2019 Track Cycling World Championships: Great Britain take silver as Australia smash team pursuit world record

Great Britain’s men take silver as Australia break their own world record to win gold in the men’s team pursuit final at the 2019 Track Cycling World Championships in Poland.

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Thomas ‘on track’ for Tour de France defence

Geraint Thomas with Vincenzo Nibali and Julian Alaphilippe at the Tirenno-Adriatico

Geraint Thomas (left) raced at the Tirenno-Adriatico in Italy in March but withdrew during stage four due to stomach issues

Geraint Thomas says he is “on track” to challenge for a second straight Tour de France title this year.

Thomas started his Tour preparations later than for last year’s win and said in February he would miss May’s Giro d’Italia to be “in the best shape possible” for July’s Tour.

“I’d love to win it again, but I’m not going to be thinking ‘I need to win’,” said the Welshman, 32.

“I’m not far off what shape I was in last year. I know what I’ve got to do.”

After becoming just the third Briton to win the Tour – after Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins – Thomas started winter training towards the end of November, three weeks later than the previous year.

Stomach issues then forced the Team Sky rider out of the Tirenno-Adriatico in March before he had to abandon a training camp in Tenerife due to bad weather.

But Thomas rode in the Tour of the Basque Country last week and plans to step up his Tour de France preparations at the Tour de Romandie from 30 April to 5 May.

“I feel like I really needed that,” he told the BeSpoke podcast. “I’ve had a bit of a lack of racing but I’m improving all the time.

“Romandie wasn’t the best time for me last year but that’s what gave me the kick up the backside to knuckle down from there on and really push towards the Tour.

“I’m trying to get there in the best shape I can, purely because I won it last year, otherwise I might have looked to the Giro.”

Thomas expects three-time winner Froome to be one of his closet rivals at this year’s Tour, along with their Team Sky team-mate Egan Bernal.

“I feel like there’s less pressure because I’ve done everything I ever wanted to do,” Thomas added. “It doesn’t mean I’m less motivated, I just don’t feel I’ve got anything to prove.

“I’m still determined as ever to win it again but if I don’t then hopefully Froomey or Egan does. That whole thing will be played out on the road, as it was last year.

“I feel like, in every interview I do, people are talking about me and Froomey and who’s going to win, but there’s a lot of other good riders out there who are performing well at the moment.”

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Campenaerts takes Wiggins’ hour record as he beats 55km mark

Victor Campenaerts

Victor Campenaerts is also the European time-trial champion

Belgian cyclist Victor Campenaerts has broken the one-hour world record set by Sir Bradley Wiggins four years ago.

The 27-year-old covered 55.089km at the Bicentenario velodrome in Mexico – 563m more than British rider Wiggins managed in London 2015.

Campenaerts picked the Aguascalientes venue because of its altitude of 1,800m.

“I am supper happy and if I look at the list I am on now I am among the greatest cyclists in history,” he said.


Wiggins congratulated Campenaerts on Twitter on Tuesday night

There had been nine failed attempts to better the mark set by Wiggins, with no rider coming within half a kilometre of his record before Campenaerts’ effort.

“I really focused on this for a long time,” added the time trial specialist, who has won the last two European titles and finished third at the 2018 World Championships in Innsbruck.

“I am really happy to take the record and really happy to break the magic 55km.”

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Pantano suspended after positive EPO test

Jarlinson Pantano

Jarlinson Pantano has been riding for Trek-Segafredo since 2017

Colombian rider Jarlinson Pantano has been suspended by cycling’s world governing body after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

The UCI says Pantano was notified of an adverse analytical finding of erythropoietin – a form of banned blood-boosting hormone EPO.

It came from a sample collected during an out-of-competition test on 26 February.

The 30-year-old has also been suspended by his team Trek-Segafredo.

“We hold all our riders to the highest ethical standards and will act and communicate accordingly as more details become available,” the team said in a statement.

Pantano, whose most notable career victory is winning stage 15 of the 2016 Tour de France, has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample.

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Paris-Roubaix: Philippe Gilbert wins fourth ‘monument’ title of career

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert (centre) has won the Tour of Lombardy twice, as well as the Tour of Flanders and Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert won the Paris-Roubaix to secure the fourth ‘monument’ title of his career.

Former world champion Gilbert beat Germany’s Nils Politt in a sprint finish to win the 257km race in five hours 58 minutes two seconds.

Gilbert’s compatriot and Deceuninck-Quick-Step team-mate Yves Lampaert finished third.

The five monuments are cycling’s most prestigious one-day races – Gilbert has won them all except the Milan-San Remo.

“I still have this dream to win all of them. Little by little I’m getting there,” Gilbert said.

The 36-year-old made his first move with 70km remaining and easily outsprinted his closest rival Politt to ensure victory.

“Politt’s very courageous. In the end the best rider won, and thankfully it was me,” Gilbert added.

“I’ve always wanted to win all the monuments, and I’m getting closer now.”

Only three riders have won all five monuments – Belgian riders Rik van Looy, Eddy Merckx and Roger de Vlaeminck.

Paris-Roubaix results

1. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Deceuninck-Quick Step) 5hrs 58mins 02secs

2. Nils Politt (Ger/Katusha-Alpecin) Same time

3. Yves Lampaert (Bel/Deceuninck-Quick Step) + 13secs

4. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel/EF Education First) +40secs

5. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora-Hansgrohe) +42secs

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