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Team Sky hit back at claims they covered up Josh Edmondson's prohibited use of vitamin injections
March 16, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
In a statement, Team Sky said there was no cover-up and that concerns about the rider's health impacted their decision to stay quiet More...
Josh Edmondson accuses Team Sky of covering up his prohibited use of vitamin injections and Tramadol
March 16, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Edmondson joined the team in 2013 after impressing as an amateur but left at the end of the 2014 season More...
Fire damage to Port Hills mountain bike park 'a lot worse than we originally thought'
March 15, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Operators say fire damage to the newly-opened $20m mountain bike park above Christchurch is "a lot worse than we originally thought", with around two thirds of the park charred by last month's massive Port Hills blaze. The Rural... More...
Quintana wins Tirreno-Adriatico for 2nd time in 3 years
March 14, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy (AP) " Nairo Quintana won the Tirreno-Adriatico race for a second time in three years on Tuesday, while Rohan Dennis was fastest on the final stage, an individual time trial around San Benedetto del... More...
Severe injuries after cyclist and pedestrian collide in Christchurch
March 14, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A woman in her 60s has suffered serious head and spinal injuries after a cyclist collided with her in Christchurch this evening.Police said a male cyclist in his 20s was travelling west on Papanui Rd when he collided with the woman... More...
Double Olympic gold winning cyclist Joanna Rowsell-Shand announces retirement and thanks under-fire British Cycling
March 14, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Rowsell-Shand announced her retirement from international competition with a conspicuous vote of thanks for the sport's governing body – against the tide of bullying, sexism and poor governance allegations More...
Watch: Gale-force winds cause havoc in cycling race
March 13, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A top international cycling road race had to be cancelled after gale-force winds blew riders off course - and off their bikes.Organisers of the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour decided to halt the event 21km into the 109km race.They... More...
Gaviria wins stage, Quintana leads Tirreno into final day
March 13, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CIVITANOVA MARCHE, Italy (AP) " Fernando Gaviria won the sixth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race Monday, and Nairo Quintana retained the overall lead heading into the final leg.Gaviria, who rides for Quick Step, held off... More...
Chris Froome praises Team Sky leader Dave Brailsford
March 13, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome praised Team Sky leader Dave Brailsford on Monday, saying he has learned from his mistakes.Brailsford has expressed a determination to retain his job as team principal... More...
Contador narrowly misses 3rd Paris-Nice title as Henao wins
March 12, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
NICE, France (AP) " History cruelly repeated itself for Alberto Contador as the Spaniard missed out on a third Paris-Nice victory by just two seconds on Sunday.Colombian rider Sergio Henao clung on to his dwindling overnight lead... More...
Sagan sprints to 2nd stage win, Quintana leads Tirreno
March 12, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FERMO, Italy (AP) " World champion Peter Sagan sprinted to another victory in the Tirreno-Adriatico race, while Nairo Quintana retained the overall lead after the fifth stage on Sunday.Sagan, who was also fastest on Friday, edged... More...
Editorial: Show goes on despite the rain
March 12, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By the rest of the country's standards we seemed to have escaped the worst of the rain and flooding over the last seven days.People in the Coromandel and parts of Auckland, as well as many other areas, will be longing for the sun... More...
Research puts bike riding 500 times less risky than rugby
March 12, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Hopping on a bike is often seen as one of the most perilous things one can do, but researchers who crunched the numbers say cycling is far safer than we think.In fact, the University of Auckland team behind the new study say that... More...
Porte wins stage 7 while Henao takes Paris-Nice overall lead
March 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COL DE LA COUILLOLE, France (AP) " Two-time champion Richie Porte showed his climbing credentials are intact with a superb breakaway win on stage seven of the Paris-Nice, while Sergio Henao took the overall lead heading into Sunday's... More...
Quintana king of the mountains again in Tirreno-Adriatico
March 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONTE TERMINILLO, Italy (AP) " Nairo Quintana of Colombia repeated his dominant performance on Tirreno-Adriatico's high mountains to win the fourth stage and move into the overall lead on Saturday.Movistar rider Quintana waited... More...
Paul Lewis: Get hard on cycling cheats
March 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
You know the world's gone mad when professional cyclists are taking Viagra to improve their performance ... on the bike.In the ongoing fuss over a suspicious package delivered to British cycling hero Sir Bradley Wiggins (Tour de... More...
Yates wins stage 6 of Paris-Nice; Alaphilippe keeps lead
March 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FAYENCE, France (AP) " Simon Yates peeled away on the final climb of the day to win the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice, while Julian Alaphilippe retained the lead on Friday.Yates moved into overall contention, but the British rider... More...
