Former Vuelta runner-up Oscar Sevilla suffers broken arm as he’s mugged while training in Colombia

Thieves make off with Sevilla’s bike, helmet, and sunglasses

Spanish professional Oscar Sevilla is recovering in hospital after being attacked and having his bike stolen while training in Colombia.

According to Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, Sevilla, who finished as runner-up in the Vuelta a España in 2001, was riding north of the Colombian capital city of Bogotá at around 6am on Sunday morning when he was attacked by five men who jumped out of a taxi.

Sevilla, who now lives in Colombia, suffered a broken arm in the attack as the thieves took his Berria bike, helmet, and sunglasses, making off in the taxi which was waiting around the corner.

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Thankfully the thieves did not take Sevilla’s mobile phone, which was in his jersey pocket, meaning that he was able to call his wife to tell her about the incident before a good samartian drove him to hospital.

The Spaniard’s team, Medellin-Inder, confirmed that Sevilla underwent surgery on his arm on Sunday meaning that he is a doubt for a succession of European race in May including the Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid, where he is the defending champion, the Vuelta a Asturias, and the Vuelta a Castilla y León.

The team also posted photos of Sevilla’s bike on Twitter, calling for local residents of Bogotá to keep an eye out for the distinctive blue bike.

41-year-old Sevilla had enjoyed a strong start to the season, finishing second overall at the season-opening Vuelta a San Juan and 17th place overall at the Colombia Oro y Paz stage race including two top 10 stage finishes.

Sevilla isn’t the first rider to be mugged for his bike in Colombia, with José Serpa suffering cuts to his back and face as thieves stole his bike during a training ride in 2013.

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Tech of the week: Canyon’s amazing bars, women’s shoes and wet rides

Also this week: new disc brake bikes, time trial position and travelling abroad

New bikes from Canyon, Specialized and Bianchi

Canyon came out with its first gravel bike this week. The new Grail has a bar and seatpost designed to add flex and comfort over bumpy terrain. We went out to a wet, cold Cannes to try it out. Canyon touts the Grail for bikepacking and we’ve demystified the fast and light multi-terrain touring option.

Canyon Grail’s bars help soak up bumpy surfaces

We’ve covered the launch of the new Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc too, while Specialized also has its own new power meter, developed in collaboration with 4iiii. And not to be outdone, Bianchi too now has a disc brake version of its aero Oltre XR3, which also incorporates the brand’s proprietary Countervail anti-vibration carbon fibre.

The Bianchi Oltre XR3 goes disc brake

This week, we’ve looked at women’s cycling shoes, asked what’s different from a men’s shoe and given you our top buys. While Ekoi has a new top spec men’s shoe on sale. Called the R4, it boasts two dial closures, a low stack height and a weight around 500g a pair.

Waiting for spring to spring

It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that the weather’s been dire again this week. We’ve a video on how to get the most out of riding through it. You might want to fit the new Ass Savers Speed Mullet – it clips onto your down tube to give your feet some respite from wheel spray.

Ass Savers Speed Mullet

Time to fit a Speed Mullet?

We’ve told you how to improve your hill climbing too this week and suggested 11 fitness upgrades to try, including riding with a power meter and swapping to a smart turbo. And we’ve looked into hand position on a time trial bike: are you better with your hands apart or together?

Or you could always go somewhere drier and sunnier. We’ve pondered the pros and cons of letting the airline baggage handlers loose on your machine, or hiring a bike once you arrive.

What will they do to your Dogma at the airport?

And if you’re looking forward to riding out with your kids once the weather warms up, Isla Rowntree of Islabikes tells us how to teach them to ride a bike in 45 minutes.

And we’ve the usual bargains from the major on-line retailers, including Chain Reaction Cycles.

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Meredith Rogers – Moving Cadillac Flow (45 mins) – Level 2


Unwind some of the tightness and stress that you may feel in your body and life with this Cadillac workout by Meredith Rogers. She invites you to join her as she lets go of the “rules” of movement and allows her body to flow into what feels good. By the end of the class you will feel more length and ease in your whole body.

What You’ll Need: Cadillac

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Fort Collins, King Aquatics Win Team Titles At Federal Way Sectionals

Fort Collins Area Swim Team dominated the women’s meet at the 2018 Speedo Sectionals Championship Series in Federal Way, Wash. King Aquatic Club won the men’s meet.

