Tour of Britain start list 2017: full list of teams announced

Full list of team taking part in the 2017 Tour of Britain, from September 3-10

The 2017 Tour of Britain kicks off on Saturday, September 3 in Edinburgh for eight days of racing concluding on Sunday, September 10 in Cardiff.

A total of 20 teams will take part, each with a maximum of six riders. Ten of those teams are from the top-flight WorldTour, including British squad Team Sky.

>>> Tour of Britain 2017 route: stage-by-stage details and where to watch

Needless to say, several of the top-level teams will field their British stars, with Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) saying that they intend to take part.

However Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) looks unlikely to defend his title having suffered two fractured vertebrae at the Tour de France.

A full start list will be published towards the end of August

>>> Tour of Britain 2017: Route details, latest news and reports

Tour of Britain start list 2017

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Bardiani CSF

Bike Channel-Canyon

BMC Racing

Cannondale-Drapac

CCC Sprandi Polkowice

Cylance Pro Cycling

Dimension Data

CAVENDISH Mark (GBr)

Great Britain

JLT Condor

Katusha-Alpecin

KRISTOFF Alexander (Nor)
MARTIN Tony (Ger)

Lotto Soudal

LottoNL-Jumbo

Madison-Genesis

Movistar

One Pro Cycling

Orica-Scott

Quick-Step Floors

Team Sky

KWIATKOWSKI Michal
THOMAS Geraint
VIVIANI Elia

Wanty-Groupe Gobert


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Altitude training for cyclists: does it work and could you benefit? (video)

Breathing air with less oxygen stimulates physiological changes that can boost performance, but for amateur cyclists, is it really worth the time, effort and money?

Your lungs are burning, heart pounding, breathing rate frantic — and this is just your local climb. The thought of riding up actual mountains 1,000 or more metres higher than your nemesis British hill may seem daunting. As you climb to 1,000m and beyond, the air begins to get thinner, with noticeable effects on performance.

Pros train specifically to deal with these conditions, but does a regular UK amateur rider really need to bother with altitude training?

To answer that question, first we need to understand what is happening in the body while at altitude. Less oxygen is available, and so the cardiovascular system adapts to become more efficient.

“One of the first adaptations the body goes through is an increase in red blood cell production,” explains James Barber, performance specialist at the Altitude Centre in London.

“This means you can carry more oxygen in the blood, keeping up the supply from your lungs to your muscles. This is the main goal of altitude training.”

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At altitude, the proportion of oxygen in the air does not fall; there is less of it because there is less air overall.

“At sea level, if there are 100 molecules of air in a pocket of space, 21 of them are oxygen molecules. When you go to altitude, in that same volume of space, because of the lower pressure, there are fewer total molecules of air, so even fewer molecules of oxygen. The lower pressure at altitude accounts for the reduction in oxygen availability.”

This lower air density means that at just over 2,700m elevation — the highest you’re likely to climb within Europe — there can be six per cent less oxygen available. This has a knock-on effect on how much oxygen can be processed by the lungs, blood and muscles.

Photo: Chris Catchpole

“Blood oxygen saturation level [SpO2] is the percentage of red blood cells that are carrying as much oxygen as they possibly can. At sea level, you get a pretty high percentage of oxygen into your lungs and blood — you’re well saturated, at 98 to 99 per cent. When there is less oxygen available, at altitude, your blood saturation drops to around 90 per cent at rest.”

This is the main reason why riding feels tougher at altitude — coping with reduced oxygen is just one more thing professional riders have to deal with.

“Pro riders are often pushing close to their limit, so having to deal with the effects of altitude can have a significant effect. You might assume that because these guys are some of the fittest in the world, they can deal with altitude, but it doesn’t work like that.”

Small window of benefit

Being fit doesn’t mean you’re better able to cope at altitude. The only way to improve your resistance to its effects is to stimulate adaptations that allow your body to use oxygen more efficiently.

For the pros, this means going to altitude training camps. Sports scientist Professor Louis Passfield explains that producing more red blood cells requires sustained exposure to altitude:

“The complete turnover of all the body’s blood cells takes about 120 days, but that doesn’t mean you have to be on an altitude camp for that long.”

Accruing adaptations takes considerable time, says Passfield.

“General wisdom suggests that two weeks is a reasonable length of time to gain a noticeable boost in your red blood cell count. Less than that and you probably won’t get a very noticeable or worthwhile boost.”

