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Posted by: simon on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 posted in: News > Shop

Wiggins retains Paris-Nice lead

Bradley Wiggins retained the leader’s yellow jersey following the third stage of the Paris-Nice race.

The British Team Sky rider maintained his six-second lead over American Levi Leipheimer by finishing 20th, with the same time as the winner.

The 194km stage from Vierzon to Le Lac de Vassiviere was won by Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, his fourth victory of the season.

“It was really hard today; everybody was knackered,” said Wiggins.

Paris-Nice overall standings

1st:

Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain), Sky Procycling – 9 hours, 9 minutes, 41 seconds

2nd:

Levi Leipheimer (US), Omega Pharma-Quick Step – 6 secs behind

3rd:

Tejay van Garderen (US), BMC Racing – 11 secs

4th:

Sylvain Chavanel (France), Omega Pharma-Quick Step – 14 secs

5th:

Maxime Montfort (Belgium), Radioshack-Nissan – 18 secs

Team Sky controlled much of the race, pegging back a three-man breakaway that built up a five-minute lead.

However, Movistar rider Valverde surged ahead in the final stretch after a short climb and just held off Simon Gerrans of Australia. Belgian Gianni Meersman finished third.

Valverde is now sixth overall, 20 seconds behind Wiggins, who took the overall lead after

finishing 11th in the second stage

from Mantes-la-Jolie to Orleans on Monday.

The 178km fourth stage of the eight-day race runs from Brive-la-Gaillarde to Rodez on Wednesday.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport/0/cycling-road/17276955

Posted by: keith on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 posted in: News

Wiggins takes lead in Paris-Nice

Britain’s Bradley Wiggins took the overall lead in the Paris-Nice race after finishing 11th in the second stage from Mantes-la-Jolie to Orleans.

The 31-year-old Team Sky rider, who began in second place, was part of a 21-man break which finished two minutes, 29 seconds ahead of the pack.

The stage was won by Belgium’s Tom Boonen ahead of Spain’s Jose Joaquin Rojas and Germany’s John Degenkolb.

Overall, Wiggins leads United States rider Levi Leipheimer by six seconds.

“I’m delighted I managed to take the jersey,” Wiggins told Sky Sports News.

“There were a lot of crashes and we’re a bit battered and bruised. The weather plays a massive part, the roundabouts are slippery and there were people crashing.

“You’re always a couple of seconds away from potentially losing everything, once you go down you’re not going to come back to the front so you’re riding a tightrope the whole day – it’s a relief to be finished and on the bus.”

The race marks an important step on Wiggins’ preparation for the Tour de France this summer.

“We’re in great shape, the winter’s gone well and we’re here to win the race, it’s a big stepping stone towards July,” added Wiggins. “I’m in the shape of my life, the coaching team have pushed me hard all winter – the goal is July and our condition and form is fantastic.”

After

the first day’s 9.4km rain-affected stage,

the generally flat second was affected by strong crosswinds which played a part in dividing the peloton early in the second half of the race.

With previous leader Swede Gustav Larsson separated from the leading pack, along with Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck and defending champion Tony Martin of Germany, Wiggins seized his chance, further helping his cause by taking the bonus three seconds courtesy of the day’s intermediate sprint.

Wiggins was ably assisted throughout by Team Sky colleague and fellow Briton Geraint Thomas, who at one stage looked capable of taking the stage in the closing sprint but ultimately had to settle for 10th.

In Tuesday’s third stage, the riders will trek 194km from Vierzon to Le Lac de Vassiviere.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport/0/cycling/17261475

Posted by: keith on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 posted in: News

Wiggins starts well in Paris-Nice

Britain’s Bradley Wiggins defied the wet conditions to finish second in the 9.4km opening time-trial stage of the Paris-Nice race on Sunday.

Wiggins completed the course in 11 minutes, 20 seconds, one second behind Sweden’s Gustav Larsson who posted his time before the rain started to fall.

The Team Sky rider said: “I didn’t take any risks in the corners but I knew in a straight line I was flying.

