Lizzie Deignan opens up about British Cycling: ‘They let me down big time’

Former World Champion says “a lack of leadership” contributed to poor treatment of women within the team GB set-up

Former World Champion Lizzie Deignan has spoken out about her experiences within cycling – alleging sexism within British Cycling, huge discrepancies in pay and humiliating experiences on pro teams.

Speaking to the Guardian ahead of the launch of her autobiography, ‘Steadfast’, she highlighted being woken near midnight to dance with a male cyclist on his birthday, and receiving a tenth of the prize money of the 2015 male World Champion as key offences.

Deignan, nee Armitstead, said that when she became World Champion in Richmond in 2015, British Cycling team manager Brian Stephens was not present because he had placed a priority on the men’s junior team.

She told the Guardian: “I was really disappointed because I’d done everything right going into that competition and I just needed them to get it right for me on the day,” she said. “And they didn’t. There was a lack of leadership. They let me down big time.”

Deignan also says in her book that women were forced to borrow helmets from the men, and told that they could be banned if they did not return them.

Discussing her time racing for trade teams, Deignan highlights an occasion – aged 19 and riding for the Cervelo team – where she says she was woken by a senior manager at 11.30pm and told to join a party in the bar for the male cyclists. The only woman there, she was “left with no choice” but to take part in a dance competition with the cyclist celebrating his birthday.

Deignan repeats the event in her book, stating: “It was only later, when I really thought about it, I thought, ‘No, that wasn’t a laugh.’”

Commenting on her winnings from the 2015 World Championships in Richmond, Deignan points out that she took home £2,000 – a fraction of the sum the male winner received, at £20,000. This inequality has now been addressed and the prize money has been equalised.

Deignan is one of a flurry of female cyclist to have come forward to allege sexism within cycling. Most notably, track cyclist Jess Varnish prompted an internal investigation when she claimed technical director Shane Sutton told her to “go and have a baby” when she was dropped from the British Cycling sprint team ahead of the Rio Olympics.

Former Olympic and World Champion Nicole Cooke made similar accusations when presenting her case to the British parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into combating doping in sport, saying the sport was run “by men, for men” and that “very little was ever done to support female road riders during my career. At times odd riders would be supported for a period, while they were ‘in favour’ but mostly, that support was only ever transient”.


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Team Sky determined to make amends at the Tour of Flanders

Team Sky’s Luke Rowe says the squad is ready to to “up their game” at the Tour of Flanders, after disappointment at E3 Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem last weekend

Team Sky will go into the Tour of Flanders with their heads held high, says Luke Rowe, despite the team so far failing to deliver the goods in the Northern Classics.

The Welshman’s third place at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in February has so far been the team’s best result in the Classics, with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) walking away with much of the silverware.

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Rowe says the Sky team, which this year features British neo pros Owain Doull and Jon Dibben in its Classics line-up, is riding better than its results suggest, and that it’s a lack of fortune rather than condition that has been at the heart of the current results drought.

“Last weekend, on a personal note, was really disappointing,” he conceded of his 15th place and DNF at E3 Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem respectively.

“Wevelgem was a shocker of a day. I just had no legs. There’s a couple of days a year where you’re just empty and you’re useless and unfortunately last weekend was one of those days.

“Last weekend was just diabolical,” he added. “We’ve got to do better. There’s no excuses really – we have to up our game at Flanders and Roubaix and see what we can do.”

Rowe said that he and the team were ready to bounce back and fight hard for results over the next two weekends, saying there were plenty of positives to be taken from the last six weeks of racing.

“The most important thing is how your condition is at the moment, and despite the results not being there, the whole team is as a unit is riding well. If it could go our way a little bit, play out the way we want it to, we could deliver a result,” he said.

The Classics this year, Rowe added, had been raced more aggressively than he’d ever seen, largely due to strength of Sagan and Van Avermaet.

“Sagan showed how strong he was early on and to a certain extent Greg as well.