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The timing of altitude camps is crucial too, as the gains begin to wear off after just a few days. Therefore, riders need to time their altitude training at just the right point before their target event.

“The increase in red blood cells only lasts for a couple of weeks. When you first get back from altitude, you have a limited window for exploiting the gains. It’s best not to compete for the first couple of days as you readjust to sea level; you then have a few days while the benefit is at its greatest.”

The effects then begin to wear off.

“You also have a longer-term window, another couple of weeks, during which the unwinding is happening, though your blood cell count is still enhanced. After that, the benefits are likely to have disappeared.”

This decreasing benefit often affects riders at the Tour de France. They feel the full effect during the first week of the race but by the time they reach the high mountains in the latter parts of the event, the benefits from their altitude camp may have worn off. Passfield believes some teams use artificial techniques to sustain the benefits for as long as possible.

“I doubt that many riders use altitude tents throughout the season, but some may do so after training camps to try to maintain the benefits before the high climbs of a race,” he says.

Finding the altitude sweet spot

There are different approaches to maximising the effects of altitude. Some experts believe it is best to live and train at altitude, while others believe in doing one or the other, living at altitude while training at sea level, or vice versa. There is as yet no scientific consensus.

One thing is for certain: altitude training isn’t a case of “the higher the better”. In fact, going too high can be detrimental, reducing the quality of training and making it difficult to acclimatise. The aim is to find an altitude sweet spot, optimising the training effect without harming sleep quality or recovery.

“Places at around 1,500m above sea level are popular, as this is an altitude that works quite well for altitude camps. Boulder in Colorado [1,655m] is a good example,” explains Barber. “You can still train well without being impaired.”

Another ‘artificial’ method is using an altitude chamber. Barber explains that some athletes undertake intermittent chamber exposure: five minutes breathing low-oxygen air followed by five minutes breathing normal air. It is thought this can stimulate adaptations in the central nervous system, making the body more sensitive to low-oxygen conditions and thereby prompting greater cardiovascular efficiency.

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As discussed, the body can adapt to altitude, but some bodies are naturally better at coping with reduced oxygen. Passfield explains that genetic factors play a part.

“The angiotensin-converting enzyme [ACE] regulates blood pressure and tends to be present in riders who respond well to endurance training and riding at altitude. Exactly what role this enzyme plays isn’t clear. You have 25,000-30,000 genes in your body, so for every one that does some good, there is probably another that undermines it. But there is a link between genetics and being able to ride well at altitude.”

Regardless of their genetics, most people get at least some benefit from spending time at altitude — though it can feel challenging at first.

“When you first train at altitude, the lack of oxygen can feel almost life-threatening!” says Passfield. “You just have to push through it and trust that your body will cope, because your immediate tendency is to back off and think you can’t do it.”

Pushing the ethical boundaries?

For amateur riders, altitude training is not always practical or affordable. This raises an ethical question: is it fair to use a form of training that some (perhaps most) of your rivals do not have access to? Of course, altitude training is not banned, so it is by no means a black-and-white issue. It should be noted, though, that in Italy all forms of artificial blood manipulation are banned — including altitude tents.

Passfield points out that there are many other factors that are unevenly distributed and that can confer selective advantages when it comes to sporting performance, from body size and shape, to coaching opportunities, to superior nutrition and equipment. It’s up to governing bodies, ideally in collaboration with athletes, to set appropriate rules.

“[The rules] come down to what is deemed acceptable by society,” says Passfield. “My concern is that athletes themselves aren’t put at the centre of the debate.”

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Is it worth it?

So, is altitude training worth it for amateur riders? It depends on your priorities and which method of altitude training you use. You need to weigh up the costs against the likely gains. Bear in mind that the costs of altitude training are not solely financial.

It takes time, including additional recovery and adaptation — time when you could have been doing your regular training. Can you be confident it will benefit you?

If you are heading abroad on a training camp to prepare for an upcoming event, then choosing to base yourself on a high mountain may be a smart choice, but altitude should not be your only or first consideration.

If you’re tempted to use an altitude tent, talk through with your coach whether it is likely to be worth the investment. Weighing up every aspect of altitude training is crucial to forming a judgement on whether a regular dose of thin air is truly right for you.

