Tour of Hainan: Chinese cyclist Wang Xin expelled over attack on rival team

Tour of Hainan

The incident occured after stage four of the Tour of Hainan, where Italian Jacopo Mosca claimed overall victory

A rider who violently attacked a rival team and was expelled from the Chinese island of Hainan faces further sanction from the country’s cycling authorities.

Video footage shows Wang Xin of the Keyi Look team punching and kicking at two members of the Swiss team, before retrieving a foot pump from a car boot.

At that point police stepped in.

Earlier on the Tour of Hainan stage, Wang threw a water bottle at the Swiss team’s car window, apparently blaming them after crashing to the ground.

The Chinese Cycling Association said it “strongly supported” race organisers’ decision to expel Wang and his team, adding that it will itself “collect evidence and investigate further”.

Swiss Cycling team manager Danilo Hondo denied that his car struck Chinese rider Wang.

“We never bumped into him, you can see that from the race video,” he told Eurosport.

“He simply hit the back wheel of another rider and went down. He was obviously embarrassed and took out his frustration on us.

“We tried to approach him after the race, in fact we waited 45 minutes after the finish to apologise for any misunderstandings and to show him and his team that we respect them and meant no harm.

“But both he and his team approached us with anger and everything escalated from there.”

Wang and his Keyi Look team apologised in statements on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, but continued to blame the Swiss car for knocking him over, the AFP news agency reported.

Tour of Hainan organisers said Wang and his team would never be allowed to return.

“Wang’s behaviour is not acceptable and doesn’t reflect Chinese cycling. Hainan people are known for being very friendly,” a statement read.

“The team was instructed to leave the island of Hainan on the spot and will not be welcomed back. The image and the reputation of the Tour of Hainan cannot be tarnished by such improper behaviour. Fighting will never be permitted in this event.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/41897779

Six Day London: Cavendish & Kennaugh finish second

Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh

Cavendish and Kennaugh ended the event a lap down on the Aussies but with 94 more points.

Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh finished runner-up to Callum Scotson and Cameron Meyer at Six Days London.

The Manx pair could not overhaul the Australian duo despite an audacious attack in the event’s final one hour Madison at the Lee Valley VeloPark.

Belgium’s two-time defending champions Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw finished third.

Cavendish and Kennaugh ended the event a lap down on the Aussies but with 94 more points to their name.

Cavendish, a 30-time Tour de France stage winner, said: “I said to Pete as soon as the lap board came down, let’s put all our chips in the centre after 20 laps and go for broke.

‘Go for broke’

“We just weren’t good enough, simple as, but I’m incredibly proud because I used to babysit for this lad.

“Now we’re riding at the London Olympic velodrome and he won here in 2012, we’re riding against the best track riders in the world and it’s just been amazing.”

Kennaugh, who was making his debut at the event, added: “If I look back to the first day, I was so nervous sat in the cabin and hardly even saying a word.

“I was shaking with nerves and they were a really tough two days but I’ve finally got my track legs back these last two days.

“I really started to enjoy it, but that last chase was something else. I was on the limit, just holding the wheel, and I looked up and there were 50 minutes to go.

“What a great event, what a great race and what great competition.”

On the final day the Isle of Man riders also finished second in the Team Elimination to gain 25 points.

Cavendish also finished second at the London event in 2016 alongside Bradley Wiggins.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/41802838

Manchester Track Cycling World Cup: BBC coverage & event schedule

Ed Clancy

Barnsley-born Ed Clancy is a five-time world champion

BBC Sport has live coverage of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester on BBC Two, Red Button, Connected TVs, online and the BBC Sport app.

In total, 30 riders, including six Olympic champions, will represent the Great Britain team plus British Cycling’s Team Breeze and the 100% me team from 10-12 November.

Ed Clancy returns to World Cup action for the first time since winning a third team pursuit Olympic gold in Rio and is joined by two-time Olympic gold medallist Steven Burke in the men’s endurance events.

Olympic champions Callum Skinner and Phil Hindes feature in the sprint events.

