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Track Cycling World Championships: BBC TV times and event schedule

Jason and Laura Kenny

Jason and Laura Kenny are just two of seven Olympic champions in Britain’s squad

Follow the 2018 Track Cycling World Championships from the Netherlands live on the BBC from 28 February to 4 March.

Husband and wife duo Jason and Laura Kenny are both competing together for the first time since they won gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The Kennys are two of seven Olympic champions in Britain’s 22-strong squad in Apeldoorn, with Ed Clancy, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Phil Hindes and Callum Skinner also selected.

Laura rides in the team pursuit on Wednesday and Thursday and Jason in the team sprint on Wednesday.

Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker are defending their world titles, whilst junior Lauren Bate makes her debut at a World Championships, riding in the team sprint.

Jill Douglas and Chris Hoy present the BBC’s coverage, with commentary coming from Simon Brotherton and Chris Boardman, and every evening session live on BBC Red Button.

Great Britain squad

Men’s endurance: Dan Bigham, Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi, Ethan Hayter, Chris Latham, Mark Stewart, Charlie Tanfield, Ollie Wood

Women’s endurance: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Ellie Dickinson, Emily Kay, Laura Kenny, Emily Nelson

Men’s sprint: Jack Carlin, Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny, Ryan Owens, Callum Skinner, Joe Truman

Women’s sprint: Lauren Bate, Katy Marchant

TV coverage and event schedule

Wednesday, 28 February

17:30-20:00, BBC Red Button and online

Three gold medals: Women’s Scratch 10km, men’s and women’s team sprint

13:00 – 15:44

Women’s Team Pursuit – Qualifying

Men’s Team Pursuit – Qualifying


Opening ceremony

17:30 – 20:02

Women’s Team Sprint – Qualifying

Men’s Team Sprint – Qualifying

Women’s Scratch 10 km – Final

Women’s Team Sprint – First round

Men’s Team Sprint – First round

Men’s Team Pursuit – First round

Women’s Team Sprint – Final

Men’s Team Sprint – Final

Thursday, 1 March

17:30-20:20, BBC Red Button and online

Four gold medals: Men’s Team Pursuit, Men’s Scratch 15 km, Men’s Keirin, Women’s Team Pursuit


Women’s Sprint – Qualifying 200m t.t.

Men’s Keirin – 1st round

Women’s – Sprint 1/16 Final

Men’s Keirin – Repechages

Women’s Sprint – 1/8 Final

17:30 – 20:21

Women’s Team Pursuit – First round

Women’s Sprint – First Quarter Final

Men’s Keirin – Second round

Men’s Team Pursuit – Finals

Women’s Sprint – Second Quarter Final

Men’s Scratch 15 km – Final

Women’s Sprint – Quarter Final

Men’s Keirin – Final (places 7 to 12)

Men’s Keirin – Final (places one to six)

Women’s Team Pursuit – Finals

Friday, 2 March

17:30-20:35, BBC Red Button and online

Four gold medals: Men’s Points race 40 km, Men’s Individual Pursuit, Women’s Sprint, Women’s Omnium


Men’s Sprint – Qualifying 200m t.t.

Women’s Omnium – Scratch 7.5 km

Men’s Sprint – 1/16 Final

Men’s Individual Pursuit – Qualifying

Men’s Sprint – 1/8 Final

Women’s Omnium II – Tempo Race 7.5 km

17:30 – 20:37

Men’s Points race 40 km – Final

Women’s Sprint – Semi-Final (1st)

Women’s Omnium III – Elimination

Women’s Sprint – Semi-Final (2nd)

Women’s Sprint – Semi-Final (3rd i.r.)

Men’s Individual Pursuit – Finals 3-4 1-2

Women’s Sprint – Final places 3-4 1-2 (1st)

Women’s Omnium – Final Points race 20 km Finale

Women’s Sprint – Final places 3-4 1-2 (2nd)

Women’s Sprint – Final places 3-4 1-2 (3rd i.r.)

Saturday, 3 March

14:45-16:30, BBC One

17:30-21:00, BBC Red Button, Connected TV and online

Five gold medals: Women’s 500m t.t, Women’s Madison 30 km, Women’s Individual pursuit, Men’s Sprint, Men’s Omnium IV


Women’s 500m TT – Qualifying

Men’s Sprint – Quarter Final (1st)

Men’s Omnium I – Scratch 10 km

Men’s Sprint – Quarter Final (2nd)

Women’s Individual Pursuit – Qualifying

Men’s Sprint – Quarter Final (3rd i.r.)

Men’s Omnium II – Tempo Race 10 km


Women’s 500m TT – Final

Men’s Omnium III – Elimination

Men’s Sprint – Semi-Final (1st)

Women’s Madison 30 km – Final

Men’s Sprint – Semi-Final (2nd)

Men’s Sprint – Semi-Final (3rd i.r.)