Altitude chambers are ideal preparation for the real thing Photo: Chris Catchpole

Sky’s limits: ‘Same stimulus, different responses’

Tim Kerrison Head of performance support at Team Sky, explains why the pros train at altitude

“Many of the critical moments in Grand Tours occur at moderate to high altitudes — on the cols of the Alps and Pyrenees, between 1,500 and 2,600m altitude. So performing to the best of one’s ability at these altitudes is critical.

“By spending time at these altitudes, the body acclimatises by adjusting and adapting to make optimal use of the lower oxygen availability. This process starts within days and continues over a two-week period while living at 2,000m altitude.

“At Team Sky, we tend to go to altitude for two-week blocks. Many riders do two of these camps before a Grand Tour, and some riders do shorter ‘top-ups’. In addition to the acclimatisation and adaptation effects, our altitude training camps tend to have a much broader purpose: to train hard in a focused environment, with a lot of climbing, specifically preparing for an upcoming big goal.

“We often also use these camps to heat-acclimatise, getting ready to perform in the high temperatures experienced in the summer races. Different people have different responses to the same stimulus.

“In the same way that some riders naturally perform better than others at altitude, some riders seem to benefit more than others from training at altitude — ‘responders’ and ‘non-responders’. Some riders experience altitude sickness at a much lower altitude than others, making any form of altitude training difficult.”

Froome and his Team Sky team mates replicate altitude conditions at training camps earlier on in the season. Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA

What difference does altitude make?

To assess how much altitude affects cycling performance, CW headed to the Altitude Centre in London.

We took part in two sub-maximal tests comprising two 12-minute ramp efforts at set cadences and power outputs, while heart rate and oxygen saturation (expressed as SpO2) were measured.

The first was conducted at sea level, the next at a simulated elevation of 2,700m with oxygen of 15 per cent.

“This level provides the right balance of being able to train while still getting the benefit from altitude,” James Barber explains. “If we set the altitude much higher, you wouldn’t be able train as effectively and so wouldn’t get much more benefit.”

Each individual responds differently to altitude, and measuring SpO2 alongside performance in one rider doesn’t tell the whole story. Our tester’s SpO2 value remained stable at around 95 per cent during sea-level testing, while at simulated altitude it had decreased to around 85 per cent by the end of the test.

Bringing the altitude to you

Accessing the benefits of altitude training doesn’t necessitate travelling overseas to mountains. A number of alternatives are available…

Altitude tents

Pros: No need to adapt your training schedule or alter the intensity of each individual session, as an altitude tent is used while you sleep.

Cons: Can be disruptive to home life if you share a bed with a partner, and can affect the quality of your sleep, which may offset the potential benefits.

Price: £320-400 per month to rent

>>> Altitude Tent and Everest Summit Hypoxic Gerator

Altitude chambers

Pros: Ideal for acclimatisation training while at sea level. A modern chamber allows you to completely control the level of oxygen available, and you can monitor how your body reacts.

Cons: Only easily accessible to those based in major cities, and can prove costly if looking to complete multiple training sessions.

Price: £20-25 per session

Intake-restricting masks

NB: We’re talking here not about masks rigged up to hypoxic apparatus. No. We’re talking about so-called altitude masks that actually just limit air supply to the mouth and nose, making it harder to breathe.

Pros: Cheap; may help build diaphragm/lung strength.

Cons: Unscientific; do not simulate altitude; not true hypoxic training.

Price: £20-70


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Swimming World Presents “Top High School Recruits: Class of 2017”

Top High School Recruits

The high school Class of 2017 boasts several top recruits who should make an impact with their new teams at the college level.

Swimming World’s high school content manager, Cathleen Pruden, walks readers through the top ten male and female incoming freshman are for the upcoming 2017-18 season, what strokes they excel in, and how they will impact their teams on both the conference and NCAA Championship level.

To learn more about the top high school recruits, check out the August 2017 issue of Swimming World, available now!

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FEATURES

018 POWERHOUSE OF POSITIVITY
by Annie Grevers
Junior Morgan Tankersley of Plant High School (Tampa, Fla.) finished the 2016- 17 high school season as the top-ranked female swimmer in the 200 and 500 yard freestyles and third in the 100, and was named Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year. Perhaps even more special is that she uses her star power to inspire and encourage those around her.

021 TALENT RUNS DEEP
by Annie Grevers
This year’s runners-up for Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year honors all had equally impressive performances during the 2016-17 season.

