Kenny to race at inaugural Six Day Series in Manchester

Laura Kenny

Laura Kenny won the British scratch race title in London in December

Olympic champion Laura Kenny will ride in the inaugural Six Day Series Manchester at the National Cycling Centre in March.

Kenny, 26, will take part in the event – a mix of track racing and music for elite men and women and emerging junior talent – from 22-24 March.

Racing will include the Madison, time trials, team eliminations, scratch races and points race.

GB Olympic and Commonwealth champion Katie Archibald is also set to compete.

Kenny, Britain’s most successful female Olympian of all time with four gold medals, said she is “excited” to make her debut in the competition.

“Six Day is hugely competitive and mentally and physically challenging, so I hope the Manchester crowd really get behind the event, the riders,” said Kenny, who won gold in the scratch race at the British Track Championships in December.

The racing takes place to a backdrop of music, provided by track-centre DJ, while the venue lighting is turned down to add to a “party atmosphere”.

The competition, which usually takes place over six days, is one of two new events added to the 2018-19 series, which began in London in October 2018 at Lee Valley VeloPark.

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Glasgow to host inaugural combined Cycling World Championships

BMX at the European Championships

Glasgow’s co-hosting of the European Championships was described as a “great success” by organisers

Glasgow will host the new combined Cycling World Championships for its inaugural staging in 2023.

The city has been chosen as it can stage 13 different cycling disciplines across road, track, BMX and mountain biking events.

Currently, each discipline has its own world championships, taking place at different times in the year and in different locations.

The Glasgow event will run over two-and-a-half weeks in August 2023.

The city’s co-hosting of the multi-sport European Championships last summer was described as a “great success” by organisers, with cycling taking place at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and in Glasgow city centre, Knightswood and the Cathkin Braes.

Since hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow has held the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships, as well as track cycling’s World Cup and the World Badminton Championships in 2017.

Next month, Glasgow will host the European Indoor Athletics Championships with the European Short Course Swimming Championships following later in 2019.

The World Cycling Championships will be held every four years from 2023.

‘Glasgow needs to capitalise’ – reaction

Scottish cyclist and Olympic gold medallist Callum Skinner speaking to BBC Scotland

I think it’s a great thing to have all the disciplines in one city. Sometimes people’s passions for cycling can be limited to one discipline, so if you come to the city because you’re a road cycling fan you’ll have so many opportunities to take in BMX, track or mountain biking, so it will really broaden your horizons.

Glasgow really needs to capitalise and keep the momentum up from the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships. They’ve invested so much in the facilities and it would be great to see them to be continue to be utilised and for the athletes to continue to put on a great show.

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Thomas rules out Giro bid to ‘be in best shape possible’ for Tour defence

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Geraint Thomas is ‘back to the day job’ after Tour de France celebrations

Geraint Thomas will miss May’s Giro d’Italia to be “in the best shape possible” for July’s Tour de France.

Last year Thomas became the third Briton to win the Tour, following four victories by Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins’ 2012 win.

“The Giro feels like unfinished business and I wanted to think about that,” said Thomas, who crashed while in second place at the 2017 race.

“Maybe I’ll race it next year but this year has always been about the Tour.”

Thomas and Froome said they would not race in Italy when unveiling their 2019 plans last month.

Froome, the 2018 Giro winner, told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that the 2019 course would suit Thomas but the Welshman said: “I did not want to jeopardise the chances of the Tour for anything this year.

“As defending champion I feel as if I have to go back and want to be in the best shape possible.”

On the Giro route, he added: “It’s attractive, especially with three time trials, although they are hilly.”

The Giro – the first of the year’s three Grand Tours – runs from 11 May to 2 June, and the Tour from 6-28 July.

Thomas begins his 2019 season in the five-stage Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in southern Spain from Wednesday, 6 February. It will be his first race since the Tour of Britain last September.

The 32-year-old is also targeting success at the Road World Championships time trial in September in Yorkshire and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after winning gold medals on the track in the team pursuit squads at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games.

“I still have some big goals and targets to get me out of bed in the morning,” added Thomas.

