Novak Djokovic: Wimbledon champion beats Adrian Mannarino in Cincinnati

Novak Djokovic

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic came from a set down to beat Adrian Mannarino and move into the third round in Cincinnati.

The 13-time Grand Slam winner defeated his French opponent, the world number 25, 4-6 6-2 6-1.

Serbia’s Djokovic, ranked 10 in the world, will next play Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov or German Mischa Zverev.

Earlier on Wednesday, Croatia’s Marin Cilic beat Marius Copil of Romania 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4.

And Robin Haase of the Netherlands beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev 5-7 6-4 7-5.

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European Championship Silver Medalist Kristian Gkolomeev Joins Team Elite

Photo Courtesy: Andy Ringgold / Aringo Photos

August 14th, 2018 – San Diego, CA:

Coach David Marsh​ and Team Elite Aquatics​ is thrilled to announce the addition of two-time Olympian Kristian Gkolomeev​ to Team Elite.

Coming off of a 21.44 runner-up finish at the 2018 European Championships for Greece, as well as a 4th place finish in the 50 Fly and 47.51 4×100 Freestyle relay split, Marsh said, “Kristian is one of the top swimmers in Europe and the best sprinter the nation of Greece has ever had. He has great upside and is
motivated to explore his fullest potential in San Diego with Team Elite.”

The NCAA champion from The University of Alabama added, “I’m very excited to continue my training and progress with David Marsh and Team Elite in San Diego beginning this Fall.”

Under the guidance of 2016 Head U.S. Women’s Olympic Swim Coach, Team Elite put more athletes on the 2016 United States’ Olympic swim team than any program in the nation. If Team Elite were a country, they would have placed 4th in the medal standings in Rio. The group consists of athletes from The United
States, Brazil, Japan, Spain, The Netherlands, and Israel, forming a truly global training base for amateur and professional swimmers around the globe based in San Diego, California.

The above press release was posted by Swimming World in conjunction with Team Elite. For press releases and advertising inquiries please contact Advertising@SwimmingWorld.com.

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Volta a Portugal’s best young rider, 21-year-old Xubán Errazkín, in trouble for asthma drug use

Errazkín is not suspended, but the case is reportedly under review

Basque cyclist Xubán Errazkín, 21, won the youth classification in the Volta a Portugal but faces trouble following the results of anti-doping tests which showed him using asthma drug terbutaline.

Terbutaline is allowed with a therapeutic use exemption (TUE). Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) served a four-month suspension after he was shown to have used the asthma drug in the 2016 Paris-Nice and failed to have a TUE.

Errazkín races for Portuguese team Vito-Feirense-BlackJack. Portuguese daily, Record, has reported he tested with the substance twice in June at the Gran Premio Abimota stage race, where he won stage four.

In the Volta a Portugal, he finished 16th overall and won the young rider classification. It is unclear if he had a TUE certificate or not for the Gran Premio Abimota stage race.

“Both my team and me decided to send all the necessary documentation before I was personally notified of the positive,” Errazkín told Sprint Final. “In addition, I have been using an asthma treatment for several years and there have never been any similar problems.”

The UCI and national federations have yet to comment. Errazkín is not suspended, but the case is reportedly under review.

Unlike the asthma drug salbutamol, which caused trouble for Chris Froome at the 2017 Vuelta a España, terbutaline must be used with a certificate. Salbutamol does not require a TUE certificate but riders cannot exceed certain limits.

Spain overlooked Errazkín for the Tour de l’Avenir, starting Friday. The investigation could be the reason they left one of their top cyclists at home.

“I spoke with him long ago to tell him to prepare for it [l’Avenir], I wanted him to be ready,” Team Director Pascual Momparler told Cycle 21. “But Errazkín has told me that he was not going to race and has raced in Portugal instead.”

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Three Home Gym Workouts That Use The FitBench Flex

Most men who love training will at some point daydream about having their own personal workout space. It usually occurs at the gym when the queue for the bench press is three deep and you can’t get to a squat rack because it’s being used for biceps curls. The luxury of having a well-equipped workout space in your home is well out of reach of most of us because of two big reasons: space and cost.