023 GREAT EXPECTATIONS
by David Rieder
Reece Whitley, Swimming World’s 2016-17 Male High School Swimmer of the Year (two No. 1 rankings in the 100 breast and 200 IM with a national record in the 100 breast) just completed his junior year at William Penn Charter High School (Pa.). He seems to have all the tools necessary to be a transcendent talent in swimming.

026 IN THE HUNT
by David Rieder
Reece Whitley may have been the clear choice for Swimming World’s Male High School Swimmer of the Year, but the four runners-up also turned in a few No. 1 times of their own.

028 TOP HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITS
by Cathleen Pruden
The high school Class of 2017 boasts several top recruits who should make an impact with their new teams at the college level.

030 ISHOF EXHIBITS: POSEIDON… MORE THAN A TROPHY
by Chuck Warner
The bronze sculpture of the rugged face of Poseidon—Greek god of the sea—that stands at the entrance to the International Swimming Hall of Fame is quite likely swimming’s most spectacular “trophy.

032 MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH KATRINA KONOPKA
by Annie Grevers

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: ERNIE MAGLISCHO
by Michael J. Stott

013 KICKING
by Michael J. Scott
This is the fourth of a multi-part series on “trained behaviors” in swimming—actions that can be executed under pressure and in unusual circumstances. This month’s article focuses on kicking.

016 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: TOP SWIMMERS HAVE A “FEEL FOR THE WATER”
by Rob Havriluk

034 SPECIAL SETS: RETURNING TO THE POOL
by Michael J. Stott
Coaches Allison Beebe (high-performance coach, Santa Clara Swim Club) and John Smithson (assistant coach, Quest Swimming) share their philosophy on how to train their swimmers following the summer break.

036 TRAINING OUTSIDE THE BOX
by Michael J. Stott

When it comes to training, there are respected coaches and athletes who are able to think outside the box. And when they do, the swimming world takes notice. What follows is a sampling of divergent training methods used over the years.

041 Q&A WITH COACH PAUL SILVER
by Michael J. Stott

042 HOW THEY TRAIN ZACH BROWN & MADISON HOMOVICH
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

045 DRYSIDE TRAINING: THE IM STROKE SERIES—BACKSTROKE
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

038 GOLDMINDS: HOW TO DEVELOP A WINNING MINDSET
by Wayne Goldsmith

046 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
047 GUTTER TALK
048 PARTING SHOT

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Incorrect signage means driver speeding before killing cyclist in head-on collision cannot be prosecuted

Lack of 30mph repeater signs means no prosecution for driver, inquest hears

A motorist who killed a cyclist in a head-on collision after being caught driving over the speed limit moments before cannot be prosecuted for speeding due to incorrect signage, an inquest has heard.

The Eastern Daily Press reports that Craig Hawkes refused to comment on evidence that he had been driving at around 45mph in the 30mph speed limit on Newmarket Road, Norwich shortly before colliding head-on with cyclist Cyril Harrison, who suffered serious spinal and chest injuries and died three months later in hospital.

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Forensic collision investigator, PC Paul McKay, said that a number of issues needed to be rectified with the road, which is one-way for motor vehicles, but includes a contraflow cycle lane in the opposite direction that Mr Harrison did not appear to be using at the time of the crash.

“The contraflow system precludes any vehicle from travelling in the cycle lane, but with there being no enforcement for parking – any vehicle that did would force other vehicles into the cycle lane,” PC McKay said.

“By saying it is a mandatory cycle lane we are forcing people to do something they should not be doing.

“A speed repeater sign was missing which presents issues in terms of any prosecution for speed. If the signage is incorrect it is a legal defence to the offence of speeding.

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“Had Mr Hawkes been travelling at 30 when he began to react it is possible the injuries would not have been so severe or the collision might have been avoided. Had Mr Harrison remained in the cycle lane it is likely the collision would not have occurred.”

PC McKay said that a number of the issues with the road were due to be rectified as part of Norwich City Council’s Cycle City Ambition scheme, while coroner Yvonne Blake said the road posed “a significant risk” to cyclists and that she would also be writing to the council about the issue.


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Philippe Gilbert commits future to Quick-Step Floors with two-year contract extension

Tour of Flanders champion to stay at Belgian team until 2019

Philippe Gilbert will ride for Quick-Step Floors until at least 2019 after agreeing a two-year contract extension with the Belgian team.

The winner of the 2017 Tour of Flanders had been one of a number of big-name riders linked with a move away from the team as it struggled to secure major sponsors for the 2018 season.

