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World Road Cycling Championships: Team Sky third in team trial

Chris Froome (centre) is only is the third man to complete the Tour de France-Vuelta double in the same year Chris Froome’s Team Sky finished third in the opening team trial at the World Road Cycling Championships in Norway. Team Sunweb achieved the men’s and women’s double on day one in Bergen. Featuring Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin, the German outfit clocked 47 minutes 50.42 seconds on the 42.5km course to beat 2014 and 2015 champions BMC by 8.29 seconds. Tour de France and Vuelta winner Froome races in Wednesday’s…

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Brighton cycling project tackling social isolation

There are two million over-75s who live alone in the UK, most of them women. That’s a lot of people who might not be getting enough of the social interaction we know is so good for us, but the question is how to reach those people who live alone. In Brighton, a new idea is tackling this problem – and it’s as easy as riding a bike. You can see more on Inside Out South at 19:30 BST on Monday evening. Source link

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Giro d’Italia: Welsh Government in talks host stage of Grand Tour cycling race

Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin of the Sunweb Team won the 2017 Giro d’Italia Wales could host a Giro d’Italia stage after “positive discussions” between the Welsh Government and owners RCS. Representatives from RCS attended the Tour of Britain finale in Cardiff last weekend, as part of early negotiations. A Welsh Government spokesperson told BBC Sport Wales: “We are continuing the very positive discussions with RCS about hosting the Giro d’Italia. “This visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase Wales, to start building relationships.” The Welsh Government has long been keen…

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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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Special Olympics 2017: How cycling changed the life of Kiera Byland

When she was young, Kiera Byland found life difficult – symptoms of autism and dyspraxia meant it was difficult for her to make friends. But one day she joined a cycling club and everything changed… Kiera can stand in front of 500 people and talk openly and honestly about what sport has done for her motivation and confidence. Kiera is competing for Great Britain in the Special Olympics 10km time trial in Sheffield on Wednesday, 9 August. You can keep up with news from the games on Twitter. Inspired by…

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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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RideLondon 2017: inspiring cycling stories – 100 miles in 100 words

The moment you take that first step towards achieving a huge personal goal, thoughts whirl through your mind. Committing to participate in a mammoth sporting event is one of those moments. Will I be able to motivate myself to train? Can I cross the finish line in one piece? Do I realise exactly how far 100 miles is…because it sounds very, very far! With a huge physical challenge ahead of them, we presented eight willing participants with a challenge of a different nature: to tell us in exactly 100 words…

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Women’s cycling: New-rider numbers up by 723,000 since 2013

Women-only Breeze Bike rides have proven popular Nearly three quarters of a million more UK women have taken up cycling since 2013, according to British Cycling. Three times as many men rode bikes regularly as women in 2013, leading to the #WeRide initiative to get one million more women cycling by 2020. “Four years on, I am pleased to say that the sport is in a different place,” said new British Cycling chief executive Julie Harrington. She now wants stakeholders to work together to keep women cycling. Dame Sarah Storey…

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Sir Chris Hoy calls on British Cycling to back reforms

Team GB won a combined 33 medals across the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Sir Chris Hoy has called on British Cycling to back governance reforms to avoid losing £43m in public funding. The six-time Olympic champion has written to the 10 regional chairs of British Cycling’s membership before Saturday’s vote on reforms during an extraordinary general meeting. A 75% majority is required to push through the changes. In his letters Hoy said the support he received, made possible by the funding, allowed him to be the best he could…

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