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10 November 2011
Last updated at 15:58
Landis announced his retirement from cycling earlier this year
Disgraced Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has been given a one-year suspended jail sentence for using a hacker to spy on an anti-doping lab.
The American won the Tour de France in 2006, but was later stripped of the title after failing a dope test.
Last year, he confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.
Landis’s former trainer, Arnie Barker, was also convicted by a Paris court and received the same suspended sentence.
Neither men were present for the trial and both are the subject of international arrest warrants.
Landis was found guilty by a French court of masterminding the hacking into the computer of the lab, south of Paris, that found abnormal levels of testosterone in his system.
Prosecutors accused the pair of using the hacked documents to prepare their failed legal challenge to the Tour de France disqualification.
Landis announced his retirement from cycling earlier this year after failing to find a new team.
Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/news/world-europe-15673321Posted by: keith on Friday, November 11th, 2011 posted in: News
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Here we are the final month of the season, it has flown by, but if I think back to January and the Tour Down Under it seems like a lifetime ago. So much has happened since!
September is also the final month of being a ‘true’ road rider as as such because, come October, I will be back on the track. That is when the whole build-up and training for the Olympics really begins. I have the track Euros first, at the end of October, then a ‘boot camp’ style block of six weeks’ training in Manchester with the track squad. I’m really looking forward to it, and seeing how this last year has gone, I’m sure the Olympics will be on us before we know it.
So with just over a week to go until the Tour of Britain, I am putting the finishing touches to my preparation. Just sitting here writing about the race makes me excited!
I am mainly resting up now with a few long rides to keep the body ticking over. I can definitely feel the racing I have done this year. If it was any other race at the end of the year, I’m sure I would have let myself go.
But the Tour of Britain and World Champs (a week later) are always big, well they are if you’re a Brit.
Saying that, the Tour of Britain has grown in stature since I first did it in 2005. A lot of guys now use it as their final prep for the worlds, if they aren’t riding the Vuelta obviously.
The race route has also improved. There are some hard stages that are constantly up and down, which are the worst, and also some exciting finishes like into Stoke-on-Trent and Caerphilly.
The stages are shorter than most races in Europe but I don’t think this matters too much (with regards to the worlds that are 260km long). If anything it makes the racing harder and after such a long season we already have the endurance and kilometres in us.
I can’t wait for it to begin! It is not often we get to race on home roads, in front of a home crowd. One of the stages finishes is in Caerphilly, which isn’t far from where I grew up.
With the success of the Olympic track team and Cav/Brad etc the crowds have grown in recent years. Swansea was the stand out stage of last year, Constitution Hill could have been in Belgium.
I’ve been named as one of the leaders of the team, which is always nice. But to be honest it is a similar situation to Bayern Rundfahrt, where I won my first pro stage race this year. We have such a strong team that any of us stand a shout of winning. The 10km TT helps myself along with Alex Dowset and of course Mick Rogers, who has won the world TT title a few times!
As most of you are probably aware, there is usually a break that decides the General Classification (GC) in the Tour of Britain so it will be up to one of us to be in it. Once the GC has formed some shape we will have more an idea of the true team leader. Hopefully that will be me, I would love to go for the GC win.
The Tour of Britain also marks the start of the Rugby World Cup. Wales kick off their campaign against South Africa on the day we have the first stage of the Tour of Britain.
As I’m sure you know it’s taking place in New Zealand so I’m not sure if we will get to watch it live but hopefully we can record all the games on the bus. It will make the long transfers a lot more interesting!
Wales’ captain, Sam Warburton, also went to the same high school as me, Whitchurch High. They haven’t done too bad on the sporting front with Gareth Bale also coming from Whitchurch. Being the biggest school in Wales probably helped probability wise, but to be fair, the games department were really passionate.
They really tried to encourage us to get involved in sport whilst at school. However, once I started cycling a bit more seriously I managed to avoid the rugby teacher, daily… Where Wales will finish is hard to say. A potential quarter-final clash with an in-form Aussie team could be the game to cause an upset. It would also provide me some bragging rights in the team! Time will tell…Posted by: keith on Monday, November 7th, 2011 posted in: News
Mark Cavendish says a flatter 2012 Tour de France route, which was revealed in Paris on Tuesday, could help his dual aim of Tour success and Olympic gold.