“Now it’s about staying safe. This race is known for having a lot of crashes.”

WIGGINS’ ROAD HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2012:

    Volta ao Algarve, 3rd overall.
  • 2011:

    Criterium du Dauphine, 1st overall; Vuelta a Espana – 3rd overall; Paris-Nice, 3rd overall; British National Road Race Championship; World Time Trial Championships, 2nd.
  • 2010:

    Tour of Murcia, 3rd overall; British National Time Trial Championships, 1st.
  • 2009:

    Herald Sun Tour, 1st overall ; Tour de France, 4th overall; British National Time Trial Championships, 1st.

Despite being named “the Race to the Sun”,

the Paris-Nice event 

is renowned for its often unfavourable weather conditions and numerous hills.

“I wasn’t willing to find out whether it was slippery so I never really pushed it as hard as I could have done in the corners,” added Wiggins.

“I’d already slipped on the ramp coming off the start, so straight away I had one mind on safety in the corners. Fortunately there weren’t so many corners so it wasn’t as decisive.”

To put Wiggins’ performance into context, defending champion Tony Martin, who was the last man to tackle the course, two riders after the Brit, finished 25 seconds off the pace.

Wiggins’ fellow Brit and Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas finished 26 seconds adrift of leader Larsson over the course from Dampierre-en-Yvelines to Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse, just outside Paris.

American rider Levi Leipheimer is third, four seconds off the pace.

Monday’s second stage is a largely flat 185.5km race from Mantes-la-Jolie to Orleans

The eight-stage race culminates on 11 March with a 9.6km time trial that finishes on top of the Col d’Eze, which returns to the route after an absence of more than a decade.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport/0/cycling/17243943

Posted by: keith on Monday, March 5th, 2012 posted in: News

Wiggins takes form to Paris-Nice

Britain’s Bradley Wiggins is planning to build on his early season form when the Paris-Nice race begins on Sunday.

The

Team Sky rider 

finished third in February’s Tour of the Algarve

after winning the concluding time trial.

The 31-year-old, who leads an eight-man team, said: “It’s the first big World Tour race of the season in Europe and we’ll look to continue the momentum.”

Wiggins, who has

three Olympic track golds

believes

he can win the Tour de France and Olympic time trial in 2012.

On the track, he won the 4km individual pursuit at the 2004 Athens Games, before repeating that win in 2008 and also claiming gold in the pursuit in Beijing.

However, with the individual pursuit not featuring at the London 2012 Olympics, Wiggins has turned his attentions to the road.

He finished third in last year’s Paris-Nice, in a season that also saw him come third in Spain’s major road race,

the Vuelta a Espana,

after

breaking his collarbone

during the Tour de France.

New Sky recruits
Richie Porte,

winner of the recent Algarve event, and
Kanstantsin Siutsou

will race alongside Wiggins in France, along with
Christian Knees,

Danny Pate,

Geraint Thomas

and
Rigoberto Urán.

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Everything about this team is just snowballing and getting better and better, race after race

Bradley Wiggins

However, Briton
Chris Froome,

who finished ahead of Wiggins in the Vuelta,

has not yet recovered from a chest infection 

and
Xabier Zandio

will come into Sky’s eight-man squad.

“The new guys like ‘Kosta’ and Richie are all just slotting in perfectly,” Wiggins said.

“Portugal was the first time we’d ever raced together and it was a brilliant week.

“Everything about this team is just snowballing and getting better and better, race after race.

“We’re becoming more consistent too, it’s more of a habit now.

“We’ve also got an incredibly strong squad at Tirreno-Adriatico which takes place around the same time as Paris-Nice.

“It’s great to be part of it and I’m just looking forward to Paris-Nice now and my next few races after that.”