“People are trying to isolate them… people are trying to race earlier to get ahead,” he said — an observation echoed by his Sky directeur, former Paris-Roubaix winner Servais Knaven.


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“The guys saw a different way of racing in the last few races with [attacks] going early in Dwars Door Vlaanderen but also in E3,” said Knaven.

“They were a bit surprised by that; it was totally different to how a normal race would go.”

“I warned them, as soon as they go, you can’t hesitate. But the guys are in good shape. They ride well as a team. I think we have a really balanced team for Flanders. They will do a good race and I wouldn’t be surprised if they surprise some people.”

“You can’t go into these races with your head down,” concluded Rowe. “You’ve got to go in with your head held high — we’re optimistic and excited.”

Knaven admitted the fact that Sky aren’t tipped as one of the favourites for the title in Flanders can be an advantage to them.

In the 2015 edition of the race with Geraint Thomas leading the squad they were one of the favourites, but despite the team doing much of the work on the front of the peloton the Welshman was marked out by another team and unable to follow the winning move led by Alexander Kristoff and Niki Terpstra.

“With Gianni [Moscon], Luke [Rowe] and Ian [Stannard] we have three really strong riders, none of them are the favourites for Sunday but for sure I expect them to play a role in the final,” he continued.

“Two years ago we were the favourites and we had to ride all day to the Kruisberg, then another team really had to help us. No one helped us and Kristoff and Terpstra were gone and we had our guys there but no helpers any more.

“You see this week every team says they’re the favourite, to take the pressure from their own team and also so they have to work, because of course that’s going to happen.

“There will be an early break and one team has to take control. We did that two years ago this year it will be another team.”


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Olympian Ashleigh Johnson Shines on Swimming World’s April 2017 Cover

ON THE COVER: Ashleigh Johnson

Not only was Ashleigh Johnson named the top goalkeeper at last summer’s Olympic Games in Rio (55 saves), but she also received the same honor the year before with 66 saves when the United States won the gold medal at the World Championships in Kazan. She also has been named Swimming World’s Female World Water Polo Player of the Year three years straight.

In her final season at Princeton, she says, “I want to give as much knowledge as I can to people coming after me—to be a leader on the team… especially for new girls coming into the collegiate environment.” (See feature, page 26.)

Johnson marks the first water polo cover since early 2009 when Brenda Villa, a successful member of Team USA’s women’s water polo team at the Sydney, Athens, and Beijing Games, was featured.

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FEATURES

014 AMERICAN SWIMMING TEAM (Part V): FUTURE—THE BASE AND CORE OF THE TEAM
by Chuck Warner
In this fifth of a six-part series, Swimming World takes a look into the possible future of the American Swimming Team, beginning with learn-to-swim programs and progressing through more challenging levels of training that stress the importance of excellent technique, cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance and a strong self-image.

016 2016 TOP 12 WORLD MASTERS SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
by Taylor Brien, David Rieder and Annie Grevers

024 MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH BRADLEY TANDY
by Annie Grevers
None of Bradley Tandy’s success is accidental. Every step of his day leading up to a big race revolves around visions of future moments of triumph. Here’s a glimpse into the mind of South African Olympian Bradley Tandy on race day.

026 ASHLEIGH JOHNSON: THE RELUCTANT OLYMPIAN
by Annie Grevers
Most Olympians dream about competing in the Olympics by the time they’re 10 years old. But Ashleigh Johnson—Team USA’s water polo player who was named “Goalkeeper of the Games” at last summer’s Olympics— didn’t start thinking about it until the year before Rio.

030 NUTRITION: AROUND THE TABLE WITH MICHAEL CHADWICK
by Annie Grevers and Tasija Korosas
After being part of an American record-setting 4×100 free relay in his international debut at the 2015 Duel in the Pool, then winning four medals at last December’s World Short Course Championships, University of Missouri senior Michael Chadwick is hungry for more collegiate and global swimming success. Let’s see what this sprinting stud consumes to keep his body moving at lightning speeds.