Top 5 Women’s Team Scores:

1. Fort Collins – 1433
2. King – 965
3. Bellevue – 688.5
4. Lake Oswego – 523
5. Tualatin Hills – 503

Top 5 Men’s Team Scores:

1. King – 1089
2. Tualatin Hills – 689
3. Hillsboro – 677
4. Fort Collins – 602
5. Bellevue – 578

Full results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2018 Speedo Sectionals – Federal Way.

Issaquah’s Sarah Dimeco won her second event of the weekend, this time dropping nearly 15 seconds to win the women’s 1650 free in 16:19.78. Corvallis’ Lindsey Soule finished second in 16:35.52 and Charger’s Allison Bernier finished third in 16:51.11.

Hillsboro’s Ethan Heasley earned his fifth gold medal of the meet, dropping over 16 seconds to win the men’s 1650 with a time of 15:06.12. His teammate Luke Thornbrue (16:11.07) took second and Corvallis’ Noah Vial (15:26.71) was third.

Fort Collins swept the podium in the women’s 200 IM, led by future Stanford Cardinal Zoe Bartel (1:55.70). Teammates Coleen Gillilan (1:57.99) and Kylee Alons (1:58.44) finished second and third, respectively.

Fort Collins’ continued their winning ways in the 200 IM with William Kovac claiming the men’s event in 1:46.66. Second went to Billings’ Ethan Harder (1:47.75) and third went to King’s Daniel Roy (1:47.83).

The Dolphins Portland’s Kaitlyn Dobler sprinted her way to first in the women’s 50 free, touching the wall in 22.39. Pro Swimming’s Janelle Rudolph was second in 22.78 and Bellingham Bay’s Emma Carlton was third in 22.94.

Iolani’s ‘aukai Lileikis was the only swimmer to crack the 20-second barrier in the men’s 50 free, doing so in 19.97. Tualatin Hills’ Caspar Corbeau was second in 20.14. and Kovac powered his way to third in 20.24.

Fort Collins’ Bayley Stewart (55.83), Bartel (1:01.21), Gillilan (52.50) and Alons (48.96) dominated the women’s 4×100 medley relay with a time of 3:38.50. Lake Oswego was second in 3:41.79 and Fort Collins B finished third in 3:42.60.

Bellevue’s Kyle Millis (48.66), James Deiparine (53.74), Jackson Dudley (49.11) and Andrew Boden (45.47) concluded the meet with a win in the men’s 4×100 medley relay with a time of 3:16.98. King finished second in 3:17.32 and Tualatin Hills wound up third in 3:20.89.

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McIlroy ends 18-month wait for win at Bay Hill

Rory McIlroy

Arnold Palmer Invitational final round leaderboard
-18 R McIlroy (NI); -15 B DeChambeau (US); -14 J Rose (Eng); -13 H Stenson (Swe); -10 T Woods (US), R Moore (US)
Selected others: -6 R Fowler (US), S Horsfield (Eng); -5 J Day (Aus), G McDowell (NI); -4 Z Johnson (US), T Fleetwood (Eng), M Laird (Sco); -2 I Poulter (Eng), A Scott (Aus)
External leaderboard

Rory McIlroy picked up his first victory since September 2016 as he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The 28-year-old carded an eight-under-par 64 to finish on 18 under, three ahead of Bryson DeChambeau at Bay Hill.

England’s Justin Rose finished third on 14-under after he closed out with 67, four behind McIlroy.

Tiger Woods, an eight-time winner of the event, finished tied for fifth on 10-under-par after closing out the day with 69 to end eight shots back.

McIlroy, a four-time major winner, began final round two shots adrift of Swedish overnight leader Henrik Stenson, but his bogey-free 64 was the lowest score of the day.

He opened his final round with five pars before making three birdies in the next four holes to turn at halfway in three under.

Three pars followed on the back nine before a crucial spell saw him birdie five of the last six holes including the par-four 18th.

Rory McIlroy

DeChambeau, whose sole PGA Tour win came at the 2017 John Deere Classic, made an eagle on the par-five 16th to take him to within one of McIlroy.

But the Northern Irishman’s three on the final hole sealed his first win at Bay Hill as the American three-putted to bogey and finish three shots back.

Olympic champion Rose finished one ahead of Rio silver medallist Stenson.

McIlroy, who was outside of the world’s top 10 prior to this victory, will compete at next week’s World Golf Championship Match Play event at the Austin Country Club in Texas before heading to Augusta for the Masters the week after.