WIGGINS’ ROAD HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2012:

    Volta ao Algarve, 3rd overall.
  • 2011:

    Criterium du Dauphine, 1st overall; Vuelta a Espana – 3rd overall; Paris-Nice, 3rd overall; British National Road Race Championship; World Time Trial Championships, 2nd.
  • 2010:

    Tour of Murcia, 3rd overall; British National Time Trial Championships, 1st.
  • 2009:

    Herald Sun Tour, 1st overall ; Tour de France, 4th overall; British National Time Trial Championships, 1st.

Last year’s Paris-Nice winner
Tony Martin

will defend his title while runner-up
Andreas Kloeden

is also set to take part.

Spain’s
Alejandro Valverde

, who made his return to the sport in January

after serving a retrospective two-year ban for his implication in Operacion Puerta

, will make his first appearance in the race since a second-place finish in 2010, a result that was later erased from the record books.

The

Movistar 

cyclist finished runner-up in January’s Tour Down Under and then won February’s Ruta del Sol in his homeland.

The world-class field also includes the Schleck brothers,
Andy and Frank

,
Levi Leipheimer

, home favourite
Thomas Voeckler

and the likes of
Tom Boonen

and
Thor Hushovd

.

Despite being named “the Race to the Sun”,

the Paris-Nice race 

is renowned for its often unfavourable weather conditions and numerous hills.

The 70th edition of the race, 

which starts on Sunday with a 9.4km time trial in the village of Dampierre-en-Yvelines just outside Paris, will see the riders travel 1,155km, with each stage including at least one categorised climb.

The eight-stage race culminates on 11 March with a 9.6km time trial that finishes on top of the Col d’Eze, which returns to the route after an absence of more than a decade.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport/0/cycling/17243943

Posted by: keith on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 posted in: News

Cummings faces Olympics fitness race after crash

Steve Cummings has broken his pelvis in a crash on the third stage of the Tour of the Algarve in Portugal.

The 30-year-old now faces a battle to be fit in time for the Olympics, where he is a key part of the Great Britain road race team led by Mark Cavendish.

“We were going down a little hill and this guy came from under me and hooked my handlebars. I didn’t see it coming,” Cummings said of Friday’s crash.


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Cavendish sprints to World title

His team, BMC Racing, say Cummings will be out “for at least a month”.

However, a longer rehabilitation period can be expected after that. The Olympic road race takes place on 28 July.

Cummings, who

won the same stage of the Algarve event with Team Sky last year,

tried to put a brave face on the situation, adding: “You know what they say: what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.”

Birkenhead-born Cummings was a key member of the eight-man team that helped Cavendish to

World Championship road race glory in Copenhagen

last September.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport/0/cycling-road/17084510

Posted by: keith on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 posted in: News

GB team can improve

Great Britain’s track cycling team can improve on their display at the World Cup in London, says performance director Dave Brailsford.

GB won seven medals out of 10 Olympic events – four gold, one silver and two bronze – at the Olympic Velodrome.

“There is definitely an improvement to come,” said Brailsford.

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I’ve been a bit more confident, taking the race by the scruff of the neck, and I’ve really enjoyed it

Sir Chris Hoy

“We can only control what we are doing. We’re on the way forward again after the Europeans when we weren’t pulling it together.”

Britain finished top of the points table at the four-day meet which doubled as an Olympic test event at the new 6,000-seat arena. Brailsford knows the competition will be more intense come the Olympic Games.

He added: “I’m confident we’ll be better come August.

“What we’ve done here is built some momentum. It’s a big step forward for us as a team and what we’ll be doing is everything possible to make sure we replicate that performance in the summer.

“Personally, what I’m really pleased to see is the self-belief of the whole team – riders and staff. The belief systems are in place and you can’t perform at the highest level without that foundation.”

Four-time Olympic champion
Sir Chris Hoy

followed up his victory in Saturday’s keirin with a 2-0 win over German Maximilian Levy in the men’s sprint and reckons he is in the best form since the 2008 Olympics.

The Scot said: “I was expecting some good performances, but this is the best I’ve been since Beijing. No question.

“I did my best performance in the team sprint last lap since Beijing. I did a 9.93 (seconds, in sprint qualifying) today and the keirin last night I hit my fastest ever speed in that race (78.4kph).

