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Storey returns to GB team for Para-Cycling Track Worlds

Sarah Storey

Storey is set to compete in three events in Brazil

The 14-time Paralympic champion Sarah Storey will return to the Great Britain team for next month’s Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Storey has been named in a 22-strong squad for the event from 22-25 March.

The 40-year-old gave birth to her second child in October and missed the 2017 season.

She became Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian at Rio 2016, where she added three golds to her tally.

“I’m delighted to be back in the hunt for rainbow jerseys although I never expected to be back so quickly after Charlie’s arrival four months ago,” Storey said.

“It’s great to welcome Sarah back into the team for the first time since Rio, while it’s also excellent to add some new faces to the squad,” added team programmes manager Jon Pett.

The Worlds team also features Storey’s fellow Rio gold medallists Jody Cundy, Sophie Thornhill, Helen Scott, Lora Fachie, Corrine Hall, Megan Giglia, Steve Bate, Adam Duggleby, Louis Rolfe and Jon-Allan Butterworth.

There are also places for newcomers Katie Toft and Blaine Hunt.

However, Rio cycling and athletics dual star Kadeena Cox will not be taking part because of athletics and university commitments.

Cox will be representing England in the Para-sport athletics events in April’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.

GB team

Women: Lora Fachie Corrine Hall, Sophie Thornhill Helen Scott, Katie Toft, Megan Giglia, Crystal Lane-Wright, Sarah Storey.

Men: Steve Bate Adam Duggleby, James Ball Peter Mitchell, Neil Fachie Matt Rotheram, Louis Rolfe, Ben Watson, Jody Cundy, Jaco Van Gass, Jon-Allan Butterworth, Blaine Hunt, Jon Gildea, William Bjergfelt

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/43029028

Italy amateur cycling team head arrested in doping investigation

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Doping scandals have overshadowed some major cycling competitions

Italian police have arrested the head of a top amateur cycling team and several associates suspected of giving cyclists performance-enhancing drugs.

Police raids took place in Lucca and elsewhere in Tuscany, media report.

Luca Franceschi – owner of Altopack-Eppella – and five other top team officials are under house arrest.

The sudden death of a young Lithuanian cyclist last May – 21-year-old Linas Rumsas – raised suspicions. He had been among the top racers in Italy.

Rumsas’s parents Raimondas and Edita had been investigated for alleged doping in 2003.

In that year Raimondas, a professional cyclist, was suspended for a year after testing positive for the banned drug EPO in the Giro d’Italia.

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Raimondas Rumsas (R) is seen here next to American Lance Armstrong in the 2002 Tour de France

Police said Mr Franceschi had “recruited the most promising cyclists, encouraged them to take drugs and procured the doping substances for them, including EPO in microdoses”.

Police also allege that Mr Franceschi’s parents – Narciso and Maria Luisa – hosted team cyclists in their home after races and let them inject drugs there.

Besides EPO, performance-enhancing growth hormones and painkillers were also allegedly administered.

Police found 25 vials of EPO in a fridge when they raided the home of Michele Viola, one of the team’s trainers.

Altopack’s sports director Elso Frediani and a pharmacist, Andrea Bianchi, are the other suspects under house arrest. Lucca police are also investigating 17 others.

Police searches also took place in Pistoia, Livorno and Bergamo provinces.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42987035

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Geraint Thomas: Team Sky cyclist to start at 2018 Tour of the Algarve

Geraint Thomas won the Tour of The Algarve in 2016

Geraint Thomas won two Olympic gold medals on the track before switching to road racing

Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas will start his 2018 season at the Tour of the Algarve, a race he won in 2015 and 2016.

The Welshman did not take part last year as he prepared for the Giro d’Italia.

But he is part of a strong Team Sky line-up in Portugal this time, joined by fellow Welshman Owain Doull and Michal Kwiatkowski.

The five-day stage race starts on Wednesday, 14 February.

This could be a significant season for Thomas, whose Team Sky contract expires at the end of 2018.

The 31-year-old has been a target for several other teams and has said he will listen to offers.

While Thomas will be in Portugal, Team Sky will also have a team led by Chris Froome at the Ruta del Sol in Spain, despite the Tour de France champion being under investigation for the use of his asthma medication last year.

The result of the investigation could affect Thomas’ Grand Tour plans this season as he is usually deployed as Froome’s most senior support rider.

Froome has announced he will race in the Giro d’Italia as he attempts to win a third Grand Tour in a row.

The 32-year-old won his fourth Tour de France title last July and his first Vuelta a Espana in September.

Should the investigation result in a suspension which rules Froome out of those races, it could pave the way for Thomas to play a leading role.

The Cardiff-born rider led Team Sky in a Grand Tour for the first time at last year’s Giro but his race was ended prematurely by a crash.

Team Sky at the Tour of the Algarve: Owain Doull, Kenny Elissonde, Michal Golas, Vasil Kiryienka, Michal Kwiatkowski, Geraint Thomas, Lukasz Wisniowski.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/43002107

British Cycling: Staff apologise for ‘inappropriate’ social media posts

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The British team were competing at the Cyclo-Cross World Championships in the Netherlands last week

Four support staff for the British team at last week’s Cyclo-Cross World Championships in the Netherlands have apologised after “inappropriate” photos were posted on social media.

The images, obtained by the BBC, show the individuals – who were working for British Cycling on a freelance basis – posing in GB kit with a piece of paper displaying the phrase “Full Mongo”.

‘Mongo’ is a derogatory reference to someone with Down’s Syndrome.

In another post, one of the support team also referred to two of his colleagues as “mongos”.

British Cycling confirmed to BBC Sport that “a member of the public” made them aware of the post.

“We immediately notified the individual, who apologised and took down the post,” read a statement. “The other individuals involved have also apologised.

“All team staff and riders have been reminded of their responsibilities with regards to the use of social media. British Cycling unreservedly condemns discriminatory behaviour of any kind.”

Britain enjoyed a successful World Championships in Valkenburg, with Ben Tulett claiming the junior men’s title and Evie Richards retaining her Women’s Under-23 crown.

But the revelations are another blow to British Cycling as it attempts to repair its reputation and overhaul its culture after a series of scandals.

In 2016, the organisation’s former technical director Shane Sutton was suspended pending a formal investigation into accusations that he called Paralympic cyclists in the British squad “gimps” and “wobblies”.

He denied the allegations.

British Cycling recently appointed a new chairman Frank Slevin, who said he wanted to “draw a line” after the controversies of the past two years.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/43012109

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