Heat Sheets Out for Day Two Finals at arena Pro Series Indy; Mallory Comerford Scratches

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The heat sheets have been posted for the day two finals session at the arena Pro Swim Series meet in Indianapolis. The session begins at 7 p.m. ET, and live coverage will be available on Swimming World.

View the heat sheet by clicking here.

The session will begin with the 400 IMs, where 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ye Shiwen and two-time World Champion Daiya Seto are favored after cruising to the top seed in prelims.

Other swimmers holding down lane four include Federica Pellegrini and Stephen Milne in the 200 free, Hillary Caldwell and Jacob Pebley in the 200 back and Michelle Williams and Bruno Fratus in the 50 free.

The most notable scratch for the session was Louisville’s Mallory Comerford, who is done for the meet after winning the 100 free on day one and then qualifying for the finals of the 50 and 200 free. Comerford will be back in Indianapolis soon enough, though, when she swims at the women’s NCAA championships in two weeks.

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Peter Sagan against disc brakes in a mixed peloton

Peter Sagan has confirmed he will not use disc brakes in Saturday’s Strade Bianche, saying he is only in favour of the UCI’s trial of the new braking technology if the whole peloton uses the same braking system.

The world champion has used a Specialized disc brake bike in training several times so far this season but has always switched to rim brakes for races. He is not against disc brakes per se and understands the advantages, having used them in mountain bike races, but would simply like to see all of the peloton use the same system for matters of fairness. 

When asked by Cyclingnews if he will use disc brakes in Strade Bianche, he said: “I don’t think I’ll use them…”

When asked to explain why, he added: “There’s a reason. I agree with using disc brakes if everyone in the peloton uses them – not only a few people.”

Asked if it was for safety reasons, he said: “No, not for safety. Safety left cycling a while ago…”

Sagan later confirmed to Cyclingnews that the risk of losing time – and perhaps a race – due to a slow wheel or bike change was his biggest concern.

‘I’m here to win – why am I here otherwise?’

Sagan makes no effort to hide his disdain for pre-race press conferences, but he joined women’s world champion Amalie Dideriksen in the Strade Bianche press conference in Siena on Friday, and fielded the vast majority of the media’s questions.

He was patient as the local dignitaries gave their speeches and only once seemed bored, briefly resting his head on the microphone.

Sagan has ridden Strade Bianche several times and finished second twice. He recalled his debut in 2012 when he was part of the Liquigas team. He finished 26th, more than seven minutes down on winner Fabian Cancellara.

“I rode a lot of Italian races and it was part of my schedule before Tirreno-Adriatico. I crashed after 50 or 60km. Then I had a flat tyre on the Monte Saint Marie section and my race was over. I have nice memories of it though,” he said.

Sagan finished second in 2013, behind then-teammate Moreno Moser. Since then he has developed into one of the best Classics riders and sprinters in the peloton.

When asked if he can win this year, his reply was blunt: “I’m here to win – why am I here otherwise? I can’t say that I won’t come next year if I don’t win. I’ll come because I like it.

“Every race is different; nobody knows how I’ll go tomorrow. For sure someone will win.”

Sagan dismissed the idea that the roads of Strade Bianche and his excellent bike handling skills could make a difference. He also shrugged off reports that it could rain.

“If you’re riding well, you can win in cycling, but the best doesn’t always win. It’s the same tomorrow,” he said.

“If it rains, it rains for everyone. I don’t know if that changes things. It could be more dangerous; the group could split. I’ve never raced Strade Bianche in the rain. It will change things for sure.”

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Car passenger fined £80 after dooring incident that led to death of cyclist

Mandy Chapple pleads guilty to opening taxi door leading to injury, after Leicester school teacher Sam Boulton was involved in a fatal collision
– Cycling UK calls for tougher penalties for ‘dooring’ incidents

The passenger of a taxi who opened her door into the path of a cyclist, ultimately leading to his death, has been fined £80 after pleading guilty.

Mandy Chapple and taxi driver Farook Bhikhu appeared in Leicester Magistrates Court on Friday charged with opening a car door, or causing or permitting it to be opened, so as to cause injury.

Castle Rock High School teacher Sam Boulton collided with a van after being hit by the taxi’s rear driver’s side door opened by Chapple as he cycled. The incident took place outside Leicester railway station on July 27 2016.

Boulton received severe injuries in the incident, and died later that day in Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Chapple pleaded guilty to the charge and was ordered to pay £150: £80 fine for the offence, £40 victim surcharge and £30 court costs.

>>> Cyclist died in collision with van after being doored by taxi

The court was told that Chapple had checked behind her before opening the door, but could not get a clear view due to the nature of the vehicle, reports the Leicester Mercury.

Chapple’s defence, Nigel Hallchurch, told the court: “It was a series of things that happened – it was not entirely down to my client, who opened the door.”

“Since this she has been affected very badly with her nerves. She has been to see a doctor and is awaiting counselling and has been given anti-depressants. She thinks about it all of the time and is very sorry.”

Initially, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) elected not to prosecute Chapple and Bhikhu. Boulton’s family and national organisation Cycling UK – formerly the CTC – intervened to bring the case to court after the CPS reviewed it.

Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK’s senior road safety and legal campaigns officer commented: “The biggest problem is that this offence is not taken seriously because of the limited penalties. Cycling UK has repeatedly pressed the Government to introduce new offences of causing serious injury or death by car dooring, with tougher penalties. It is not right or just that tragic cases, such as Sam’s, see derisory penalties handed down.”

Dollimore continued: “It’s baffling how the Government is happy for an offence which breaks up families to be trivialised in our courts, and does nothing to help put an end to it.”

Bhikhu pleaded not guilty to the charge, and his case will be heard at Loughborough Magistrates Court in June.


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Olivet Nazarene, SCAD Each Have Four Top Seeds at NAIA Championships

Photo Courtesy: Olivet Nazarene Athletics

Olivet Nazarene leads on both the men and women’s side at the 2017 NAIA National Championships, followed closely by SCAD. Each team has four swimmers as the top seed in tonight’s A-Final.

2017 NAIA Championships Day 3 Prelims – Results

Women’s 200 Medley Relay

The top three teams are seeded less than three-tenths apart, making it anyone’s race tonight. Biola’s Rachel Stinchcomb (27.78), Emily Silzel (30.57), Lisa Tixier (24.16), and Rebecca Brandt (24.58) will swim in the middle land this evening after finishing first this morning in 1:47.09.