Women’s Individual pursuit – Finals 3-4 1-2

Men’s Sprint – Final places 3-4 1-2 (1st)

Men’s Omnium IV – Final Points race 25 km

Men’s Sprint – Vitesse Final places 3-4 1-2

Sunday, 4 March

12:30-15:25, Red Button, Connected TV and online

13:00-14:45, BBC Two

Four gold medals: Women’s Points race 25 km, Men’s Kilometre t.t, Women’s Keirin, Men’s Madison 50 km


Women’s Keirin – First round

Men’s Kilometre TT – Qualifying

Women’s- Keirin – Repechages


Women’s Keirin – Second round

Women’s Points race 25 km – Final

Men’s Kilometre TT – Final

Women’s Keirin – Final places 7 to 12

Women’s Keirin – Final 1 – 6

Men’s Madison 50 km – Final

Late changes

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‘It’s been a fairytale so far’

Dan Bingham (left) and Charlie Tanfield

Charlie Tanfield (left) beat Dan Bigham in the men’s individual pursuit final at the National Track Championships in Manchester in January

British amateur Charlie Tanfield has deferred his University degree to race for Great Britain at the 2018 World Track Cycling Championships.

The 21-year-old, who is not part of the British Cycling set-up, will join fellow amateur and Team KGF rider Dan Bigham in the Netherlands this week.

They started KGF in 2016 with Charlie’s brother Harry and Jacob Tipper, and have already won national titles.

“If someone had said this 12 months ago I would have laughed,” said Tanfield.

“There have been times when it’s been ridiculous and far too much for me to handle. I’m at university, I come home in the dark and have to do four hours on the bike.

“I deferred my course a few weeks ago and it’s been a lot better since. I just wanted to prepare properly for worlds, I didn’t want to leave anything behind. It’s a huge decision, it’s a risk and it might not pay off, but we’ll soon find out.”

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‘Fairytale story’

“When we established Team KGF I don’t think it was ever an aim to get to a major championships,” said Bigham. “The aim as a group of four mates was just to ride together and be as good as we could.

“Mid-November [British Cycling] put it out there and said there are two individual pursuit spots if you can get Great Britain into the top eight of the ranking. So me and Charlie sat down and worked out the maths of how to collect all the IP points and just about scraped in.”

After announcing their arrival by winning three gold medals and a silver in the 2017 National Track Championships, Tanfield, who won double World Cup gold in Minsk this season, also sealed the keirin and individual pursuit titles at this year’s Nationals.

“It’s been a fairytale story so far,” he added. “We won the team pursuit title at the National Championships in Manchester last year. We beat the GB boys and we were ecstatic.

“We went out for a few beers and started talking. We had only done six training sessions so that really planted the seed and allowed us to think we could take it a lot further.

“It has just kept on snowballing and now I’m sat here ready to go to the World Championships.”


Four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny returned to light training eight weeks after giving birth

The Kennys return

The World Championships also mark the return to competitive cycling of GB’s golden couple from the Rio Olympics,

Jason and Laura Kenny. The former retired from the track after winning gold in Rio but has reversed that decision and Laura is returning after giving birth to the couple’s son last summer.

“I’d had enough, I did stop and I disappeared,” he said. “When I did decide to try and come back I was going to take my time and build back for Olympic qualification but that’s all gone out the window now.”

Seeing wife Laura starting her comeback from giving birth to their son also inspired his return.

“Laura planned on doing another Games so we put all these things in place and it gave me a nudge,” he said. “But in the year I had off I didn’t find anything else to do so I came back.”

Laura added: “People thought he was joking, but he was serious. He decided even pre-Rio that he wasn’t going to carry on.

“There was a good six months when he didn’t ride or go in the gym. But once I started getting back into it, he was having a little sniff at it and then that was it – he was riding The Revolution.”

Laura defended her team pursuit and omnium titles at the 2016 Rio Games and is in a team pursuit squad that features fellow Olympic champions Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker.

“Having left it at an Olympic standard and then come back in, it’s going unbelievably fast,” she said. “It was surprising to come back to a squad that was at that high standard.”

Six-time Olympic champion Jason, who won the team sprint title at the National Championships in Manchester in January with Phil Hindes, Ryan Owens and Jack Carlin, insists he is still finding his way as he continues his comeback.

“The nationals went quite well but that doesn’t mean to say the worlds will go well,” he admitted. “I don’t feel massively under-prepared but I’ve come into this with six months training instead of the usual 12.”

