If all stars align and things go perfectly, it could be as good as 79 medals,” said Simon Timson, UK Sport director of performance.

He added: “We can be confident it will be our best ever away Games.

“There is no trajectory, no absolute method of forecasting a nation’s likely medal haul.

“The aspirational goal of 66 – the first indication we should look at is, what are the sports telling us? When set out initially in 2012, it was based on the information the sports gave us.”

Great Britain finished third in the medal table at London 2012

Team GB won 29 golds, 17 silvers and 19 bronzes at 2012.

Since the modern Olympic era began in 1896, no host country has increased its medal tally at the next summer Games.

Timson said: “It [winning more in the subsequent Olympics] is absolutely unprecedented but a challenge that has kindled the fire in the bellies of our elite programmes, coaches and athletes.

“It is also important to reflect on why we set an aspirational goal – it is to focus people’s effort and to drive the intensity of that effort.”

What about the tracker forecasts?

UK Sport has statistically modelled 250,000 different scenarios in Rio based on the sports’ performances in major events in 2015. This analysis suggests GB will win 53 medals.

But a more up-to-date ‘tracker’, based on projections from each sport, says 71 medals might be possible.

Diving, gymnastics and swimming all posted great results in 2015, and cycling showed signs of a return to the form of 2008 and 2012.

The most recent prediction from sport statistics company Infostrada had GB in fifth place on 48 medals.

Infostrada had Russia in third place with 70 medals, a figure that may need revising if the country’s athletics team remains banned.

UK Sport’s predictions for Paralympics GB were even more bullish, with a London-beating total of 124 being suggested.

Zika virus threat to Olympics

Rod Carr, the chair of UK Sport, said he was confident that the Games’ organisers, along with the International Olympic Committee and the British Olympic Association, would have plans in place to combat the threat of the Zika virus at the Games.

The virus has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains and has been spreading on a massive scale in the Americas, including Brazil.

Carr told BBC Sport: “Sport is important, but not that important. No one wants to risk the lives of unborn children, mothers or families.

“At least it has happened now and not two weeks before the Games.

“There will be a massive effort to sort it out. I will be surprised if it is still a threat to the athletes in Rio. We will follow what is best for the athletes and their supporters.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/35414068

VIDEO: Seeking secrets of Brailsford’s success

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Seeking secrets of Brailsford’s success

Team Sky’s Sir Dave Brailsford is arguably Wales’ most successful sporting boss of the past 10 years.

He has overseen stunning Team GB successes at the Olympics and the Tour de France with Team Sky.

Sport Wales has been finding out the secrets of his success, at a training camp in Mallorca.

Watch Sport Wales every Friday night on BBC Two Wales or catch up on iPlayer.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/wales/35386774

Giant-Alcepin riders hit by car

Team Giant-Alpecin

Team Giant-Alpecin at the head of the peleton during stage nine of the 2015 Tour de France

Six Giant-Alpecin riders have been taken to hospital after being struck by a car driven by a British woman while training in southern Spain.

All the casualties are said to be in a “stable condition”, with one of them suffering serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

German John Degenkolb suffered a partially detached finger.

The team said in a statement that the riders were riding side-by-side on their own side of the road at the time.

It added: “A car coming the other direction rode into the group of riders head on.”

Helicopters were used in the rescue and the riders were taken to two hospitals.

The other riders were later identified as Max Walscheid from Germany, Warren Barguil (France), Chad Haga (United States), Frederk Ludvigsson (Sweden) and Ramon Sinkeldam (Netherlands).

“Given the circumstances, I am fine,” Degenkolb wrote on his Facebook page after needing stitches in his thigh, forearm and lip.

He added he was being transported to a larger hospital in Valencia to deal with the injury to his finger.

Barguil was initially reported to be one of the most severely injured, but his uncle and agent Sebastien Michon believes he has escaped with just a broken wrist.

“Warren is suffering from a broken wrist although this remains to be confirmed,” he told French regional newspaper Le Telegramme.

Elsewhere, Cycling News has reported that Italian rider Adriani Maloris has been placed in an induced coma after suffering multiple injuries, including head fractures, in a crash during the fifth stage of the Tour de San Luis.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/35392379

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