But both of those problems disappear when you consider the new FitBench Flex, the cheaper and more compact version of the all-in-one workout kit box embraced by commercial gyms across the US to offer clients a way of working out within their own space where all the kit they need is never more than an arm’s length away.

“The beauty of the FitBench is that it contains all the kit you need to improve your strength, build muscle, burn fat and achieve any other training goal,” says health and fitness consultant Tom Eastham. “It contains dumbbells, kettlebells, a medicine ball, resistance bands and even battle ropes to provide all the equipment you’ll need for fast and effective home workouts, even if you’re limited for space.” The FitBench Flex is only available in the US – for now – so to whet your appetite Men’s Fitness asked Eastham to put together three different goal-based workouts using the FitBench Flex to show how versatile this one-kit wonder can be.

  1. Supersets: Do these five pairs of moves using the bench, dumbbells, kettlebells and med ball to build lean size and strength in all your major muscle group
  2. EMOM: After a mobility and activation warm-up, do these three moves every minute on the minute (EMOM) to turn your body into a fat-fighting machin
  3. AMRAP: Doing these two “as many reps as possible” (AMRAP) circuits of three moves will push your heart, lungs and muscles to the limit, and improve your fitness

Workout 1: Supersets

How After a five-minute warm-up, start the session with the first superset. This means you do one set of 12 reps of move 1A, rest 30 seconds, then do one set of 12 reps of move 1B. Rest 30 seconds then repeat this for a total of three supersets. Then move on to the second superset and repeat until you’ve done all the sets of the fifth and final superset.

Why “This is a very effective time-saving workout that hits all your major muscle groups in the right rep ranges to stimulate the building of new muscle mass,” says Eastham. “The short rest periods work your heart and lungs to get your heart rate high so you burn more calories. It’s a fantastic workout that builds muscle and burn fat.”

1A Paused goblet squat

SetsReps 12 Rest 30sec

Stand tall in front of the bench holding a dumbbell in both hands like a goblet. Squat down until your thighs go past parallel to the floor. Hold this position for two seconds. Push through your heels to stand up.

1B Dumbbell bench press

SetsReps 12 Rest 30sec

Lie on the bench with your feet on the floor, holding a dumbbell in each hand with straight arms. Lower the weights to the sides of your chest, then press them back up to return to the start position.

2A Paused dumbbell Romanian deadlift 

SetsReps 12 Rest 30sec

Stand tall, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Keeping your legs straight, hinge forwards from your hips. Pause for two seconds at the bottom, then reverse back to the start.

2B Dumbbell seated overhead press

SetsReps 12 Rest 30sec

Sit on the bench, holding a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing at shoulder height. Press the weights directly overhead until your arms are straight, then lower back to the start.

3A Kettlebell step-up

SetsReps 12 Rest 30sec

Stand in front of the bench with a kettlebell in the racked position. Step up with your left leg to stand with both feet on the bench then step back down. Do six reps then switch arms and leading leg.

3B Dumbbell renegade row 

SetsReps 12 Rest 30sec

Get into the press-up position with your hands gripping dumbbells. Brace your abs, row one hand up to your side, then lower it and repeat with your other arm. That’s one rep.

4A Tuck-up

SetsReps 12 Rest 30sec

Sit on the bench with your abs braced. Crunch up to raise your torso as you also bring in your knees towards your chest. Pause, then reverse the move. Maintain tension on your abs throughout the set.

4B Russian twist 

SetsReps 12 Rest 30sec 

Sit on the bench holding a medicine ball in both hands. Raise your torso and feet, then use your abs to rotate your torso to the left then back to the right then back to the middle. That’s one rep.

5A Bench jump

SetsReps 12 Rest 30sec 

Stand with the bench in front of you. Lower into a quarter squat, then jump up explosively to land on the bench. Step back down. Make it harder by jumping over the bench then turning around and jumping back to the start.

5B Kettlebell swing 

SetsReps 12 Rest 30sec 

Stand tall, holding a kettlebell in both hands. Swing the bell back between your legs, then push your hips forwards to swing it up to head height. Swing it back down and repeat.

