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Mar 16

Rider admits breaking ‘no needle’ rule and accuses Team Sky of cover-up

• Team Sky’s Josh Edmondson self-injected vitamins in bid to make Vuelta
• Team Sky deny cover-up, saying they were concerned about his mental state

The British cyclist Josh Edmondson has confessed to breaking the sport’s “no-needle” rule by self-injecting vitamins while at Team Sky and claimed senior management covered it up when they discovered what he had been doing.

The 24-year-old, who was part of Team Sky in 2013 and 2014, said the pressure of trying to make the team for the Vuelta a España had led to him travelling to Italy to buy the amino acid L-carnitine as well as vitamin B12, folic acid, damiana compositum and the supplement TAD, which he then injected two or three times a week for about a month. Such vitamins are legal but riders have been banned from using needles under UCI rules since 2011.

Related: Team Sky sourced Fluimucil in Switzerland before Wiggins delivery

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/16/team-sky-josh-edmondson-no-needle-rule-cover-up

Mar 16

I secretly injected vitamins – Ex-Team Sky rider

Josh Edmondson tells BBC sports editor Dan Roan he broke cycling’s rules by secretly injecting himself with a cocktail of vitamins when riding for Team Sky.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39293763

Mar 15

Did manic desire for Olympic medals blind UK Sport to its responsibilities? | Sean Ingle

Management speak and ‘aspirational goals’ were the order of the day with bodies like British Cycling seen as vital to the targets that had been set

For some onlookers it felt like they were in a scene from Twenty Twelve, the spoof documentary set in the buildup to the London Olympics. Only it was happening in the offices of UK Sport, the body responsible for pouring millions of pounds of public money into elite sport, two years’ before the Rio Games.

“It’s all about 66/121,” announced Simon Timson, the organisation’s director of performance at the time, before explaining how surpassing Team GB’s tally in London 2012 of 65 Olympic and 120 Paralympic medals would inspire the nation. “Yeah! 66/121!” agreed his deputy Chelsea Warr.

Related: UK Sport ‘went easy’ on British Cycling to keep medal factory intact

There is no interest in anything other than winning medals

Related: Sports are cut adrift in the drive for British Olympic medals | Sean Ingle

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/15/uk-sport-olympic-medals-british-cycling

Mar 15

UK Sport ‘went easy’ on British Cycling to keep medal factory functioning

• UK Sport told governance unit to ‘go easy’ on British Cycling, says source
• Sport funding body denies allegations

Senior figures at the funding body UK Sport told its in-house governance unit to “go easy” on British Cycling because “that’s where the medals come from”, more than two years before Jess Varnish made public allegations of bullying and sexism, the Guardian has been told.

Other UK Sport insiders have also come forward to tell of their deepening unease about a culture where the zeal to beat the London 2012 medal haul at the Rio Olympics dominated everything and led to less-strict governance checks than they felt were required.

Related: Did manic desire for Olympic medals blind UK Sport to its responsibilities? | Sean Ingle

Related: Jess Varnish calls on British Cycling board to resign after leaked report

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/15/uk-sport-went-easy-british-cycling-medal-factory

Mar 15

Peter Sagan narrowly avoids cycling into dog-walker at Tirreno-Adriatico time trial – video

Cyclist Peter Sagan is forced to swerve off the road and onto the pavement in order to avoid a women walking her dog during the individual time trial stage at the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy on Tuesday. Sagan spots the dog-walker, who was using a design…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/video/2017/mar/15/peter-sagan-narrowly-avoids-cycling-into-dog-walker-at-tirreno-adriatico-time-trial-video

Mar 14

Team Sky sourced Fluimucil in Switzerland before Wiggins delivery

• Dr Freeman’s prescription rights permitted the purchase
• Sky tell Commons they obtained drug abroad in April 2011

In a written answer to the House of Commons culture, media and sport committee, Team Sky have revealed their doctor bought the decongestant Fluimucil at a pharmacy in Switzerland, raising further questions about why the medicine would have needed to be flown from Manchester to be administered to Sir Bradley Wiggins after the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.

Sky stated their then doctor, Richard Freeman, had bought Fluimucil in April 2011 in the Swiss town of Yverdon, because he had prescription rights in Switzerland. The courier, Simon Cope, brought the padded bag that Sky have stated contained Fluimucil from Manchester, where he had collected it a couple of days earlier, to the final stage of the Dauphiné at La Toussuire on 12 June. The Alpine resort is within driving distance of Switzerland like other stage venues in that year’s Dauphiné.

Related: Bradley Wiggins doctor will not attend select committee hearing

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/14/team-sky-fluimucil-switzerland-bradley-wiggins-commons

Mar 14

Joanna Rowsell Shand’s retirement leaves void in GB medal factory

• Double Olympic cycling champion calls it a day aged 28
• Team pursuiter began in 2004 and became mainstay of squad

In normal times the retirement of Joanna Rowsell Shand, the mainstay of the Great Britain women’s team pursuit squad for nine seasons, would no more than raise an eyebrow. But in the middle of a crisis at British Cycling, and coming as it does after Laura Trott’s announcement she has taken a break in order to have a baby, Rowsell Shand’s departure simply heightens the sense the “medal factory” is in a state of flux far beyond what would be expected in most post-Olympic years.