In the women’s endurance events, reigning Olympic, world and European champions Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker will line up for the Great Britain team.

Olympic bronze medallist Katy Marchant will be joined in the sprint by senior academy programme rider Sophie Capewell, who made her elite debut at the European Track Championships in Berlin last month.

Recently-crowned European madison champion Ellie Dickinson represents Team Breeze in the women’s endurance events, while Rhona Callander, Jenny Holl and Jess Roberts make their debuts at a World Cup.

BBC coverage event schedule

All times are GMT and subject to changes.

Friday, 10 November

19:00-22:20, Live, BBC Red Button online

Evening schedule

Women’s team sprint: Round one and finals

Men’s team sprint: Round one and finals

Women’s omnium: Elimination and points (20km)

Men’s team pursuit: Round one

Men’s scratch: Final (15km)

Women’s scratch: Final (10km)

Qualifying rounds take place from 14:00 GMT

Saturday, 11 November

15:45-16:45, Highlights, BBC Two

18:30-22:15, Live, BBC Red Button online

Evening schedule

Men’s sprint: Semi-finals and finals

Women’s keirin: Round two and finals

Men’s team pursuit: Finals

Women’s madison: Final (20km)

Men’s omnium: Elimination and points (25km)

Women’s 500m time trial: Final

Qualifying rounds take place from 11:00 GMT

Sunday, 12 November

15:00-16:30, Live, BBC Red Button online

16:30-18:00, Live, BBC Two (not available on BBC Two Wales)

Afternoon schedule

Women’ sprint: Semi-finals and finals

Men’s keirin: Round two and finals

Women’s team pursuit: Finals

Men’s kilometre time trial: Finals

Men’s madison: Final (30km)

Qualifying rounds take place from 09:00 GMT

Squads

GREAT BRITAIN:

Men’s Sprint: Jack Carlin, Phil Hindes, Ryan Owens, Joe Truman

Women’s Sprint: Sophie Capewell, Katy Marchant

Men’s Endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi, Chris Latham, Mark Stewart, Ollie Wood

Women’s Endurance: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Neah Evans, Emily Kay, Emily Nelson, Manon Lloyd

100% ME:

Men’s Sprint: Callum Skinner

Men’s Endurance: Matt Bostock, Ethan Hayter, Joe Holt, Matt Walls

TEAM BREEZE:

Women’s Endurance: Rhona Callander, Abbie Dentus, Ellie Dickinson, Jenny Holl, Rebecca Raybould, Jess Roberts

National and regional variations

National and regional variations have been included in this list where possible, but please check your local listings for more detailed information.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/41733323

Happiness trumps Tour de France fame for ex-cyclist Philippa York

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Philippa York: I’d have swapped cycling fame for earlier transition

Philippa York would have traded her success as champion professional cyclist Robert Millar to have lived as a woman from a young age.

Glaswegian York, 59, went public in the summer about completing her gender change more than a decade ago.

“I would have transitioned in my teenage years,” she told BBC Scotland on her first visit to her home city in 20 years.

“And I wouldn’t have been a cyclist and had the fame or infamy.”

Millar won the King of the Mountains jersey in the 1984 Tour de France, finishing fourth overall, and was twice runner-up in the Tour of Spain.

But York admits she would have preferred to have lived a different life, having learned in her 20s that she could transition.

She said: “If I had the information that is available now to me back then, when I was on the cusp of trying to make a decision, I would have chosen to transition and not become a cyclist or whatever I became.

“But I realised it wasn’t a practical thing, so I decided to wait until my career was over and, if I still felt the same, I’d do something about it.

“The thing that counts the most is not how famous are you going to be, it’s how happy, and that counts more for me than any kind of success.”

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Robert Millar became the first British cyclist to win the famed Tour de France King of the Mountains jersey

York recalls suppressing the urge to change gender even at the height of her fame in the 1980s as Millar.

“There would be days during those years when I would be struggling with it,” she said.