SCAD (1:47.23) and Olivet Nazarene (1:47.34) sit second and third, respectively, not too far behind Biola.

Event 17  Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
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  Meet Record: * 1:41.40  2012      Fresno Pacific, Fresno Pacific
                          Coffman/Malthaner/Swanson/Brown
    School                                 Seed    Prelims        
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                       === Preliminaries ===                        
 
  1 Biola                               1:34.42    1:47.09  
     1) Rachel Stinchcomb FR          2) Emily Silzel FR              
     3) Lisa Tixier JR                4) Rebecca Brandt SO            
                 27.78        58.35 (30.57)
        1:22.51 (24.16)     1:47.09 (24.58)
  2 SCAD                                1:46.82    1:47.23  
     1) Julie Woody SR                2) Alle Ragland JR              
     3) Lydia Reinhardt FR            4) Sara Lacusky SO              
                 26.22        57.47 (31.25)
        1:23.25 (25.78)     1:47.23 (23.98)
  3 Olivet Nazarene                     1:48.06    1:47.34  
     1) Deirdre Gerke JR              2) Andrea Vega SO               
     3) Kara DeLong JR                4) Susan Stelmar FR             
                 27.47        57.02 (29.55)
        1:23.09 (26.07)     1:47.34 (24.25)
  4 L W C                               1:49.09    1:48.68  
     1) Bailey Seitz SO               2) Ronni Borders SO             
     3) Jessica Macdonald FR          4) Ines Khiyara FR              
                 28.78        57.91 (29.13)
        1:24.00 (26.09)     1:48.68 (24.68)
  5 Brenau                              1:47.87    1:49.32  
     1) Lindsay Dowling SO            2) Yanne Toussaint FR           
     3) Alisha Hodgetts JR            4) Ella Kleinschmidt JR         
                 27.58        59.03 (31.45)
        1:24.69 (25.66)     1:49.32 (24.63)
  6 St Andrews                          1:50.59    1:49.47  
     1) Xiomara Getrouw SR            2) Chiara Knebelkamp FR         
     3) Tarryn Holmes JR              4) Choolwe Lourens JR           
                 26.62        58.47 (31.85)
        1:24.90 (26.43)     1:49.47 (24.57)
  7 C of I                              1:51.89    1:50.57  
     1) Kiera Supple FR               2) Abigail Schwarte SO          
     3) Madison Kelly SO              4) Hannah Roberts FR            
                 28.31        59.65 (31.34)
        1:25.70 (26.05)     1:50.57 (24.87)
  8 LU-BV                               1:52.03    1:51.47  
     1) Hristina Krasteva JR          2) Lina Hartwig FR              
     3) McKenna Rafferty SO           4) Claire Featherstone FR       
                 28.84      1:00.61 (31.77)
        1:28.07 (27.46)     1:51.47 (23.40)

Men’s 200 Medley Relay

Keiser took the top spot for tonight’s relay final in what is sure to be another close and exciting race. The team of Danny Hartley (23.04), Lukas Macek (25.17), Evin Zekthi (22.96), and Wyatt Engler (20.79) posted a time of 1:31.96 to be tonight’s top seed.

Saint Andrews took second in 1:32.18 while Thomas finished a close third in 1:32.32.

Event 18  Men 200 Yard Medley Relay
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  Meet Record: * 1:26.83  3/6/2014  Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Baptis
                          D Ramirez, G Penny, G Sullivan, L Lassley
    School                                 Seed    Prelims        
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                       === Preliminaries ===                        
 
  1 Keiser                              1:30.47    1:31.96  
     1) Danny Hartley JR              2) Lukas Macek FR               
     3) Evin Zekthi SO                4) Wyatt Engler JR              
                 23.04        48.21 (25.17)
        1:11.17 (22.96)     1:31.96 (20.79)
  2 St Andrews                          1:34.19    1:32.18  
     1) Georgi Krastev SR             2) Elliot Boon SR               
     3) Josh Dixon SR                 4) Juan Patino FR               
                 23.11        49.07 (25.96)
        1:12.02 (22.95)     1:32.18 (20.16)
  3 Thomas                              1:33.83    1:32.32  
     1) Igor Dos Santos JR            2) Mitch Graham                 
     3) Tan Dang JR                   4) Perry Lindo                  
                 23.85        49.24 (25.39)
        1:11.86 (22.62)     1:32.32 (20.46)
  4 Olivet Nazarene                     1:33.10    1:32.39  
     1) Vladislav Khoroletc JR        2) Guilherme Magnoler JR        
     3) Magnus Andersen FR            4) Nate Peterson JR             
                 23.57        48.79 (25.22)
        1:11.30 (22.51)     1:32.39 (21.09)
  5 W B U                               1:32.04    1:32.73  
     1) Nico Ruiz-Rojas JR            2) Dillon Frazier JR            
     3) Josiah Morales SR             4) Henri G�nther FR             
                 23.54        49.36 (25.82)
        1:11.60 (22.24)     1:32.73 (21.13)
  6 SCAD                                1:32.45    1:32.82  
     1) Brogan Bunner SO              2) Nick Wargo JR                
     3) Ryan Sweat SO                 4) Tim Olbrich SO               
                 23.76        49.99 (26.23)
        1:12.64 (22.65)     1:32.82 (20.18)
  7 L W C                               1:33.92    1:33.80  
     1) Clemens Paetzold SO           2) Jonas Mueller JR             
     3) Jose Prado de Lima SO         4) Iker Larzabal SR             
                 23.79        49.63 (25.84)
        1:12.72 (23.09)     1:33.80 (21.08)
  8 LU-BV                               1:35.37    1:34.97  
     1) Arthur do Nascimento Brilhant 2) Maxime Eekhof FR             
     3) Timo Billmann SO              4) Tim Schmalzreich JR          
                 24.66        50.42 (25.76)
        1:13.46 (23.04)     1:34.97 (21.51)

Women’s 400 IM

After winning last night’s 200 IM, Olivet Nazarene’s Tiffany Ray will return tonight as the top qualifier in the 400 IM. The senior dropped 13 seconds from her entry time to stop the clock in 4:29.04.

