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Author Archive for William Fotheringham

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Team GB cyclists need to show Olympic form at world championships

World championships start in Berlin with all eyes on Jason and Laura Kenny five months before Tokyo 2020The final world championships before the Olympic Games is the point when reality, good or bad, hits home for Britain’s track cyclists, and the withd…

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Team GB cyclists need to show Olympic form at world championships

World championships start in Berlin with all eyes on Jason and Laura Kenny five months before Tokyo 2020The final world championships before the Olympic Games is the point when reality, good or bad, hits home for Britain’s track cyclists, and the withd…

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Cyclist Elinor Barker: I’m still baffled women’s Madison is a new event

The Rio team gold medallist is in three events at next week’s world championships in Berlin – including only the fourth MadisonTime after time Elinor Barker travelled to track World Cups and world championships early in her career, competed – usually w…

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Raymond Poulidor obituary

French cyclist who achieved a record eight podium finishes in the Tour de France but never wore the leader’s yellow jerseyRaymond Poulidor, who has died aged 83, became France’s most popular cycle racer – and arguably its most best-loved sportsman – th…

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Tour de France 2020 hogs the south and favours day-to-day climbers | William Fotheringham

Route described as ‘the toughest’ by Chris Froome as race organisers plan to use all the mountain ranges and include only one time trialThe Tour de France’s search for novelty and excitement in recent years has taken it in one direction: hillier, short…

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Dutch challenge looms large to block path of local hero Lizzie Deignan

The British rider will be on familiar ground at the finish line in Harrogate on Saturday yet the strong contingent from the Netherlands could deny her a second world titleBritish eyes will be on Lizzie Deignan in Saturday’s women’s road race world cham…

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Lizzie Deignan heads GB’s World Championships charge in Harrogate

The Yorkshire town becomes the centre of world cycling for the next nine days as the UCI Road World Championships represent the sport’s biggest extravaganza in the UK to dateIn world cycling terms all roads lead to Harrogate this week but in the contex…

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Dylan Groenewegen wins another Tour of Britain stage but Trentin leads

• Newcastle success for Dutchman who won on Saturday• Stage-two winner Matteo Trentin holds on to green jerseyThe results sheets showed a second stage win in three days for Dylan Groenewegen in a bunch sprint, but this was far from routine. While all e…

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Matteo Trentin claims stage two victory to take lead in Tour of Britain

• Italian rider triumphs after sprint finish in Kelso• Says his Mitchelton-Scott team ‘worked so hard for that’As the overall contenders began to show their hands in the Scottish Border hills, the stage one winner, Dylan Groenewegen, was caught on the …

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Dylan Groenewegen snatches sprint finish win on Tour of Britain stage one

• Dutchman’s 12 individual stage win of season• Mark Cavendish misses challenge in final sprintWith Primoz Roglic set fair in the Vuelta a España and Tom Dumoulin’s contract freshly inked in for 2020, this is turning into a golden finish of the 2019 se…

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Primoz Roglic leads Jumbo-Visma’s challenge to Ineos at Vuelta a España

• Dutch team buoyed by summer signing of Tom Dumoulin• Nairo Quintana also among favourites on mountainous routeAs the Vuelta a España celebrates its 25th edition since its move from April to September there is no debate about the success of a shift th…

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Felice Gimondi obituary

One of the greats of Italian cycling who won the 1965 Tour de France when he was only 22Felice Gimondi, who has died of a heart attack aged 76, was one of Italy’s greatest cycling champions of the postwar era, a precociously young winner of the Tour de…

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Cycling’s latest tragedy will shake the faith of the keenest enthusiast | William Fotheringham

Bjorg Lambrecht’s death on Monday was the eighth of an international rider since 2016. Is the sport really worth it?It is almost 25 years since I stood in the French town of Pau on a July afternoon in 1995 and watched the six members of the Motorola te…

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Mountain man Egan Bernal caps meteoric rise with Tour victory

If there is any surprise at Bernal’s victory it is that it has taken so long for a Colombian to top the podium and he could now dominate for years to comeA year ago, as Egan Bernal matched the pace of Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas in the Tour de Fran…

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The Tour pain of Thibaut Pinot is felt by the whole of France | William Fotheringham

A nation must wait for a successor to Bernard Hinault after their hopes disappear in the Alpine mistsWhen Thibaut Pinot fell into the arms of his teammate William Bonnet by the roadside 36km into Friday’s stage of the Tour from Saint Jean de Maurienne …

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Nothing stopping women becoming a tour de force in their own right

La Course, which had such a spectacular finish on Friday, will play a vital role in the advancement of women’s cyclingA potentially game-changing development for the whole of cycling was almost lost on Friday afternoon not long after Marianne Vos score…

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Thibaut Pinot shows fine vintage to lift French spirits in Tour de France

Pinot and compatriot Julian Alaphilippe’s performances have finally given the host nation something to cheerAs Bastille Day dawns on Sunday, French cycling fans and media could look back on something that has become increasingly rare in recent years: a…

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Eddy Merckx casts lengthy shadow over current crop of Belgian talent

Fifty years after his first Tour de France win the Cannibal’s legacy sets a high benchmark for the likes of Wout van AertWhen Eddy Merckx took to the stage in the Grand Place in Brussels on Thursday, in front of a vast crowd chanting his name at the te…

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Legendary Tourmalet climb promises fresh Tour de France torment | William Fotheringham

Race returns to the mountain where one rider hissed ‘assassins’ at organisers and another was forced to forge a new forkIn the local Gascon, Tourmalet means “distant mountain”. That is probably because from either side the top of the Col is visible fro…

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Mystery Tour in prospect as rivals set sights on Froome-less Ineos | William Fotheringham

Anything could happen at this year’s Tour de France as Astana look to capitalise against Geraint Thomas’s weakened teamThere are few sports events of world status where British success is taken as a given, but in the past 10 years the Tour de France ha…