Monthly Archives: September 2019

Storey wins C5 road race at Yorkshire Para-cycling International

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Para-cycling International: Watch as Sarah Storey wins in Yorkshire

Britain’s Sarah Storey won the women’s C5 road race at the Yorkshire Para-cycling International.

The C5 world champion triumphed in the 35.4-mile (57km) Tokyo 2020 qualifying race from Tadcaster to Harrogate.

The event runs alongside the UCI Road World Championships, which are being hosted in Britain for the first time in 37 years.

Compatriot William Bjergfelt won the men’s C5 race, while Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby won the B-class tandem.

The Road World Championships will be shown on the BBC from 22-29 September.

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Thomas withdraws from Worlds time trial

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas won a gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games

Britain’s Geraint Thomas has withdrawn from the Road World Championships time trial as he says is not in “good enough shape to perform to his best”.

The 2018 Tour de France winner still plans to ride in the road race at the event in Yorkshire, which starts on Sunday.

“I’ve tried to get back into shape after my post tour break,” Thomas said.

“The decision was made… to skip the time trial and commit to the team for the road race.”

The men’s time trial is on Wednesday with the men’s road race on Sunday, 29 September – the final day of the event.

Thomas, 33, was beaten into second at this year’s Tour de France by Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal, who will not be competing in Yorkshire.

“While it’s a shame that Geraint is withdrawing from the time trial, we understand and support his decision,” British Cycling’s performance director Stephen Park said.

John Archibald, who finished second in the elite men’s time trial at the National Road Championships, will replace Thomas in the time trial.

Tanfield to ride in mum’s memory


GB’s Harry Tanfield recently rode in the Tour of Britain, weeks after his mother’s death

GB rider Harry Tanfield will take to his bike for the team time trial mixed relay on Sunday in honour of his mother, who died in August.

The 24-year-old considered pulling out of the race after the sudden death of his mother Clare, but chose to race in the recent Tour of Britain, for Katusha-Alpecin.

Tanfield said: “It happened a week before the Tour of Britain, and I thought, ‘Do I still want to come and race it?’

“The team told me I didn’t need to come but she’d want me to do it, and I kind of wanted to do it as well. Not for me, but for my family, just to give them some form of distraction for the week.

“She’d definitely want me to do it.”

Tanfield’s younger brother Charlie is also a cyclist and is a former world champion on the track.

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Owain Doull says La Vuelta a Espana has given him more confidence

Owain Doull says riding this year’s Vuelta a Espana has given him confidence to perform at the highest level.

The 26-year-old finished his first Grand Tour race safely in Madrid on Sunday and was happy with his overall performance.

The Welshman, who signed a two-year contract extension with Team Ineos in early September, is hoping to race either the Vuelta or the Giro d’Italia in 2020.

Read more: Doull to partner Cavendish at London Six Day

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Thomas named in GB road cycling team for World Championships

Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas (right) finished runner-up to Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal in the Tour de France in July

Former Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas will ride for Great Britain at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, to run from 22-29 September.

The Welshman, 33, will compete in the time trial and road race at the event.

Joining him in the time trial on 25 September will be national champion Alex Dowsett, while Ben Swift is also in the road race team four days later.

Owain Doull, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Ian Stannard and Adam Yates have also made final selection for the team.

Doull and Geoghegan Hart both rode for Team Ineos at the Vuelta a Espana, which finished last Sunday.

The women’s team was named last week and includes former world champion Lizzie Deignan and sisters Alice and Hannah Barnes, the national road and time trial champions respectively.

Thomas won the Tour de France in 2018 but this year was beaten by Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal, who will not be competing at the Championships.

British Cycling’s elite men’s road coach Matt Brammeier said: “We have such a talent pool of elite men’s road riders in this country that final selection was quite tricky, even though the course is so challenging.

“Having just finished the Tour of Britain with the Great Britain cycling team, I was once again blown away by the level of support we receive out on the roads and I know we are all looking forward to experiencing that again in Yorkshire next week.”