SCAD’s Rebecca Justus finished second this morning in 4:30.45 and Cumberlands’ Christina Klouda took third in 4:32.41.

Event 19  Women 400 Yard IM
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  Meet Record: * 4:24.03  1993      Laurette Hakansson, Drury
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Tiffany Ray            SR Olivet Nazarene   4:42.00    4:29.04  
                 28.64      1:00.66 (32.02)
        1:34.37 (33.71)     2:07.40 (33.03)
        2:46.62 (39.22)     3:26.08 (39.46)
        3:57.66 (31.58)     4:29.04 (31.38)
  2 Rebecca Justus         JR SCAD              4:29.69    4:30.45  
                 29.09      1:01.63 (32.54)
        1:37.73 (36.10)     2:13.04 (35.31)
        2:52.04 (39.00)     3:30.40 (38.36)
        4:00.99 (30.59)     4:30.45 (29.46)
  3 Christina Klouda       SO Cumberlands       4:33.00    4:32.41  
                 28.87      1:00.96 (32.09)
        1:35.20 (34.24)     2:08.89 (33.69)
        2:48.69 (39.80)     3:29.40 (40.71)
        4:01.41 (32.01)     4:32.41 (31.00)
  4 Hayley Ronci           SR Olivet Nazarene   4:46.65    4:32.79  
                 29.40      1:01.73 (32.33)
        1:36.18 (34.45)     2:10.21 (34.03)
        2:50.33 (40.12)     3:30.39 (40.06)
        4:02.49 (32.10)     4:32.79 (30.30)
  5 Courtney Hayward       SR Brenau            4:33.56    4:33.62  
                 29.33      1:02.84 (33.51)
        1:38.06 (35.22)     2:12.97 (34.91)
        2:52.52 (39.55)     3:32.08 (39.56)
        4:03.11 (31.03)     4:33.62 (30.51)
  6 Sophia Dammann         JR Biola             4:42.69    4:38.02  
                 30.91      1:04.95 (34.04)
        1:39.43 (34.48)     2:13.78 (34.35)
        2:54.35 (40.57)     3:34.98 (40.63)
        4:06.75 (31.77)     4:38.02 (31.27)
  7 Mckayla Stevens        SR C of I            4:45.06    4:38.93  
                 28.97      1:03.18 (34.21)
        1:39.12 (35.94)     2:14.37 (35.25)
        2:54.56 (40.19)     3:35.46 (40.90)
        4:07.94 (32.48)     4:38.93 (30.99)
  8 Erika Roller           FR SCAD              4:47.11    4:41.09  
                 29.28      1:03.45 (34.17)
        1:39.65 (36.20)     2:15.48 (35.83)
        2:56.25 (40.77)     3:37.23 (40.98)
        4:09.87 (32.64)     4:41.09 (31.22)

Men’s 400 IM

Olivet Nazarene’s Daniil Kuzmin was the only swimmer under the four-minute barrier this morning, posting a time of 3:59.31. He’ll aim to defend his NAIA National Championship title in the event as the top qualifier for tonight’s A-Final.

Lindenwood-Belleville’s Nico Tscherner swam to second in 4:00.84 and Asbury’s Keith Jessee finished third in 4:02.53 during prelims.

Event 20  Men 400 Yard IM
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  Meet Record: * 3:53.86  2010      Kevin Sellars, Cal Baptist
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Daniil Kuzmin          SO Olivet Nazarene   4:01.06    3:59.31  
                 25.24        54.21 (28.97)
        1:25.02 (30.81)     1:55.13 (30.11)
        2:28.67 (33.54)     3:03.52 (34.85)
        3:32.28 (28.76)     3:59.31 (27.03)
  2 Nico Tscherner         FR LU-BV             4:01.28    4:00.84  
                 25.82        55.64 (29.82)
        1:26.03 (30.39)     1:56.01 (29.98)
        2:29.98 (33.97)     3:04.25 (34.27)
        3:33.06 (28.81)     4:00.84 (27.78)
  3 Keith Jessee           SO Asbury            4:06.27    4:02.53  
                 26.30        56.31 (30.01)
        1:29.05 (32.74)     2:01.25 (32.20)
        2:33.32 (32.07)     3:06.16 (32.84)
        3:35.18 (29.02)     4:02.53 (27.35)
  4 Charles Bennett        JR Olivet Nazarene   4:12.07    4:05.01  
                 26.42        56.35 (29.93)
        1:28.20 (31.85)     1:59.38 (31.18)
        2:34.36 (34.98)     3:09.60 (35.24)
        3:37.58 (27.98)     4:05.01 (27.43)
  5 Joel Westerlind        FR Cumberlands       4:07.53    4:05.37  
                 25.94        55.40 (29.46)
        1:26.51 (31.11)     1:56.47 (29.96)
        2:32.29 (35.82)     3:08.06 (35.77)
        3:37.30 (29.24)     4:05.37 (28.07)
  6 Ivar de Jong           SO Union College     4:06.58    4:07.88  
                 26.33        56.74 (30.41)
        1:29.53 (32.79)     2:01.87 (32.34)
        2:34.95 (33.08)     3:08.97 (34.02)
        3:38.63 (29.66)     4:07.88 (29.25)
  7 Niels Engeln           FR LU-BV             4:08.38    4:08.95  
                 26.52        57.66 (31.14)
        1:30.58 (32.92)     2:02.99 (32.41)
        2:36.24 (33.25)     3:11.04 (34.80)
        3:40.45 (29.41)     4:08.95 (28.50)
  8 Thomas Sheridan        JR C of I            4:12.47    4:09.55  
                 25.95        56.39 (30.44)
        1:28.20 (31.81)     2:00.24 (32.04)
        2:36.43 (36.19)     3:12.77 (36.34)
        3:41.35 (28.58)     4:09.55 (28.20)

Women’s 100 Fly

Not long after helping Biola take the top spot in the 200 medley relay, Tixier was in the water again, taking the top spot by nearly two seconds in the 100 fly. The senior posted a time of 55.05 as she’ll look to defend her title.

Olivet Nazarene’s Amanda Moran dropped significant time from her entry time to take second in 56.95 and SCAD’s Lydia Reinhardt finished third in 57.25.