Both he and Laura are learning to train half-awake after the arrival of Albert Louie six months ago and looking after him will keep the pair from racing at the Commonwealth Games in April.

“On the face of it, trying to manage being an elite athlete and having a baby is a disaster,” said Jason. “I never thought I could train on no sleep.”

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Abu Dhabi Tour: Alejandro Valverde wins final stage to secure race victory

Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde thanked his team after his win

Spain’s Alejandro Valverde won the Abu Dhabi Tour after victory on the final stage of the five-day race.

The Movistar rider broke clear with Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez on the summit of Jebel Hafeet with four kilometres to go.

Valverde prevailed to win the 199km stage and the race, while Team Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman was 17 seconds behind him in second place overall.

“I’m super happy with this victory,” said 37-year-old Valverde.

“Before anything, I just want to thank the whole team for their phenomenal work all week, keeping me well protected leading up to the weekend and Sunday’s climb, so I just had to push when it was needed.

“It’s our first WorldTour victory of the season, which makes it all the more important against the top guns.”

Overnight leader Rohan Dennis struggled on the climb and ended up one minute and 45 seconds behind Valverde.

World time trial champion Tom Dumoulin suffered a puncture in Saturday’s time trial and endured a mechanical problem on the final stage.

Stage five results:

1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) 4hrs 38mins 47secs

2. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) same time

3. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Quick-Step Floors) +15secs

4. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) same time

5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb) same time

Final standings:

1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) 16hr 00min 11secs

2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb) +17secs

3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana)+29secs

4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Quick-Step Floors) +31secs

5. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) +45secs

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Chris Froome: Team Sky rider 10th in Ruta del Sol as Tim Wellens wins

Chris Froome

Froome is building up to the Giro d’Italia in May, where he could record a hat-trick of Grand Tour victories

British rider Chris Froome finished 10th in his first race since his adverse drugs test was made public.

The four-time Tour de France winner was never in contention on the final day of the Ruta del Sol – having started in 14th – and finished one minute and 57 seconds adrift of winner Tim Wellens.

The Belgian posted a time of 17 hours 41 minutes and 50 seconds in Spain.

Froome was 11th in the final stage – a time trial – which was won by Team Sky colleague David de la Cruz.

Double Olympic bronze medallist Froome has to explain to cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, how he returned double the allowed level of legal asthma drug Salbutamol in his urine during his Vuelta a Espana victory in September.

Elsewhere, Geraint Thomas missed out on a third Volta ao Algarve title on the last stage of a race won by Team Sky colleague Michal Kwiatkowski.

Stage five result

1. David De La Cruz (Spa/Sky) 17mins 11secs

2. Andrey Amador (Crc/Movistar) +6secs

3. Stef Clement (Ned/LottoNL-Jumbo) same time

4. Alexis Gougeard (Fra/ AG2R La Mondiale) +7secs

5. Marc Soler (Spa/Movistar) +9secs

6. Wout Poels (Ned/Sky) +11secs

7. Dylan van Baarle (Ned/Sky) same time

8. Tim Wellens (Bel/Lotto-Soudal) +14secs

9. Jan Tratnik (Slo/CCC Sprandi Polkowice) +24secs

10. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana) +24secs

General classification

1. Tim Wellens (Bel/Lotto-Soudal) 17hrs 41mins 50secs

2. Wout Poels (Ned/Sky) +8secs

3. Marc Soler (Spa/Movistar) +27secs

4. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana) +30secs

5. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana) same time

6. Mikel Landa (Spa/Movistar) +42secs

7. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL-Jumbo) +79secs

8. Simon Clarke (Aus/EF Education First-Drapac) +101secs

9. Andrey Amador (Crc/Movistar Team) +111secs

10. Chris Froome (GB/Sky) +117secs

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Luke Rowe: Team Sky rider to make return after stag party broken leg

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Welsh cyclist Luke Rowe is back on his bike, 4 months after breaking his leg in 25 places.

Team Sky’s Luke Rowe will ride the Abu Dhabi Tour on 21 February – just over six months after breaking his leg on his brother’s stag party.

The Welshman expected to miss at least a year of action after fracturing his tibia and fibula while white-water rafting in Prague in August, 2017.

Rowe helped Chris Froome win the 2017 Tour de France, but has yet to decide on his 2018 Grand Tour.

“I broke my leg in 25 places – it was a really bad injury,” he said.

“But I’m on the road back to say the least. It’s going pretty well.

“The messages I’ve had have been humbling and the support from fans has been amazing.

“I’m just looking forward to getting back.”

Rowe finished as lanterne rouge at last year’s Tour de France, an honour for the rider in last place on general classification, noting the sacrifice of their own ambitions to help their team’s bid for yellow.

The 27-year-old has been included in Wales’ team for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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