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Former Tour de France winner Ullrich held for alleged assault on prostitute

File picture of German cyclist Jan Ullrich leaving court in Weinfelden after his involvement in a three-car crash in 2015Image copyright
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Tour de France-winning cyclist Jan Ullrich has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a prostitute in Frankfurt.

“He is in police custody,” a police spokesman told AFP news agency, adding that the German national “was under the influence of alcohol and drugs”.

The 44-year-old won the race in 1997.

He was also arrested the previous Friday in Majorca after reportedly jumping over a neighbour’s fence and making threats. Mr Ullrich said he was only trying to talk to his neighbour.

The neighbour was revealed to be German actor and director Til Schweiger, who starred in Quentin Tarrantino’s Inglourious Basterds. He told local media he would not be pressing charges against his former “good friend”, but a restraining order was issued.

The latest incident happened in a luxury hotel. Police said he argued with an “escort lady” and “physically attacked and injured her”.

German news site Spiegel said his lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

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Jan Ullrich appeared in court in Majorca on 4 August after a night in detention

In a recent interview with German magazine Bild, Mr Ullrich said he had been in “deep despair” since separating from his wife.

He said he was receiving therapy for problems with drugs and alcohol.

He is the only German cyclist to win the Tour de France, and he also won a gold medal in the road race and a silver in the time trial at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

In 2013, he admitted to doping, having been served a two-year ban by sporting regulators.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45142859

Moscon receives five-week ban for trying to hit Tour rival

Gianni Moscon

Moscon was also disqualified from last year’s World Championship road race after hanging onto a team car

Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon has been banned for five weeks by the UCI, after he tried to hit another rider during stage 15 of this year’s Tour de France.

The Italian, 24, was disqualified from the race after the incident with Team Fortuneo-Samsic’s Elie Gesbert.

Moscon has apologised and accepted his punishment, which ends on 12 September, saying he “regretted” his actions.

“I reacted in the heat of the moment and it was never my intention to hit the rider,” said Moscon.

“As the footage shows I didn’t make contact, but I regret my actions and I have already apologised to both Gesbert and Team Fortuneo Samsic for the incident.”

Last year, Moscon was suspended by Team Sky for six weeks after racially abusing a rival.

He was also disqualified from last year’s World Championship road race after hanging onto a team car.

Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, said he was “confident” that Moscon had learned from the incident.

“Gianni is still a relatively young rider at the start of his career and we will continue to give him the help and support he needs to learn, develop and move forward from this,” Brailsford added.

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Gold for GB’s Walls but Kenny & Archibald miss out on a medal

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GB’s Walls wins elimination race gold

Britain’s Matthew Walls won gold in the men’s elimination race on the track at the European Championships in Glasgow.

Walls, 20, beat Portugal’s Rui Oliveira in the final sprint to win Britain’s fourth gold medal in track cycling.

Jack Carlin won Britain’s 10th track medal with bronze in the men’s keirin.

Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald, who won five medals between them, were fourth in the madison, while Olympic and Commonwealth bronze medallist Katy Marchant finished fourth in the keirin.

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Carlin wins dramatic keirin bronze for GB

Kenny triumphed in the elimination race and was in the victorious team pursuit quartet with Scot Archibald, who has also picked up silver medals in the individual pursuit and omnium.

However, Kenny admitted the British pair made mistakes in the madison and “should not have left it that late” to challenge for a medal in the final sprint.

“It’s the mistakes that count in the end, but it’s reassuring that I know we’re not on top form because if we can race like that and come fourth,” she told BBC Sport.

“We’re in a good place for the future. It should be an upward curve from here.”

Archibald added: “If you’re writing a fairytale maybe you don’t want to win now – we want to win in two years’ time. We’ve got a lot to work on before then.”

Walls, who has been making his senior major championship debut, said: “I was strong enough to lead from the front and that is what I did.

“It is a great competition and I’m just glad I got selected for it. It’s been a fantastic week.”

Carlin, 21, was a silver medallist in the men’s sprint at the Commonwealth Games in April and finished fourth in the men’s sprint in Glasgow after losing his semi-final to keirin gold medallist Stefan Botticher.

Britain’s tally of four golds, three silvers and three bronzes put them second overall in the track cycling medal table behind the Netherlands.

In the mountain bike cross-country, Commonwealth champion Annie Last failed to finish with Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff taking gold.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/45099396

European Championships 2018: Joachim Eilers avoids crash in men’s keirin

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Kenny wins second European gold in Glasgow

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Laura Kenny delighted with elimination race gold, despite ‘Mum guilt’

Britain’s Laura Kenny won her second gold medal of the European Championships in Glasgow with victory in the women’s elimination race.