COACHING

009 SPECIAL SETS: SHORT COURSE TO LONG COURSE TRAINING
by Michael J. Stott
Moving from short course to long course training presents challenges for swimmers and coaches alike. With long course on the horizon, it now becomes incumbent on coaches to ease swimmers effectively and seamlessly from one season to the next.

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: JOZSEF NAGY
by Michael J. Stott

012 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: TRAINING DISTANCE
by Rod Havriluk
This month’s misconception is that “total training distance” is the best indicator of the value of a training session. In reality, the total distance typically includes many strokes executed with a less than optimal technique that do not comply with the coach’s instructions.

032 WHOOP! (THERE IT IS)
by Michael J. Stott
College coaches are examining a new way to help change habits and alter the way they and their athletes look at sleep. The device, in bracelet form, is called WHOOP. It was used by some American Olympians in Rio, and has found favor with more than 50 college sports programs across the United States.

042 Q&A WITH COACH JESSEN BOOK
by Michael J. Stott

043 HOW THEY TRAIN ARTHUR CONOVER
by Michael J. Stott 

TRAINING

041 DRYSIDE TRAINING: HOW’S YOUR KICK?
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

035 GOLDMINDS: SWIMMING AND NEUROSCIENCE—TRAIN THE BRAIN TO WIN IN THE LANE
by Wayne Goldsmith
Neuroscience is a fancy way of saying that your brain and your body can—and should— work together as a team in helping you to realize your full potential.

045 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
038 MOMS AT MEETS
046 GUTTER TALK
048 PARTING SHOT

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Federer beats Kyrgios in thriller – faces Nadal in final

Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios

Roger Federer won a thrilling three-hour contest against Nick Kyrgios to set up a final against Rafael Nadal at the Miami Open.

The Swiss, 35, won 7-6 (11-9) 6-7 (9-11) 7-6 (7-5) to take his 2017 record to 18 wins and one defeat.

Federer will take on Nadal for the 37th time on Sunday, and the second this year after beating the Spaniard in January’s Australian Open final.

Nadal, 30, beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-5 in the first semi-final.

Fognini, 29, had become the first unseeded player in 10 years to make the last four but was no match for Nadal, who will try to win a first Miami title in his fifth final on Sunday.

“It’s great to be in the final for me,” said Nadal after winning the first of the semi-finals. “I am excited to play another final of an important event.

“If it’s Roger, it’s going to be another one for both of us, and that’s it. Just another one.”

Federer made sure that there will be another episode to his rivalry with Nadal, which began in Miami 13 years ago.

Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini

The 18-time Grand Slam champion maintained his spectacular run of results with victory over the in-form Kyrgios.

“It felt very good,” said the Swiss, who last won the Miami title in 2006. “You don’t very often play three breakers in a match.

“Winning breakers is always such a thrill. I tried to really fight for it. I can’t always show my fighting skills, it is great winning this way.”

Despite playing in front of a heavily pro-Federer crowd, Kyrgios extended the former champion over three hours and 10 minutes, with the 21-year-old Australian showing his frustration by smashing his racquet after losing match point.

“I had some ups and downs, bit of a rollercoaster,” said Kyrgios.

“Ultimately I think I put in a good performance. I thought the crowd would’ve enjoyed watching it, people at home would’ve enjoyed watching it. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they found something bad, though.”

On Saturday, British number one Johanna Konta plays Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in the women’s final at 18:00 BST – with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Konta, 25, became the first British woman to reach the Miami Open final with a 6-4 7-5 victory over Venus Williams in the last four on Thursday.

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University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Notches Two First-Place Finishes on Night Two of Buffalo Speedo Sectionals

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The second night of finals at Buffalo Speedo Sectionals 2017 kicked off with some fast long course swimming by some young athletes. After conclusion of the session, Cape Cod Swim Club had overtaken The FISH for the lead, with an overall team point total of 353 to The FISH’s 312. Cougar Aquatic Team sits in third with 294 points.