He will look to defend his sprinters’ green jersey in the three-week Tour, ending on 22 July, then take part in the Olympic road race on 28 July.
“The course we’ve seen is a lot better to do that,” he said of the double.
“I can probably get through [the Tour] a lot better than I could with 25-odd hors categorie [toughest] mountains.”
World road champion Cavendish, who will ride for Team Sky next year, told BBC Sport: “It’s going to be a long July – three weeks of the Tour then I’ve got to keep it going for one more week for the Olympics.
“I’ll have to be as fresh as I can at the start of July and see what happens.”
The first three days of the 3,479km Tour will be in Belgium, beginning with a 6.1km prologue in Liege on Saturday, 30 June, before it heads into France.
Nine of the 20 stages are designated as flat, which would be beneficial for Cavendish, who won five stages on the 2011 Tour to take his career total to 20.
But Cavendish refused to set targets, saying: “I just try and win as much as I can. If I don’t win one then I’ll have failed in my job so I’ll look at one and see what happens after that.”
As always, it will be the mountain stages and individual time trials that will play the biggest roles in deciding the overall Tour winner.
There are five mountain stages in 2012, with two summit finishes, and three time trials – the prologue, a 38km ride on stage nine and the penultimate, potentially decisive, flat 52km stage to Chartres.
Britain’s Bradley Wiggins could benefit from the inclusion of an extra time trial, the discipline in which he won World Championships silver last month.
Team Sky face a tough task to juggle setting up stage wins for Cavendish and helping Wiggins ride for the overall general classification (GC).
Asked if it is possible, Cavendish replied: “Absolutely. The biggest decision in joining the team was if they could do that, and they can so we’ll try it.”
Australia’s Cadel Evans, the defending champion, also said he was happy with the route for 2012.
When asked whether it suited him, Evans said: “I think so, you need a good team there for the GC but we have that.
“I think the second half is favourable towards me.”
Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck, who in 2011 finished second for the third consecutive year after failing to follow up some superb riding in the Alps with a decent time trial performance, has conceded the 2012 Tour will not play to his strengths, but says he is focusing on the mountains.
“There are still 25 mountain passes to negotiate, and there were 23 this year,” he pointed out.
“Ideally I would like to see another mountain top finish and one less time trial but I have to take things as they are and keep on working on my time trial.”
Race director Christophe Prudhomme said: “There are new climbs featuring very steep parts with very high gradients.
“It should make for a thrilling race. Those who want to attack a long way from the finish will be able to do so.”
One of the new climbs, to the top of the Planche des Belles Filles on stage seven, is a 5.9km climb at an average gradient of 8.5%.
However, Prudhomme added: “Once the roads are completely finished, we will add a final 270m with some 60m at 20.2%.”
The Col du Grand Colombier, one of France’s toughest ascents, makes its Tour debut on stage 10 – it is 17.4km long at an average gradient of 7.1%, with parts over 12%.
Another new climb will be the Mur de Peguere, with gradients reaching 18%, a rarity in Tour de France history.
2012 Tour de France route
30 June – Prologue: Liege, 6.1km
1 July – Stage 1: Liege – Seraing 198km
2 July – Stage 2: Vise – Tournai 207km
3 July – Stage 3: Orchies – Boulogne-sur-Mer 197km
4 July – Stage 4: Abbeville – Rouen 214km
5 July – Stage 5: Rouen – St Quentin 197km
6 July – Stage 6: Epernay – Metz 210km
7 July – Stage 7: Tomblaine – La Planche des Belles Filles 199km
8 July – Stage 8: Belfort – Porrentruy 154km
9 July – Stage 9: Arc-et-Senans – Besancon (time trial) 38km
10 July – Rest day in Macon
11 July – Stage 10: Macon – Bellegarde-sur-Valserine 194km
12 July – Stage 11: Albertville – La Toussuire/Les Sybelles 140km
13 July – Stage 12: St Jean de Maurienne – Annonay 220km
14 July – Stage 13: St Paul Trois Chateaux – Le Cap d’Agde 215km
15 July – Stage 14: Limoux – Foix 192km
16 July – Stage 15: Samatan – Pau 160km
17 July – Rest day in Pau
18 July – Stage 16: Pau – Bagnères de Luchon 197km
19 July – Stage 17: Bagnères de Luchon – Peyragudes 144km
20 July – Stage 18: Blagnac – Brive la Gaillarde 215km
21 July – Stage 19: Bonneval – Chartres (time trial) 52km
22 July – Stage 20: Rambouillet – Paris Champs-Élysées 130km
Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/15350897.stmPosted by: keith on Monday, November 7th, 2011 posted in: News
Great Britain’s male and female team pursuiters won gold medals as track cycling’s European Championships began in the Netherlands on Friday.
