Monthly Archives: October 2019

Six Day London: Mark Cavendish wins 40-lap derny heat

Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish wins his 40-lap derny heat on day one of the Six Day London event.

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Track Cycling World Cup: Katie Archibald & Neah Evans in GB team for Glasgow

Katie Archibald

Katie Archibald topped the London Six Day standings with fellow Neah Evans, winning three of the five disciplines

Katie Archibald is one of six Olympic medallists in the Great Britain team for next month’s Glasgow stage of the Track Cycling World Cup.

Elinor Barker, Ed Clancy, Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny and Katy Marchant also line up at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome from 8-10 November.

Neah Evans joins Archibald, with the Scottish duo having topped the recent Six Day London endurance standings.

Glasgow is the second leg of the event that kicks off in Minsk on 1 November.

The remaining rounds are in Hong Kong, Cambridge, New Zealand, Brisbane and Milton, Canada.

“I’m expecting to see some fast and impressive performances from Team GB in Glasgow,” said Stephen Park, British Cycling’s performance director.

“What really helps lift the team is having the home crowd support, so Glasgow will be particularly important and I look forward to having the support of a full house behind us.”

BBC Sport will provide red button and online coverage from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome 8-10 November.

Great Britain Cycling Team for the Track Cycling World Cup, Glasgow:

Men’s endurance: Ed Clancy, Ethan Hayter, Charlie Tanfield, Ollie Wood.

Women’s endurance: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Ellie Dickinson, Neah Evans.

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

Women’s sprint: Lauren Bate, Sophie Capewell, Katy Marchant, Milly Tanner.

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‘I told a lot of lies’

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July 2018: Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Freeman – We never crossed the line

Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman will admit to a medical tribunal he “told a lot of lies” and that he ordered the banned substance testosterone.

Dr Freeman is charged with ordering testosterone in May 2011 to give to an unnamed rider to boost performance.

He will claim the 30 Testogel sachets were not for an athlete but were ordered on behalf of ex-British Cycling and Team Sky coach Shane Sutton.

Sutton has denied this claim.

Dr Freeman attended the preliminary discussions for the rescheduled tribunal that will start on 5 November in Manchester.

The original tribunal was postponed from February when Dr Freeman did not appear, citing ill health.

Representing Dr Freeman, Mary O’Rourke QC told the hearing her client had previously “told a lot of lies and he couldn’t bring himself to tell the truth, even to his lawyers”.

She said that Dr Freeman only submitted a revised statement as to why he ordered the testosterone last month.

Following a General Medical Council investigation, Freeman was charged with ordering testosterone to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester in May 2011 from Fit4Sport Limited in order to boost the performance of an athlete.

He is facing 22 allegations in total, including administering testosterone, making false statements and asking the supplier to falsely claim the order had been sent in error.

Only three of the 22 claims are being contested.

Dr Freeman, who resigned from British Cycling in 2017 because of ill health, is expected to admit he made false statements in originally denying he made the order but will maintain the testosterone was for a member of staff who needed it for medical reasons.

The use of testosterone by athletes is banned at all times under World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

In witness statements, Australian Sutton denied the testosterone was for him and denied knowledge of the delivery.

Miss O’Rourke said the only GMC witness she needs to cross-examine is former British Cycling technical director Sutton.

Dr Freeman’s team asked to have a screen between himself and the media when he gives evidence.

They also asked for a screen to be put between Freeman and Sutton and for proceedings to last at most three hours a day. All three applications were granted by the independent medical practitioners tribunal.

The tribunal could reveal a lot about the inner workings of British Cycling and Team Sky, outfits that have dominated track and road cycling respectively for many years, with the latter becoming Team Ineos in April.

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London Six Day: Katie Archibald and Neah Evans top all-British podium

Katie Archibald and Neah Evans

Archibald and Evans competed for Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast

Katie Archibald and Neah Evans headed a team one-two-three for Great Britain as they won the London Six Day meeting.

They put in a dominant performance in the elite women’s event, winning three of the five disciplines.

Elinor Barker and Laura Kenny were second while Emily Nelson and Manon Lloyd came third.

In the men’s event, Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish and Owain Doull had to settle for second behind Italian duo Elia Viviani and Simone Consonni.

There was no doubt that Archibald was the star of the show over the three days of competition.

The 25-year-old, who was has won gold medals at Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth level, won the omnium and was second in the scratch race. She then combined with Evans to win the madison and the Final Chase to finish 59 points clear of Barker and Kenny in the General Classification standings.

This was Archibald’s third success in London after winning the Six Day in both 2016 and 2017.

Cavendish and Doull had led the men’s competition heading into the last event – the Final Chase – after victory in the 60-lap Derny.

But it all came down to the last couple of sprints and Viviani, the 2016 Olympic Champion in the omnium, showed his class as the Italian survived Cavendish’s attack to lead his team to victory.

The meeting at London’s Olympic VeloPark was the first of the 2019/20 Six Day International series with further events to come in Berlin, Manchester and Brisbane.

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European Track Championships: Emily Nelson wins gold for Great Britain

Emily Nelson

Emily Nelson celebrates winning gold for Great Britain in the women’s scratch event

Great Britain’s Emily Nelson won gold in the women’s scratch event at the UEC European Track Championships in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.

Nelson, 22, took the lead near the end and finished ahead of Ireland’s Shannon McCurley and Portugal’s Maria Martins for her first European title.

The British trio of Ryan Owens, Jack Carlin and Jason Kenny won a silver medal in the men’s team sprint.

Britain will race in the final of the women’s team pursuit on Thursday.

The quartet of Katie Archibald, Neah Evans, Ellie Dickinson and Laura Kenny took Britain into the final as the fastest qualifiers.

In the men’s event, Britain face Germany for a bronze medal but the team of Ed Clancy, Ollie Wood, Charlie Tanfield and Ethan Hayter lost the chance to go for gold after being beaten by Italy.

Matt Walls was the defending champion in the men’s elimination race but missed out on a medal as he came fourth.

As well as the team pursuit medal rides on Thursday, Evans will go in the women’s elimination race, Walls is back in action in the men’s scratch, and both individual sprint competitions start, with Katy Marchant, Sophie Capewell, Carlin and Joe Truman representing Great Britain.

On her gold medal, Nelson said: “I started my sprint a couple of laps earlier than I usually would, but I knew I wanted to lead out rather than try to get around other riders.

“I’m really happy with the jersey, especially with it being my first elite European title.”

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