Workout 2: EMOM

How Do three rounds of the five warm-up exercises pictured below to activate your muscles and fire up your central nervous system for the main workout. For that, start a timer, then do 15 reps of move 1. Once you finish, rest for however much of the first minute is left, then do 30 reps of move 2, resting for the rest of that minute, then do 15 reps of move 3, resting for the remainder of that minute. Then go back to the start and continue for 30 minutes.

Why “EMOM workouts are very tough, because as you fatigue each set takes longer, giving you less and less time to rest before moving on to the next move,” says Eastham. “This type of workout is fantastic for losing fat and improving cardio fitness, so if you’re new to it aim for 18 to 21 minutes the first time, and instead of counting reps, do 40 seconds of work and 20 seconds of rest to give yourself enough recovery time.”

Warm-up 

Do three rounds of the following:

1 Scapula press-up

Reps 10

Get into the press-up position, then lower your shoulder blades and raise them again, keeping your arms and legs straight.

2 Bungee reverse flye

Reps 10

Stand tall with a handle in each hand. Raise your hands out to the sides to feel a good stretch across your upper back.

3 Single-arm chest press

Reps 20

Lie on the bench holding a dumbbell in one hand. Lower the weight, then press it back up. Do ten reps on one side, then switch.

4 Paused kettlebell Romanian deadlift

Reps 10

Stand tall holding a kettlebell. Keeping your legs straight, hinge forwards from your hips. Pause, then reverse back to the start.

5 Down-up

Reps 10

Stand tall, then drop to the floor to get into the bottom of a press-up. Bring your knees back under your torso and stand back up.

EMOM workout

1 Feet-elevated press-up

Reps 15

Get into a press-up position with your wrists, elbows and shoulders aligned and your feet elevated on the bench. Bend your elbows to lower your chest to the ground, then straighten your arms to press back up to the top. After your 15 reps, rest for the remainder of the minute and then move on to exercise 2.

2 Kettlebell swing

Reps 30

Stand tall, holding a kettlebell in both hands. Swing the bell back between your legs, then push your hips forwards to swing it up to head height. Swing it back down and repeat. After your 30 reps, rest for the remainder of the minute and then move on to exercise 3.

3 Burpee

Reps 15

Stand tall, then drop down on to your hands and feet. Kick your feet out to straighten your legs, then lower your chest to touch the floor. Bring your feet back in underneath your torso, then jump up explosively. As soon as you land, go straight into the next rep. After your 15 reps, rest for the remainder of the minute and then return to exercise 1.

Workout 3: AMRAP

How Do two rounds of the four warm-up moves pictured below, then move on to the main session. In AMRAP 1 do ten reps on each leg of move 1, then go straight into ten reps of move 2, then straight into ten reps of move 3. Without resting, go back to move 1 and repeat. The aim is to complete as many rounds as you can in ten minutes. After that time, rest for five minutes, then do AMRAP 2 following the exact same pattern for ten minutes.

Why “Doing ten minutes of constant work before getting a breather is really tough, so it’s important you get smart and pace yourself at the start so you don’t run out of gas after a few minutes,” says Eastham. “Focus on perfect form and breathing consistently to get in enough oxygen and, if you can, up the intensity towards the end to finish each AMRAP in style. It’s better to start smart then end strong than go out too quickly and blow up.”

Warm-up

Do two rounds of the following:

1 Banded external rotation

Reps 20

Stand tall with a handle in one hand with your forearm parallel to the ground. Rotate your hand up so your fists points to the ceiling, then reverse the move back to the start. Do ten reps on one side, then switch and repeat.

2 Half-kneeling straight-arm dumbbell overhead press

Reps 20

Start in a lunge position, with your front foot and back knee and toes on the floor, holding a dumbbell in one hand. Keeping your abs braced, press the weight overhead then lower it. Do ten reps on one side, then switch.

3 Lateral lunge

Reps 10

Stand tall with your feet wide apart. Bend one knee and lower into a side lunge, keeping your arms straight and parallel to the floor. Return to the start, then lunge to the other side. That’s one rep.

4 Kneeling rainbow medicine ball slam

Reps 10

Kneel on the floor, holding a medicine ball in both hands. Raise the ball over your head then slam it down to the side. Pick it up and repeat, moving in the other direction. That’s one rep.