Both successfully defended titles they won at 2010′s inaugural elite European event, then Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish added women’s team sprint gold.
“As a team as a whole, we’re becoming unbeatable,” said pursuiter Dani King.
But the men’s team sprinters, including Sir Chris Hoy, finished a shock fifth after start trouble in qualifying.
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Jess was amazing and it’s better than she was expecting – it’s faster than we went at the Worlds on this track
Jason Kenny’s wheel slipped as the team began their run, with suspicion resting on a piece of tape as the cause.
These championships, part of a new Olympic qualification system, are seen by the British team as a major stepping-stone to London 2012.
Points earned here are added to a two-year running total in each of the 10 Olympic track cycling events, with the top nations awarded berths at the Games once the rankings close in April 2012.
The sooner Britain earns the points it needs, the better, though qualifying the new maximum of one place (or team) per event is not expected to be a problem.
Victories in both team pursuits and the women’s team sprint represent the perfect outcome for British Cycling, while fifth place for the men’s team sprint is no more than a very minor setback for their Olympic ambitions.
GREAT BRITAIN SQUAD
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- Men’s sprint: Matt Crampton, Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Jason Queally
- Women’s sprint: Victoria Pendleton, Jess Varnish
- Men’s endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Andy Tennant, Geraint Thomas
- Women’s endurance: Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Sarah Storey, Laura Trott
Men’s team pursuiters Ed Clancy, Pete Kennaugh, Steven Burke and Andrew Tennant – swapped into the team after Geraint Thomas had competed in qualifying – easily bested Denmark for the European title as Friday’s finals began.
The Danes lost a man midway through the race, which helped hand Britain a comfortable 6.7-second cushion as they won in a time of 4:00.08.
“We had the aim of trying to do a 3:58 time and unfortunately we were just a bit off that, but it was a good day,” said Tennant.
“We owe a lot to Pete Kennaugh today. He was going like the clappers and dragged us round a lot.”
Kennaugh said: “It’s really important to come here and win. A lot of us came from a long road season and are carrying a lot of fatigue, so to keep it going till October is quite hard.”
Russia, who beat Britain to silver behind Australia at this year’s World Championships and were expected to feature heavily here, failed to reach the final after fielding a team which blended experienced riders with developing talent.
The women’s pursuit trio of Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell similarly dispatched Germany for gold in a time of 3:22.618, seven seconds ahead of their rivals.
“Once we had the Germans in sight it was comfortable, then it was about going for another good time – which we got, so we’re pleased,” said Rowsell.
Pendleton and Varnish won a third title for Britain as they posted a time of 33.276 seconds, including an impressive 18.9-second split for Varnish which matched her Worlds performance, to defeat Ukraine in the women’s team sprint.
Pendleton had earlier suffered a similar fate to Kenny in qualifying, but emerged unscathed and came through to take gold.
“I skipped my wheel on the first rev [in qualifying], not as badly as Jason Kenny but I struggled to get on,” she said.
“I knew I could do better in the final and I’m really pleased with the ride. Jess was amazing and it’s better than she was expecting – it’s faster than we went at the Worlds on this track.”
Varnish said: “We’re at a very different time in the season than we were at the Worlds in March, so I’m really happy to do that time again.”
Saturday’s individual sprint finals, from 1830 BST, feature Hoy, Kenny and Pendleton as the leading British names.
The three-day European Championships conclude on Sunday with the men’s and women’s keirin and omnium medals decided, plus the non-Olympic men’s madison race.
