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Volta a Catalunya: Sir Bradley Wiggins in third place

Wiggins third overall and well in contention at Volta a Catalunya after stage three

PUBLISHED:

19:38 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:38 GMT, 20 March 2013

Team Sky's Sir Bradley Wiggins climbed to third place at the Volta a Catalunya after stage three's summit finish.

The 2012 Tour de France champion put in a late spurt on the ascent to the ski resort at Vallter 2000-Setcases at the end of the 180-kilometre route from Vidreres, but finished fourth as Colombia's Nairo Quintana (Movistar) claimed the day's honours.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) moved into the race lead by finishing second, and he is six seconds ahead of nearest challenger Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), who was third today, and 10 clear of Wiggins in the overall classification.

In contention: Wiggins finished fourth in stage three at Volta a Catalunya

In contention: Wiggins finished fourth in stage three at Volta a Catalunya

Team GB"s cyclists win gold and silver medals in Rio Olympics 2018 preparations

Team GB's cyclists make a promising start to Rio preparations with bronze and silver medals

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Two of the London Olympic-winning quartet – Ed Clancy and Steven Burke – were present in the squad which lost the world champion rainbow jerseys to Australia.

Over the moon: Great Britain's Becky James (left) and Vicky Williamson celebrate Bronze in the team sprint

Over the moon: Great Britain's Becky James (left) and Vicky Williamson celebrate Bronze in the team sprint

Silver service: The men's team pursuit pick up a second place

Silver service: The men's team pursuit pick up a second place

Clancy, Burke, 2012 world champion Andy Tennant and Sam Harrison, who won world bronze in 2011, qualified second fastest and were unable to overturn their seeding, finishing in four minutes 00.967 seconds, to their rivals' 3mins 56.751secs.

Australia led throughout the 16-lap final, even though Glenn O'Shea dropped out entering the final kilometre, leaving Alex Edmondson, Michael Hepburn and Alex Morgan to hold off Britain in the finale.

Clancy, who experimented with the team sprint earlier this winter before reverting to his usual discipline, said: 'It does hurt to lose to the Aussies, but it's an Olympic programme. It's bike racing, you can't win all the time.

'It's disappointing, but if you don't look at it so black and white there's a lot of positives.'

Clancy pointed to the absences of Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh, focusing on their road careers with Team Sky after their Olympic glory, and the fact Britain finished fourth in Pruszkow in 2009, a year after winning gold in Beijing.

Vicky Williamson (bottom) and Becky James (top) pick up the bronze medal during the women's team sprint event

Vicky Williamson (bottom) and Becky James (top) pick up the bronze medal during the women's team sprint event

The quartet were not quite firing on all cylinders.

'We had at least one set of legs in there that weren't quite on it,' Clancy said.

'I'm not saying we're happy about coming second, but we're not in a bad place, that's for sure. If you look at where we were in Poland, we've done a hell of a lot better than we did there.'

While there was a sense of disappointment for Clancy and co, for James and Williamson there was joy.

The 19-year-old Williamson was a late replacement for Jess Varnish, who has a back injury, while James was fulfilling second-lap duties previously occupied by the now-retired Victoria Pendleton.

Sprint coach Iain Dyer says 21-year-old James, who pushed Olympic champion Anna Meares close for Commonwealth gold in 2010, is in the form of her life.

Warm up: After a magnificent medal haul at London 2012, Team GB will be hoping to show similar form at the Rio Olympics

Warm up: After a magnificent medal haul at London 2012, Team GB will be hoping to show similar form at the Rio Olympics

As if to prove it, James allowed a gap to open up by going up the banking coming into the changeover to allow her to accelerate into her lap.

The technique was devised in the last session of the Newport training camp ahead of travelling to Minsk.

James, who made up deficits in each of her rides, said: 'We just thought we'd try something new and because my form's come through quite nicely we wanted to get as much speed as possible off the lap.

'I'm just absolutely buzzing. I'm so shocked. I can't believe it, my first world medal.'

Williamson, who received text messages of support from Varnish in the build-up to Minsk, said: 'I'm gobsmacked. To come out with a bronze medal is just amazing.'

