Monthly Archives: April 2018

GB select five track champions for Para-cycling Road World Cup

Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby

Steve Bate and his pilot Adam Duggleby won individual pursuit gold at the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Brazil

Great Britain have included five track world champions in their team for this week’s Para-Cycling Road World Cup.

Steve Bate, Lora Fachie, Megan Giglia, Crystal Lane-Wright and Louis Rolfe are in the 14-strong team for the inaugural event in Ostend, Belgium from 3-6 May.

Last year’s world time trial silver medallist Ben Watson is also included.

Mel Nicholls, who achieved her personal best in the wheelchair race at the London Marathon last weekend, has also travelled with the team.

Jon Pett, British Cycling’s head of Para-cycling, said: “Looking ahead to the first round of the World Cup this week, there’s a lot of potential across the squad to perform well in Ostend, as we aim to transfer the form from the track to the road.

“In addition to the riders who will represent the Great Britain team in Ostend, there will also be a contingent of British riders contesting the event, and we will be watching with interest to see how they get on against some tough international competition.”

GB team for World Cup

Women: Lora Fachie (piloted by Corrine Hall), Megan Giglia, Mel Nicholls, Liz Saul, Crystal Lane-Wright.

Men: Steve Bate (piloted by Adam Duggleby), Will Bjergfelt, Craig Collis-McCann, Simon Price, Louis Rolfe, David Smith, Ben Watson.

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Tour of Romandie: Primoz Roglic wins second race of 2018

Tour of Romandie winner Primoze Roglic

Roglic (centre) won the Tour of the Basque Country earlier in April

Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic won the Tour of Romandie as German Pascal Ackermann took victory in Sunday’s final stage.

It is a second World Tour stage-race win of 2018 for Roglic, after his Tour of the Basque Country victory.

The 28-year-old former world junior ski jump champion kept his rivals in his sights on the 181.8km final stage between Mont-sur-Rolle and Geneva.

Roglic, who rides for LottoNL-Jumbo, finished eight seconds ahead of Colombian Egan Bernal (Team Sky).

Australia’s Richie Porte (BMC), the outgoing champion, was 35 seconds back in third.

Roglic held the yellow jersey from the opening stage and reinforced his grip on the race lead by finishing second in Saturday’s climb-heavy fourth stage.

Bora rider Ackermann edged ahead of Denmark’s Michael Morkov (Quick-Step) and Italian Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates) to win the final stage.

Tour of Romandie final stage result:

1. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) 4hrs 9mins 51secs

2. Michael Morkov (Quick-Step Floors) Same time

3. Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates)

4. Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

5. Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Tour of Romandie overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) 12hrs 59mins 09secs

2. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) +8secs

3. Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) +35secs

4. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) +1min 16 secs

5. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) +1min 23secs

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Fuglsang wins Tour of Romandie stage four, Roglic still leads

Astana's Jakob Fuglsang

Jakob Fuglsang has won six stage races, most recently the 2017 Criterium du Dauphine

Jakob Fuglsang won the penultimate stage of the Tour of Romandie as overnight leader Primoz Roglic retained the leader’s yellow jersey.

Denmark’s Fuglsang, riding for Astana, broke clear of a five-man leading group for a solo victory by 48 seconds.

Lotto NL rider Roglic beat closest challenger Egan Bernal, riding for Team Sky, at the line to finish second and claim more bonus points.

Roglic, a former ski jumper, is looking for his first overall win in the race.

The Slovenian leads Bernal by eight seconds and Australian Richie Porte by 35 going into the final stage around Geneva on Sunday.

Tour of Romandie fourth stage result:

1. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) 4hrs 18mins 48secs

2. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) +48secs

2. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) same time

5. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

3. Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) +50secs

Tour of Romandie overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) 12hrs 59mins 09secs

2. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) +8secs

3. Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) +35secs

4. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) +1min 16 secs

5. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) +1min 23secs

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Bernal wins stage three of Tour de Romandie, Roglic leads race

Egan Bernal

Egan Bernal made his move on Primoz Roglic on the final climb of Friday’s third stage

Colombian Egan Bernal won the third stage of the Tour de Romandie as Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic retained the race leader’s yellow jersey.

Team Sky’s Bernal finished four seconds ahead of LottoNL-Jumbo’s Roglic in the 9.9km mountain time trial.

Roglic is six seconds ahead of Friday’s stage winner in the overall standings, with Australian Richie Porte in third, 27 seconds off the lead.

The race’s penultimate stage, featuring five climbs, takes place on Saturday.

Britain’s Geraint Thomas was third overall after Thursday’s stage but is now 19th, two minutes 33 seconds off the leader.

Tour of Romandie third stage result:

1. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) 25mins 10secs

2. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) +4secs

3. Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) +18secs

4. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) + 48secs

5. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) +1min 6secs

Tour of Romandie overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) 8hrs 39mins 39secs

2. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) +6secs

3. Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) +27secs

4. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) +1min 2secs

5. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) +1min 17secs

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Giro d’Italia: Simon Yates relishing leader’s role with Michelton-Scott

Simon Yates

Yates will tackle the 21 stages of the race

Britain’s Simon Yates is relishing the chance to lead his Michelton-Scott team’s bid to win the Giro d’Italia.

Yates and Colombia’s Esteban Chaves head the Australian outfit’s eight-man squad for the first of the year’s three Grand Tours.

The 101st edition of the race starts on Friday, 4 May in Jerusalem, Israel and features Team Sky’s Chris Froome looking for his first win in the race.

“We’ve assembled one of the best teams we can for a Grand Tour,” said Yates.

“Even without having raced before it’s clear the Giro is one of, if not the most difficult and demanding race on the calendar.”

Yates, a strong rider in the mountains, has had an excellent start to the year with two stage wins and a second-place finish at the prestigious week-long Paris-Nice – he led going into the final stage but ended up losing the title by four seconds.

He finished seventh on his Tour de France debut last year and was sixth at the Vuelta a Espana in 2016.

Michelton-Scott sport director Matt White says while his team are not favourites for the Giro, they will still be aiming for success in the overall standings in the race which after Jerusalem will travel to Sicily and then the Italian mainland.

In 2016, Chaves wore the leader’s pink jersey on stage 20 before finishing second overall – the team’s best result in a Grand Tour.

“We are making no secret that our focus for the Giro d’Italia is on the general classification and Yates and Chaves are our leaders,” he says.

“We are not the favourites, but we have two guys who are going to challenge the favourites whenever the opportunity arises. They have worked really well in the past in these roles and we’re expecting the same again.”

Briton Froome won his fourth Tour de France title last year and followed that by winning the Vuelta a Espana. If he wins the Giro, the 32-year-old will become the third man to win three successive Grand Tours.

Belgian Eddy Merckx won four on the trot in 1972-73, while France’s Bernard Hinault claimed three in 1982-83.

BBC Sport will have live text commentary on all 21 stages of this year’s Giro.

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