In the women’s 200 meter freestyle, 15-year-old The FISH standout Madelyn Donohoe took first place with a time of 2:04.64. Her 18-year-old teammate Nicole Fye, a Virginia state record holder and Ohio State commit, placed second in 2:05.04. Olivia Sapio of Town Wreckers Swim Team touched in 2:06.87 for third place.

On the men’s side, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez swimmer Andres Solivan Rivera threw down a 1:56.91 to take first place over Brandon Amthor of Sharks and Eagles Swim Team, who swam a time of 1:57.11. Nathan Stern of Peddie Aquatic Association took third with a 1:59.50.

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, a popular training trip destination for U.S. colleges, notched another first-place finish in the men’s 100 meter butterfly, with Alex Hernandez Medina‘s time of 55.21. He was over two seconds ahead of second-place Nathan Stern out of Peddie Aquatics, who swam a 57.51. Third place went to Neil Horne of Clifton Park Halfmoon Piranhas with his time of 58.19.

There was an extremely close race in the women’s 100 breaststroke, as Alexandra McDaid of Peddie and Olivia Jack of Clifton Park battled over the finish. McDaid touched 0.01 ahead of Jack, swimming 1:13.38 to Jack’s 1:13.39. The two frontrunners were ahead of the field by almost four seconds, as Carlee Sanchez-Hegarty of Cougar Aquatic Team touched in 1:17.02 for third.

Joseph Scerbo of Cougar Aquatic Team won the men’s 100 meter breaststroke by a small margin as well, putting up a 1:06.64 to teammate Zachary Valezuela‘s time of 1:06.82. UPRM’s Juan Arellano Uribe, the first seed coming into the meet, swam a 1:07.38 for third place.

In the women’s 100 butterfly, Sapio took first in an impressive 1:02.68. Liverpool Jets Swim Club’s Sydnie Sovinsky swam a 1:03.33 for second place, and Fye rounded out the top three with a time of 1:04.13.

Cape Cod Swim Club’s Palma Foschi Walko topped the distance event of the evening with her time of 5:02.31 in the women’s 400 meter IM. Donohoe put up a strong showing for second place, swimming a 5:04.62. Walko and Donohoe separated themselves from the field by a large margin, third place going to Cougar Aquatic Team’s Natalie Dalla Riva with a 5:10.21.

On the men’s side, Scerbo won decisively with a 4:38.99. Joseph Perry of Cape Cod Swim Club was second in 4:42.85, just ahead of The FISH’s Mason Greenblatt, who touched 0.02 later in 4:42.87.

Claire Wolff, Keely Hemminger, Donohoe, and Fye combined to grab FISH the win in the women’s 800 meter freestyle relay, with splits of 2:13.50, 2:10.45, 2:04.41, and 2:06.96, respectively. Second place went to Cape Cod Swim Club’s team of Madeline King, Walko, Bridget Birmingham, and Michelle Guo. Due to a touch pad malfunction, splits were not available for their second-place swim. Weymouth Club Waves put together a team of Sarah Rice, Leigh Spicer, Emily Appleton, and Samantha Hughes for third place in 8:57.42.

To finish off the meet, Cougar Aquatic Team’s A-squad consisting of Valenzeula, Benjamin Amoreno, Scerbo, and Evan Custance combined for the win on the men’s side with a time of 8:04.31. Star Swimming’s time of 8:11.75, swum by Michael Clough, Andrew Duszynski, Maximillian Strittmatter, and Riley McLaughlin, was good for second place. Third place in the event went to Loyola Blakefield Aquatics in 8:12.97 (Zachariah Reid, Graham Lindner, Jacob Breschi, and Theodore Turrall).

Meet results can be found on Meet Mobile under 2017 Speedo Sectionals.