AMRAP 1

1 Dumbbell overhead lunge

Reps 20

Stand tall with a dumbbell in your right hand at shoulder height. Lunge forwards with your left leg, pressing the weight overhead as you do. Push off your front foot to return to the start, lowering the weight. Do ten reps, then swap sides.

2 Medicine ball slam

Reps 10

Stand tall, holding a medicine ball in both hands. Raise the ball high, then slam it down to the ground. Pick it up and repeat.

3 Bench jump-over

Reps 10

Hold the sides of the bench with both hands, with your feet together on one side. Jump your feet up and over the bench to land on the other side. That’s one rep. Keep the reps fast and controlled.

AMRAP 2

1 Single-leg box squat

Reps 10

Stand tall in front of the bench on one leg, holding a kettlebell in both hands against your chest. Squat down until you sit on the bench, then stand up and repeat. After five reps, switch standing leg.

2 Ketlebell snatch

Reps 10 each side

Start with a one-arm swing, but as the kettlebell starts to come through your legs, shrug your shoulder backwards and up. Raise your elbow to draw the weight up and, as it and your elbow reach the same height, rotate your arm under the weight and press it overhead.

3 Hollow body rock

Reps 20

Lie on the bench with your legs straight and feet together and your arms extended straight overhead. Keeping your abs braced, rock your torso up so your legs go down, then rock your legs up so your torso goes down. That’s one rep.

Taco van der Hoorn triumphs in shock breakaway win at stage three of the BinckBank Tour

The 24-year-old Dutchman scarcely seemed to believe what was happening as he crossed the line

Taco van der Hoorn (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) was the surprise winner of stage three of the BinckBank Tour, on a rare occasion in which the breakaway managed to hold off the peloton on a flat stage.

His breakaway companion Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) inherits the overall lead from Stefan Küng (BMC), who finished in the peloton over one minute behind.

They were part of a five-man group that escaped at the start of the day, which also included Van der Hoorn’s Rompot teammate Jesper Asselman, Sean De Bie (Veranda’s Willems Crelan) and Maxime Vantomme (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic).

When it became clear in the final ten kilometres that they would survive, Mohoric – easily the most accomplished rider in the group – put in several stinging attacks in an attempt to win the stage.

However, it was Van der Hoorn’s counter-attack under the one kilometre to go banner that proved to be the decisive move, that neither Mohoric nor the others were able to respond to.

The result will go down as easily the biggest on the 24-year old Dutchman’s palmares, which until now had only featured a few wins in minor Europe Tour races. He scarcely seemed to believe what was happening himself, neither celebrating nor once looking back on the finishing straight until he’d crossed the line.

The peloton, lead by Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), didn’t arrive until 1-11 later, meaning that, as well as Mohoric becoming the new overall leader, De Bie also moves to second overall one second behind, while Vantomme rises to fourth and Van der Horn to fifth.

How it happened

Van der Hoorn, Mohoric, De Bie, Vantomme and Asselman all broke clear at the start of the day.

The biggest name was undoubtedly Mohoric, who had a licence to attack having lost 58 seconds in yesterday’s time trial.

The quintet worked well together straight from the off, and built a lead that peaked at 4-40 ahead of the peloton.

Ag2r La Mondiale upped the pace as the peloton went through the feed zone with around 55km to go, presumably in anticipation of strong crosswinds. They strung the bunch out in single file, and some lost contact, while overall contender Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) suffered a puncture at this inopportune time.

However, the French team knocked the pace off after a few kilometres when the wind failed to blow substantially, allowing Wellens and others to catch back on.

In the aftermatch, the gap to the break was reduced to three minutes. It stayed at around that amount for several kilometres, and remained so by the time the break reached the finish line for the first of three circuits in Antwerp with 26km to go.

The pace in the peloton was slow enough for Stefan Küng (BMC) to make his way through the cars back up to the peloton without any assistance from his teammates after he suffered a mechanical.

The gap did start to come down when the likes of Quick-Step Floors, LottoNL-Jumbo and Mitchelton-Scott put riders at the front of the peloton, but not quickly enough.

With 20km to go it remained at over two minutes. 10km later, it was still at around 1-50, and, despite a committed chase, the peloton were unable to make any inroads.