Sagan wins 3rd stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, Dennis leads
March 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONTALTO DI CASTRO, Italy (AP) " World champion Peter Sagan sprinted to victory in the third stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico, and Rohan Dennis moved into the overall lead on Friday.Sagan powered past Elia Viviani with about 250 meters... More...
Jess Varnish admits she is relieved 'the truth is coming out' after being 'thrown under the bus' by British Cycling
March 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Shane Sutton was found to have used sexist language towards Varnish, but was cleared of eight of the nine allegations put to him More...
Sir Dave Brailsford insists he will not quit Team Sky despite ongoing pressure and UK Anti-Doping investigation
March 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Brailsford this week admitted "mistakes were made" by Team Sky relating to anti-doping and medical procedures which raised questions about the future of the team More...
Greipel wins stage 5 of Paris-Nice; Alaphilippe keeps lead
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BOURG-DE-PEAGE, France (AP) " German cyclist Andre Greipel won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice in a sprint finish on Thursday, while Julian Alaphilippe comfortably retained his lead.Greipel positioned himself behind the wheel... More...
Most spectacular leg of cycle trail to open at last
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The last, and arguably the best, section of Northland's Twin Coast Cycle Trail will be officially opened on March 18.The 84-kilometre trail, from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Horeke in South Hokianga, follows disused railway corridors... More...
The drinks are on you: Cyclist wins 48 bottles of wine
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Rising French cyclist Julian Alaphilippe could sip success alright after winning a strange prize in the Paris-Nice race.The 24-year-old, who beat Tour de France star Alberto Contador to win a hilly time trial, scored 48 bottles... More...
Julian Alaphilippe leads Paris-Nice after winning 4th stage
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONT BROUILLY, France (AP) " Julian Alaphilippe took the lead in the Paris-Nice race on Wednesday, beating two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador to win a hilly time trial in the fourth stage.The 24-year-old Alaphilippe,... More...
Caruso takes early race lead after BMC wins team time trial
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LIDO DI CAMAIORE, Italy (AP) " Italian rider Damiano Caruso took the lead at the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race after his BMC team won the team time trial on Wednesday.The star-studded BMC team completed the 22.7-kilometer (14.1-mile)... More...
Cycling: Lance Armstrong reveals his biggest regret
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong has revealed what he regrets most during a career spent rebuffing accusations of doping.After years of denying taking performance drugs, in 2013 the disgraced cyclist finally admitted to taking banned substances... More...
Team Sky chairman backs Sir Dave Brailsford and hits out at 'inaccurate commentary'
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The team remains embroiled in controversy relating to a 'mystery' package delivered to then Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphin and three TUEs granted to Bradley Wiggins More...
Bennett beats sprint favorites in stage 3 of Paris-Nice
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CHALON-SUR-SAONE, France (AP) " Ireland's Sam Bennett overpowered a world-class field of sprinters Tuesday to take the third stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race.The Bora-Hansgroghe rider surged at the right time to upstage Norway's... More...
Team Sky acknowledge 'mistakes' over mystery medical package
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MANCHESTER, England (AP) " Team Sky acknowledged Tuesday that "mistakes were made" around the delivery of a mystery medical package to Bradley Wiggins which is the center of a British anti-doping inquiry.However, team principal... More...
Sir Dave Brailsford admits "mistakes were made" by Team Sky over anti-doping and medical practices
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky has come in under the spotlight amid ongoing inverstigations into alleged anti-doping More...
Team Sky riders publicly back Sir Dave Brailsford after reports of a revolt
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome did not join his team-mates in offering public support to Brailsford More...
Paris-Nice stage 3 highlights - Video
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Stage 3 at Paris-Nice provided another chance for the sprinters, and Bora-Hansgrohe's Sam Bennett made the most of his opportunity on Wednesday, out-kicking a world-class field to win the stage inChalon-sur-Sane ahead ofAlexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors). The day got underway with a three-rider break that included Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Ben King (Dimension Data) and Romain Combaud (Delko-Marseille) sneaking away within the first couple of kilometres. The trio cooperated well and stretched their advantage to seven minutes before the FDJ team of race leader Arnaud Demare came to the fore and started taking back large chunks of time.ADVERTISEMENT The lead trio's gap was down to just 1:30 with 30km remaining, and King was jettisoned from the group on thecategory 2 climb of Cte de Charrecey. Latour and Combaud combined their strengths to put up a fierce battle for survival in the lead, but their efforts succumbed to the chase as they passed under the flamme rouge. From there, it was a mad dash to the line, with Kittel jumping first and Bennett coming around the big German before the line. You can read more at More...
