Yates to lead Mitchelton-Scott’s Tour de France challenge

Adam Yates (left) was second at the Criterium du Dauphine earlier this month

Adam Yates (left) was second behind Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas at the Criterium du Dauphine this month

Britain’s Adam Yates will lead Australian team Mitchelton-Scott’s challenge at the Tour de France, with the aim of finishing on the podium.

Yates, 25, who will be making his third appearance at the race, was the best young rider in 2016, finishing fourth.

He fractured his pelvis in March, but finished second at June’s Tour warm-up race, the Criterium du Dauphine.

“I’ve got a great team focused around giving me the best opportunity [in the general classification],” said Yates.

The three-week Tour begins in Noirmoutier-en-l’lle. in the west of France, on 7 July.

“Adam’s performance continues to improve in leaps and bounds,” said Matt White, team sports director.

“He has had major setbacks this year and still his performances have been impressive, to say the least. We have complete faith and belief in his ability as our leader at the Tour de France.”

Yates is the twin brother of Simon, who also rides for Mitchelton-Scott and had led the Giro d’Italia until stage 19, when four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome took the pink jersey and went on to win the race.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/44561383

Quick-Step win Adriatica Ionica opening stage

Elia Viviani

Quick-Step Floors sprinter Elia Viviani won four stages of the Giro d’Italia in May

Quick-Step Floors won the team time-trial on the opening stage of the inaugural Adriatica Ionica to put Elia Viviani into the leader’s jersey.

The five-stage race in Italy has been added to the calendar this year as another warm-up for the Tour de France, which starts on 7 July.

Quick-Step covered the 23km course in 25 minutes 28 seconds to beat UAE Team Emirates by 14 seconds.

Trek-Segafredo finished third in Lido di Jesolo, a further two seconds back.

Mark Cavendish’s Dimension Data team came fourth. The British sprinter, who has won 30 stages in the Tour, is aiming to build up his form before this year’s race.

Italian sprinter Viviani will wear the leader’s jersey for Thursday’s second stage, a 152km route from Lido di Jesolo to Maser that is expected to finish in a bunch sprint.

The event, which features 16 teams of seven riders, concludes on Sunday.

Stage one result:

1. Quick-Step Floors (Bel) 25mins 28secs

2. UAE Team Emirates (UAE) +14secs

3. Trek-Segafredo (USA) +16secs

4. Dimension Data (SA) +34secs

5. Gazprom RusVelo (Rus) +38secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/44554555

Rutherford to try track cycling after retiring from athletics

Greg Rutherford

Greg Rutherford has revealed he plans to try track cycling once he retires from athletics

Greg Rutherford plans to switch to track cycling after he retires from athletics this summer.

The London 2012 long jump champion announced his retirement from the sport due to persistent injuries, but says he still has the “power” for cycling.

Rutherford, 31, hopes to end his 13-year athletics career at the European Championships in Berlin in August.

He said: “My body is damaged when it comes to jumping but I can push a lot of power on a bike.”

Rutherford plans to take part in track cycling testing but is under “no illusions” he will be able to make his switch from the sandpit a success.

“I can currently sit on a bike and do a lot through that,” Rutherford told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.

“If possible I will do testing and give track cycling a go and then have a few more years in sport. I am under no illusions it will all work out though.”

The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant is also keen to explore a future in broadcasting.

He said: “It is something that has always interested me and I have a few different shows coming up, not just in track and field, as I have an interest in history.”

The 2014 Commonwealth gold medallist now aims to be fit enough to compete for a third European gold at this year’s championships in Berlin.

He later told BBC Radio 5 live: “I’m lucky in that European long-jumping isn’t as strong as it has been in recent years so if I can get back to 75-80%, where I have been in previous years, there’s still a chance for me.

“But if I can’t, which we’ll know within the next few weeks, then I’m very happy to let somebody else take my spot and enjoy it from the sofa.”

‘End of an era’ for British athletics

Rutherford claimed his Olympic gold medal at London 2012 on Super Saturday, becoming the first British man to win long jump gold since Lynn Davies in 1964.

His victory was sandwiched between Jessica Ennis-Hill’s in the heptathlon and Mo Farah’s 10,000-metre triumph, on a memorable night for British athletics.