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Del Potro ends Federer streak to claim Indian Wells title

Juan Martin del Potro

Juan Martin del Potro ended world number one Roger Federer’s 17-match unbeaten run to claim the BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells.

The eighth-ranked Argentine beat the Swiss 6-4 5-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-2) in a thrilling encounter.

Federer had been searching for a record sixth title in California, but it was Del Potro who powered to his first ATP Masters 1000 title.

He is the first player to beat Federer in 2018.

Del Potro saved three match points before closing out victory in two hours 42 minutes.

The 29-year-old has been hampered by wrist problems in recent years and has had three operations which left him struggling to use his backhand.

But he has made a strong start to 2018, winning his first ATP 500 title for five years at Acapulco earlier in March and returning to the world’s top 10.

Del Potro claimed a stunning four-set win over Federer at the US Open in September last year, but Federer won their last meeting in Basel a month later.

The Argentine forced the only break of the first set and made just three unforced errors to Federer’s 11 as he closed out the first set in 39 minutes.

Federer faced break points in the opening game of the second set but an emphatic forehand forced deuce, before the Swiss served his way out of trouble.

He created two set points on Del Potro’s serve but the Argentine drew the errors out of the Federer forehand to take the set to a tie-break.

Roger Federer speaks to the umpire

Cheered on by the crowd, Federer thought he had forced a deciding set with a serve out wide, but a Del Potro challenge showed it to be out and the Swiss then double faulted for 6-6.

Federer had to save a championship point after some superb, quick serves from Del Potro and then finally closed out the set on his fifth attempt.

Del Potro complained to the umpire at the changeover about the noise from a crowd that was largely supporting Federer in an increasingly feisty encounter.

It was Federer who broke first in a tight final set to serve for the match but Del Potro saved four championship points and thrashed a forehand through the Swiss to put the match back on serve at 5-5.

Both players held serve for a decisive tie-break but a combination of loose serving from Federer and some powerful returns from Del Potro saw the Argentine secure victory at the third attempt.

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Kasia Niewiadoma attacks to win Trofeo Alfredo Binda

The Polish rider wins third round of the women’s WorldTour 2018

In a solo move redolent of that which won her last year’s Ovo Energy Women’s Tour, Kasia Niewiadoma won Sunday’s third Women’s WorldTour race in Italy. Riding for Canyon/SRAM, the former Polish champion attacked on the final climb through the wooded hills of Lombardy to win Trofeo Alfredo Binda Commune di Cittiglio.

Behind her world champion Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) won the sprint for second place, with 2012 winner Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) placing third, both of them 22 seconds down.

Before cresting the climb Niewiadoma’s advantage had been under threat from Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott), but the Australian’s descending skills could not match 23-year-old Niewiadoma’s, and she was caught.

With a small group trying to catch the leader, local rider and Italian champion Elisa Longo-Borghini (Wiggle-High5) made a vain effort to bridge the gap, and with two of Niewiadoma’s team mates in the group, the chase was unable to come on terms.

The win marks a stellar start to the German team’s season, with Brit Hannah Barnes and Alexis Ryan also taking wins to add to the team’s second places in the two preceding WorldTour races so far this season.

How it Happened

The first 40km of the 131km race were uneventful and though some tried, no breaks were able to get clear. The four intermediate sprints of the race all came in these opening kilometres, as did the first main climb of the day, to Cunardo.

Climbed only once, this ascent came on an early loop of 37km, which came after the peloton had completed an opening stretch from the start in Taino. With that loop compete, the race covered four shorter ones, each of just under 18km, and it was the two climbs on this loop that proved decisive.

On the first of these world champion Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) lifted the pace, and by the time they reached the top in Casale the bunch had split in three.

Though it re-formed, from then on the die was cast, with each successive climb splitting the group, tiring the legs.

The first concerted attack came on the next lap, on the ascent to Orino where Niewiadoma’s team mate and former Belorussian champion Alena Amialiusik and Ane Santesteban (Alé-Cippolini) went clear. British rider Elinor Barker, riding for Wiggle-High5 went after them, but was never able to get on terms.

When the leading pair reached the finish town of Cittiglio with two laps left to ride, the duo had 40 seconds advantage, with Barker dangling between them and the peloton led by Boels-Dolmans and Movistar.