Event 21  Women 100 Yard Butterfly
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  Meet Record: * 54.25  3/6/2015  Christine Tixier, BIOLA
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Lisa Tixier            JR Biola               55.72      55.05  
                 25.82        55.05 (29.23)
  2 Amanda Moran           JR Olivet Nazarene     58.18      56.95  
                 26.35        56.95 (30.60)
  3 Lydia Reinhardt        FR SCAD                56.76      57.25  
                 27.12        57.25 (30.13)
  4 Cadie Crow             JR SCAD                56.89      57.90  
                 26.76        57.90 (31.14)
  5 Madison Kelly          SO C of I              59.29      58.52  
                 27.21        58.52 (31.31)
  6 Samantha Dammann       JR Biola               59.53      58.61  
                 27.54        58.61 (31.07)
  6 Kara DeLong            JR Olivet Nazarene   1:00.95      58.61  
                 27.76        58.61 (30.85)
  8 Claire Goodrum         SO Asbury              58.71      58.67  
                 27.23        58.67 (31.44)

Men’s 100 Fly

Olivet Nazarene’s Magnus Poulsen will get a second swim tonight as the top qualifier in the A-Final. The freshman posted a time of 49.08 during prelims.

Keiser’s Danny Hartley finished second this morning in 49.62 and Saint Gregory’s Jason Schroeder took third in 49.85.

 Event 22  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
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  Meet Record: * 46.12  3/6/2015  Daniel Ramirez, OBU
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Magnus Poulsen         FR Olivet Nazarene     49.51      49.08  
                 22.72        49.08 (26.36)
  2 Danny Hartley          JR Keiser              49.07      49.62  
                 23.48        49.62 (26.14)
  3 Jason Schroeder           SGU                 50.75      49.85  
                 22.73        49.85 (27.12)
  4 Magnus Andersen        FR Olivet Nazarene     49.25      50.01  
                 23.93        50.01 (26.08)
  5 Josiah Morales         SR W B U               48.95      50.04  
                 23.34        50.04 (26.70)
  6 Timo Billmann          SO LU-BV               51.28      50.06  
                 23.59        50.06 (26.47)
  7 Georgi Krastev         SR St Andrews          50.81      50.21  
                 23.86        50.21 (26.35)
  8 Igor Dozortsev         SR Cumberlands         49.46      50.28  
                 23.56        50.28 (26.72)

Women’s 200 Free

SCAD’s Abigail Richey had the fastest time during prelims to secure her spot in tonight’s A-Final. The sophomore posted a time of 1:52.79 as she’ll look to win her second-straight NAIA National title in this event.

Her teammate Julie Henninger will be in the lane right next to after the 1:53.38 she posted this morning and Keiser’s Rachel Munschauer finished third in 1:54.07.

Event 23  Women 200 Yard Freestyle
==================================================================
  Meet Record: * 1:49.58  2011      Alex Peters, Concordia
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Abigail Richey         SO SCAD              1:52.70    1:52.79  
                 26.44        54.94 (28.50)
        1:24.05 (29.11)     1:52.79 (28.74)
  2 Julie Henninger        SO SCAD              1:54.15    1:53.38  
                 26.76        55.47 (28.71)
        1:24.20 (28.73)     1:53.38 (29.18)
  3 Rachel Munschauer      FR Keiser            1:54.51    1:54.07  
                 27.46        56.21 (28.75)
        1:25.03 (28.82)     1:54.07 (29.04)
  4 Suzanna Gonzalez       JR Morningside       1:54.72    1:54.57  
                 26.78        55.71 (28.93)
        1:25.13 (29.42)     1:54.57 (29.44)
  5 Jessica Macdonald      FR L W C             1:53.86    1:54.66  
                 26.24        55.03 (28.79)
        1:24.95 (29.92)     1:54.66 (29.71)
  6 Deirdre Gerke          JR Olivet Nazarene   1:56.61    1:54.75  
                 26.89        56.27 (29.38)
        1:25.51 (29.24)     1:54.75 (29.24)
  7 Taylor Karnilaw        SR SOKA              1:54.68    1:55.16  
                 26.92        55.75 (28.83)
        1:25.32 (29.57)     1:55.16 (29.84)
  8 Brittany Litke         JR Cumberlands       1:56.22    1:55.30  
                 26.52        55.37 (28.85)
        1:25.10 (29.73)     1:55.30 (30.20)

Men’s 200 Free

SCAD’s Joel Thatcher, who set a new meet record in the 500 last night, is the top qualifier in the 200 free today. The freshman posted a time of 1:39.22.

He’ll face tough competition from his teammate and current meet record holder Joel Ax, who took second in 1:39.95. Olivet Nazarene’s Joshua Bouma finished third in 1:40.55.

Event 24  Men 200 Yard Freestyle
==================================================================
  Meet Record: * 1:34.90  3/4/2016  Joel Ax, SCAD
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Joel Thatcher          FR SCAD              1:39.13    1:39.22  
                 23.19        48.25 (25.06)
        1:13.76 (25.51)     1:39.22 (25.46)
  2 Joel Ax                SR SCAD              1:36.29    1:39.95  
                 23.10        48.67 (25.57)
        1:13.98 (25.31)     1:39.95 (25.97)
  3 Joshua Bouma           JR Olivet Nazarene   1:43.39    1:40.55  
                 23.75        49.38 (25.63)
        1:14.93 (25.55)     1:40.55 (25.62)
  4 Wyatt Engler           JR Keiser            1:42.48    1:40.89  
                 23.45        49.19 (25.74)
        1:15.04 (25.85)     1:40.89 (25.85)
  5 Tim Schmalzreich       JR LU-BV             1:42.41    1:41.09  
                 23.60        48.99 (25.39)
        1:15.01 (26.02)     1:41.09 (26.08)
  6 Iker Larzabal          SR L W C             1:43.08    1:42.20  
                 23.89        49.60 (25.71)
        1:15.63 (26.03)     1:42.20 (26.57)
  6 Michael Nunn           JR SOKA              1:43.23    1:42.20  
                 23.55        48.78 (25.23)
        1:14.93 (26.15)     1:42.20 (27.27)
  8 Alex Zolotukhin        FR Cumberlands       1:44.31    1:42.36  
                 23.27        48.42 (25.15)
        1:14.94 (26.52)     1:42.36 (27.42)

Women’s 100 Breast

Lacusky swam the breaststroke leg during SCAD’s 200 medley relay earlier this morning and will return tonight as the top qualifier in the 100 breast. The sophomore posted a time of 1:04.07.