Rowsell Shand was full in her praise for the Olympic cycling system in her retirement statement on Tuesday . “I want to thank the amazing team at British Cycling; from the world‑class team behind the team who work tirelessly to ensure we have the best preparation for events, to the very first youth coaches who talent‑spotted me back when I was 15. I couldn’t have done it without you.”

Related: Joanna Rowsell Shand: ‘At Rio Olympics we’ll be chasers, which is exciting but also scary’

Related: Joanna Rowsell: I don’t want alopecia to define me

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/14/joanna-rowsell-shand-retirement-cycling-gb-medal-factory

Mar 14

Joanna Rowsell Shand: Double Olympic gold medallist retires

Double Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell Shand announces her retirement from international cycling.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39265637

Mar 13

Chris Froome apologises over Team Sky controversy

Britain’s Chris Froome apologises for the way Team Sky has handled questions over its record on doping but stresses the importance of boss Sir Dave Brailsford to the team.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39254063

Mar 13

Chris Froome backs Dave Brailsford to continue as Team Sky principal

• Tour de France winner had been under pressure to back Brailsford
• ‘Without Dave B, there is no Team Sky’

Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has belatedly declared his support for Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford.

Brailsford has insisted he will not be resigning despite the ongoing UK Anti-Doping investigation into allegations of wrongdoing which has heaped scrutiny on the British squad.

Related: Emma Pooley hits out at Dave Brailsford ‘A fish rots from the head’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/13/chris-froome-team-sky-dave-brailsford

Mar 13

Pooley criticises Brailsford over role at British Cycling: ‘A fish rots from the head’

• Olympic silver medallist says she was shocked by report into team’s culture
• ‘People need to look at who was setting that culture’

Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley has accused Sir Dave Brailsford of allegedly overseeing a culture of fear at British Cycling.

Last week a draft review into the culture of British Cycling – where Brailsford spent 10 years as performance director – found an internal investigation into the track cyclist Jess Varnish’s dismissal last year, as well as her allegations of sexism, had been covered up. Varnish has already called for the resignation of the entire board, including new chairman Jonathan Browning, who replaced Bob Howden as the chairman last month but was a nonexecutive director on British Cycling’s board from April 2014 onwards.

Related: Andy Murray leads British exodus at Indian Wells with loss to Vasek Pospisil

Trying to get home but keep getting held up by #parisnice2017 Can I just join in? ‍♂️ #training @ParisNice #ParisNice pic.twitter.com/5AZLiy8rLP

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/13/pooley-brailsford-british-cycling-fish-head

Mar 13

International bike race cancelled due to extreme winds – video

Cyclists in the Cape Town Cycle Tour battle against extreme winds. The race was called off for the first time in its 40-year history due to the heavy winds, which knocked competitors over and sent some bikes flying through the air. Organisers cancelled…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/video/2017/mar/13/international-bike-race-cancelled-due-to-extreme-winds-video

Mar 13

That’s blown it: high winds cause chaos at Cape Town cycle race

Winds exceeding 100km blew riders off their bikes and sent portable toilets careening across the road before organisers cancelled the event

Winds of up to 100km an hour that blew competitors off their bikes have forced organisers to cancel an international road race in South Africa.

The havoc on the Cape Town Cycle Tour began at the start of the race close to the city’s foreshore when cyclists encountered gusts so strong that they struggled to hang onto their bikes and stop them from being blown away.

Related: The Observer view on doping in cycling | Observer editorial

Here’s a video a friend sent from Cape Town. Look at all those bicycles flying!!! @waldimar @CTCycleTour pic.twitter.com/pPmV8600Ij

How crazy is this wind in Cape Town – cycle tour cancelled #CycleTour2017 #southeaster #windymuch pic.twitter.com/kNpkcoe9Ev

Cape Town 40th Cycle Tour cancelled due to extreme winds. #CapeTown #CapeArgus pic.twitter.com/mVRhzvXNwA

URGENT UPDATE. Due to extreme weather conditions, #CycleTour2017 has regrettably been cancelled. Please do NOT approach the start line.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/13/high-winds-chaos-cape-town-cycle-race-toilets

Mar 12

Team Sky’s Sergio Henao holds off Alberto Contador to win Paris-Nice

• Henao survives breakaway on final stage to win by just two seconds
• Colombian earns under-fire team their fifth Paris-Nice win in six years

Team Sky’s Sergio Henao surviveda late Alberto Contador onslaught to win the eight-stage Paris-Nice race by just two seconds.

Henao began the final stage in the yellow jersey but was left in trouble when Contador, riding for Trek Segafredo, pulled away 50 km from the finish.

Related: UK Sport refuses to back British Cycling chairman Jonathan Browning

Related: Team Sky: the 16 riders who have backed Sir Dave Brailsford and those who haven’t

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/12/paris-nice-sergio-henao-beats-alberto-contador

Mar 12

Peter Sagan wins Tirreno-Adriatico stage five as Adam Yates withdraws

World champion Peter Sagan wins stage five of Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy as Britain’s Adam Yates abandons the race through illness.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39247853

Mar 12

Team Sky’s Sergio Henao wins Paris-Nice by two seconds

Team Sky’s Sergio Henao holds on to claim a thrilling overall victory at Paris-Nice by just two seconds over Alberto Contador.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39247854

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