James will now ride in the 500 metres
time-trial tomorrow, the first of three individual events in which she
is targeting further success.

She added: 'Seeing the form I've got I'd really like to be up there this week. I'll give it my best shot.'

Pedal power: The Danish team competes during mens team pursuit qualifying race of the event in Minsk

Pedal power: The Danish team competes during mens team pursuit qualifying race of the event in Minsk

Kian Emadi competed in the corresponding men's event, the one-kilometre time-trial, placing an impressive fourth on his debut.

In an event removed from the Olympic programme following Sir Chris Hoy's win in Athens in 2004, Emadi clocked 1:01.756, with Francois Pervis of France winning in 1:00.221, New Zealand's Simon Van Velthooven second in 1.00.869 and Germany's Joachim Eilers third in 1:01.450.

Emadi's time was short of his personal best, set at altitude in Colombia, but he was content with his display.

The 20-year-old will now ride in the men's team sprint on day two alongside Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny, taking Hoy's man three slot in the three-lap event.

Emadi is confident of combining well with the Olympic champions.
He said: 'There's good signs in training. Everyone's stepping up and getting faster as the competition has come closer.'

Three more events take place tomorrow, including the women's team pursuit, featuring Olympic champions Laura Trott and Dani King, with Elinor Barker making up the trio.

Owain Doull is entered into the men's scratch race, with Burke entered in the 4km men's individual pursuit.

Mark Cavendish wins Tour of Qatar stage

Qatar hero! British star Cavendish storms to victory on stage three

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

15:55 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:04 GMT, 5 February 2013

Mark Cavendish claimed his second win for Omega Pharma-QuickStep on stage three of the Tour of Qatar today.

The 27-year-old from the Isle of Man, who joined Omega Pharma-QuickStep following one year at Team Sky, opened his account for the Belgian squad in the Tour de San Luis and added another victory on the 143-kilometre route from Al Wakra to Mesaieed.

A 10-second time bonus accompanied the win and moved Cavendish to fourth overall, eight seconds behind American Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing), who retained the lead.

All smiles: Mark Cavendish celebrates his stage win in Qatar

All smiles: Mark Cavendish celebrates his stage win in Qatar

Mark Cavendish

Two of Bookwalter's team-mates – American Taylor Phinney and Briton Adam Blythe – remained second and third overall, respectively.

Tomorrow's fourth stage is the 160km route from Camel Race Track to Al Khor Corniche.Cavendish wrote on Twitter:

'Nice to get the win here today in Tour Of Qatar! '@opqscyclingteam just chaperoned me the whole day. Machines! BIG machines! Thanks guys.'

Over the line: Cavendish powers to victory on stage three of the Qatar Tour

Over the line: Cavendish powers to victory on stage three of the Qatar Tour

Mark Cavendish

In an Omega Pharma-QuickStep media release, the Manxman added: 'I felt really strong, so I have to thank my team. They really kept me protected, kept me out of trouble the whole time and gave me energy for the sprint.

'I really had to kick at 350 meters, I was so far back.'

On the prospect of taking overall victory on Friday's final day, he added: 'I think it's best to come here, focus on the stage wins, and hope the GC (general classification) can come from that.'

Philippe Gilbert climbs to victory in world road race

No title repeat for retiring Cavendish as Gilbert climbs to victory in world road race

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 23 September 2012

Belgium's Philippe Gilbert won the men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships after breaking away on the final climb of the Cauberg hill in Limberg.

The 30-year-old left rivals Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway and Spain's Alejandro Valverde in his wake towards the end of the 267-kilometre race through Holland.

On the home straight: Philippe Gilbert crosses the finish line in Valkenburg to win the world road race title

On the home straight: Philippe Gilbert crosses the finish line in Valkenburg to win the world road race title

The Belgian team had faced an early challenge from both recent Vuelta a Espana winner Alberto Contador and France's Thomas Voeckler, but Gilbert managed to break away on the final climb.

British rider Mark Cavendish was unable to defend his title after retiring with 111km of the race remaining.

