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Cycling Weekly May 21, 2020

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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 21.05

The non-start of the Giro d’Italia really hit home to me just how much I’m missing the pro racing. While little can beat the intensity of excitement around Flanders and Roubaix, it’s the travel and exploration that makes following the Grand Tours such a joy. Whether you’re spectating or reporting, travelling from start to finish via accommodation and places to eat is a major part of the attraction – while the Russian roulette nature of the next location makes it exciting too. We’ve found ourselves working in a rickety old barn in a run-down industrial town one day, only to end up in a picture-perfect mountain setting the next. I’ve had to make do with a packet of crisps and a can of drink for dinner before, but I’ve also happened…

5 min.
british scene mourns tour of britain cancellation

Elite racing in the United Kingdom has been dealt a further blow with the news that the Tour of Britain has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The UK’s premier stage race was set to take place between 6-13 September, but four months before its staging, organiser SweetSpot has announced the race will not take place this calendar year. Instead, the eight-stage tour of the country will now return in September 2021 with the international peloton riding the same route from Penzance to Aberdeen. “In the UK, the racing is very much about crowds” “Since the start of March we have been in weekly calls with British Cycling, the race’s stakeholders and venue holders and initially we were bullish about our chances,” Peter Hodges, PR and marketing director at SweetSpot, told Cycling Weekly. “But…

2 min.
racing in the autumn?

The number of UK Covid-19 cases and daily death tolls is on a slow but definite downward trajectory, prompting optimism that the easing of lockdown can permit some racing to be held later in the year. Currently, there is a ban on any domestic racing until the end of June, and at present there are no National A road races left. There does, however, remain 15 National B road races planned for late summer and late autumn. Riders and teams, however, would like to see that number increased and the creation of a condensed calendar. “The best case is that we get some sort of racing, a packed schedule of maybe six-to-eight weeks towards the end of the year in the autumn,” Canyon-dhb rider Mark Christian said. “The UCI calendar will give people hope,…

3 min.
froome mulls mid-season ineos exit

After 10 years, Chris Froome could be set to leave Ineos in a mid-season transfer. Conflicting reports emerged last week that the four-time Tour de France winner may be looking for a new home for his talents. Cyclingnews reported last week that the Brit, who is out of contract at the end of 2020, was in discussions with teams over a possible mid-season transfer. Ineos declined to comment when approached by Cycling Weekly but La Gazzetta dello Sport quoted an unnamed Ineos source as describing the story as “fake news”. Exactly why Froome might want to leave the most successful Grand Tour racing team of the last 10 years is unclear. However, L’Equipe quoted an anonymous member of Froome’s family saying he was “angry” that team management hadn’t offered any clarification on…

1 min.
my view

CW news editor If Chris Froome does leave Ineos following a spat with team management, it wouldn’t be the first time that Dave Brailsford has been content to see his star Tour de France rider walk away. Remember Bradley Wiggins’s off-script announcement on the BBC Breakfast sofa in 2013 when he broke the news that he wasn’t being selected for the Tour despite being reigning champion? He never started another Grand Tour and left the team less than two years later. L’Equipe’s story of Froome’s dissatisfaction with his place in the pecking order has eerie echoes of that. But then Brailsford, who would have chief responsibility for such a decision, didn’t get where he is today without a willingness to make clinical decisions on what will give his teams the best chance of…

4 min.

STEPHEN PARK The world needs the Olympics, but what is their future? I’ve been reflecting on the significance of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, not just to the Great Britain Cycling Team but to society in general. The Games are rightly considered a ‘force for good’ in their ability to unite and inspire a global audience. The world needs the Games in 2021 as it will demonstrate strength in overcoming adversity and provide an opportunity to celebrate humanity, with athletes playing the role of national ambassadors. However, there is speculation that even these postponed Games could now be cancelled, and I understand why. The logistical challenge of reorganising the biggest gathering of humans in one place is huge, before considering any coronavirus social distancing and quarantining requirements. For example, at the Olympic Games, over…