From there, the season continues with more Olympic qualification points on offer at the next World Cup event, in Kazakhstan, early in November.
Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/15404110.stmPosted by: keith on Monday, November 7th, 2011 posted in: News
Kenny, left, struggled at the start of men’s team sprint qualifying
A piece of tape has been named the likely culprit which cost Britain’s men’s sprint team the chance to fight for European track cycling medals.
Jason Kenny’s wheel slipped as Britain began their qualifying run, costing him a vital half-second and pushing GB down to fifth, out of the medal races.
“You can see a slip of timing tape on the track and Jason’s rear wheel just crosses it,” said coach Jan van Eijden.
Team member Sir Chris Hoy bemoaned a “frustrating” start to the event.
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There’s some tape there that’s been fixed and Jason Kenny’s back wheel slipped on his second down-stroke, but we’re not going to blame anyone
Jan van Eijden
British sprint coach
“On the plus side my lap was quick so all I can do is focus on tomorrow,” Hoy, 35, wrote on his official Facebook page after qualifying.
The tape had been changed by the time Friday’s evening session at the Apeldoorn velodrome, in the Netherlands, began.
British cyclists went on to win three gold medals on the opening night of the European Championships, but fifth place for the men’s team sprint represented an unwelcome shock in what should have been a comparatively easy qualifying session.
“There’s some tape there that’s been fixed and Jason Kenny’s back wheel slipped on his second down-stroke, but we’re not going to blame anyone,” said Van Eijden.
“There’s nothing we can do now except go home, review the procedure and hopefully do better.
“It’s better that it happened here rather than at the Worlds or Olympics. We’re well ahead in Olympic qualification at the moment so we won’t be affected by that. We lose a few points but it’s nothing to worry about.”
The error cost 23-year-old Kenny about half a second, more than enough to push the British team out of contention even though they made some of that time back.
His team’s qualifying time of 44.933 seconds was just 0.297 outside that of fastest qualifiers France – who eventually won silver behind Germany – but it left them unable to contest even bronze and means Jason Queally, who had been earmarked to ride in any medal contest, will not get a European outing.
Britain were one of several teams to experience starting difficulties, and mechanics could be seen working on the velodrome’s start gates during an interval.
Track officials initially insisted that while the start gates had been last-minute replacements, on loan from the Dutch federation once the previous gates proved incompatible with the timing system, they were not malfunctioning.
However, after Van Eijden suggested the tape could be one reason for Kenny’s demise, it was noteworthy that it had been changed for the evening’s races.
And when the German women’s team pursuiters twice failed to get out of their start gate, organisers abandoned the gates for the night and switched to manual starts, where officials hold riders upright.
Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/15412269.stmPosted by: keith on Monday, November 7th, 2011 posted in: News
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy has pulled out of track cycling’s European Championships.
The 35-year-old Scot withdrew with a chest infection as Saturday’s individual sprint began and is very unlikely to compete in Sunday’s keirin.
“Chris got up not feeling well. He was dizzy in the warm-up and after a doctor’s exam we decided to withdraw him,” said GB coach Shane Sutton.
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He’s had this lingering for about a week but he went quite deep yesterday, in the team sprint, and that one effort probably pushed him over the edge
British Cycling head coach
“He’ll be disappointed – he was looking forward to the run-out here.”
Hoy finished a lowly fifth in Friday’s team sprint alongside team-mates Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton after Kenny’s wheel slipped at the start of their qualifying run.
At the time he gave no hint of his condition – “on the plus side my lap was quick, so all I can do is focus on tomorrow,” he wrote on Facebook – but Sutton confirmed Hoy has had the infection for some time.
“The doctor says he’s wheezing quite a lot and has blocked sinuses,” said Sutton.
“He’s had this lingering for about a week but he went quite deep yesterday, in the team sprint, and that one effort probably pushed him over the edge.
“It’s best for him to stop now, go home, recuperate and get ready for [the next World Cup race in] Kazakhstan.”
Hoy will miss out on Olympic qualification points that had been on offer at the Euros, in the Dutch town of Apeldoorn, but Britain is so well-placed in the Olympic rankings that his withdrawal here will have no impact on GB’s Olympic fortunes.