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Heather Maccausland, Jacob Johnson Win Twice at Christiansburg Sectionals

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Heather Maccausland and Jacob Johnson were both double-event winners on night two of Speedo Sectionals Christiansburg.

Golden Ram’s Maccausland was the under swimmer under 1:50 in the girl’s 200 free, dropping over a second to win in 1:49.49. Egg Harbor’s Amanda Hunan finished second in 1:50.46 and Fox Chapel’s Alexa Kozlina took a close third in 1:50.59.

757 Swim’s Colby Hurt (1:50.62), Egg Harbor’s Lauren Kelly (1:50.68), Egg Harbor’s Maggie Wallace (1:51.11), Radnor’s Madison Ledwith (1:51.67), Diplomat’s Madison Nalls (1:51.75), Jewish Community’s Olivia Livingston (1:52.11), and Peter Leib’s Natalie Beale completed the top ten.

Swimming unattached, Virginia Tech’s Colin Murphy won the boy’s 200 free by over one second, stopping the clock in 1:38.50. Golden Ram’s Matthew Magness took second in 1:39.67 and Nation’s Capital’s Peter Makin finished third in 1:39.83.

Delaware’s Bryce Ciecko (1:40.96), Delaware’s Emils Gustav Jurcik (1:41.25), Delaware’s Jeb Darhower (1:41.64), Central Bucks’ Connor Killion (1:41.68), Lancaster’s Arthur Markley (1:41.74), Delaware’s Alec Menzer (1:41.77), and Jeb Beaver’s Kevin Lin (1:41.99) rounded out the A-final.

Maccausland showed her versatility this evening, also taking gold in the girl’s 100 breast. She won in 1:01.86, just out-touching Delaware’s Olivia Paoletti (1:01.95). Fox Chapel’s Bailey Bonnett finished third in 1:02.12.

757 Swim’s Joelle Vereb (1:02.15), Delaware’s Rabea Pfaff (1:03.71), Mount Lebanon’s Madeline Dorish (1:04.30), Nation’s Capital’s Olivia Masterson (1:04.87), Lancaster’s Brooke Bollinger (1:04.88), Nation’s Capital’s Natalie Cole (1:04.94), and Cavalier’s Naomee Miller (1:04.96) completed the final heat.

Virginia Tech commit Lasse Pittioni, swimming unattached at this meet, won gold in the boy’s 100 breast with a 54.99. Delaware’s Matthew Otto took a close second in 55.16 and Radnor’s Antonio Octaviano finished third in 56.19.

Machine’s Carter Flint (57.47), Coast Guard Blue’s Christopher Verastek (57.86), Severna Park’s Jackson Schultz (57.86), Team Pittsburgh’s Conrad Molinaro (58.00), Jeb Beaver’s Andrew Rausch (58.05), Egg Harbor’s Andrew Duff (58.15), and Paul Luniewski (59.09) also swam in the final heat.

Unattached Virginia Tech Hokie Maggie Gruber cruised to first in the girl’s 100 fly, taking the title in 53.42. Retriever’s Morgan Liberto took second in 54.56 and Vereb finished third in 54.65.

Golden Ram’s Ann Carozza (55.55), Peters Township’s Abigail Hay (55.78), Ledwith (55.91), Kozlina (56.45), Jeb Beaver’s Natalie Kucsan (56.77), Greater Baltimore’s Claire O’Shaughnessy (56.79), and Pittsburgh Elite’s Abigail Matheny (56.95) completed the top eight.

Delaware’s Johnson dominated the boy’s 100 fly, winning by nearly three seconds with a time of 47.77. His teammate Otto took second in 50.67 and Nation’s Capital’s Devin Truong finished third in 50.70.

Peters Township’s Stephen Hopta (50.74), Coast Guard Blue’s Kade Younger (50.75), Fox Chapel’s Brandon Thomas (50.94), Markley (51.21), Lancaster’s Colin Anderson (51.35), Coast Guard Blue’s Miles McAllister (51.62), and Retriever’s Matthew Hoskins (51.75) also swam in the final heat.