Colbrelli beats leader Demare in Stage 2 of Paris-Nice
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AMILLY, France (AP) " Bahrain-Merida rider Sonny Colbrelli sprinted to victory Monday in the second stage of the Paris-Nice race.The Italian started his sprint with about 200 meters (yards) to go and held off John Degenkolb to claim... More...
Silence on Sport NZ's involvement in Napier City Council's proposed multi-use facility
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Questions about Sport New Zealand's involvement in the Napier City Council's proposed multi-use sports facility are going unanswered, with both agencies remaining tight lipped. Located near Taradale's Pettigrew-Green Arena, the... More...
Team Sky riders 'held talks to discuss whether to ask Dave Brailsford to step down'
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The team's manager is at the heart of a doping scandal dating back to 2011 regarding medical practices at Team Sky More...
Porte's Paris-Nice dreams over after a second day of time losses
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
If one was hoping for a deep analysis of BMC Racing's disappointing performance on stage 2 of Paris-Nice then talking to the riders wasn't the best place to start. Dripping wet and shivering in the cold conditions, only Nicolas Roche offered up any dialogue as he clambered onto the bus. 'I feel dead' the Irishman said after a brutal day of racing that saw Richie Porte's chances of winning the race implode after the Australian lost over 14 minutes. During the morning briefing, BMC and Porte team knew that the weather would play its part, with driving rain and wind once again on the menu. The loss of Michael Schr, who crashed out on stage 1, was a blow but the team truly felt the effects once Porte and his teammates were scattered in the blustery conditions on the road to Amilly.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a really hard day for us. Of course we lost Schr yesterday and he was an important guy for this sort of race," Valerio Piva told Cyclingnews. "Without this guy we couldn't keep Richie in the front. Richie was there but in one moment he was in a bad position and no one was there for us. He was dropped and of course with this weather, and temperature it's not the best for him." Piva was in the team's second car during the stage but was aware of the team's situation when race radio crackled into life and confirmed Porte's predicament. You can read more at More...
Paris-Nice stage 2 highlights - Video
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
It was another brutal day in Paris-Nice, with the peloton being splintered by crosswinds and pelted by near-freezing rain.Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) headed up the column of winners on the day, starting the sprint into Amilly and holding off the charge of JohnDegenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and race leader Arnaud Demare (FDJ).ADVERTISEMENT The others who profited from the splits included Julian Alaphilippe and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors), TonyGallopin(Lotto Soudal), and SergioHenao(Team Sky) - all of whom made the front group for the second day in a row. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Warren Barguil(Team Sunweb) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) were more attentive on this stage, but there were a number of riders washed out of contention. Richie Porte (BMC) is now 15 minutes down, while Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) is over 40 minutes down. You can read more at More...
Demare wins stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Contador, Porte behind
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BOIS D'ARCY, France (AP) " Frenchman Arnaud Demare won the first stage of the Paris-Nice race on Sunday, while two-time champions Alberto Contador and Richie Porte lost ground in windy conditions.The veterans fell behind the main... More...
Porte: It was a disaster but not too much of a disaster
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
As he stood on the start line, Richie Porte (BMC Racing)casually waxed lyrical about training, form and the desire to see a no-frills, and predictable sprint at end of the stage 1 of Paris-Nice. No silly business, was his exact wish, but in the end the stage around Bois dArcy was anything but silly, and Portes ambitions of winning the overall for the third time in his career were hanging by a thread when he was caught out in a crosswind split. He wasnt the only overall contender to miss the move as Lotto Soudal and Quick-Step destroyed the field with echelon skills straight from the Belgian textbook. For almost two hours, Porte and his BMC Racing teammates toiled in the wind and rain as the gap to the lead group sat at more than a minute. The Australian found assistance in Trek-Segafredo and Orica-Scott as both teams missed the split for their respective leaders in Alberto Contador and Simon Yates, but up ahead Sergio Henao (Team Sky), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors)and Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) threatened to run away with the race. In the end, Porte rescued a slight victory from what he admitted could have been a complete disaster, as he dropped Contador and clawed back a few precious seconds on Alaphilippe and the rest. Arnaud Demare won the stage, with Porte conceding 47 seconds to the FDJ sprinter and Alaphilippe. Dan Martin and Gallopin created a 38 second buffer over the Tour Down Under winner, while Contador lost 14 seconds to his former Saxo teammate. It was bad, but it could have