Laura Kenny: I almost quit cycling at start of year due to ectopic pregnancy

  • Kenny left at ‘breaking point’ by traumatic experience
  • Olympic gold medallist to compete at Commonwealth Games

Laura Kenny, Britain’s five-time Olympic gold medallist, has revealed she contemplated walking away from cycling at the start of this year after a miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy left her at “breaking point”.

Kenny said in April that she had miscarried at nine weeks in November and had a fallopian tube removed in January due to an ectopic pregnancy – when a fertilised egg implants itself outside the womb. The 30-year-old won the madison at last year’s Tokyo Games, where her husband, Jason, became Britain’s most decorated Olympian, with seven golds in cycling.

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Tour de France Femmes: Vos takes stage two and yellow jersey – as it happened

The evergreen Marianne Vos emphatically out-sprinted her five breakaway companions to claim stage two and the yellow jersey

The neutralised zone successfully negotiated, the flag has dropped, and the stage proper is under way. The weather is a pleasant 24C – much more sensible than the 40C-plus temperatures the riders endured for much of the men’s race.

We’re rolling on stage two.

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For Australia the 2022 Tour de France was a case of what might have been | Kieran Pender

After hardships and disappointments – and two bright sparks – focus turns to the Vuelta and a home world championships

It’s the hope that gets you. In an ordinary year, two remarkable stage wins at the Tour de France would be considered a successful campaign from the peloton’s Australian contingent. But given the buzz that surrounded general classification prospects, particularly after Jai Hindley became the first Australian in history to win the Giro d’Italia in May, the absence of an Australian in the top 20 as the Tour concluded on Sunday left lingering disappointment.

The buzz had focused on Ben O’Connor and Jack Haig, who both arrived in Copenhagen for the grand depart anointed as race leaders for their respective teams. O’Connor finished fourth at last year’s Tour after a stunning solo stage win catapulted him up the general classification standings; Haig impressed last year and looked in fine form during early season racing.

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Jonas Vingegaard seals 2022 Tour de France triumph in Paris – as it happened

Jasper Philipsen sprinted to victory in Paris as Jonas Vingegaard of Jumbo-Visma clinched his triumph in the overall race

105km to go: Luke Rowe of Team Ineos stops to (I think) slap on a bit of sun cream. I think he’s going to stop at the shops for a bag of crisps and a can of drink, too.

The moment that Tadej Pogacar launched a surprise attack and won the 2022 Tour de France messed about with Vingegaard and Van Aert for a bit.

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Lorena Wiebes pips Marianne Vos to win first stage of Tour de France Femmes

  • DSM rider and stage favourite leads Dutch one-two
  • Alana Castrique carried off in ambulance after crash

Lorena Wiebes of the Netherlands lived up to expectations as she won the opening stage of the women’s Tour de France and claim the first yellow jersey of the resurrected race on the Champs Elysees on Sunday.

The DSM rider, the pre-stage favourite, timed her sprint to perfection to beat her compatriot Marianne Vos and the Belgian Lotte Kopecky, who were second and third respectively.

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Tour de France Femmes: Wiebes wins opening stage in Paris – as it happened

Lorena Wiebes out-sprinted Marianne Vos on the Champs-Élysées to take the yellow jersey at the Tour de France Femmes

70km to go: The official Tour de France Femmes Twitter account is @LeTourFemmes – why not give them a follow?

71km to go: The Dutchwoman Nina Buijsman (Human Powered Health) has clipped off the front, and impressively managed to distance the entire peloton with her solo attack. She has a lead of about 12secs, I reckon, although there is no live timing on the screen at the moment.

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Old rules no longer apply as new breed of all-rounders embrace ‘crazy’ Tour

The likes of Wout van Aert and Tom Pidcock have flourished in a race which has offered no respite and hit record speeds

Fifteen years have passed since the new Tour de France organiser, Christian Prudhomme, announced his intention of “sexing up” the race – my words not his – after watching a dramatic stage across Burgundy. Since then the Tour has gone in one direction: shorter stages, more hilltop finishes, the odd gravel road, cobbles, a search for routes where crosswinds may affect the peloton, fewer and shorter time trials; a search for ways to create tension and excitement, to avoid the race becoming predictable.

The 2022 Tour looks like the culmination of that process. Barring accidents or illness – not an idle statement in a Tour where Covid-19 has played a lead role – Jonas Vingegaard will ride up the Champs-Élysées on Sunday having won the fastest ever Tour, one which has seen only two conventional bunch sprints as of Saturday.

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Women’s Tour de France returns to boost cycling’s latest breakaway

On Sunday, women’s cycling will gain crucial momentum when the first stage of the Tour de France Femmes rolls away

In the long march of women’s bike racers towards parity within their sport, there have been obvious turning points, moments when the process has noticeably accelerated and gained fresh, and crucially lasting, momentum.

It was 1958 when the UCI incorporated women’s world championships, against their will and in miserly fashion, remaining at the mercy of organisers who might not want to be part of the process. The accession of women racers to the Olympics in 1984 was immense, although again there was no initial recognition that women could or should be allowed to race for the same medals as men. Others might point to the first women’s Tour of Flanders in 2004, or to the founding of the Women’s Tour in the UK in 2014.

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