In the golden kilometre Mohoric picked up nine bonus seconds, time that would ultimately prove decisive for the Slovenian national champion as it meant that he, rather than De Bie, took the overall lead at the end of the stage.

Once it became clear that they would not be caught, hostilities resumed between the breakaway riders. With 5km to Mohoric made his first attack, which was enough to distance Asselman but not the others.

De Bie was careful to cover Mohoric’s other attacks, but neither had any answer to Van der Hoorn’s move 1km from the finish.

The BinckBank Tour will continue tomorrow with another flat stage expected to be a bunch sprint – but as we found out today, nothing is guaranteed in cycling.

Results

BinckBank Tour stage three, Aalter to Antwerpen (166km)

1 Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij in 3-57-56
2 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic, at 35s
3 Sean De Bie (Bel) Veranda’s Willems Crelan
4 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
5 Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij, at same time
6 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 1-11
7 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
8 Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick-Step Floors
9 Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
10 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale, at same time

General classification after stage three

1 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida in 8-03-56
2 Sean De Bie (Bel) Veranda’s Willems Crelan at 1s
3 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team at 22s
4 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic at 25s
5 Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 34s
6 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 36s
7 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb at 37s
8 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb, at same time
9 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors at 41s
10 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin, at same time

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Three holes-in-one in five hours – amateur golfer’s extraordinary day

Ali Gibb

It’s a moment that, if you are lucky, might happen once in a lifetime.

But a 51-year-old amateur golfer hit three holes-in-one as she defended her club championship title on Tuesday.

Ali Gibb achieved the remarkable feat at Croham Hurst Golf Club in South Croydon, Surrey – and it was not the first time she had scored a hole-in-one either.

“Today was just a weird day. It was just very, very strange,” she said. “On my card I had a nine, two eights, sixes, fives, fours, threes, twos and three ones.

“Our pro Adam came up to me and said: ‘I’ve had one hole-in-one in 42 years, you’ve just had three in five hours.'”

Two of her holes-in-one came on the same hole – the fifth – with the third coming on her second visit to the 11th in the 36-hole competition.

“I have had a hole-in-one before – three actually. One was here on the seventh, one at Surrey National Golf Club, and one at the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate in South Africa,” Gibb added.

“It’s just absolutely extraordinary. I think I will wake up tomorrow asking if I’ve just been dreaming about it and if it is club championship day today instead!”

Club secretary Jean Cooke said: “It was fantastic, a great occasion. It’s the biggest golf day of our year, and as news travelled around the course, the buzz was spreading.

“At the award ceremony in the evening, the club bought her three bottles of champagne, and there was a really good celebration.

“Scoring one hole-in-one in a whole lifetime is unusual but three in one day is extremely rare if not unique.”

Scorecard showing Ali Gibb's winning scores

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Ledecky Gives Swim Lessons In Tokyo As Part Of U.S. Embassy Program

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, who is fresh off of winning five medals (including three golds) at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, stuck around after that meet in Tokyo to give swim lessons to Japanese students, per a report in the Charlotte Observer.

Ledecky was on hand to work with more than 100 elementary school and junior high school aged swimmers, answering questions about her career before getting into the pool and swimming with the students. Her lessons were part of the United States Embassy’s “Go For Gold” initiative, which brings American athletes and diplomats to participating schools in Japan.

“It’s fun for me to give back to the sport I love so much,” Ledecky told reporters, adding with a smile that “Hopefully I’ll see a lot of their faces again in two years.”

Preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games are well underway in Tokyo, including adding a roof to the swimming venue that is currently under construction. Ledecky figures to be a major player at those Games, with the swimmer forgoing her final two years of eligibility at Stanford to turn professional heading into the next Olympics.

The Charlotte Observer contributed to this report. 

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‘How do I find running trails near me?’ (and more trail questions)

Often the most difficult part of running off-road is simply finding running trails near you! What if you don’t even live near trails?

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Trails near the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. More on Instagram

Finding running trails near me is a constant struggle – especially when I travel. I love trail running but recognize it’s not always possible or practical.