Lindsey Wilson’s Ronni Borders finished second in 1:04.66 and Olivet Nazarene’s Andrea Vega took third in 1:05.84.

Event 25  Women 100 Yard Breaststroke
==================================================================
  Meet Record: * 1:02.09  2012      Catherine Duquet, SCAD
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Sara Lacusky           SO SCAD              1:04.60    1:04.07  
                 30.59      1:04.07 (33.48)
  2 Ronni Borders          SO L W C             1:05.52    1:04.66  
                 29.92      1:04.66 (34.74)
  3 Andrea Vega            SO Olivet Nazarene   1:04.36    1:05.84  
                 30.49      1:05.84 (35.35)
  4 Emily Rozar            FR SCAD              1:06.60    1:06.37  
                 30.51      1:06.37 (35.86)
  5 Alle Ragland           JR SCAD              1:08.08    1:06.86  
                 31.26      1:06.86 (35.60)
  6 Kendra Monnin          JR Wvu Tech          1:06.71    1:07.18  
                 31.66      1:07.18 (35.52)
  6 Emilia Rittenbach      FR SCAD              1:08.82    1:07.18  
                 31.89      1:07.18 (35.29)
  8 Emily Silzel           FR Biola             1:08.55    1:07.21  
                 31.42      1:07.21 (35.79)

Men’s 100 Breast

Appalachian Conference Championship winner Macek is the favorite to win the NAIA 100 breast title after taking first this morning. The Keiser freshman posted a time of 55.52.

SCAD’s Anton Arvidsson took second in 55.80 and Cumberlands’ Jacob Smith finished third in 55.88.

Event 26  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
==================================================================
  Meet Record: * 53.06  2009      Bryan Haile, Cal Baptist
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Lukas Macek            FR Keiser              55.83      55.52  
                 26.08        55.52 (29.44)
  2 Anton Arvidsson        JR SCAD                56.47      55.80  
                 25.62        55.80 (30.18)
  3 Jacob Smith            SO Cumberlands         56.63      55.88  
                 25.91        55.88 (29.97)
  4 Mitch Graham              Thomas              56.84      56.04  
                 25.79        56.04 (30.25)
  5 Jonas Mueller          JR L W C               56.96      56.20  
                 26.46        56.20 (29.74)
  6 Maxime Eekhof          FR LU-BV               56.77      56.28  
                 26.30        56.28 (29.98)
  7 Bjoern Globke          SR W B U               56.70      56.50  
                 26.24        56.50 (30.26)
  8 Paulo Ignacio Jr       FR Wvu Tech            56.34      56.64  
                 26.82        56.64 (29.82)

Women’s 100 Back

SCAD’s Woody swam the leadoff leg of her team’s 200 medley relay earlier this morning and will come back tonight as the top seed in the 100 back. The senior posted a time of 55.64.

Olivet Nazarene’s Amanda Moran took second in 55.94 and Saint Andrews’ Xiomara Getrouw finished third in 57.77.

Event 27  Women 100 Yard Backstroke
==================================================================
  Meet Record: * 52.76  2012      Cheyenne Coffman, Fresno Pacific
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Julie Woody            SR SCAD                56.43      55.64  
                 26.85        55.64 (28.79)
  2 Amanda Moran           JR Olivet Nazarene     57.88      55.94  
                 27.66        55.94 (28.28)
  3 Xiomara Getrouw        SR St Andrews          59.05      57.77  
                 27.82        57.77 (29.95)
  4 Julie Henninger        SO SCAD                58.34      57.96  
                 28.22        57.96 (29.74)
  5 Megan Monahan          SR Columbia            59.62      58.08  
                 28.48        58.08 (29.60)
  6 Lindsay Dowling        SO Brenau              57.99      58.16  
                 28.29        58.16 (29.87)
  7 Cydney Donnelly        SR Columbia            58.39      58.59  
                 28.86        58.59 (29.73)
  8 Nina Mantich           FR Loyola              59.32      58.65  
                 28.74        58.65 (29.91)

Men’s 100 Back

Olivet Nazarene’s Poulsen has his second A-Final swim tonight as the top qualifier in the 100 back. The freshmen was one of two swimmers under the 50-second barrier, posting a time of 49.82.

Wayland Baptist’s Nico Ruiz-Rojas posted a close second in 49.94 and Saint Andrews’ Georgi Krastev finished third in 50.67.

Event 28  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
==================================================================
  Meet Record: * 46.28  3/7/2014  Daniel Z Ramirez, Oklahoma Baptist
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Magnus Poulsen         FR Olivet Nazarene     50.93      49.82  
                 23.97        49.82 (25.85)
  2 Nico Ruiz-Rojas        JR W B U               51.26      49.94  
                 23.97        49.94 (25.97)
  3 Georgi Krastev         SR St Andrews          50.96      50.67  
                 24.65        50.67 (26.02)
  4 Clemens Paetzold       SO L W C               51.15      50.84  
                 24.35        50.84 (26.49)
  5 Brogan Bunner          SO SCAD                51.55      50.91  
                 24.55        50.91 (26.36)
  6 Vladislav Khoroletc    JR Olivet Nazarene     51.96      51.25  
                 24.49        51.25 (26.76)
  7 Danny Hartley          JR Keiser              49.75      51.26  
                 24.83        51.26 (26.43)
  8 Clay Bisher            FR Asbury              51.43      51.48  
                 24.72        51.48 (26.76)

Finals will begin at 5 p.m. EST.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile-NAIA National Championships 2017.

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Katie Meili Joins Kevin Cordes as New Speedo Swimmers

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Katie Meili has joined Kevin Cordes as a new Speedo-sponsored athlete, as she posted a photo of herself in Speedo gear to her twitter page. Speedo also announced both signings.

Meili won a bronze medal in the 100 breast at the Olympic Games in Rio, and she became a gold medalist a few days later when she provided the prelims leg for the U.S. 400 medley relay that went on to win gold in the final. Meili’s split of 1:04.93 turned out to be the fastest breaststroke leg from either prelims or finals, and the U.S. prelims squad actually would have won the silver medal in the finals behind the “A” team.