Pleased as punch: Gilbert clenches his fist following victory

Pleased as punch: Gilbert clenches his fist following victoryPleased as punch: Gilbert clenches his fist following victory

The 27-year-old sprinter had already admitted the hilly terrain was ill-suited to his personal style, in contrast to the flat roads of Copenhagen where he raced to glory last year.

Cavendish's Team Sky colleagues and Olympic medallists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome also dropped out of the arduous race before reaching the final stages.

Away support: A Belgian fan cheers on Gilbert

Away support: A Belgian fan cheers on Gilbert

Earlier, Matej Mohoric of Slovenia claimed the men's world junior title after stunning Australia's Caleb Ewan with a sprint on the final kilometre.

He told limburg2012.nl: 'When the whole bunch arrived at the Cauberg I managed to stay in the front and still had something left. This is incredible, fantastic. I can't believe it.'

Street spirit: Supporters came out in their hundreds to cheer on participants

Street spirit: Supporters came out in their hundreds to cheer on participants

Lizzie Armitstead to miss World Championships road race

Armitstead pulls out of World Championships road race through illness

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UPDATED:

15:58 GMT, 19 September 2012


Missing out: Lizzie Armitstead, seen here racing in the Olympic road race, will not feature in Saturday's UCI World Championship event

Missing out: Lizzie Armitstead, seen here racing in the Olympic road race, will not feature in Saturday's UCI World Championship event

Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead has withdrawn from the Great Britain team for the UCI Road World Championships road race on Saturday due to illness.

The 23-year-old from Otley won Britain's first medal of the London 2012 Olympics and was poised to lead the team in the 129-kilometre road race in Limburg, Holland.

A statement from British Cycling read: 'Lizzie Armitstead has withdrawn from the UCI Road World Championships on Saturday due to illness. The team have decided not to call in a reserve rider at this stage.'

Britain had qualified the maximum six riders for the road race, but Armitstead's absence means a five-strong team will take to the start line.

Emma Pooley, who finished fourth in the time-trial on Tuesday, could lead the squad on an undulating course, while 2008 Olympic champion Nicole Cooke is likely to be given a free role.

Pooley and Cooke are joined by Sharon Laws, who missed out on selection for the Olympic team despite winning the British title, Katie Colclough and Nikki Harris.

Bradley Wiggins disappointed to miss out on Olympics victory parade as he competes in Tour of Britain

Back to the day job: Wiggins admits disappointment at missing Team GB celebration parade as he races in second stage of the Tour of Britain

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UPDATED:

11:45 GMT, 10 September 2012

Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins has admitted he is disappointed not to be able to join his Team GB team-mates as part of the celebration parade today but said he had to get on with his day job.

The gold medallist was in Nottingham on Monday morning as the second leg of the Tour of Britain got under way and brushed aside any feelings of regret at not being in the capital.

'We've got our own parade to do this week so, you know, this is our day job,' he said.

Back to the day job: Bradley Wiggins rides for Team Sky in the first stage of the Tour of Britain on Sunday

Back to the day job: Bradley Wiggins rides for Team Sky in the first stage of the Tour of Britain on Sunday

Missing out: His participation in the second stage in Nottingham on Monday means Wiggins will miss the Team GB victory parade in London

Missing out: His participation in the second stage in Nottingham on Monday means Wiggins will miss the Team GB victory parade in London

'We don't have the beauty of having a year off now because the cycling calendar is still going on.

'It would have been nice to have been there with the rest of the team but I think we're all enjoying it this week.'

The Tour de France champion took a tumble on Sunday, along with teammate Mark Cavendish, when several riders were involved in collisions as the peloton swept into the narrow lanes on the final leg of the 120-kilometre (75-mile) course at the Royal Norfolk Showground.

Wiggins said he was 'fine' after the crash and the team would be looking to keep hold of the yellow jersey claimed by fellow Team Sky racer Luke Rowe in his first professional stage win in Norwich.

'I think we've obviously got the jersey now so we're looking to try and defend that if possible, and if it does come to a sprint, obviously help Mark again,' he said.