The Team Sky set-up will cease to exist at the end of this year with Sky ending its sponsorship of the team.

Since 2010 the team has won the Tour de France six times, through Thomas, Wiggins and Froome.

“We just have to concentrate on riding our bikes but we have every faith we should be able to find another sponsor,” said Thomas.

“We want the team to stay together and I have been here since the start in 2010. It feels like family and we want to stick together.”

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Dr Richard Freeman: Former British Cycling doctor’s medical adjourned until Friday

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

A medical tribunal for the former chief doctor at British Cycling and Team Sky has been adjourned until Friday.

Dr Richard Freeman’s hearing was due to begin In Manchester on Wednesday but he did not attend and a delay until Friday at 09:30 GMT was agreed.

He has been charged with ordering testosterone in May 2011 to give to an unnamed rider to boost performance.

The General Medical Council has accused him of lying to conceal his motive but Freeman denies any wrongdoing.

He is expected to attend on Friday and if found guilty could be struck off and lose his medical licence.

That could also have major ramifications for the sport, with UK Anti-Doping poised to reopen its investigation into cycling, which was closed 14 months ago.

Following the adjournment, British Cycling said: “It is in the public interest and in the best interests of the sport that the allegations against Dr Richard Freeman are heard and examined by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

“We continue to support the General Medical Council’s work as historic questions need to be resolved.”

Following a GMC investigation, Freeman was charged with contacting a leading medical supplier – Oldham-based Fit4Sport Ltd – to ask for confirmation that the order for testosterone was sent in error to Manchester’s National Cycling Centre – home to Team Sky and British Cycling – despite knowing this had not taken place.

Last month the BBC obtained email correspondence that showed that five months passed between the testosterone gel arriving at the velodrome in May 2011, and Freeman receiving a note from the supplier that it had been sent by mistake.

In pre-hearing information published by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS), it is claimed Freeman’s “motive for his actions, in respect of the untrue statements and communications with Fit4Sport Ltd, were to conceal his motive for placing the order”.

Fit4Sport told the BBC it would not comment while the GMC proceedings were ongoing.

Freeman is also alleged to have lied to Ukad investigators in February 2017 by stating the testosterone had been ordered for a non-athlete member of staff.

Testosterone is outlawed by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Freeman, formerly head of medicine and head of sports science at Bolton Wanderers FC from 2001 until 2009, worked as a medic at Team Sky and British Cycling between 2009 and 2015. He then worked solely for British Cycling for another two years.

He will be represented by renowned barrister Mary O’Rourke, who represented former Chelsea FC doctor Eva Carneiro in 2016 in her constructive dismissal claim against the Premier League club.

The case – which will be heard at the MPTS and is scheduled to last for four weeks – threatens to cast a shadow over the sport in Britain more serious than any seen before.

Certainly, among the 11 accusations Freeman faces, the explosive claim that he ordered the testosterone gel for an athlete to boost their performance eclipses any allegation to date in the various controversies affecting British Cycling and Team Sky in recent years.

The delivery at the heart of the case was made just over a year before Britain reigned supreme in the velodrome at the London 2012 Games.

The tribunal also comes at a time when Team Sky are trying to find new backers after their main sponsor announced it was pulling out at the end of this season.

Freeman received a mystery medical package for Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2011 but was unable to prove what it contained, blaming the theft of his laptop and poor record-keeping. He also denied an MPs’ report that accused Team Sky of “crossing the ethical line” with its use of medical exemptions for banned drugs. The team denied any wrongdoing.

Last year Freeman told the BBC that he suffered a “major depressive illness” before he was due to give evidence at a parliamentary select committee hearing in December 2016.

The GMC has charged Freeman with “inappropriately” providing medical treatment to non-athletes, and failing to inform three patients’ GPs of “medication prescribed and reasons for prescribing”.

It also claims that Freeman, who resigned from British Cycling in October 2017 because of ill health, “failed to maintain an adequate record management system”.

He denies any wrongdoing and has vowed to “clear everything up” over the testosterone delivery after the GMC investigation.

Team Sky’s former medical director Dr Steve Peters and British Cycling’s former technical director Shane Sutton are among those expected to give evidence.

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