“It’s not just the cold figures, it’s also how you approach the racing. I’ve been a bit more confident, taking the race by the scruff of the neck, and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

DAN HUNT, GB ENDURANCE COACH, ON TEAM PURSUIT

“Australia were the better team on the day and no amount of going through the analysis is going to show us how we could have beaten them. We were turned over by a better team. But it’s quite nice chasing, if I’m honest with you – we spent the last four years being chased. This belief that if you’ve got a GB skinsuit on then you should win is being quite graphically proved wrong. We’ve got to be better than we’ve ever been to beat these guys, and we’re not at the moment. Nor were we intended to be. We’re on the right track, but so are they.”

Hoy’s triumph has increased his chance of winning the single team slot in the Olympic sprint event ahead of world champion Jason Kenny, who lost his quarter-final 2-0 to Levy.

They meet again in next month’s World Championships in Melbourne.

“Every race between now and the Olympics matters,” Kenny said. “I’m chasing Chris. There’s not a lot I can do except try harder and harder to close the gap.

“It’s really good actually. We’re really pushing each other. Obviously, we’re both really competitive people.”

In the
team pursuit

, the British quartet of Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh came second to world champions Australia.

Jack Bobridge, Rohan Dennis, Alex Edmondson and Michael Hepburn won in three minutes 54.615 seconds – the third fastest time in history.

Thomas, was happy with the Great Britain team’s performance, but not his own.

“I feel like I had a lot left at the end. As a team, that’s a good ride. We’ve definitely got a long way to go, but I’m confident that I’m going to get back to where I was.”

Clancy said: “We knew we’d be up against it. The Aussies have got a superstar team, but we’ve got more to come.”

Brailsford believes his riders now have to make up their minds which event they want to go for.

“If they don’t commit to one event they are in trouble anyway,” he said. “Now it’s a question of building on this and really committing.”

Laura Trott

lifted bronze after victory in the 500m time-trial, the final event of the omnium, as Sarah Hammer of the United States took gold.

Trott said: “The points race let me down. I was too conservative and didn’t get stuck in. We’re going to look at that, without compromising my team pursuit training.”

Victoria Pendleton

finished a disappointing fifth in the women’s keirin, but expects to be in much better shape come July.

She said: “It’s been a really positive learning experience and that’s what we set out for it to be. I didn’t want to put too high expectations on myself. Mind you it’s nice to win.

“But it’s hard to do it when you are not in peak condition. Next time I come here hopefully I’ll be in much better shape and show them how it’s done.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport/0/cycling-track/17091920

Posted by: keith on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 posted in: News

King sets sights on Olympic dream

Hampshire cyclist Dani King is aiming to follow her unexpected gold medal at the Track World Cup last week with selection for the London 2012 Olympics.

King, 21, was a late call-up to the GB trio which won the team pursuit at the new Olympic Velodrome.

King joined Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell to beat Canada in the final.

“I’m just going to keep working hard, do everything I can to stay healthy and fingers crossed I’ll make the team,” King told BBC South Today.

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I just went mad and punched the air when I crossed the line, the atmosphere was incredible and it is something I have never experienced before

Dani King

GB won seven medals in the 10 Olympic events four gold, one silver and two bronze and finished top of the points table at the four-day meet, which doubled as an Olympic test event at the new 6,000-seat arena.

King said the atmosphere in the arena was unlike anything she had experienced before, and made her even more determined to make the GB team for London 2012.


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Dani King sets sights on London 2012 Olympics

“I was told on the morning of the race that I would be put into the team for the final,” added King, who was preferred to Wendy Houvenaghel.

“I was really excited but really nervous at the same time as I didn’t have time to prepare as I would do normally.

“I got stuck in and it ended up working. I just went mad and punched the air when I crossed the line, the atmosphere was incredible and it is something I have never experienced before, it will be amazing when the Olympics come around.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport/0/cycling-track/17152231

Posted by: keith on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 posted in: News

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