been much, much worse. It was a disaster but not too much of a disaster, Porte said after the finish line. We lost some time, but in the end we took a bit more time back on some of the other favourites. The race isnt over. Today wasnt ideal, but my team were fantastic and they really controlled that. Tomorrow is another day.ADVERTISEMENT With more mountainous stages to come and the individual time trial suited to his characteristics, Porte will not panic after Sundays performance. However, the news of teammate Michael Schar leaving the race with a suspected broken collarbone will do little to improve the mood at the BMC dinner table this evening. Scanning down the results, Porte will see that Contador and Yates have been distanced by 17 seconds and that Romain Bardet is out of the race altogether after the French GC hope was disqualified. The Quick-Step duo of Alaphilippe and Martin are now major contenders for the overall and have to be spoken about in the same breath as Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Sergio Henao - the latter sits just nine seconds off the lead. Once it splits like that and its such a big group its hard but its not over, Porte said.There are some strong guys in front but theres still a lot of racing to go. Like Porte, BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz chose to see the positive side from a disappointing day, and he pointed to the fact that at one point BMCs overall challenge looked over after less than 100 kilometres of racing. It was a difficult day for everyone. Richie took 17 seconds out of Contador, which was a plus and when you miss a break then you have to chase and we chased as hard as we could, all day, Ochowicz told Cyclingnews. At one moment it could have gone to two minutes but they held their ground and the front guys started to hit their max. You could see that at the end. Everyone in the race went as hard as they possible could. You can read more at More...
Bardet disqualified from Paris-Nice
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) has been excluded from Paris-Nice after the race jury ruled that he received illegal assistance from his team car as he chased back on after crashing in the finale of Sundays opening stage. Bardet sustained cuts to his knee and thigh when he crashed with 22 kilometres remaining while part of the second group on the road in a stage that saw the peloton splintered into echelons by crosswinds. The Frenchman remounted quickly and succeeded in latching back up to the chasing group as the race entered the final 10 kilometres. Host broadcaster France Tlvisions showed only fleeting images of Bardets pursuit through the race convoy, though on at least two occasions, the helicopter shot showed a mechanic leaning from the AG2R La Mondiale car window to perform adjustments to his bike as he rode.ADVERTISEMENT Bardet succeeded in catching the small chasing group, which was being led by Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), with a little over 10 kilometres remaining. He was to the fore when that group fragmented on the final approach to the line, coming home alongside Richie Porte (BMC), 47 seconds down on stage winner Arnaud Dmare (FDJ). Within minutes of the finish, however, the race jury announced that Bardet had been excluded from the race for receiving illegal assistance from his team car, a punishment in line with that handed down to Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) for a similar offence on the opening stage of the 2015 Vuelta a Espaa. In a communique issued after the stage, the commissaires said that they had excluded Bardet for the specific infraction of holding onto his team car, and handed him a fine of 200 Swiss Francs. Directeur sportif Julien Jurdie has also been excluded for the remainder of Paris-Nice and AG2R La Mondiale will have just one team car in the race for the week. You can read more at More...
Marcel Kittel back on disc brakes at Paris-Nice
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After the controversy and the debate, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step) returned to using disc brakes on stage 1 of Paris-Nice. The German has been of the leading supporters of the braking technology, and one of the first riders to use them during their 2017 trial at WorldTour level. Kittel briefly opted to return to the more traditional caliper brake-equipped Specialized Venge ViAS bike after claims that the disc rotors on his bike had sliced through one of Owain Doulls shoes in a crash on stage 1 at the Abu Dhabi Tour. He told the press then that he would put a hold on using discs out of respect for my colleagues because I understand the safety issues. On the start line of stage 1 of Paris-Nice, the discs were back.ADVERTISEMENT Oh yes, disc brakes. I think its a good choice for this weather condition. Ive said before that I still believe in the disc brakes and Im convinced by it, Kittel told Cyclingnews. While it still remains unclear as to how the incision in Doulls shoe was made " there were also claims that the Sky riders attire could have been spliced open by a rusty guard rail during the crash " the debate around the technology has rumbled on. In the aftermath of the crash, a body representing the bicycle industry issued a statement rejecting claims that disc brakes are dangerous and should not, in their current form, be permitted for use in professional cycling. The UCI and the (Cyclistes Professionels Associs) CPA are at loggerheads, with the latters rider representative recently telling Cyclingnews, "The sad thing is someone might have to take a bullet for change to happen. You can read more at More...