Meili continues to train with Team Elite in Charlotte, N.C., under coach David Marsh.

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British elite team VCUK-Champions System plots route to WorldTour

New top-flight squad planned for 2019

The manager of the British junior team, alumni of which include Adam and Simon Yates, has outlined plans to start a WorldTour squad, possibly as early as 2019.

VCUK-Champion System are currently an elite team racing mainly on the national circuit, and its junior teams have produced the Yates twins, Cannondale-Drapac neo-pro Hugh Carthy, Axeon Hagens Berman rider Chris Lawless and most recently current junior world cyclo-cross champion Tom Pidcock.

Now, though, the team’s manager Wayne Greenhalgh has grander ambitions.

“We have big aspirations,” Greenhalgh told Cycling Weekly.

>>> Too early for WorldTour deal with British junior sensation Tom Pidcock, says Trek-Segafredo boss

“Wouldn’t it be a fantastic story: we developed these riders in Britain and then created a WorldTour team with all those guys back together.

“It would be a mega story. And it’s on, we’re doing it. Absolutely the WorldTour is an aim.”

Clothing company Champion System — where Greenhalgh is a director — currently make WorldTour team UAE-Abu Dhabi’s jerseys (formerly Lampre-Merida), and they have been talking to large sponsors about co-investing in their own WorldTour project.

“We’re actively working on a few sponsorship deals for the next year or two and talking to different people,” Greenhalgh said.


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“The sponsors we are talking to, these are big brands who don’t want to do it small, they want to be associated with something big. Are they interested? Absolutely.

“It might be that we create a Professional-Continental team first, but who knows, if we get some of the bigger backers on board, a WorldTour team [from the start].”

Though Greenhalgh says that they plan to learn from failed top-level teams of the past, similar projects have been unable to get going in previous years, such as Formula One driver Fernando Alonso’s much talked about WorldTour team.

Additionally, with the UCI insisting that there will only be 16 WorldTour teams in 2019, it would mean three present teams would have to either fold or be relegated to Pro-Conti level, if the successor to VCUK were to be granted a top-tier licence.

But promisingly for their aims, Carthy’s current Cannondale-Drapac and the Yates twins’ Orica-Scott contracts run out at the end of 2018 — leaving the door open for a potential reunion with Greenhalgh, if the required sponsors can be found.


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Swimming World Presents “Stanford — The Prohibitive Favorite”

Photo Courtesy: Stanford Athletics

Stanford — The Prohibitive Favorite

Not even a relay disqualification—which hurt Stanford’s chances of winning last year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships—can prevent the Cardinal from taking the title at this year’s meet.

At the 2016 NCAA Division I Championships, the Stanford Cardinal suffered a relay disqualification resulting in a major loss of relay points. The Cardinal settled for second behind the Georgia Bulldogs, but have re-gained momentum this year with the addition of freshman Katie Ledecky. Redshirt Simone Manuel returns as well to competition.

To read more about our NCAA predictions for the women’s Championships, check out the March issue, available now!

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FEATURES
014 AMERICAN SWIMMING TEAM (Part IV): PRESENT—THE CORE AND BASE OF THE TEAM
by Chuck Warner
In this fourth of a six-part series on the American Swimming Team, Swimming World addresses the questions: Where do American world-ranked swimmers come from? Which LSCs are most successful at developing them? And why?

016 TEXAS—NOBODY BETTER
by Dan D’Addona
After dominating the last two NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the University of Texas is poised for a three-peat…and they have the talent to win big again!

020 STANFORD—THE PROHIBITIVE FAVORITE
by Dan D’Addona
Not even a relay disqualification—which hurt Stanford’s chances of winning last year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships—can prevent the Cardinal from taking the title at this year’s meet.

024 FAMILIAR FAVORITES
by James Sica, Diana Pimer and David Rieder
At the start of every season, there’s always hope for a new team to make its way to the top. But in NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA swimming circles, the top teams just have a way of continuing their winning traditions.

028 OLYMPIC-SIZED DREAMS COME TRUE
by Annie Grevers
Twenty-one-year-old Rio rookie Ryan Murphy navigated the Olympic waters last summer like a seasoned sailor and produced golden results, winning three gold medals and setting a world record in the 100 meter backstroke.

COACHING
009 SPECIAL SETS: TAPER TIPS
by Michael J. Stott
University of Georgia associate head coach Harvey Humphries along with Stanford women’s head coach Greg Meehan and associate head coach Tracy Clusser talk taper

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: MIKE PEPPE
by Michael J. Stott

012 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: VIDEO
by Rod Havriluk
Two common misconceptions are that video is an appropriate technology to evaluate the technique of competitive swimmers…and that the video of a champion provides an appropriate model for effective technique. In reality, video does not provide the quantitative data necessary to evaluate technique accurately and unequivocally.

032 RESISTANCE TRAINING: DRAGSOX, PARACHUTES AND OTHER TOOLS
by Michael J. Stott
This is the third and final article of a multipart series on resistance training and how coaches are using it to make their athletes stronger and faster in the water.

043 Q&A WITH COACH BILL WADLEY
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN MATT McHUGH
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING
027 DRYSIDE TRAINING: THE IM DRYLAND WORKOUT
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER
047 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS
008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
034 2017 SWIM CAMP DIRECTORY
048 GUTTER TALK
050 PARTING SHOT

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Hate the Treadmill Less! [Part 2 of the Treadmill Episode]

We’ve heard from many people who enjoyed our Q&A episode about the treadmill.

In this episode we bring you part two of our amazing treadmill series and share tips and on how to maximize its effectiveness, run stronger, and learn to hate the treadmill less!

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the treadmill (but I don’t think anyone we be celebrating). An article from Mental Floss gives the inglorious history of the treadmill.

In 1818, an English civil engineer named Sir William Cubitt devised a machine called the “tread-wheel” to reform stubborn and idle convicts. Prisoners would step on the 24 spokes of a large paddle wheel, climbing it like a modern StairMaster. As the spokes turned, the gears were used to pump water or crush grain. (Hence the eventual name treadmill.)

