‘Impossible to estimate’ when Van Gorkom will wake from coma

Jelle van Gorkom

Jelle van Gorkom won silver at the 2015 World Championships and the Rio Olympics in 2016

Olympic BMX medallist Jelle van Gorkom has been taken off sleep medication, but Dutch cycling officials say it is “impossible to estimate” how long it will take for him to awake from a coma.

Van Gorkom suffered multiple injuries in a training crash on Tuesday.

The Royal Dutch Cycling Union (KNWU) said he appeared to be recovering but there are “concerns about what impact the accident has had on his brain”.

“The doctors cannot make any statements about this at this stage,” it added.

Van Gorkom, 27, suffered broken ribs, a facial fracture, a tear in the skull and damage to the liver, spleen and kidneys in the accident at a BMX track at the national sports centre in eastern Papendal near Arnhem.

The KNWU said Van Gorkom was no longer receiving sleep medication, which “means he must wake up from the coma on his own”.

Van Gorkom won silver medals at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/42678832

British Cycling failures hindered jiffy-bag inquiry – UK Anti

British Cycling centre

No charges were brought over the ‘mystery’ medical package delivered for Sir Bradley Wiggins at the Criterium du Dauphine in 2011

UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) claimed its ‘jiffy-bag’ investigation had been “hindered” and may have even been “potentially compromised” by British Cycling’s failure to report doping allegations sooner, the BBC can reveal.

In a confidential and highly critical letter dated 14 November 2017, and sent after Ukad halted its inquiry into a mystery 2011 medical delivery, British Cycling was told its medical storeroom at the National Velodrome had been “chaotic and disorganised”.

The agency also pointed to “little if any evidence of supervision or executive oversight” of team doctors.

Ukad had refused to release letters it sent to both British Cycling and Team Sky, despite Freedom of Information requests from the BBC and other media organisations, saying it would leave it open to legal action and that it was not in the public interest.

But for the first time, the details can now be disclosed after BBC Sport obtained the correspondence.


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Ukad – which is publicly funded – spent 14 months looking into an allegation that a mystery medical delivery for former Team Sky star rider Sir Bradley Wiggins at a race in France in June 2011 contained a banned corticosteroid.

Former British Cycling chief medic Dr Richard Freeman, who administered the substance, along with Wiggins and Team Sky, always denied any wrongdoing, and claimed the package contained a legal decongestant.

However, a lack of documentation about the drug dispatched from the medical storeroom that Team Sky shared with British Cycling at their Manchester headquarters meant Ukad was then forced to bring its investigation to a close with no charges brought.

Freeman said he had lost his records when his laptop was stolen on holiday, and he then failed to talk to Ukad because of ill health.

Wiggins suggested he may sue Ukad, saying he and his family had been put through “a living hell”.

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Ukad said its inquiry had been “hampered” by poor record-keeping and the cross-over between personnel at British Cycling and Team Sky, a view reinforced in the strongly worded letter it sent to the governing body’s chief executive Julie Harrington in November.

In it, Ukad says: “We found no formal processes or procedures in place to record the purchase, use, or disposal of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, ie a medical stock-taking system, except for invoices kept by the finance department.

“There was no process to record what products or supplies were stored by British Cycling at the velodrome or elsewhere, and what was checked in and out of the medical room on site.

“There were no records of pharmaceutical medical supply packages sent by British Cycling to teams competing at events at home or abroad.

“The medical room at the velodrome was chaotic and disorganised. There was no apparent filing system, and papers were just piled up in cupboards and filing cabinets.

“Electronic medical records were not kept… nor was there any back-up system. We found little if any evidence of supervision or executive oversight of the team doctors.

“There are considerable periods of time in which it is impossible to ascertain if (some) staff were operating as members of British Cycling or Team Sky.”

‘Hindered our investigation’

In the private correspondence, Ukad is also very critical of British Cycling’s handling of the allegations, which were first revealed in the Daily Mail in October 2016.

“Despite being aware of allegations in relation to the 2011 package, British Cycling were slow to inform Ukad of these,” it adds.

“In fact, contact on this matter was made at Ukad instigation. Contact by British Cycling with some members of staff at British Cycling prior to informing Ukad could have potentially compromised our investigation.

“Under the UK National Anti-Doping policy by which British Cycling is bound, there is an obligation on an NGB (national governing body) of a sport to report any suspicions or allegations of doping.

“Failure to inform Ukad at the time that individuals within British Cycling became aware of such suspicions or allegations meant that this story had already reached a number of individuals before Ukad was informed, and thus able to act. That only hindered our efforts.

“We would suggest that all relevant staff are reminded of their obligations.”

In a statement, British Cycling said it “welcomed and accepted the recommendations made by Ukad in its letter sent to us on the conclusion of its investigation in November last year”.