After taking second in the 100 breast, Paoletti won the girl’s 400 IM by nearly four seconds in a lifetime best of 4:16.30. Nation’s Capital’s Madeline Heilbrun took second in 4:20.03 and Hurt finished third in 4:20.75.

Bonnett (4:21.10), Pfaff (4:22.45), Coast Guard Blue’s Jacqueline Tinneny (4:26.97), Delaware’s Emma Brinton (4:27.29), Radnor’s Anna Kalandadze (4:28.88), Retriever’s Morgan Liberto (4:29.43), and Delaware’s Isabella Paoletti (4:30.90) completed the top heat.

Johnson won his second event of the night in 3:51.84 to take the boy’s 400 IM title. Just as in the 100 fly, his teammate Otto finished second in 3:54.33. Golden Ram’s Matthew Magness took third in 3:59.83 as the only three swimmers under the four-minute barrier.

Austin’s Grant Thompson (4:00.01), Jurcik (4:01.17), Egg Harbor’s Brian McGroarty (4:01.50), Nation’s Capital’s Luke Devore (4:03.19), Lancaster’s Joseph Moll (4:03.25), Jeb Beaver’s Benjamin Hicks (4:04.79), and Lin (4:10.50) also swam in the A-final.

Egg Harbor’s Katie McClintock (1:54.27), Kelly (1:50.47), Wallace (1:50.94), and Nunan (1:51.39) touched first in the girl’s 800 free relay in 7:27.07. 757 Swim placed second in 7:30.70 and Pittsburgh Elite took a close third in 7:30.81.

Delaware’s Jeb Darhower (1:41.81), Ciecko (1:41.19), Jurcik (1:41.59), and Menzer (1:42.12) dominated the boy’s 800 free relay, winning by nearly six seconds in 6:46.71. Egg Harbor placed second in 6:52.14 and Lancaster took third in 6:54.95.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile-2017 EZ Southern Region Speedo Champ Series.

Tomorrow’s action will see the 200 medley relay, 200 fly, 50 free, 200 breast, 100 back, 500 free, and 400 free relay.

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Van Avermaet: The Muur doesn't fit in the new Tour of Flanders parcours

When the Muur van Geraardsbergen was removed from the Tour of Flanders parcours in 2012, there were cries of sacrilege. The ascent with its distinctive chapel at the top had been the scene of many a decisive moment over the years. To remove it, thought some, felt like removing the heart of the race.

As such, when it was brought back into the route for this year’s race, there was delight among fans. However, pre-race favourite Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) believes that the fabled climb no longer has a place in the new course. The Belgian says that the climb is too early to have a proper impact on the race and the route taken to include it has been to the detriment of the parcours. The finale has remained much the same, and the organisers have had to go well out of their way to include it in the loop out east of Oudenaarde, meaning there will be long stretches without any climbing.

“I think it’s nice to have the Muur back in the parcours, but I don’t think that it will really have a decisive factor,” Van Avermaet said during his pre-Tour of Flanders press conference. “It takes us a little bit out of the way. The parcours from the Muur to Oudenaarde is not really attractive. It’s too early to go for sure, where are you going to go.

“For me, it is a bit hard. I liked the final how it was but, to put the Muur in this kind of parcours, it is hard to make it fit, and I think that the guy who made the parcours would say this because it’s a little bit out of the action. I think that the parcours last year was really nice. Now, with adding the Muur again, I think that it is a zone where nothing is going to happen.

“I think from the second time up the Kwaremont will be the most important part and from there on the race will be on. For sure there will be some attacks earlier on, on Berendries or earlier but there is not the moment to go. I think that the second time up the Kwaremont will be where the final really starts.”

