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Mark Cavendish pulls out of Abu Dhabi Tour after crash on opening stage

Mark Cavendish collided with world champion Peter Sagan before hitting the barriers during last year’s Tour de France Britain’s Mark Cavendish pulled out of the Abu Dhabi Tour after he was concussed and sustained whiplash in a fall during the race’s first stage. Cavendish’s team said the crash happened after “the race director’s car slowed suddenly as it led the peloton out of Madinat Zayed”. The 32-year-old went on to start the race, but pulled out after five kilometres. Team Dimension Data say they are monitoring the Manxman’s condition. “Due…

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Luke Rowe: Team Sky rider to make Abu Dhabi return

Welsh cyclist Luke Rowe is back on his bike, 4 months after breaking his leg in 25 places. Team Sky’s Luke Rowe will ride the Abu Dhabi Tour on 21 February – just over six months after breaking his leg. The Welshman expected to miss at least a year of action after fracturing his tibia and fibula while white-water rafting on his brother’s stag party in Prague in August, 2017. Rowe helped Chris Froome win the 2017 Tour de France, but has yet to decide on his 2018 Grand Tour….

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Laura Kenny speaks to Jessica Ennis-Hill for advice after giving birth

Ennis-Hill has been ‘great support’ – Kenny Four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny has revealed former heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill has been a “great support” in helping her return to competitive cycling after giving birth. Kenny, 25, who had son Albie in August 2017, will compete at the Track Cycling World Championships from 28 February. Olympic champion Ennis-Hill, 32, won the World Championships in August 2015, 14 months after having son Reggie. “Without that support I wouldn’t know what’s right and wrong,” said Kenny. Ennis-Hill, who won gold at London 2012, gave…

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Chris Froome: Team Sky rider 10th in Ruta del Sol as Tim Wellens wins

Froome is building up to the Giro d’Italia in May, where he could record a hat-trick of Grand Tour victories British rider Chris Froome finished 10th in his first race since his adverse drugs test was made public. The four-time Tour de France winner was never in contention on the final day of the Ruta del Sol – having started in 14th – and finished one minute and 57 seconds adrift of winner Tim Wellens. The Belgian posted a time of 17 hours 41 minutes and 50 seconds in Spain….

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Volta ao Algarve: Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas has lead cut

Geraint Thomas (right) has played an important role in helping Chris Froome (left) win four Tour de France titles Britain’s Geraint Thomas had his lead cut to 19 seconds with one stage of the Volta ao Algarve remaining. The Welsh rider finished three seconds back as the peloton split over the final sprint, which allowed Team Sky colleague Michal Kwiatkowski to edge closer in the overall standings. Pole Kwiatkowski was inside the top 10, with Dylan Groenewegen winning his second race stage for Lotto-Jumbo. Thomas, 31, has previously won the…

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Ruta del Sol: Chris Froome falls to 14th as Tim Wellens takes lead

I don’t see why I shouldn’t race – Froome Britain’s Chris Froome has fallen to 14th place at the Ruta del Sol after a puncture on the fourth stage. The four-time Tour de France winner trailed in one minute 19 seconds behind Saturday’s stage winner Tim Wellens, having started in seventh overall. Lotto-Soudal’s Wellens and Movistar’s Mikel Landa broke away from the pack and it was the Belgian who prevailed by five seconds to claim the red jersey. Froome’s Team Sky colleague Wout Poels, who led after three stages, was…

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Ruta del Sol: Chris Froome stays seventh after third stage, Wout Poels leads

Chris Froome received a gift from the Mayor of Mancha Real, Maria del Mar Davila, before stage three Britain’s Chris Froome remained seventh after stage three of the Ruta del Sol, as Team Sky team-mate Wout Poels retained the leader’s jersey. Four-time Tour de France champion Froome, 32, finished safely in the pack on the 165km third stage from Mancha Real to Herrera. The final kilometres were left to the sprinters, with Italian Sacha Modolo beating Spain’s Carlos Barbero by a bike’s length to snatch victory. Colombia’s Nelson Soto was…

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British Cycling: Rider commission aims to protect athlete welfare

Jess Varnish blamed bosses at British Cycling for her missing out on qualification for Rio 2016 British Cycling is taking steps to improve culture and “break down the us versus them mentality”, according to Para-track cyclist Pete Mitchell. A new Rider Representative Commission (RPC) has been set up, involving 16 cyclists within the British team. Mitchell has been named chair of the group and will work with senior management to discuss athlete welfare. It follows a series of claims of a culture of fear and bullying within the sport’s governing…

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Chris Froome seventh after stage two of the Ruta del Sol

Chris Froome is competing for the first time since September 2017 Chris Froome finished seventh on stage two of the Ruta del Sol, as Team Sky team-mate Wout Poels won the stage. The four-time Tour de France champion is competing for the first time since his adverse drugs test was made public and admitted he will not be challenging for the title in Spain. Froome, 32, finished 27 seconds behind Dutchman Poels, with Luis Leon Sanchez in second and Tim Wellens third. “I’m not feeling my absolute best and it’s…

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