Race director delighted with the impact the Tour de France Femmes has made – but insists there is still work to be done
There were not one, but in fact, two historic moments in women’s sport at the weekend. The first, as you may be aware, came at Wembley on a joyous night for English football; the other was on a mountain summit in the French Vosges, where Annemiek van Vleuten won the Tour de France Femmes at Super Planche des Belles Filles.
The 39-year-old Dutchwoman overcame a stomach bug to utterly dominate the mountain stages of the eight-day race. Such was her superiority over the peloton that only six riders finished within 10 minutes of her overall winning time. Continue reading...
Laura Kenny reveals she has suffered "lost motivation" this year and a "crisis of confidence" following team-mate Matt Wall's horror crash at the Commonwealth Games.
Watch as Laura Kenny wins England's first track cycling gold at the Commonwealth Games with victory in the scratch race.
England's Laura Kenny wins a stunning Commonwealth Games gold, a day after thinking it would be her final race amid a "serious confidence crisis".
Watch as Sophie Unwin and Georgia Holt claim silver in the tandem B time trial at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham - two days after rules denied them a bronze for finishing third out of four teams in the tandem B sprint.
Sophie Unwin and Georgia Holt were controversially denied bronze on Friday, but pushed that aside with Commonwealth silver on Sunday.
Scotland's Neah Evans and John Archibald both win Commonwealth Games silver on a medal-filled day at the track cycling for the home nations.
- Dutchwoman wins week-long race by 3min 48sec
- ‘You really feel the Tour is alive,’ says 39-year-old
Annemiek van Vleuten’s overall victory in the first edition of the Tour de France Femmes may have come in the twilight years of her career but it was not a surprise to those who have followed her story closely.
With a second stage win in 48 hours, this time at Super Planche des Belles Filles in the Vosges, the 39‑year‑old Dutch rider emphasised her superiority over a peer group still coming to terms with her demolition of the field on Saturday’s summit finish to Le Markstein. Continue reading...
Annemiek van Vleuten clinches the inaugural Tour de France Femmes title with a convincing final-stage victory.
Para-cyclist James Ball wins Wales' first gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games with victory over Scotland in the tandem B sprint.
Annemiek van Vleuten survived multiple attacks and bike changes on stage eight to claim a historic Tour de France Femmes win
82km to go: The kilometres are ticking down sharpish, and with three categorised climbs to come, this is going to be a seriously draining day for the riders at the end of eight hard days of racing. FDJ Suez Futuroscope are driving it on at the front of the bunch. We are sure to see a very selective group fight for the stage win, because only the strongest are going to survive this.
However, the good news for Kopecky and co. is that they have fought back into contact with the peloton and it’s all back together. Continue reading...
Kye Whyte wins silver at the BMX Racing World Championships, but fellow Briton Bethany Shriever has a surprise semi-final exit.
- England’s Matt Walls ‘alert’ but one of three taken to hospital
- Supporters treated for cuts in the stands as session cancelled
England’s Matt Walls was involved in a terrifying accident at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday when he was catapulted over the barriers and into the crowd at the Lee Valley VeloPark. The Isle of Man rider Matthew Bostock and Canada’s Derek Gee were also taken to hospital, while two spectators were treated for minor injuries at the velodrome.
Walls received treatment for more than 40 minutes before being taken away by ambulance, with spectators also hurt after he and his bike had come over the top of the barriers on the high banking of the corner. Continue reading...
England cyclist Matt Walls is released from hospital after a terrifying crash in which both he and his bike flew into the crowd.
As the final stage of the first Tour de France Femmes approaches, here are some of our favourite images from the last week of exhilarating racing. Returning after a 33-year break, the women’s version of the Tour de France features 144 riders from 24 teams racing 1,029km, which is broken into four flat stages, two hilly stages, and two mountain stages with a summit finale at La Planche des Belles Filles Continue reading...