Contador recovers from illness to race Paris-Nice
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) has recovered from recent illness to line up at Paris-Nice where he will look to avenge a narrow loss from last year. The Spaniard finished a close second in the Race to the Sun in 2016, finishing four seconds adrift of Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) after losing time in a late split. Contador has already impressed this season with a number of attacking displays and second overall in Ruta del Sol. He is still looking for his first win in Trek colours and will look at Paris-Nice " a race he won for the first time a decade ago " as the ideal opportunity. A cold at the end of February led to a short course of antibiotics but the former Tour de France winner has been given the all-clear to race.ADVERTISEMENT It was just a cold but its under control now and I feel better. I was a little sick on the last stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour. In Andalucia I took antibiotics but I finished them last week and now I feel better and have confidence for the hard part of the race, he told Cyclingnews as he lined up for stage 1 of Paris-Nice in Bois-dArcy. While Contador is in clement health the same could not be said of the weather conditions on stage 1. The rain fell overnight and continued during the sign-on with winds expected during the relatively short but technical stage. Given that Contador lost Paris-Nice last year due to a late split in the bunch, he knows better than most that riders with GC aspirations need to be attentive throughout the race. Every stage is a difficult for GC, he said. We know that in Paris-Nice you can lose everything in one day and today the differences can be bigger than in the mountain stages or the time trial. You need to pay attention and make sure that youre in a good position the whole time. Then you just need to cross your fingers. One rider tasked with keeping Contador is Gregory Rast. The experienced Swiss rider worked for Contador back in their Astana days and also rode as a domestique for Fabian Cancellara. The 37-year-old has the difficult task of supporting Contador and riding for John Degenkolb in the sprints. You can read more at More...
Former world champion Kwiatkowski wins Strade Bianche
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SIENA, Italy (AP) " Michal Kwiatkowski won the Strade Bianche with a solo break on Saturday for his second victory in the one-day classic.The Pole had time to slow down around the final wet corners after rain had affected the race... More...
Cycling: Fairytales likely to produce more frogs
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Appropriately enough, in yet another eventful week in the world of doping, there has been not one high-profile failed test.No tearful concessions, no medals revoked, no tell-all interviews with Oprah.What there has been no shortage... More...
UK Sport issues funding warning over British Cycling's missing medical records scandal
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl has described the evidence given at Wednesday's select committee hearing regarding the lack of record-keeping at British Cycling and Team Sky as "shocking", saying funding could be withheld for... More...
Bradley Wiggins angered by questions about medical package
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " With investigations escalating into a mystery medical package dispatched to a race six years ago to treat Bradley Wiggins, the British cycling great's anger boiled over on Thursday.Not over the revelation that Team... More...
Lack of medical records taints Team Sky, British cycling reputation
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
After fueling Britain's transformation into an Olympic superpower, the country's cycling reputation is being damaged by a medical mystery that keeps on growing.Britain's anti-doping agency and legislators have spent months trying... More...
Team Sky's reputation "in tatters" following latest Culture Media and Sport select committee evidence
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Damian Collins was speaking after UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) boss Nicole Sapstead updated the panel of MPs on her agency's investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at British Cycling and Team Sky More...
Cycling coach who delivered package to Bradley Wiggins at centre of doping probe said he 'wanted to keep his job'
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Simon Cope told MPs they might think he was stupid - and claimed a riddle over his movements in the run-up to the delivery may have been triggered by him fiddling his expenses More...
Kwiatkowski proves he is back to his best with Strade Bianche win
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Michal Kwiatkowski punched the air several times as he arrived alone and victorious in Sienas Piazza del Campo, celebrating a well-deserved win at Strade Bianche but also enjoying his return to success after a difficult first season with Team Sky. The 26-year-old Polish rider had not won a race since last years E3 Harelbeke. He started the 2016 season very skinny, but failed to finish a long series of stage races. He seemed a shadow of the rider who soloed to victory at the 2014 World Championships and won the 2015 Amstel Gold Race. Kwiatkowski cuts a diminutive figure compared to the bulk of the Cobbled classic contenders. He is also softly spoken and clearly emotive yet was not afraid to reveal he had endured a difficult 2016.ADVERTISEMENT "Im very happy to win, but it wasnt all or nothing," Kwiatkowski said during the winners press conference with the written media at Strade Bianche. "Im very happy with how it went. I had a lot of difficulties last season, but now Im happy with the current situation. "I was maybe pushing myself to the limit too much to impress everyone last year. Im not a machine, and sooner or later you pay the bill. I wasnt happy but had great support from the team with my health problems and not finishing races, they always believed in me. I didnt lose my talent, I just had to wait and work hard to get back on the level. "Before I started training [for 2017] I tried to stay calm. My main goal was to be back at my level. Im just happy to be having fun on my bike again." You can read more at More...

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