Brailsford waiting on outcome of prostate cancer surgery

Sir Dave Brailsford

Brailsford was made MBE in 2005, CBE in 2009 and knighted after the London Olympics in 2012

Team Ineos boss Sir Dave Brailsford says he will find out on Saturday whether surgery he had last month for prostate cancer has been successful.

The 55-year-old, who leads the former Team Sky, told the Times he was diagnosed in July.

“There’s bound to be fear. It’s the great unknown,” he said.

“I think I’m resilient, tough, but in hospital one day I was overwhelmed, to be honest. It’s easy to think ‘why is it happening to me?'”

He added: “I’ve worked hard on my health so you can get bitter, angry, frustrated. I had to learn to accept it. Talking about it among the team was a massive help.”

Team Ineos rider Egan Bernal won the Tour de France in July to give Brailsford’s team seven Tour successes in the past eight years.

The former British Cycling performance director also led Great Britain to eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the same number in London four years later, before leaving in 2014 to focus on Team Sky.

Brailsford told the Times: “I work really hard; I charge around. Some might say I am obsessive. I can lose perspective and get very focused on small things. Now I just want to enjoy it more.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/49686185

Winner Storey criticises ‘concerning’ security at Para-Worlds

Dame Sarah Storey

Storey is Britain’s most successful female Paralympian

Dame Sarah Storey has criticised the organisation of the UCI Para-cycling World Championships after defending her WC5 time trial title.

The Briton completed the 20.8km course in the Netherlands in 29 minutes 41.90 seconds to claim victory.

“The concerning part was the low level of security,” said the 41-year-old.

“Cars crossing junctions just seconds before riders approached, pedestrians casually crossing on the lights rather than at the direction of marshals.”

Storey posted her comments on social media and added: “We’ve been plonked in a town that’s carrying on as normal.

“This scenario wouldn’t be acceptable for the non-disabled World Champs.

“If the event isn’t financed properly to close these roads fully, the UCI need to start investing to bring it up to standard.

“It’s one thing to say there’s no prize money due to financial constraints, but quite another to risk rider safety for that reason too.”

BBC Sport has contacted the UCI for a response.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/49678853

Road World Championships: British Cycling names team for inaugural mixed relay

British cyclist Harry Tanfield

Harry Tanfield was named Most Combative Rider on stage three of the Tour of Britain

British Cycling has named its team to compete in the inaugural team time trial mixed relay at the Road World Championships in Yorkshire.

John Archibald, Dan Bigham and Harry Tanfield will lead out Lauren Dolan, Anna Henderson and Joss Lowden on the 14km course in Harrogate.

Britain is hosting the championships for the first time since 1982.

The relay takes place on Sunday, 22 September, with live coverage on the BBC.

The finalised GB teams for the other races, which take place from 22-29 September, are yet to be announced.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/49659547

Briton Geoghegan Hart on Vuelta podium for second day in a row

Jakob Fuglsang celebrates victory

Jakob Fuglsang pushed clear of Tao Geoghegan Hart midway up the epic final climb

Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart missed out on his first stage win in a Grand Tour for the second day in a row as he came second on stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana.

Dane Jakob Fuglsang won the mountainous stage by 22 seconds from Geoghegan Hart – who came third on Sunday – as Primoz Roglic extended his overall race lead.

On a day the peloton allowed the breakaway a significant advantage, Roglic finished in 16th but added 23 seconds to his lead over world champion Alejandro Valverde.

Heading up the 18km ‘special category’ final climb, Valverde was unable to respond when Tadej Pogacar and Miguel Angel Lopez attacked.

Roglic bridged over to the pair and they pulled away to finish on the same time.

Pogacar is now less than minute behind second-placed Valverde, with Lopez a further 17 seconds back.

One of the biggest movers on the day was 23-year-old Briton James Knox, who finished fourth on the day to climb to 11th place overall.

Five stages remain before Sunday’s 106.6km ride to Madrid, although Tuesday is a rest day.

Stage 17 is a flat 219.6 km ride on Wednesday from Aranda de Duero to Guadalajara.

Stage 16 result

1. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana) 4hrs 1min 22secs

2. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Gbr/Ineos) +22secs

3. Luis Leon Sanchez (Esp/Astana) +40secs

4. James Knox (GB/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +42secs

5. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita/Trek-Segafredo) +1min 12secs

6. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Lotto-Soudal) +2mins 9secs

7. Mikel Bizkarra (Esp/Euskadi-Murias) +2mins 15secs

8. Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri/Dimension Data) +2mins 21secs

9. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +2mins 32secs

10. Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra/AG2R La Mondial) Same time

Overall leaders

1. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo Visma) 62hrs 17mins 52secs

2. Alejandro Valverde (Esp/Movistar) + 2mins 48secs

3. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/Emirates) +3mins 42secs

4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) +3mins 59secs

5. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) +7mins 40secs

6. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +7mins 43secs

7. Nicolas Eder (Fra/Cofidis) +10mins 27secs

8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Sunweb) +10mins 34secs

9. Carl Hagen (Nor/Lotto Soudal) +10mins 40secs

10. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut/Bahrain-Merida) +12mins 5secs

11. James Knox (GB/Deceuninck-Quick Step) +13mins 26secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/49639168

Trentin wins Tour of Britain second stage to take overall lead

Matteo Trentin

Matteo Trentin (centre) backed up his third place in the opening stage with a sprint victory in Kelso

Italy’s Matteo Trentin won the second stage of the Tour of Britain in Kelso to take the overall lead.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider, 30, out-sprinted Jasper de Buyst, Mike Teunissen and Davide Cimolai to take victory in the Scottish Borders.

Trentin, who was third in stage one, was part of a group to overhaul solo attacker Alex Dowsett 50m from the line.

Overnight leader Dylan Gronewegen was way back, losing the green jersey.

Tour of Britain stage two results

1. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott, in 3-55-53

2. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto-Soudal ”

3. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma “

4. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy “

5. Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott “

General classification

1. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott, in 8 hrs 35 mins 25 secs

2. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy, +11 secs

3. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, at same time

4. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma, +13 secs

5. Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First, +16 secs

6. Ben Swift (GBr) Ineos, +17 secs

7. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon – Circus “

8. Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Wanty-Gobert “

9. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy “

10. Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott “

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/49628531

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