Not everyone lives near a trail head or big patch of wilderness ripe for exploration.  And with 3 kids, I can’t always drive hours into the Rocky Mountains to scale a 14er…

To run on trails more often, you have to get creative.

My go-to strategy for finding running trails near me is to use Google Maps. If I’m in a new city, I just look for green on the map.

Here’s my home town of Lexington, Massachusetts:

Running Trails Near Me

See all that green? I’ve run almost all of it – and have found ways of connecting the trails with minimal road running (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten lost in Lower Vine Brook… but that’s part of the fun)!

With just a few minutes of searching, I can find parks, athletic fields, and conservation land that are perfect for trail running – which is really just any off-road surface.

Find running trails near me using Trails.com (they offer even more detail).

Why is Trail Running So Important?

I’m not promoting running trails because they’re beautiful. Or awe-inspiring. Or jaw-dropping. Though, that’s certainly an added bonus!

Trail running is a welcomed alternative to road running because it’s a different type of stress that helps you become a better runner:

  • The uneven surface can limit the repetition of running, thereby reducing your injury risk
  • The varying terrain and obstacles (rocks, roots, holes, more turns and elevation changes) requires more athleticism
  • Softer surfaces can promote recovery on easy days

Plus, let’s not forget that running trails usually means that you’re going to run slower. And that can actually be a very good thing!

When used appropriately, train running can aid recovery by forcing you to run slower. A lower heart rate – on a softer, more forgiving surface – is how to structure a great recovery day.

From injury prevention to athleticism to recovery, trail running can help improve the quality of your training (and your race results).

Trail Running Q&A with Doug Hay

Doug Hay Trail Running

To help you make the most of running trails – and get started with the least amount of stress – I spoke with trail and ultra runner Doug Hay.

Doug is the coach behind the Rock Creek Runner blog and podcast (Trail Talk). For a healthy dose of #trailporn, don’t miss his Instagram!

He’s also the creator of the Trail Runner’s System (today’s sponsor – more on this below).

Our conversation covers a lot:

  • Our best advice for new trail runners
  • Do trails make running easier?
  • How “trails” can be a lot more than just trails
  • The risks of road running
  • Trail running as a gateway drug
  • What trail gear is absolutely necessary (and what isn’t)?

We also include a challenge for you – so don’t miss this episode.

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A big thanks to Doug for coming on the podcast today!

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The complete program includes:

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An insurance company is offering free cover when you buy a Cannondale bike

The offer applies to 2019 Cannondale, Mongoose and GT bikes as well as close-out 2018 models

Two-wheeled cover specialist Yellow Jersey has teamed up with the Cycling Sports Group (CSG) to offer three months’ free bike insurance with new bikes.

CSG is the supplier behind Cannondale, Mongoose and GT bikes and the offer will be available through over 600 retailers, effective immediately.

The deal provides riders with Yellow Jersey’s ‘Ultimate’ policy – and means that their bike and equipment will be covered worldwide, against theft, crash and accidental damage.

>>> ‘Do cyclists have to have insurance?’ – you asked Google and we’ve got the answer

The ‘Ultimate’ package also covers riders who are taking part in competitive races and events abroad.

The announcement comes in line with the release of the 2019 Cannondale, Mongoose and GT bikes, but the insurance offer is still valid on end of season 2018 models.

Following the three month period, customers will be given the opportunity to purchase further cover at a 25 per cent discount – even if they have made a claim. The cost of continuing the cover, as with any insurance, will vary depending upon the individual and the bike(s) in question.

“We’re delighted to be working with Cycling Sports Group. We’re big fans of the brand portfolio and this partnership presents excellent opportunities for all involved – us, them, the retailer and the customer,” said Yellow Jersey MD, Ryan Georgiades.

“Retailers are working in increasingly crowded spaces so we’re really pleased we can help differentiate. We have seen some ride away insurance policies before but to have such comprehensive cover for three months adds significant value to the sale, as thefts and accidents often happen soon into new bike ownership,” said Cycling Sports Group Director of Marketing, Clive Gosling.

“In addition, Yellow Jersey are offering to beat all retailer’s shop insurance renewal quotes by 10 per cent and includes cover for cycle related activities such as shop rides and demos. We feel this will help our dealers lower their running costs and increase their cover,” he added.

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