Germany’s Anna Knauer and Russia’s Evgenia Augustinas won silver and bronze respectively as Kenny secured her 12th European title.

The four-time Olympic champion, 26, won team pursuit gold on Friday.

Britain won two more golds and a silver in the pool, and two rowing bronzes to sit third in the table with 17 medals.

Other headlines from day four

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European Championships 2018: Gold for GB’s Georgia Davies in 50m backstroke

Welsh swimmer Georgia Davies led a golden day in the pool for Great Britain as she won the 50m backstroke title before the men took the 4x200m freestyle relay crown.

Glasgow’s Duncan Scott, who swam the second leg of the relay, also won 100m freestyle silver.

Britain also claimed two bronze medals on the final day of the rowing, finishing the competition without a gold for the first time since 2013.

Sam Mottram, in the lightweight men’s single sculls, and Harry Leask and Jack Beaumont, in the double sculls, were the medallists.

The men’s eight, the reigning Olympic champions, came fifth in their final.

In the gymnastics, both Kelly Simm (bar) and Georgia-Mae Fenton (floor) came eighth in their respective finals.

‘I’ve got another medal for Albie’

Kenny returned to racing earlier this year having taken time out after Rio 2016 to start a family with husband and fellow multiple Olympic champion Jason.

She gave birth to their son, Albie, in August 2017.

“I was thinking I didn’t want to leave Albie for nothing because he wasn’t very happy this morning,” she said.

“I’m glad I’ve got another medal to take home to him – and he needed another seal mascot because the dog got the last one.”

Kenny will go for a third gold medal on Tuesday when she teams up with Katie Archibald in the madison.

Archibald won team pursuit gold with Kenny on Friday, and took silver in the individual pursuit on Saturday.

‘She’s better than anyone else in the world’ – analysis

Six-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, speaking on BBC TV

Laura Kenny loves the elimination race because it’s so unpredictable and so chaotic and she thrives on the chaos.

She rides this race better than anyone else in the world – male or female. She’s got a calm head, the tactics and the legs.

She’s still really on the comeback trail – she’s not really 100% yet – but this has been her best showing since Rio.

It will be exciting to see what she can do in the madison with Katie Archibald.

No road race medal for Rowe

Later, Britain’s Dani Rowe finished 10th as 2007 world champion Marta Bastianelli won European gold in the women’s road race.

Netherlands’ three-time European gold medallist Marianne Vos took silver and Germany’s Lisa Brennauer won bronze – less than 24 hours after she won individual pursuit gold on the track.

With less than two laps to go, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Rowe was one of a leading pack of three alongside Dutch Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen and Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini.

But Rowe was quickly reeled in by the chasing peloton, and they closed down Van der Breggen and Borghini with 1km to go, before the race ended in a sprint finish.

Ollie Wood also came 10th in the men’s 40km points race in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, finishing with 29 points.

“I started off all right, but in hindsight that probably wasn’t the best thing to do as I just didn’t have the legs to back it up or recover from then on,” the 22-year-old told BBC Sport.

GB set for more medals in the pool – day five highlights

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Britain’s Jack Carlin won silver in the men’s sprint at the Commonwealth Games

Gold medals: 13 in synchronised swimming, diving, cycling and swimming.

GB ones to watch

17:00 BST – Welsh swimmer Alys Thomas goes for gold in the women’s 200m butterfly final, with her main rival, Germany’s reigning champion Franziska Hentke, also involved.

18:08 – British defending champion Ross Murdoch and team-mate James Wilby go in the men’s 200m breaststroke final, but Russia’s world champion Anton Chupkov will be favourite for the title.

18:15 – Sheffield-based Max Litchfield posted the second-fastest time in the men’s 200m individual medley semi-finals. He will be joined in the final by team-mate Mark Szaranek.

19:18 – Jack Carlin will hope to be battling for gold in the men’s individual sprint having reached the World Championships final this year. Team-mate Philip Hindes, who has won two Olympic team sprint golds, will also be in contention.

Network coverage: 09:00-13:45, BBC Two; 13:45-17:15, BBC One; 17:15-21:00, BBC Two.

Radio coverage: 16:50-18:35, Swimming, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

Further coverage: 08:45-13:00 17:30-21:00, rowing, track cycling and swimming, BBC Red Button; 09:00-22:00, live coverage including synchronised swimming and track cycling, Connected TV and online.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/45076071

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