It added: “British Cycling has made a number of significant changes to the provision of medical services to the Great Britain cycling team. All of the recommendations of a review commissioned in April 2017 have been implemented. This review was in response to initial findings by Ukad given to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in March 2017.

“We continue to partner and support Ukad in the important work it conducts to keep sport clean.”

British Cycling, which is due to receive £43m of public funding for the current Olympic cycle and is trying to recover from a series of scandals, published details of the correspondence on Friday evening after the BBC contacted the organisation for a comment.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/42668551

National Cyclo-Cross Championships: Live coverage on the BBC

Evie Richards

Evie Richards is seeking to retain her under-23 title

On Sunday BBC Sport will show live coverage from day two of the 2018 National Cyclo-Cross Championships at Sunderland’s Hetton Lyons Country Park.

In the elite races, Helen Wyman will seek to win the women’s title after missing out in 2017 because of injury, while Ian Field will bid to make it six national titles in the men’s race.

Reigning champion Evie Richards will look to repeat her victory in the under-23 women’s event, while junior world champion Tom Pidcock is favourite in the men’s under-23 event.

The BBC will show coverage live on Connected TVs, the BBC Sport website and the mobile sport app.

Coverage times

09:15-12:00, – Men’s Women’s U23’s Races

13:10-15:30, – Men’s Women’s Elite Races

Both programmes are available worldwide.

Times are GMT and subject to late changes.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/42655155

Jelle van Gorkom: Dutch Olympic BMX silver medallist in coma after accident

Jelle van Gorkom

Jelle van Gorkom won silver at the 2015 World Championships and the Rio Olympics in 2016

Olympic BMX silver medallist Jelle van Gorkom is in a coma after a training accident on Tuesday.

The Royal Dutch Cycling Union said the 27-year-old had “broken ribs, a fracture in the face, a tear in the skull and damage to the liver, spleen and kidneys”.

The incident occurred at the National Sports Centre Papendal in Arnhem.

Van Gorkom won silver medals at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Rio Games.

Bas de Bever, the Dutch national BMX coach, asked that the rider, his girlfriend and his family be given “peace and privacy”, while Jochem Schellens, director at the National Sports Centre Papendal, added: “It is a terrible accident and… we wish them all the strength in the coming period.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/42643067

Commonwealth Games 2018: Peter Kennaugh not picked by Isle of Man but could still compete

Peter Kennaugh

Peter Kennaugh won the Isle of Man’s only medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Two-time British road race champion Peter Kennaugh has not been named in the Isle of Man team for the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The 28-year-old cyclist won the island’s only medal – silver in the men’s points race – at Glasgow 2014.

However, team manager Trevor Taubman said he could still compete if his Bora-Hansgrohe team release him.

Former gold medal winner Mark Cavendish will lead the island’s road cycling team at the Gold Coast Games in April.

Cavendish, 32, won gold in Melbourne 12 years ago in the men’s scratch event.


The Isle of Man’s last Commonwealth gold was won by Mark Cavendish at the 2006 Games in Melbourne

In total, 32 athletes from the island have been selected with Taubman adding it is “best prepared team the island has ever assembled”.

“I’m more than happy with the team – it is very strong,” he said.

“We would have loved to take everyone who achieved the qualification standards but we can only take 32.”

“There is still a chance Peter (Kennaugh) will be included, but it depends on the decision of his new team – who he joined last year.”

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The Commonwealth Games is the highest level at which a Manx sportsman or woman can represent the island.

Chef de mission Leonie Cooil said: “I’m delighted with the team we’ve selected.

“It is a mixture of experienced athletes and those making their debut.

“Every athlete has the opportunity to show the rest of the world what a force the Isle of Man is on the global sporting stage.”

The Isle of Man will compete in eight sports with cycling, shooting and swimming having the largest teams.

The athletes will travel to Australia on 19 March with the Games starting on 4 April.


Cyclist Anna Christian is the reigning British under-23 national time-trial champion


Charlotte Atkinson won two British butterfly titles last year

Manx Team

Athletics: Joe Harris (javelin) Erika Kelly (20km walk)

Badminton: Kim Clague; Ben Li; Jessica Li; Cristen Marritt

Cycling (track): Matthew Bostock; Matthew Draper

Cycling (road): Sam Brand; Mark Cavendish; Anna Christian; Nathan Draper; Lizzie Holden; Jake Kelly; Leon Mazzone; Tom Mazzone

Cycling (mountain biking): Nick Corlett

Gymnastics (artistic): Nicole Burns

Lawn Bowls: Clive McGreal; Mark McGreal

Shooting: Rachel Glover; Jake Keeling; Gemma Kermode; Tim Kneale; Neil Parsons; David Walton

Swimming: Charlotte Atkinson; Stephanie Brew; Guy Davies; Laura Kinley; Niamh Robinson

Triathlon: Jenny Newbery

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/42542276

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