Early leader: Team Sky's Luke Rowe won the opening stage of the Tour in East Anglia on Sunday

Early leader: Team Sky's Luke Rowe won the opening stage of the Tour in East Anglia on Sunday

Commenting on Cavendish's admission that he was looking to leave Team Sky, Wiggins said: 'I understand his reasons, I think we all do.

'It's very amicable so I think sometimes we're the downfall of our own success and it's quite something when the world champion has to leave to win races.'

Thousands of people bordered the streets around the castle in Nottingham city centre as riders swept away from the start line at 10am.

Many people called out Wiggins' name and 'Cav, Cav' as they tried to get their attention and a photograph of the cyclist and team-mate Cavendish on the start line.

Disappointment: Mark Cavendish crawls over the line after a bad crash on the approach to the finish put paid to his hopes of winning the stage

Disappointment: Mark Cavendish crawls over the line after a bad crash on the approach to the finish put paid to his hopes of winning the stage

The riders looked relaxed as they set off through the streets of Nottingham. They will climb into Derbyshire and the Peak District as they make their way to the eventual finish line in Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside.

Speaking before he slipped on the prestigious yellow jersey, Rowe said his win yesterday 'sticks him in the hot seat' in terms of today's ride, but added that they were only in the early parts of the eight-stage race.

'When it comes to crunch time on the real tough climbs, I don't know if I am going to be able to climb with the top guys,' he said.

'So we're just going to take it day by day, you know, we've got so much strength and depth.

'We've got six riders here – five riders are in the front from yesterday. It's not just me. I think we've got to take it day by day and see how things go.'

A famous face from another sport was also in the city this morning – boxer Carl Froch.

An avid cycling fan, he visited the riders on the Team Sky bus before they took up their starting positions.

Describing the atmosphere as being like a changing room before a big fight, he praised the cyclists and their hard work in the tough sport, which he has just taken up.

'I have actually just bought myself a carbon fibre racing bike. I've got a fixed wheel where you can't change gear because that's a hard workout.

'I've just bought a racer so I'm into it a little bit more now.

'When you hit a hill, the lungs and the breathing and the heart and the actual oxygen input is really, really hard. It's going to benefit me massively. I'm enjoying it.'

Alberto Contador wins Vuelta a Espana title

Contador wins Vuelta title as Brit star Froome hangs on to fourth

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UPDATED:

16:21 GMT, 9 September 2012

Alberto Contador has won the Vuelta a Espana title for the second time after he held off the challenge of Alejandro Valverde in the final stage between Cercedilla and Madrid.

The 29-year-old Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank rider maintained a one minute, 17 second advantage over his rival and fellow Spaniard in the 115-kilometre race.

Leading the way: Contador (centre) has won the Vuelta a Espana title

Leading the way: Contador (centre) has won the Vuelta a Espana title

The Tour was Contador's first since he was banned after testing positive for clenbuterol in the 2010 Tour de France.

The final leg was won by John Degenkolb – his fifth triumph in this year's competition – in two hours, 44 minutes and 57 seconds, with the German rider finishing strongly to outsprint the rest of the field.

Contador finished 54th in the 21st stage and although Valverde came sixth he will have to settle for second.

Joaquin Rodriguez finished third overall, 21 seconds behind Valverde while Britain's Chris Froome was fourth, almost nine minutes back.

LONDON 2012 PARALYMPICS: David Stone wins road race gold

Stone retains Paralympic title by winning gold in road race at Brands Hatch

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UPDATED:

11:59 GMT, 8 September 2012

David Stone successfully defended his Paralympic Games title with victory in the mixed T1-2 road race at Brands Hatch on Saturday.

The 31-year-old relinquished his time-trial title on Wednesday and was disappointed with bronze.

Gold: Stone celebrates retaining his Paralympic title

Gold: Stone celebrates retaining his Paralympic title

Gold: Stone celebrates retaining his Paralympic title

Gold: Stone celebrates retaining his Paralympic title

Stone, who has cerebral palsy and rides a tricycle, bounced back in the 24-kilometre road race to win his third Paralympic gold medal, seven seconds ahead of Italy's Giorgio Farroni.