GB Elite Men’s Time Trial

Alex Dowsett (30, Essex)

Geraint Thomas (33, Cardiff)

Elite Men’s Road Race

Owain Doull (26, Cardiff)

Tao Geoghegan Hart (24, London)

Ian Stannard (32, Chelmsford)

Ben Swift (31, Yorkshire)

Geraint Thomas (33, Cardiff)

Adam Yates (27, Bury)

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Mark Cavendish still keen on Tokyo 2020 bid as he prepares for Six Day London

Britain's Mark Cavendish rides around the Lee Valley velodrome

Mark Cavendish is seeking his first Six Day London win in October

Mark Cavendish says he is still interested in racing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as he prepares to return to the track at Six Day London in October.

After winning omnium silver at Rio 2016, the 34-year-old may target a first Olympic gold in the madison when it returns to the Games next year.

The three-time madison world champion will partner Owain Doull in the Six Day event at Lee Valley from 22-27 October.

“Riding the madison at Tokyo is still an interest,” he told BBC Sport.

“Any time on the track is good preparation for it and Six Day racing is good because it stays true to the foundations of madison racing.”

The multi-discipline Six Day event will be broadcast on the BBC Sport website and via BBC iPlayer, with the racing including the madison, time trials, team eliminations, scratch races and points race.

Britain’s Cavendish was “heartbroken” after being left out of this year’s Tour de France by Team Dimension Data, preventing him from adding to his 30 stage wins – four off Belgian Eddy Merckx’s record.

He has kept racing on the road, including in last week’s Tour of Britain, but said he was confident of a strong showing back on the track at Lee Valley, where he won the last of his madison world titles with Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2016.

“I like riding on the track, it complements my road riding,” said Cavendish.

“I have to build up over the next couple of weeks because a bit more intensity comes in racing against guys that have been training on the track for a while now.

“It’s never easy to transition from road to track – but, having done it for many years, I know what to do.”

Cavendish and Wiggins finished ninth in the madison at Beijing 2008 and the event was cut from the next two Olympics, but its return for Tokyo was announced in 2017, with Cavendish saying he was keen to compete.

Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has changed the points structure of the madison, in which two riders alternate racing over 200 laps for men and 120 laps for women, who will race it at Olympic level for the first time in 2020.

Cavendish said the format changes “take away” from the event and so the Six Day madison holds more “sentimental value”, but it would not put him off racing at Tokyo 2020.

“It’s a lot less tactical now. Before, you really had to plan your race – now you just have to ride it,” he said.

“But it doesn’t affect the ability of the rider.”

‘The highlight of the year’

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Owain Doull says La Vuelta a Espana has given him more confidence

Cavendish has finished second in both of his previous Six Day London appearances, alongside Wiggins in 2016 and Peter Kennaugh in 2017.

He was forced to withdraw from last year’s event as he took a period of total rest from cycling because of the Epstein-Barr virus.

“I’m really excited to be back,” he said. “I was sad not to ride last year – I came down to watch and missed it. This velodrome is very special to me.

“It’s really built on London 2012 and Six Day is the highlight of the year now.”

Olympic champion Elinor Barker and Manon Lloyd will form an all-Welsh pairing in the elite women competition.

Welshman Doull, who won Olympic gold in the 2016 team pursuit, will be making his Six Day debut in London, having just completed his first Grand Tour at the Vuelta a Espana for Team Ineos.

“I’ve done a madison before with Owain but he’s never done a Six Day so I’ll show him the ropes,” said Cavendish.

“We rode together in Rio and I’ve seen him grow as a road rider so I know physically he’ll be able and we should get a decent result.”

Doull, 26, said he “can’t wait” to race alongside a “British cycling legend” at Lee Valley.

“I’ve heard great things about Six Day and will be determined to bring it home for Wales under the lights,” he added.

Italy’s Olympic omnium champion Elia Viviani and Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan, who won one and three Tour de France stages this year respectively, are also set to ride at Six Day London.

“It’s probably going to be the most competitive field I’ve raced with here, with guys who are the best sprinters of their generation,” said Cavendish.

“I’ve had battles on the track with Elia before and it will be nice to have home advantage this time.

“There was a rise of big, strong sprinters for a while on the road, but it’s come around for small and fast guys like myself. To have the three best guys like that at Six Day is a big thing.”

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