Rutherford admits it is the “end of a era” as Ennis-Hill and Farah have retired from the track in the past 18 months, with the latter now focused on road racing.

He said: “It’s a natural progression in sport. Me and Jess were in the same team from juniors, Mo was a bit older. A lot of the guys I grew up with have retired.

“But we’re lucky there’s a bunch of very good young athletes coming through who could be more successful than us over the next 10 years, rather than what it had been for a while, just being the three of us.

“I get ‘thank you’ a lot because of Super Saturday. It’s the emotions it seems to evoke in people when they think back to those moments. And Super Saturday is one of those, it always makes me smile. The London Olympics was the biggest moment of my life.”

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Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford celebrate on Super Saturday at London 2012

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/44467074

Porte takes Tour de Suisse title

Richie Porte on Tour de Suisse podium

Porte (centre) becomes the first Australian to win the Tour de Suisse in 33 years

Australian Richie Porte won the Tour de Suisse as BMC team-mate Stefan Kung took time-trial victory in the final stage in Bellinzona.

Switzerland’s Kung, 24, was the only rider to complete the 34.1km course in under 40 minutes.

He finished 19 seconds ahead of Team Sunweb’s Soren Kragh Andersen, with BMC’s Tejay van Garderen third.

Porte becomes the first Australian to win the Tour de Suisse since Phil Anderson in 1985.

The 33-year-old finished more than a minute ahead of Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark at the top of the general classification, with Movistar’s Colombian rider Nairo Quintana third.

BMC won the race’s opening time trial and Swiss champion Kung wore the race leader’s yellow jersey until the race hit the mountains on stage five.

From there, Porte gained and never relinquished the overall lead, despite Quintana winning stage seven to narrow the gap at the top.

The Tour de Suisse is one of the key races ahead of the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday, 7 July.

Stage nine result

1 Stefan Kung (Sui/BMC Racing Team) 39mins 44secs

2 Soren Kragh (Den/Team Sunweb) +19secs

3 Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing Team) +23secs

4 Maciej Bodnar (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) +26secs

5 Michael Matthews (Aus/Team Sunweb) same time

General classification

1 Richie Porte (Aus/BMC Racing Team) 29hrs 28mins 5secs

2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana Pro Team) +1min 2secs

3 Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +1min 12secs

4 Enric Mas (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) +1min 20secs

5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb) +1min 21secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/44513334

Women’s Tour: Coryn Rivera takes overall victory as Lotta Lepisto wins stage five

Lotta Lepisto

Victory in Colwyn Bay marked Lepisto’s second stage win – with her first coming in 2016

American Coryn Rivera won the 2018 Women’s Tour as Finland’s Lotta Lepisto sprinted to victory on the final stage from Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay.

Cervelo-Bigla rider Lepisto crossed the line first, with Italy’s Giorgia Bronzini second and the Netherlands’ Marianne Vos, the 2014 champion, third.

Lepisto, 28, last won a Women’s Tour stage in 2016, also on stage five.

Team Sunweb’s Rivera finished the 122km stage in the bunch to top the overall standings, 11 seconds ahead of Vos.

Despite a heavy crash during stage four on Saturday, Britain’s Dani Rowe placed third in the general classification, 25 seconds behind Rivera, and finishes with the blue jersey for the best British rider.

Rivera becomes the fifth cyclist to win the Women’s Tour since it was established in 2014.

It was the first time a stage of the race had taken place in Wales.

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Rivera celebrates with her Team Sunweb team-mates

Stage five result:

1 Lotta Lepisto (Fin/Cervelo-Bigla) 3hrs 3mins 55secs

2 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita/Cylance) same time

3 Marianne Vos (Ned/Waowdeals)

4 Marta Bastianelli (Ita/Ale Cipollini)

5 Roxane Fournier (Fra/FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope)

General classification:

1 Coryn Rivera (US/Team Sunweb) 17hrs 52mins 36secs

2 Marianne Vos (Ned/Waowdeals) +11secs

3 Dani Rowe (GB/Waowdeals) +25secs

4 Christine Majerus (Lux/Boels-Dolmans) +27secs

5 Amy Pieters (Ned/Boels-Dolmans) +28secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/44513329

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