David Vondracek of the Czech Republic was three minutes 17 seconds behind in third.

Briton Stone said: 'I made my move, but the Italian (Farroni) stayed with me. It was so hard.

Closing in: Stone hunts down Giorgio Farroni of Italy

Closing in: Stone hunts down Giorgio Farroni of Italy

Closing in: Stone hunts down Giorgio Farroni of Italy

'It makes it better to win today because it was so disappointing not winning in the time-trial.

'Compared to Beijing, the competition was so much better, it's good. It pushes me. It makes it a much better sport.'

More to follow…

Making amends: Stone was disappointed not to win the time-trail on Wednesday

Making amends: Stone was disappointed not to win the time-trail on Wednesday

Making amends: Stone was disappointed not to win the time-trial on Wednesday

Making amends: Stone was disappointed not to win the time-trail on Wednesday

London 2012 Paralympics: David Stone wins gold

Golden service resumes for Stone as Brit bounces back to defend Paralympic title

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UPDATED:

10:51 GMT, 8 September 2012

David Stone successfully defended his Paralympic Games title with victory in the mixed T1-2 road race at Brands Hatch on Saturday.

The 31-year-old relinquished his time-trial title on Wednesday and was disappointed with bronze.

Stone, who has cerebral palsy and rides a tricycle, bounced back in the 24-kilometre road race to win his third Paralympic gold medal, seven seconds ahead of Italy's Giorgio Farroni. David Vondracek of the Czech Republic was three minutes 17 seconds behind in third.

Flying the flag: Stone claimed victory at Brands Hatch on Saturday morning

Flying the flag: Stone claimed victory at Brands Hatch on Saturday morning

London 2012 Paralympics: Anthony Kappes and Craig MacLean win tandem sprint gold

Kappes and MacLean triumph in battle of Britain to win gold in tandem sprint

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UPDATED:

15:24 GMT, 2 September 2012

Anthony Kappes and Craig MacLean won Paralympic gold in a stunning all-British tandem sprint final on the fourth and final day of competition at the London 2012 velodrome.

Kappes, who is partially sighted, and his pilot MacLean claimed a 2-0 win in the best of three final against team-mates Neil Fachie and his pilot Barney Storey.

In the second bout, Kappes and MacLean accelerated to overtake their rivals with a lap and a half to go before swooping down to the racing line.

Speed demons: Great Britain's Anthony Kappes (right) and Craig Maclean celebrate winning gold

Speed demons: Great Britain's Anthony Kappes (right) and Craig Maclean celebrate winning gold

Storey and Fachie nearly lost control behind them and sat up, settling for silver.

It was a second successive tandem sprint gold for Kappes, who won the title alongside Storey in Beijing in 2008.

Britain won both golds in the tandem sprint events, after Fachie and Storey won one-kilometre time-trial gold, when Kappes and MacLean did not finish due to mechanical trouble.

Kappes was delighted with his gold.

'It was brilliant, the atmosphere,' he said, 'and racing against Barney and Neil, it's pretty good.'

In front: Kappes and MacLean ease to victory in the tandem sprint to take gold

In front: Kappes and MacLean ease to victory in the tandem sprint to take gold

Fachie said: 'We know what each other can do. We knew it would be the toughest race we'd have and on the day they were better than us.'

Darren Kenny, Rik Waddon and Jon-Allan Butterworth had to settle for silver in the mixed C1-5 team sprint.

China won in a world record of 49.454, with Britain second in 49.519.

It was Butterworth's third silver from three events, with two to come on the road at Brands Hatch next week.

Blur: Kappes and MacLean beat their countrymen to the Paralympic title in the Velodrome

Blur: Kappes and MacLean beat their countrymen to the Paralympic title in the Velodrome

Waddon told Channel 4: 'We went faster than we did earlier on but you can't control what anybody else does.'

Butterworth added: 'One of the goals coming into the Games was that I wanted to be part of the team sprint.

'I just wanted to be part of a team, having to rely on others. You're only as fast as your weakest man.You need to be very good to get in the squad. You can't be a good rider on your own, you have to be all good together.

'To be part of the team means a lot.'