Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly December 19, 2019

Published by TI Media Limited Cycling Weekly is the UK's only weekly special interest magazine focusing on the cycling market. It is the best source of breaking international and UK news, race reportage, reliable fitness advice, trustworthy product reviews and inspirational features for British cyclists. Always a great read, Cycling Weekly inspires you to ride your bike more!

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start line 19.12

Our final magazine of any year is usually a review of the previous 12 months, something we always enjoy doing. But this year we gave ourselves a tougher challenge: to review the last decade. That’s 30 Grand Tours, hundreds of world champions across track, cross and road, countless Classics and two Olympic Games. We hope there’s enough in here to keep you entertained over the Christmas break. We’ve even devised a fiendish 50-question quiz to see whether or not you’ve been paying attention. Let us know how you get on (without the aid of Google). But what will you remember as the defining result, ride or moment of the last 10 years? I found it impossible to limit it to one event. Britain’s Grand Tour domination, a successful home Olympics, my win at…

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in focus

Desert storm Krists Neilands leads the new Israel Start-Up Nation WorldTour team, formerly Israel Cycling Academy, through a sandstorm in the Negev desert during their first training camp. The riders powered through 200km from the outskirts of Tel Aviv past the Gaza Strip to the stunning Ramon Crater in the middle of Israel. Israel Start-Up Nation held its official launch presentation in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, December 11 as they step up to WorldTour level having taken over the struggling Katusha-Alpecin team.…

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field’s winning run comes to an end in york

After winning six consecutive National Trophy titles, Ian Field saw his winning run come to an end after Dutchman Gosse van der Meer snatched the overall lead at the final round in York. Second place in the notoriously treacherous final round in Yorkshire saw van der Meer overcome a 13-point difference between him and Field after the multiple British champion abandoned due to illness. It was van der Meer’s third podium appearance of the season, including a win in Irvine. “It feels insane,” he said. “I’ve never worn a leader’s jersey in my life and it was my season’s goal to at least wear it. “In the end it’s not about wearing it during the series but having it at the end. I’m pretty stoked to take it home with me.” Van der Meer was…

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ctt ups doping penalty

Cycling Time Trials (CTT) has updated its regulations, adding a clause which means anyone caught doping will have to pay £1,000 before they’re allowed to race again. The CTT regulates time trials in the UK — this includes open event and midweek club events. The new regulations will apply from 2020. The payment will go directly to the CTT. Regulation 25 now states: “Any person whom at an anti-doping control at an Event has provided a sample that subsequently returned an adverse analytical finding that results in a sanction that such person is ineligible for competition for a period of time, shall pay a fine to Cycling Time Trials of £1,000. “Any such person shall not be eligible to compete in any Event until such time as such fine has been paid.” Testing at…

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freeman’s bid to slash remaining charges fails

The lawyer for former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman has failed in a bid to have the remaining charges being brought against him thrown out. The decision also means that the Medical Practitioners tribunal is now not set to conclude until next year. Mary O’Rourke, Freeman’s lawyer, had argued there was insufficient evidence in the case against her client, who is accused of ordering testosterone gel to British Cycling HQ in 2011 to be used by an athlete to dope. Freeman denies these claims, which form the centre of the four remaining charges against the doctor from a slate of 22 — he has admitted to the other 18. The panel at Freeman’s tribunal made the decision not to throw out the charges because “there is a case to…

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racing ahead

GP De Star Sint-Niklaas (Dec 21) Christmas racing gets under way in the aptly named Flanders town of Sint-Niklaas. Sven Nys won this race — also referred to as Waaslandcross — a record four times. Cyclo-cross World Cup round six: Namur (Dec 22) Britain’s Thomas Mein sits third in the U23 men’s standings ahead of the festive period double-header. His compatriot Tom Pidcock will be aiming for a podium in the elite men’s race. Cyclo-cross World Cup round seven: Zolder (Dec 26) Katerina Nash leads the elite women’s standings from Britain’s Anna Kay, but it is Annemarie Worst — winner of two rounds already — who will be favourite to win the Boxing Day classic. Azencross (Dec 27) Wout van Aert is expected to make his return to cyclo-cross at this race, his first competitive outing since…