Monthly Archives: January 2020

Para-cycling Track World Championships: Jody Cundy wins kilo gold on opening day

Jody Cundy

Cundy is a four-time cycling Paralympic champion

Jody Cundy won Britain’s first gold medal of the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Milton, Canada.

The 16-time track world champion, 41, clocked one minute 5.087 seconds to win the C4 kilo title.

Britain won 500m time trial medals through Kadeena Cox, who won silver in the C4 category, and Sarah Storey, who took C5 bronze.

Storey, a nine-time cycling Paralympic champion, has now won 18 track World Championship medals.

Jaco van Gass qualified for the gold medal final in the men’s C3 individual pursuit and will compete against Australia’s David Nicholas for the title overnight.

In the men’s C5 kilo, Jon-Allan Butterworth was fourth, Jon Gildea fifth and Blaine Hunt sixth.

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GB youngsters ready to step up World Cyclo-Cross Championships

Tom Pidcock

Tom Pidcock has been compared to Peter Sagan

Tom Pidcock, Beth Crumpton and Evie Richards will lead the charge for Great Britain at the World Cyclo-Cross Championships in Switzerland.

Pidcock, 20, is stepping up to the elite level after winning the under-23 world title last year.

“I know I’ll be in good shape – I’m just looking forward to putting on the Great Britain jersey again,” said Pidcock.


Ben Tulett is already a world champion

“We’ve seen Pidcock really get to grips with racing against the world’s best men this season,” said GB Cyclo-cross coordinator Matt Ellis. “He’s very much looking to peak at these world championships, which I am confident he is capable of.”

Ben Tulett, 18, last year’s junior world champion, will race in the under-23 event.

In the women’s events, two-time under-23 women’s champion Evie Richards will compete in the elite women’s race alongside Beth Crumpton.

Anna Kay, who finished third in the final event of the Under-23 World Cup series to finish eighth overall and Thomas Mein, who finished fourth overall in the World Cup, are among the young British riders to watch in Dubendorf.


Anna Kay has had a strong season on the World Cup circuit.

British Cycling’s approach of having all disciplines under one roof is paying off, according to Ellis.

“We’ve got a real mix of background talent. Millie Couzens and Oli Stockwell are from the track endurance junior academy, Anna Flynn and Corran Carrick-Anderson are members of the mountain bike development squad,” he said.

“It’s great to see the number of riders within the squad who can transfer their skills across disciplines at such a high level.”

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Porte wins Tour Down Under as Briton Holmes takes final stage

Matthew Holmes

Matthew Holmes won the Willunga Hill, near Adelaide, stage in three hours, 24 minutes and 54 seconds ahead of Porte (in white)

Britain’s Matthew Holmes won the final stage of the Tour Down Under as Australia’s Richie Porte sealed the overall title for the second time.

Tasmanian Porte, 34, has won the Willunga Hill stage in the past six editions of the tour but was beaten up the climb by Lotto-Soudal rider Holmes.

Porte trailed Daryl Impey by two seconds going into the final stage.

But a mass breakaway saw the general classification (GC) usurped as Porte went on to win by 25 seconds.

“Of course it would have been nice to have won the stage, but to win the race again, it’s a fantastic feeling,” said Trek-Segafredo’s Porte, who first won the Tour Down Under in 2017.

“And it was a hard day for our team. There were times there where I thought maybe the GC was over and done with because it was a big group up the road. But credit to the guys – they pretty much singlehandedly brought that all back and it’s a great feeling to finish their work off this week.”

UAE Team Emirates’ Italian rider Diego Ulissi finished second while Germany’s Simon Geschke, of CCC Team, placed third.

Mitchelton-Scott’s Simon Yates – who crashed on stage two – was the highest placed British rider in seventh.


Richie Porte (left) was congratulated by Daryl Impey, who won the race in 2018 and 2019

Stage six result

1. Matthew Holmes (GB/Lotto Soudal) 3hrs 24mins 54secs2. Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +3secs3. Manuele Boaro (Ita/Astana Pro Team) +4secs4. Bruno Armirail (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +7secs5. Michael Storer (Aus/Team Sunweb) same time6. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) same time7. Simon Geschke (Ger/CCC Team) same time8. Rohan Dennis (Aus/Team Ineos) same time9. Dylan Van Baarle (Ned/Team Ineos) same time10. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +23secs

General classification

1. Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) 20hrs 37mins 08secs2. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) +25secs3. Simon Geschke (Ger/CCC Team) same time4. Rohan Dennis (Aus/Team Ineos) same time5. Dylan van Baarle (Ned/Team Ineos) same time6. Daryl Impey (Rsa/Mitchelton-Scott) +30secs7. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +37secs8. George Bennett (Nzl/Team Jumbo-Visma) +46secs9. Lucas Hamilton (Aus/Mitchelton-Scott) +52secs10. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut/Bahrain-McLaren) +54secs

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Kenny & Evans win World Cup gold in Canada

Neah Evans and Laura Kenny

The Track World Cup in Milton concludes on Sunday

Britain’s Laura Kenny and Neah Evans won Madison gold at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Milton, Canada.

Four-time Olympic champion Kenny, 27, and Evans, 29, clinched the title ahead of Belgium in second place, with the United States in third.

Their British team-mate Ethan Hayter placed fourth in the men’s omnium in Milton, at what is the final Track World Cup event of the season.

Kenny will compete in the women’s omnium on Sunday.

The Track Cycling World Championships take place in Berlin, Germany, from 26 February to 1 March.

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Ella Barnwell seals double win at National Track Championships

Ella Barnwell at the National Track Championships

Barnwell (left) celebrates victory in the Scratch final in Manchester

Ella Barnwell, 19, enjoyed a double victory on day two of the National Track Championships in Manchester.

The Welsh cyclist added the scratch race title to the national omnium crown she won in October, finishing ahead of Josie Knight and Jenny Holl.

Those three riders teamed up with Anna Docherty, Anna Shackley to win the team pursuit title for Team Breeze.

Jonny Wale claimed his first-ever individual national title, clocking one minute 01.770 to capture the kilo.

Wale, last year’s silver medallist behind Matt Rotherham, was briefly outside Dan Bigham’s split times after he clipped a track pad on his second lap but he had enough speed to claw the time back, as he added the kilo crown to the individual pursuit silver medal he won on Friday.

Hamish Turnbull won a thrilling men’s sprint competition, Rhys Britton retained his men’s points crown and Lauren Bell took the women’s keirin title.

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