Monthly Archives: July 2016

RideLondon: Dutch rider Kirsten Wild wins the 2016 RideLondon Classique

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Wild wins RideLondon Classique with thrilling sprint

Dutch cyclist Kirsten Wild put in a powerful final sprint to win the 2016 RideLondon Classique.

The 33-year-old came home ahead of her compatriot Nina Kessler and Canada’s Leah Kirchmann.

Wild, one of the pre-race favourites, won the Tour de Yorkshire event in April.

British rider Dani King, who won gold in the team pursuit at London 2012, finished outside the top 10 in the 66km race around a central London circuit.

Australian Chloe Hosking fell away during the final sprint stage and was unable to build on her La Course victory in Paris last weekend.

After the race, Wild told the BBC: “It might have looked easy but it wasn’t. With our team, the plan was to go for the final sprint.

“The team was really strong and I was happy to pull it off.”

King, who was controversially omitted from the GB road race team for Rio, said Wild produced “an amazing ride”.

“She’s amazing,” King added. “She’s fresh going to Rio tomorrow and she was always going to be one of the favourites to win here.

“She gets herself in the right position and then there is no coming round her.”

When asked about the Olympic Games that begin on 5 August, King struggled to hide her disappointment.

“I’m still gutted to be honest, given the form I’m in,” she said.

“I don’t want to be bitter about it and I’m still rooting for the girls out there.”

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Simon Yates: British rider earns first win since return from four-month ban

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Simon Yates won gold in the points race at the 2013 Track World Championship

Simon Yates claimed his first victory since returning from a four-month drugs ban at the one-day Prueba Villafranca-Ordiziako Klasika in Spain.

Yates, 23, was suspended after an administrative error led to him using an asthma inhaler without permission.

“I am going to enjoy this moment,” the Orica-BikeExchange rider said. “It’s my first victory as a full professional.”

Yates’ twin brother, Adam, was crowned the best young rider at the Tour de France, which finished on Sunday.

Simon Yates was sanctioned by governing body the UCI in June for a “non-intentional” anti-doping rule violation, resulting in the suspension.

He returned to action on 11 July and subsequently finished 20th at the Tour of Poland.

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3,773 Tour tests find no ‘technological fraud’

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Chris Froome (second from left) won his third Tour de France

Cycling’s governing body carried out more than 3,750 tests for “technological fraud” during the Tour de France – all of which found nothing.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) said “extensive” checks took place throughout the race’s 21 stages.

In January, the UCI began using a new system to scan for hidden motors.

More than 10,000 bikes have since been tested, with Belgian Femke van den Driessche the only cyclist found guilty. She was banned for six years.

The UCI found the 19-year-old’s spare bike at January’s Cyclo-cross World Championships contained a motor.

Van den Driessche was fined 20,000 Swiss francs (£14,000) and ordered to pay legal costs.

UCI president Brian Cookson said the 3,773 tests undertaken at the Tour de France showed an “absolute commitment to leave no stone unturned”.

He added: “We will continue to test bikes heavily throughout the rest of the season, and do everything in our power to make sure this form of cheating stays out of our sport.”


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Doped bikes: An example of how it works


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Chris Froome: Tour de France winner to race Vuelta a Espana after Olympic Games

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Chris Froome is scheduled to race in Sunday’s RideLondon one-day race

Britain’s Chris Froome intends to ride in the Vuelta a Espana 10 days after competing at the Olympic Games, says Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford.

The three-time Tour de France champion will ride in the Olympic road race on 6 August and time trial on 10 August.

The Vuelta, one of cycling’s three Grand Tours, begins in Ourense, Spain on 20 August and finishes on 11 September in Madrid.

“All being well, that’s what we will be doing,” Brailsford told Sky Sports.

“The season-long plan was Tour, on to the Olympics and on to the Vuelta, and that’s still the outline at the minute.”

Froome, 31, added to his 2013 and 2015 Tour de France successes with the 2016 title on Sunday.

He finished second in the Vuelta in 2011 and 2014, but broke a bone in his foot after crashing on last year’s stage 11.

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Champion Froome can go on for years

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Tour de France 2016: Chris Froome on historic third win

Chris Froome can continue competing at the highest level for “three or four more years”, Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford believes.

Team Sky’s Froome, 31, became Britain’s first three-time Tour de France winner on Sunday when he added the 2016 race to his successes in 2013 and 2015.

“He’s as hungry as ever,” Brailsford told BBC Radio 5 live.

“Much of how far he can go will be about how much he can retain his desire,” Brailsford added.

Before heading out to Rio to prepare for the Olympic Games, Froome will take part in Sunday’s RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

He will lead a Team Sky squad which includes Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Christian Knees and Dutch sprinter Danny van Poppel.

Froome’s three victories in four years follows Sir Bradley Wiggins becoming the first Briton to win the race in 2012.

Brailsford said Froome manages to both focus on his own individual performance as well as be a “brilliant leader” for the team.

“He’s very meticulous, he sends them a little text every night, he communicates well with them,” said Brailsford.

“Equally they can see that he is on it and so they believe in him. And when they believe in someone the commitment levels and the enjoyment levels go up a notch.”

In the past Froome has received a tough reception from the French crowds, but the three-time champion believes the 2016 Tour has seen a “huge shift” in attitudes.

He added: “You see people on the roads with supporter jerseys from other teams, from the French teams, and they really give it some: ‘Come on, allez Sky, allez Froome!’

“It’s heart-warming to feel that and feel there’s this respect now from the French public.”

Often criticised for an understated personality, the rider hopes that this race allowed spectators and viewers to see more of his character.

“I think people have found it hard to relate to me in the past,” Froome said.

“That’s just the way I am, I’m not necessarily a hugely outgoing kind of guy.

“I think as this race has gone on people have got to me know me a little bit better, know my character a little bit better.”


Lots of yellow for the Froome family in Paris on Sunday evening

The 31-year-old beat Romain Bardet of France by four minutes and five seconds, with Colombia’s Nairo Quintana in third and Britain’s Adam Yates – who also took the white jersey for best young rider – in fourth.

“It would be my dream to keep coming back for the next five or six years and give myself the best opportunity of winning again,” said Froome, who became the first person to successfully defend the title for 20 years.

Froome’s victory was not without incident, with accidents occurring on both stage 12, when he ran up Mont Ventoux after his bike was broken, and stage 19.

Speaking about the second crash, which occurred two days before the end of the race, he told Radio 4’s Today programme: “It was pretty scary – the initial feeling is just to get straight back up again and in the next two or three minutes you go through the checks thinking, right, is everything still working?

“Everything was fine, you lost a bit of skin, but you’ve just got to keep going.”

Froome, who was competing in his first Tour de France since becoming a father, dedicated the victory to his son, Kellan.

He said: “I’d love my son to look back in 10 years’ time and for him to be proud of his old man.”

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