As Van Avermaet told Cyclingnews on Thursday, it doesn’t matter which climbs you put into the route, the strongest rider on the day will come up trumps. With three wins from four major Classics outings in Belgium, Van Avermaet has put himself forward as the strongest man out there on this type of parcours right now. Having done the rare E3 Harelbeke/Gent-Wevelgem double, Van Avermaet was ready to admit that he was the main favourite, along with two others.

“We are with three guys. There is me, Peter [Sagan] and Philippe [Gilbert], who are really in good shape and have shown really good results,” he said. “There are some others who are leaders, but I think that we can say we are the three main favourites.”

Van Avermaet was in strong form last year – although perhaps not as strong as he is in 2017 – on the run into the Tour of Flanders with a win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and a surprise overall success at Tirreno-Adriatico. It seemed that he was destined to win his and BMC’s first monument, but it wasn’t to be when a crash midway through the race took him and many of his teammates out. He looks like the man to beat once again, and while he’s keen to get his first Flanders win under his belt as soon as possible, he denied that it is a case of now or never at the 2017 race.

“I think that I still have a few years. Last year was a big chance, but this year I have another big chance. I’m really happy with how things are going,” he said. “If you see my results, E3 and Gent-Wevelgem were always the hardest races for me to get a big result. For me, Flanders is always a bit easier. I know that it’s the hardest race but it fits me better as a rider so this also gives me confidence. If you see my results of the last 10 years, I’m always top 10. If nothing happens, then Sunday will be the same, but hopefully, I will be in the first spot.

“The few goals before I have already achieved so now the biggest one is coming and I hope to do what I have done in the races before.”

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Connor Doyle Dominates 400 IM at Ithaca Sectionals Night Two

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Fast swimming continued at day two of Speedo Sectionals Ithaca.

Badger’s Quinn Scannell won the 200 freestyle in a 1:48.07, just faster than Asphalt Green’s 15 year old Isabel Gormley in 1:48.81. Chelsea Piers’ Kelly Montesi touched third (1:49.45).

The 100 breaststroke finish was another close one with Weston Swimming’s Sophie Angus (1:00.44) out touching Asphalt Green’s Sophia Zhang (1:00.85). Badger’s Carly Cummings finished third (1:01.27).

Cummings later topped the podium with a 4:12.63 400 IM. Gormley snagged her second silver of the day in 4:13.71. In third was Schenectady’s Margaret Wyngoswki (4:19.44).

The 100 butterfly went to 22 year old Joyce Kwok of Team Suffolk in 53.06. Nearly a second behind her was Central Jersey’s Caroline Gmelich (54.03). Victor Swim Club’s 14 year old Megan Deuel earned bronze (54.92).

Asphalt Green won the women’s 800 freestyle relay with a 7:27.97. Two seconds behind them was Victor Swim Club in 7:29.89. Commonwealth secured third place with a 7:32.03.

Drew Modrov of Hauppauge dominated the 200 freestyle in 1:37.62. Behind the 27 year old was 18 year old Connor Doyle of Eastern Express (1:39.27) and Kingfish’s Auston Ramsay (1:39.74).

Doyle then dominated the 400 IM with a 3:52.50. Oleksandr Bezuglyy of Matchpoint NYC clocked a 3:56.07 for silver. Picking up bronze was Badger’s Christian Farricker (3:57.25).

Modrov settled for second in the 100 butterfly in 48.37. Matthew Yish of Solo Aquatics won that race in 47.94. Picking up third was New Jersey Race Club’s Liam Cosgrove in 49.04.

A trio of 17 year olds posted 55s to top the men’s 100 breaststroke podium. Piranha’s Oliver Rus stopped the clock in 55.09. Laguardia’s Evan Zhang (55.38) and Crimson’s Calvin Yang (55.65) touched second and third.

In 6:50.86 Kingfish edged Eastern Express’ B team (6:51.94) for the men’s 800 freestyle relay title. With a 6:52.27 the Eastern Express A team touched third.

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