Even suffering illness, Hoy had qualified fourth-fastest in the individual sprint in Saturday’s opening session before deciding to withdraw.
Kenny, sixth-fastest in qualifying, will fly the flag for Great Britain in the men’s sprint competition having reached the semi-finals.
Team-mates Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish were both eliminated from the women’s individual sprint, Varnish exiting in the last 16 before Ukraine’s Lyubov Shulika defeated Pendleton in a best-of-three quarter-final.
Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/15415199.stmPosted by: keith on Sunday, November 6th, 2011 posted in: News
Fourth place in the men’s sprint for Jason Kenny capped a forgettable day for Great Britain at the European Track Cycling Championships in Apeldoorn.
Kenny, 23, lost his semi-final to Germany’s Maximilian Levy after a fall and was then beaten to bronze by Russia’s Denis Dmitriev.
“It’s frustrating but I haven’t shown great speed in training,” said Kenny.
Chris Hoy earlier pulled out with a chest infection and Victoria Pendleton lost in the women’s quarter-finals.
Jess Varnish failed to make it past the last 16 on a far quieter day for Britain following the success of Friday’s opening races, in which the team won three gold medals.
Kenny and Hoy are fighting for the one individual sprint place available at the London Olympics following rule changes from world governing body the UCI.
Neither man has had the easiest 24 hours – Kenny slipping in the men’s team sprint, Hoy failing to overcome illness – and Kenny’s poor luck continued as he fell in the third and deciding heat of semi-final against Levy.
Under track cycling’s rules the heat was re-run but, although Kenny ran the German close, Levy picked up the win before losing out to France’s Kevin Sireau for gold.
Dmitriev always looked to have the edge on Kenny in the bronze race-off and the Russian came away with the medal in back-to-back victories.
“I would have liked a medal but that’s the way it is,” Kenny told BBC Sport.
“I think I got the maximum out of myself in qualifying. I’m disappointed to miss out on the podium by one place but it was good to be competitive.”
Of his semi-final fall, Kenny said: “I changed direction too quickly and sent myself off the bike. It’s not the grippiest track in the world and you’ve got to be aware of that when you’re racing.
“It hasn’t been [the easiest couple of days] but people are going to fall off, we’re going to make mistakes at the start. Hopefully we’ll get it out of our system and not make the same mistakes twice, and by the time we come round to the Worlds and the Olympics we’ll be our usual well-drilled machine.”
Having won team sprint gold alongside Varnish on Friday, Pendleton had to fight to reach the women’s individual sprint quarter-finals, coming through the repechage after the last 16.
But Ukrainian rival Lyubov Shulika, beaten by the British duo in that team sprint final, exacted revenge with a 2-0 victory over the 31-year-old in the best-of-three format.
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Victoria Pendleton will be fine by the time we get to August
British Cycling performance director
Pendleton, who won four consecutive sprint world titles alongside Olympic gold between 2007 and 2010, finished the night in eighth place, while Shulika defeated Olga Panarina of Belarus to win the women’s title.
British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford, like Kenny, moved to play down the significance of results in the Netherlands.
“There’s a lot more to come [from Pendleton],” he said. “She’s got a big block of work coming up now and it’s important she gets some consistency.
“What she needs now is a real, long block of uninterrupted, consistent work, and she’ll be fine by the time we get to August.
“There’s no point judging her on what’s here because it’s part of a process. Everybody has got more to come.”
Varnish’s competition ended when the 20-year-old finished behind Pendleton in their repechage heat, from which only one rider can progress.
Hoy finished fourth-fastest in the morning session’s qualification ride before deciding to pull out, and is highly unlikely to take part in Sunday’s keirin, the last of his three events to be staged.
Pendleton should be a contender for the women’s keirin title while Britain has Ed Clancy in the men’s omnium and Laura Trott in the women’s equivalent, all of which conclude on Sunday.
Clancy sits in third after three of the omnium’s six events, spread over two days of racing, as does Trott – who looked superb in winning the women’s omnium elimination race, the high point of Britain’s racing on Saturday.
Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/15416939.stmPosted by: keith on Sunday, November 6th, 2011 posted in: News