In grueling eight-hour shifts, prisoners would climb the equivalent of 7,200 feet. The exertion, combined with poor diets, often led to injury and illness (as well as rock-hard glutes), but that didn’t stop penitentiaries all over Britain and the United States from buying the machines. In 1824, prison guard James Hardie credited the device with taming New York’s more defiant inmates. He wrote that it was the treadmill’s “monotonous steadiness, and not its severity, which constitutes its terror.” 

Over the years, American wardens gradually stopped using the treadmill in favor of other backbreaking tasks, such as picking cotton, breaking rocks, or laying bricks. In England, the treadmill persisted until the late 19th century, when it was abandoned for being too cruel. The machine was all but lost to history. But when Dr. Kenneth Cooper demonstrated the health benefits of aerobic exercise in the 1960s, the treadmill made a triumphant return. Today, well-paid personal trainers have happily taken the place of prison wardens.”

Oh the Lengths We Will Go To Avoid the Dreadmill!

photo creditQuinn Schneider @TheQSchneider

I’m sure that running on the treadmill has felt like punishment to many runners at some point or the other. I have to admit that it’s not my favorite mode of getting my miles in.
So, maybe you go out of your way to avoid running on the treadmill, like a high school runner who recently shoveled an entire track lane after a major snowstorm to avoid doing his miles on the TM.

It Makes Mice Healthy, So Why Not Give it a Try!

But, there is evidence that running (even on a treadmill) is good for you. Ottawa researchers found that a molecule triggered by running helps repair some brain damage in mice. The molecule, called VGF nerve growth factor, had previously been discovered to promote an anti-depressant response. It also assists with the healing of the protective coating that insulates nerve fibres promoting better motor coordination and balance. This might be especially applicable to people with conditions like multiple sclerosis and Parkinsons which show nerve degeneration.

The mice who ran on a tiny mousy treadmill lived longer than their sedentary siblings. The research also showed that when mice stopped exercising they began to notice debilitating symptoms again.

So, remember that getting those miles in, even on the treadmill, is good for you and hopefully after listening to this episode you’ll have a more positive attitude about treadmill training.

Don’t Try This At Home

How to Choose a Treadmill:

There are a dizzying array of treadmills to choose from.  I’d encourage you to do a few things before you decide to buy.


  1. Figure out what you can realistically spend.
  2. Go to a sporting goods store that has several treadmills in stock or try out different treadmill options at local gyms.  Wear your running shoes and try a variety of models to see which features you like and those you don’t really need.  For example, make sure that the length and width of the platform and belt are comfortable for your running stride.  Some models run a little short and small and you feel like you’re going to be ejected any minute.  Make sure that the controls are easy to understand and use.  Sometimes a treadmill with a plethora of programing options is something you probably won’t use.  Try the treadmill at a variety of speeds from walking to your fastest run and try the incline.  Make sure the machine doesn’t shake, clunk, or sounds like it can’t handle your speed or weight.
 

  3. Write down the model you like best and what you liked about it.  Start doing some research online and read reviews for that particular treadmill.  Often a wealth of information can be gleaned from others who have purchased a similar model.  Usually the cheapest and most expensive TM’s are ones you should avoid.
  4. Once you have a good idea of what you want, start checking for specials in local stores, online, ebay, and Craig’s List.  People often buy nice TM’s, use them a couple times, and then they become a clothes hanger.  You can often get a great deal just by knowing what you want, checking around, and waiting for a good deal.  I’m sure that by the time winter rolls around again you’ll have found something that will suit you well. A coaching client of mine said that if you choose to buy from Costco they will deliver it and help set it up.
  5. Some brands that come highly recommended include Woodway, Landice, Precor, Proform Official Boston Marathon Training Treadmill, and Matrix Fitness Treadmills from Johnson Tech.


Treadmill Tips from Academy Members . . .

I cover up the screen and try not to pay attention to how far I have or haven’t gone. That let’s me not only not see the distance or minutes but I put the speed based on where my effort feels right and not where “I think I should be running”. Then I play with that up and down. I also play with the incline to entertain myself and mix it up. Every .10 I’ll bump it a level and go up half a mile and back down the other half for a hill mile. Happy treadmill running my friend! You CAN do this! -Traci

Treadmill is a huge mind game since it is boring and you only see the room you are in. Movies help. -Lou

I have no problem running on a treadmill and have done a number of 20+ mile runs over the years with my longest being 25 miles. The secret is to learn to run on the treadmill, don’t wait until you are forced inside and then expect an easy transition. The treadmill can be a great training tool! Here are my hints.
-Try every treadmill in the gym. They will all feel a little different. Find your favorites. This helps you establish consistent treadmill running paces.

-Don’t expect an 8 min mile on the treadmill to feel like an 8 min mile outside. Establish your own conversion table.



-Find what will keep your mind occupied. I listen to audio books but TV or podcasts might work as well.

-Never do a 16 mile run, do 4×4 miles or 15 min x 10, for me breaking it down makes it more manegable.



-I drink and fuel on the treadmill exactly like I will for my next race. Gives me a little practice and again it breaks up the run by looking ahead to my next water or fuel break.



-Have a change of clothes for a long run, after 10 miles I’m pretty sweaty so fresh shorts and shirt really help.

-Have intervals of varying pace and incline during your run. Only slight changes are necessary to give some variety.



-Sometimes we are our own worst enemy on treadmill runs. We’re supposed to hate treadmill running right? Attitude is important. -Marty

I like watching sports documentaries or sometimes sports movies while on the mill. It motivates me. The Barkley Marathons, From Fat to Finish Line, Touch the Wall, Prefontaine, Finding Traction – they are all on Netflix and I always have some saved in my list for bad weather. For shorter workouts, a friend suggested the Sufferfest videos – mostly cycling but there are three running ones too. Intervals you don’t have to think about make the time fly by. -Katie


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Seven things to look out for at Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico

We take a look at some the key prospects from the upcoming stage races Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico

The sun

Known as the ‘Race to the Sun’, Paris-Nice is meant to herald the beginning of spring, marking the transition from pre-season across the globe to a return to the sport’s heartlands in Europe now that the sun has come back out.

>>> Paris-Nice 2017 route – Everything you need to know

At least that’s the theory – we know full well how temperamental the weather can be in Europe at this time of the year.