“You could be up there representing this powerful image and all the good things about sport but inside I’m a mess. The outside didn’t really match the inside.

“I would compartmentalise it. When I did cycling I would do it 100% and that would cover the mental anguish I would have in my personal life.

“In professional sport there is no real place for emotions. That whole emotional system, I just turned it off and I operated like a robot.

“I would turn off my personal life while I did races and when I stopped the races I would have a couple of hours where I could turn back into what I call my normal person.

“I deal with my transition in two parts: Robert was the cyclist and Philippa isn’t the athlete – she doesn’t do any competitions.

“I’m happy – not perfectly happy, because I don’t think perfection exists, but I’m fairly stable where I am and happy.”

The story behind the interview

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Sir Chris Hoy gave Philippa York and Rhona McLeod a tour round the Glasgow velodrome named after him

BBC Scotland journalist Rhona McLeod reveals what it took to persuade Philippa York to do her first TV interview.

Robert Millar, quite simply, was a sporting hero of my youth.

I was brought up in a home where cycling was practised and revered.

My parents instilled a respect and admiration for cyclists. In fact, as a baby, I was taught to say “allez allez, Gino Bartali” in support of one of the Italian greats of the ’30s and the ’40s.

But in the ’80s, among the glamour of the Italians, French and Dutch riders, there was a Scot – Robert Millar.

I remember his shyness in interviews and his bobbing style as he dominated the mountain stages of the Tour de France.

Millar was the next stage in my cycling education as my dad explained the phenomenal achievement of winning the polka-dot jersey and being crowned King of the Mountains.

However, despite his success, Millar always had an uneasy air about him.

Some said it was arrogance and a permanent dislike for journalists.

Certainly the on-screen interviews could be painful and there were stories of him swearing at reporters if their questions or manner did not please the reluctant media star.

Then Millar seemed to disappear from public view. His career was over and he become reclusive, with only occasional sightings.

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Philippa York: People who knew me before don’t know how to treat me

The rumours started about Millar wearing pigtails and having breasts; tabloids attempted to doorstep him at his home in the south of England where he was living with his partner and young daughter.

A book was written, In Search of Robert Millar, but still the mystery was never solved.

That changed this summer when the Scot released a statement revealing his new identity, as a woman – Philippa York.

My interest was aroused once again and I decided to pursue the first television interview with York.

I managed to obtain an email address and we began our little dance.

I approached York, asking for an interview, and she asked for time to consider. I backed off and then, after a couple of weeks, returned to the task.

In the meantime, I believe York was checking me out with Scottish Cycling officials who know me and my work from various sporting events and Commonwealth Games.

The response must have been fair, as York agreed to proceed.

We spoke many times to set up the filming. We spoke of cycling, families, food and also of York’s motivation to be interviewed in Glasgow, her home city.

It would be an incredibly emotional homecoming for her as she met one of the key figures from her past in his bike shop.

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Former professional cyclist Billy Bilsland guided Robert Millar in his early career and met Philippa York on her return to Glasgow after a 20-year absence

Billy Bilsland was the coach, mentor and father figure who spotted the talents of teenage Robert and then provided the sage advice to send him on his way to the life of a pro rider in France. Millar gifted his 1984 King of the Mountains jersey to Bilsland and it hangs proudly in his shop.

Bilsland had not met Philippa and for the 70-year-old it was also a tearful reunion.

We later visited the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, where Sir Chris himself provided a tour to remember.

Both riders confessed to hero worship of the other – a humbling and emotional experience for both.

From a personal point of view, I greatly enjoyed Philippa’s company and found her to be gentle, funny, giving and at all times interesting.

Most surprising to me were the tears and emotion – she seemed genuinely touched and bewildered by the plethora of good wishes and handshakes as we toured the velodrome.

York explained that the transition process was a painful one emotionally and that she felt our society in the 90s and start of the millennium was less prepared for, or tolerant of, people in her situation.

She last visited Scotland 20 years ago and I believe her homecoming was a positive experience for her.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/scotland/41848100

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