An attack half way round the penultimate lap saw former US champion Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) and Movistar’s Polish rider, Małgorzata Jasinska bridge across. With the American doing much of the work, the pair caught the leaders on the climb to Orino.

However, it was the final ascent to Casale where the race was won when a group attacked the remainder of the bunch, bridging to the leaders, leaving 12 riders to battle for the win.

Earlier in the day Pfeiffer Goergi, representing Great Britain won the junior race in a two up sprint. Despite leading the Jade Wiel into the final straight, Georgi was too quick for the French rider wing what was first round of the Junior Nations Cup, run on a similar course to the elites.

The Women’s WorldTour continues on Thursday with round four being the one day Three Days of De Panne. Starting in Bruges, the 151km course is largely flat so organisers will be hoping the forecast high winds materialise to prevent a bunch sprint.


Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio, (131km)

1. Kasia Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM, in 3-32-54
2. Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels-Dolmans, at 22s
3. Marianne Vos (Ned) Waowdeals
4. Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
5. Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM, all at ST
6. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Canyon-SRAM, at 23s
7. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervélo-Bigla, at ST
8. Karol-ann Canuel (Can) Boels-Dolmans, at 25s
9. Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
10.Elisa Longo-Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-High5, all at ST

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Indian Wells: Naomi Osaka beats Daria Kasatkina to claim first WTA title

Naomi Osaka

Unseeded Naomi Osaka claimed her first WTA title with an emphatic victory over Daria Kasatkina at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

The Japanese world number 44 beat the Russian 20th seed 6-3 6-2 in one hour 10 minutes.

Osaka, who dropped just one set throughout the tournament, dominated on serve to outmuscle Kasatkina.

The 20-year-old is the youngest champion at Indian Wells since Ana Ivanovic in 2008.

It was the first time two players aged under 21 had contested the final at Indian Wells since Serena Williams, then aged 20, beat 18-year-old Kim Clijsters in 2001.

Osaka, Williams and Clijsters are the only unseeded players to win the women’s title at the event.

Both players had ousted several top-ranked players in California, notably in the semi-finals where Osaka thrashed world number one Simona Halep and Kasatkina outlasted Venus Williams in three sets.

Kasatkina broke in the opening game of the match after successive forehand errors from Osaka, but a fine forehand winner in the next game put the match back on serve.

An ace from Osaka in the seventh game saved break point and the Japanese got the decisive break in the next game.

A backhand strike – her 14th winner, compared with just three from Kasatkina – allowed Osaka to take the first set in 39 minutes.

Osaka continued her dominance, breaking in the opening game of the second set before racing to a 5-1 lead with a forehand down the line.

Kasatkina found her backhand to force her opponent to serve out the match but Osaka hit the fastest serve of the match – a 118mph ace – on her way to closing out victory.

The win is Osaka’s first title at any level of tennis and will see her move up to a career-high of 22nd in the world rankings.

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New Zealand’s Michael Pickett Re-Writes Record Books After Moving to Australia

Photo Courtesy: Dave Crampton

Commentary by Dave Crampton, Swimming World Contributor. 

Young New Zealand swimmer Michael Pickett is on a fast track to a 50-point 100m freestyle since moving from a small New Zealand club to Peter’s Western (SPW), one of Australia’s most prestigious clubs, this year.

St Peter’s Western is coached by Australia’s Commonwealth Games coach Dean Boxall and recently arrived New Zealand coach, John Gatfield.

In his first big meet this year, the Queensland Sprint Champs, 15-year old Pickett swam 23.21 in the 50m freestyle, breaking Olympic 100m freestyle champion Kyle Chalmers’ Queensland all-comers 15-years age group record of 23.31, and then swam 25.60 in the 50m butterfly for two New Zealand National Age Group records.

Pickett’s long course meters (LCM) times are pretty impressive in any country, especially for someone so young.  He reset his records this month: 51.21 for the 100m freestyle, 23.14 in the 50m freestyle and 25.51 in 50m butterfly – all set within three hours of each other at the AIC (Associated Independent Colleges) champs, without a taper.

His times would put him top in the world for his age group this year in 50m freestyle LCM, second in his age group in the 100m freestyle, and top five in the 50m butterfly.

Just one New Zealander has put up a faster freestyle time this year to date.

Since he arrived in Australia last month, Pickett has already broken five New Zealand National Age Group records, heading off the Australians.