But the passage from colder climates to warm sunshine is built into the race’s DNA, which begins in the north (near, but not in, as the name suggests, Paris) and heads southwards until arriving in the sunny Mediterranean city of Nice.

If the forecasts are to be believed, the weather might just follow this pattern, with rainy conditions predicted for this weekend in the race’s start in Bois-d’Arcy, and sunshine for the weekend after in Nice.

The highest peak ever used at Paris-Nice

Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) fight for the line of the summit finish on the penultimate day of the 2016 Paris-Nice. (Sunada)

This year’s Paris-Nice is definitely one for the climbers, with a trio of back-to-back mountain stages making up the final three stages of the race, between them containing fourteen climbs categorised two or higher.

Even the final 3km of stage four’s 14.5km individual time trial take the riders up the steep, 7.7 per cent averaging Mont Brouilly.

The highlight of all these ascents will be the Col de la Couillole, an Alpine climb making its first appearance in the race, which, standing at a huge 1,678 metres, makes history for being the highest peak ever featured in Paris-Nice.

Although stage six packs five climbs in the final 80km, and stage eight ends with an ascent and descent of the familiarity decisive Col d’Eze, it’s stage seven’s finish atop the Col de la Couillole that’s likely to decide the race.

Richie Porte’s quest for a third Paris-Nice title

Richie Porte wins stage five of the 2017 Tour Down Under

Following a first ever overall victory at the Tour Down Under in January, and his promotion to outright Tour de France leader for BMC, 2017 feels like it’s going to be a coming-of-age year for Richie Porte.

He’ll be hoping to continue that momentum with an overall victory at Paris-Nice, to add to the titles he won back in 2013 and 2015, and which would also extend his lead in the WorldTour.

His form and track record certainly make him a favourite, although the lack of time trialling kilometres – which played a big part in both his previous victories – will encourage many of his rivals, who include Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Ireland’s Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) and Britain’s Simon Yates (Orica-Scott).

Milan-San Remo contenders at Paris-Nice

Arnaud Demare wins, Ben Swift Second in the 2016 Milan-San Remo

Given that five of the last six winners of Milan-San Remo all used Paris-Nice as preparation, it’s perhaps no surprise that this year’s start list is full of sprinters eyeing up ‘La Primavera’.

Previous winners Arnaud Demare (FDJ), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), last year’s runner-up Ben Swift (UAE Emirates) and other top candidates like Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), Michael Matthews (Sunweb), Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) will all be present.

They will be testing their form in the first three stages, all of which are flat and look tailor made for bunch finishes.

Each will be hoping for tangible evidence of strong form with a stage win, although they will all have a hard time getting the better of Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors).

Giro d’Italia contenders at Tirreno-Adriatico

As the only WorldTour stage race held in Italy in the run-up to the Giro d’Italia, Tirreno-Adriatico is a key meeting point for those hoping to win the pink jersey in May.

Of the 12 bookies’ favourites for the Giro, nine are lining up here – most notable former winners Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), but also Mikel Landa and Geraint Thomas (Sky), Fabio Aru (Astana), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC).

Recent years suggest a strong ride here is necessary for winning the Giro in two month’s time – each of the last four winners of the pink jersey all finished in the top-six of the Tirreno-Adriatico beforehand – so expect a competitive race.

Monte Terminillo

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) takes a stage win at 2015’s Tirreno in brutal conditions. Photo: Graham Watson

There’s a pleasingly symmetrical look to the Tirreno-Adriatico route, with starts and finishes with a time trial (a 22.7km team time trial up first, a 10km individual time trial rounding things off), and has its key mountain stage smack bang in the middle.

That stage finishes atop 16km-long Monte Terminillo, an alpine climb with a steep average gradient of over 7%, guaranteed to set fireworks off among the GC riders.

Gino Bartali, Luis Herrera and Stefano Garzelli are among the winners when the climb has been used in the Giro, while Nairo Quintana memorably triumphed here amid snowy conditions at the 2015 Tirreno.

Opportunities for puncheurs

Greg Van Avermaet wins 2016 Tirreno-Adriatico

Tirreno has been kind to puncheurs and Classics riders in recent years, to the extent that Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) managed to win the overall last year after the queen stage was cancelled.

That’s unlikely to happen again this time around, but there’s still ample opportunity for Van Avermaet and the like to land stage wins on days too flat for climbers and too bumpy for sprinters – specifically, stages two and five, which both feature rolling terrain throughout the day and an uphill finish.

These stages should play into the hands of the likes of Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), who already has three wins to his name this season; Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo), who appears to have his eye on the Classics this spring; and Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), who has enjoyed success before in this race (having held the leader’s jersey in 2014) and is overdue a big win.


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World Golf Championships: Westwood shares lead in Mexico

Lee Westwood

WGC Mexico Championships, first-round leaderboard:
-4 L Westwood (Eng), R Fisher (Eng), P Mickelson (US), R Moore (US), J Walker (US), J Rahm (Spa); -3 R McIlroy (NI), C Wood (Eng), S Garcia (Spa), F Zanotti (Par), M Kuchar (US), P Perez (US)
Selected others: -2 T Fleetwood (Eng), R Fowler (US); -1 T Hatton (Eng), J Rose (Eng), D Johnson (US), M Kaymer (Ger); Level J Spieth (US), +5 P Reed (US)
Full leaderboard (external site)

Lee Westwood is in a six-way tie for the lead after round one of the World Golf Championships event in Mexico.

The Englishman, 43, was on course to be the sole overnight leader but bogeyed the final two holes to finish with a round of 67 in Mexico City.

Westwood is joined on four under by compatriot Ross Fisher, Americans Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore and Jimmy Walker and Spain’s Jon Rahm.

World number three Rory McIlroy is a shot further back after a 68.

The 27-year-old Northern Irishman is playing his first tournament after seven weeks out with a rib injury.

McIlroy made par on 14 holes, hitting one eagle, two birdies and one bogey in a solid round.

Westwood was more uneven in his scoring, making eight birdies in his first 16 holes before ending with back-to-back bogeys to add to two others earlier in his round.

England’s Chris Wood and Spain’s Sergio Garcia are part of a six-man group tied for seventh, a shot behind the leaders.

Tommy Fleetwood carded a two-under-par 69, a shot ahead of fellow Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton and Justin Rose, with world number one Dustin Johnson also on one under.

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