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Aug 17

Australian cyclist Perkins switches to Russia

Australian cyclist Shane Perkins is granted Russian citizenship and could compete for Russia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Aug 17

Manon Carpenter: Former world champion retires from downhill mountain biking

Welsh rider and 2014 world downhill mountain bike champion Manon Carpenter announces her retirement aged just 24.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/wales/40965392

Aug 17

Samuel Sánchez withdrawn from Vuelta a España after failing drug test

• 2008 Olympic road race champion provisionally suspended
• Sánchez tested positive for a growth hormone-releasing peptide

The 2008 Olympic road race champion Samuel Sánchez has tested positive for a growth hormone-releasing peptide and has been withdrawn from the Vuelta a España, the UCI has announced.

The 39-year-old, who won his gold medal in Beijing, rides for BMC Racing and has been provisionally suspended after the failed drug test, cycling’s world governing body added.

Related: Becky James retires from cycling at 25, one year after Olympic silver medals

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/17/samuel-sanchez-vuelta-failed-drug-test

Aug 17

Sanchez out of Vuelta after positive test

Spain’s Samuel Sanchez is provisionally suspended after testing positive for a growth hormone, two days before the Vuelta a Espana starts.

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Aug 17

Double world champion James retires

Former cycling world champion and double Olympic silver medallist Becky James retires from international track sprint racing at age of 25.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40962385

Aug 17

Becky James retires from cycling at 25, one year after Olympic silver medals

• Welsh rider’s decision is a blow for Team GB’s Tokyo 2020 hopes
• James won two silver medals in Brazil and world titles in 2013

In a major blow for Great Britain’s women’s sprint medal hopes at the Tokyo Olympics, the country’s leading sprinter Becky James, a double silver medallist in Rio and former double world champion at the sprint and keirin, announced her retirement today at only 25 years of age. A year out from the Commonwealth Games, her absence will also be strongly felt by the whole of Welsh sport.

James had taken an extended break after the Rio Olympics to decide her future. The Guardian understands that her decision was based around the fact that she has had to make multiple comebacks from illness and injury during her career, and that she felt there were no guarantees that a further push for Olympic glory would be met with success.

Related: Stephen Wooldridge, Australian Olympic cycling champion, dies aged 39

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/17/becky-james-retires-cycling-rio-olympic-silver-medals

Aug 15

Gold medal-winning Stephen Wooldridge leaves cycling a rich legacy

The death of the much-admired former track cyclist has left the Australian cycling community in shock and questioning why

“We are all looking for answers.” Those are the words of the legendary Australian cycling coach Gary Sutton, but they represent the sentiment of the entire Australian cycling community. Cyclists, coaches and fans are in shock after the death of the much-loved former track cyclist Stephen Wooldridge.

In a sport often riven with division, no one ever had a bad word to say about Wooldridge. The 39-year-old won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and claimed four world titles, all in the team pursuit discipline, during an illustrious career that concluded almost a decade ago.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/16/gold-medal-winning-stephen-wooldridge-leaves-cycling-a-rich-legacy

Aug 15

Mikel Landa to leave Team Sky and join Nairo Quintana at Movistar in 2018

• Landa played a crucial part in Chris Froome’s fourth Tour de France win
• Spanish rider signs two-year contract

Team Sky’s Mikel Landa is to switch to the rival Movistar team after signing a two-year contract.

The 27-year-old Spaniard, who missed out on a Tour de France podium by just one second in July, will race for the Spain-based team in 2018 and 2019.

Related: Alberto Contador leaves a legacy of cavalier racing and controversy | William Fotheringham

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/15/mikel-landa-team-sky-movistar-cycling

Aug 15

Stephen Wooldridge: Australian Olympic champion dies aged 39

Australian cyclist Stephen Wooldridge, an Olympic and world champion, dies aged 39.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40934545

Aug 15

Stephen Wooldridge, Australian Olympic cycling champion, dies aged 39

The track cyclist was one of Australia’s most decorated, having won Olympic gold and four world titles in the team pursuit event

The Australian track cyclist Stephen Wooldridge, an Olympic and world champion, has died aged 39.

Wooldridge, born in Sydney, won gold in the 4,000m team pursuit at the Athens Olympics in 2004, also claiming four world titles in the same discipline.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/15/stephen-wooldridge-australian-olympic-cycling-champion-dies-aged-39

Aug 14

Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome aiming to complete Grand Tour double

Britain’s Chris Froome says he has “unfinished business” at the Vuelta a Espana, as he aims to win the Vuelta and Tour de France double.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40924217

Aug 11

Toilet jokes are hard to make when Justin Gatlin’s gold leaves a bad smell | Richard Williams

The contaminated straw that led a race horse to fail a drugs test might raise a smile but events at the world athletics in London are no laughing matter

If there was a lighter side to a week in which doping dominated the sports headlines, it came in the discovery of O-desmethyltramadol in a sample taken from a horse called Wotadoll. Sitting in judgment, the British Horseracing Authority’s disciplinary committee accepted the explanation that the metabolite of the opioid tramadol – detected after the three-year-old bay filly finished unplaced at Wolverhampton – could be sourced to the urine of a groom who peed in the horse’s box after taking the medication for pain relief.

Related: Boos ring out at Justin Gatlin’s moved 100m medal ceremony

Related: Time is fast running out for athletics to act on the scale of problems it faces | Sean Ingle

Related: Icarus film finds more than Greek tragedy in Russia doping scandal | Sean Ingle

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/11/justin-gatlin-world-gold-usain-bolt-drugs-in-sport-icarus-film-russia

Aug 11

The Transcontinental bike race: 2,400 gruelling miles across Europe – in pictures

Hundreds of riders race from Belgium to Greece, with no set route, facing extreme heat and often on only a few hours sleep a night Continue reading…

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Aug 09

Team Sky’s Luke Rowe ‘could miss a year’ after rafting leg break

Team Sky’s Luke Rowe says he “could be out for up to a year” after breaking his right leg white-water rafting on his brother’s stag party.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/wales/40874578

Aug 09

How sport changed life of teenage cyclist

Meet Kiera Byland, the inspirational teenager who found her ‘purpose in life’ through sport and is aiming for another Special Olympics gold medal.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/40864890

Aug 08

Luke Rowe: Team Sky rider breaks leg on brother’s stag party

Team Sky rider Luke Rowe has surgery after breaking a leg while white-water rafting on his brother’s stag party.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40870421

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