But he thinks he can go quicker with a taper: 50.7 in the 100m freestyle, 22.7 in the 50m (a time which is good enough for a World Juniors final), and 25.10 in the 50m butterfly – with a sub 50m 100m freestyle mid-year.

Since the National Age Group Championships in New Zealand a year ago, Pickett’s times have improved by more than a second in 50m freestyle, more than two seconds in the 100m and 1.3 seconds in the 50m butterfly.  

He cites the increased intensity of his training and the enhanced environment at SPW as factors in his improved times.

“I’m getting thrashed, definitely,” he said. “The workload, and intensity, is an extreme amount – everybody is really motivated and everyone is working hard.”

Training alongside Olympian Mitch Larkin and teenage prodigy Ariarne Titmus, who recently became the first swimmer in 14 years to take out the 200, 400 and 800 metres freestyle treble at Australia’s Commonwealth Games Trials earlier this month, one in an Australian Open record time, has also been a motivator.

“I’m really enjoying it – I love the hard work. I’m really motivated especially training alongside these guys. I`m here for a purpose – I want to stay in Australia until 2020.”

One goal is to make individual qualifying times for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, when he will be 18.

“I think I can, the way I’m going at the moment,” he said.

His coach, John Gatfield, arrived at SPW in January. Gatfield has previously coached young New Zealand teams to Australia and Pickett has swam at a National Age Group championship in Australia.

“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made,” Gatfield said of the move. “The energy here is phenomenal – everybody here is such a big support in the programme.”

Gatfield was involved in securing Pickett to swim at SPW, and said while Pickett has always improved, the improvement this year has accelerated as a result of his move. He also said this energy and the desire to achieve optimal performance was incredibly motivating for him as a coach, but also for Pickett as a swimmer.

“I’m learning off the best in the world – I wasn’t going to get that in New Zealand,” he said. “All of these people just want to succeed.”

“People want to be the best here and support each other to be the best.”  

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Ryan Brown Announced As New Head Water Polo Coach At U.S. Air Force Academy

Photo Courtesy: Air Force Athletics

Ryan Brown has been named the head coach of the Air Force water polo team, as announced today by Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton. Brown replaces Jeff Heidmous, who has retired after coaching the Falcons for 25 seasons.

Brown just completed his seventh season with the Air Force water polo team, serving the last four seasons as the associate head coach. He came to the Academy in 2011 and brought more than a decade of experience coaching at the high school, college and national levels.

“I am thrilled that Ryan Brown has agreed to become our next head coach,” Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said. “He has been part of our family the last seven years and I’m confident that he will continue to build leaders of character for our Air Force and nation. He has a remarkable track record of success at every level and we are excited to see where he will take our water polo program.”

Prior to his arrival at the Academy, Brown spent six years as an assistant for the USA Men’s Senior National Water Polo Team, working with the program from 2006 until 2011. In 2008, Brown helped guide the U.S. team to a silver medal at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, its best showing in 20 years. Starting in 2009, Brown also served as the head coach of the USA Junior National Water Polo Team.

Brown also spent six seasons as the head women’s water polo coach at the University of the Pacific prior to working with the men’s national team. In 2005, he led the Tigers to their highest win total in program history. Meanwhile, Brown also served as an assistant coach for the men’s team during the 2002 season and in 2003, served as the assistant men’s coach for the USA World University Games team.

“I am honored to accept the head coaching position at the US Air Force Academy,” Brown said. “I want to thank Mr. Knowlton for his support in allowing me the privilege to lead this wonderful team here at the Academy.  I am so grateful to have been mentored by one of best, Jeff Heidmous, and I want to thank him for all of his time and service to this sport and team.  It is been an absolute privilege to work with our outstanding cadet athletes and I am excited to continue the success that Jeff has built with this program.”

Brown, a two-year starting goalkeeper for the Tigers during his collegiate career, graduated from Pacific in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, while receiving his MBA from UOP in 2001. During his time at Pacific, he started a water polo club team, serving as director and head coach from 1999 until 2006.

“Ryan was the clear standout in our national search,” said associate athletic director George Nelson. “I look forward to working with him and watching him build on our successful water polo history.”

Brown also served as the boys’ youth director and head coach for the SoCal Water Polo Club, as well as an assistant coach for the boys’ and girls’ water polo teams at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, Calif.

Brown currently resides in Monument with his wife, Rebekah, and their sons, Reese (9) and Russell (7).

Press release courtesy of U.S. Air Force Academy Athletics.

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