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Elinor Barker: Olympic track champion ‘gambling’ at World Road Race Championships

Elinor Barker was crowned the Junior Time Trial world champion in 2012 UCI World Road Championships 2017 Host: Bergen, Norway Dates: 17-24 September Coverage: Live coverage of the elite men’s and women’s time trials and road races on BBC TV, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, BBC Sport website & app – full broadcast schedule here Welsh cyclist Elinor Barker is preparing to “gamble” by riding in two events at the Road World Championships in Norway this month. The 23-year-old won gold and two silvers at the World Track Championships in…

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Rachel Atherton: Champion out of UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Championships

Rachel Atherton won her fourth World Championship title in Italy in 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Dates: 5-10 September Venue: Cairns, Australia Live coverage on Sunday 10 September from 03:55 BST on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website & app. Britain’s defending champion Rachel Atherton has been forced to withdraw from the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Championships in Australia with a fractured collarbone. Atherton, 29, picked up the injury during the official timed session in Cairns on Friday. The four-time world champion completed a perfect…

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Olympic champion Katie Archibald hoping for more solo outings

Olympic champion Katie Archibald hoping for more solo outings Olympic gold medallist Katie Archibald wants more opportunities to compete as an individual track cyclist after solo success at the World Championships. The Scot won gold in the omnium in Hong Kong earlier this year, after landing the individual spot because defending champion Laura Kenny was pregnant. However, the 23-year-old admits she is not guaranteed further chances to compete on her own. “It was pretty huge and I’m hoping to build on that,” she told BBC Scotland. “I’ve had a good…

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Manon Carpenter: Former world champion retires from downhill mountain biking

Manon Carpenter was crowned world downhill mountain bike champion in 2014 Former world champion Manon Carpenter has quit downhill mountain biking at the age of 24 after becoming “more aware of the consequences of crashing”. The Welsh rider won the 2014 World Championships and World Cup series and joined the Radon team in January. “I just didn’t want to take the risks involved with racing at 100% any more,” Carpenter said. “Racing downhill is gnarly and you have to have the confidence to commit to whatever is put in front…

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Becky James: Double world champion retires from cycling

Becky James won eight medals at major international cycling events Double track world champion and Olympic silver medallist Becky James has retired, at the age of 25. The Welsh athlete won the world sprint and keirin titles in 2013 and took silver at the same events at the 2016 Rio Olympics. “I have had time to think about my future and have decided to retire from international track sprint racing,” James said in a statement. She intends to set up a baking business “along with exciting other projects”. James has…

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Stephen Wooldridge: Australian Olympic champion dies aged 39

Stephen Wooldridge (second from left) won four world titles in the team pursuit Australian cyclist Stephen Wooldridge, an Olympic and world champion, has died aged 39. Wooldridge won team pursuit gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics and four world titles between 2002 and 2006. He held a number of administrative roles in the sport after his retirement. “Our thoughts are with Stephen’s family and friends during this very difficult time,” said Cycling Australia chief executive Nick Green. “Steve will be remembered by so many for not only his success in…

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Alberto Contador: Two-time Tour de France champion to retire from cycling

Alberto Contador finished ninth in the 2017 Tour de France Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is to retire from professional cycling after the Vuelta a Espana, which starts on 19 August. The Spaniard, 34, won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, but he was stripped of the 2010 title for doping. He is one of only six riders to have won all three Grand Tours – the Tour de France, Vuelta and Giro d’Italia. “I don’t think there is a better farewell than the home race…

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Chris Froome: Tour de France champion to race in Vuelta a Espana

Froome won his third successive Tour de France on Sunday Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has confirmed he will ride in this year’s Vuelta a Espana in pursuit of a historic double. Briton Froome, 32, won his latest Tour title on Sunday in Paris. No rider has won the Tour and Vuelta in the same year since the race moved from April, to August and September in 1995. “I’ve got the opportunity and I’m certainly going to go for it,” Team Sky’s Froome, who has finished second on…

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Sir Bradley Wiggins: Olympic cycling champion planning rowing career

Wiggins first raised the idea of switching to rowing in his November 2012 autobiography Five-time Olympic cycling champion Sir Bradley Wiggins is aiming for the Tokyo 2020 Games – as a rower. Wiggins, 37, plans to compete at the British Indoor Rowing Championships in London in December, and says his “numbers are quite good”. The 2012 Tour de France winner, who retired from cycling in December 2016, is hoping to compete at a sixth Olympic Games at the age of 40. “I might be being a bit delusional but the…

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Women’s Tour: Riders now target British race, says defending champion

Lizzie Deignan won the World Road Race Championships in 2015 Defending champion Lizzie Deignan says the Women’s Tour has developed into a race “everybody targets”, with the first stage to begin on Wednesday. It will be the fourth edition of the five-stage event, which opens in Daventry, Northamptonshire and will conclude in London on Sunday, 11 June. All 15 Women’s World Tour teams will compete, including British former world champion Deignan’s Boels-Dolmans squad. “It is about expecting the unexpected in this race,” said the 28-year-old. “You can’t ever lose focus…

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