However the two-time national champion has now signed an extension to his current one-year contract, committing his future to the team until the end of 2019.

“It was my dream to extend the contract and I knew that after winning De Ronde and Amstel this would be possible,” Gilbert said.

“I am sure I can still win some big races and that I will get my chances. It would be a dream come true to win races like Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo with this team. That’s also one of the reasons why I wanted to sign for two more years, to build up and increase my chances.”

The news of the contract extension had been expected after team manager Patrick Lefevere told Belgian press that Gilbert had already signed a new deal at the Tour de France.

Lefevere also said that if Gilbert would sign, then he expected Marcel Kittel to renew his contract too, despite strong rumours linking the German sprinter with a move to Katusha-Alpecin to fill the sprinter’s berth vacated by Alexander Kristoff.

After abandoning the Tour de France, both riders will return to action at the BinckBank Tour on Monday.


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Katinka Hosszu’s Triple Highlights Second Morning of Berlin World Cup

Katinka Hosszu swam three events on Monday morning at the FINA World Cup in Berlin and she is the top seed in every single one of them. She will go head to head with Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in the first event of the finals in the 100 IM. Sjostrom will be chasing her World Record in the 50 free later in the session.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was just off her World Record with a 56.99 in the heats as she missed her record of 56.67. Hosszu leads Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom (57.92) and Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen (59.43). This will be a well anticipated final between two of the biggest names in women’s swimming.

Tom Shields of the United States posted a strong 1:50.60 in the heats of the 200 fly have the top seed going into the final. Shields was ahead of the Japanese duo of Masayuki Umemoto (1:53.90) and Masaki Kaneko (1:54.23).

Hosszu returned later to the session to swim a 2:00.18 200 back top seed as she was just off her 1:59.23 World Record from 2014. She had a large margin over second place Nadine Laemmler (2:06.35) and third place Jenny Mensing (2:07.05) from Germany. World Champion from Budapest Emily Seebohm of Australia is sixth at 2:10.08.

Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus has the number one prelim time of the 50 breast with a 26.16 on Monday morning. He leads a tight field ahead of Russia’s Kirill Prigoda (26.26) and Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli (26.36).

Sjostrom returned for her second swim of the morning with a 23.22 in the 50 free, just off her 23.10 World Record from last week’s World Cup in Moscow. Sjostrom is ahead of the Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk (23.99) and Australia’s Cate Campbell (24.21) in Monday’s final.

Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys had the fastest morning time in the 200 free with a 1:42.28 ahead of Hungary’s Dominik Kozma (1:43.03) and Poland’s Kacper Majchrzak (1:43.04). Notably absent from the heats was South African Chad Le Clos who was not on the entry list.

Hosszu returned for her third event of the day with a 55.52 100 fly to lead the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo (56.63). Italy’s Ilaria Bianchi (57.36) is the third seed.

Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki is the top seed for the 100 back with a 50.89 ahead of Norway’s Markus Lie (51.13) and Russia’s Grigory Tarasevich (51.20). Australia’s Mitch Larkin is also in the field at eighth with a 51.54 in the heats.

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte had a strong morning swim in the 400 free with a 4:02.58. She is head and shoulders ahead of the rest of the competitors as Chile’s Kristel Kobrich (4:05.46) and the Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk (4:05.79) sit in second and third.

Finland’s Laukkanen (1:04.87) had the fastest 100 breast of the morning just ahead of Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson (1:05.71) and Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen (1:06.01).

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Claudia Cretti returns to hometown after Giro Rosa horror crash

The Vaclar-PBM rider was left in a critical condition following her 90kph crash at this year’s Giro Rosa

Claudia Cretti has returned to her hometown of Brescia to continue her recovery following her horror crash at this year’s Giro Rosa.

After nearly a month in hospital in Benevento, the Vaclar-PBM rider was driven to a new rehabilitation clinic where her doctor explained that “today is day zero”, as reported by Gazzetta dello Sport.

Cretti took an eight hour ambulance journey with two doctors back to the Lombardy town with her mother Laura Bianchi heralding her return as a “new adventure.”

The Italian had to be airlifted to hospital after suffering severe injuries to her head in a 90kph crash. Her injuries were so bad that she was placed into a medically-induced coma as fears of permanent brain damage began to mount.

Things could’ve turned out much differently according to her father, Joseph Cretti, who spoke with doctors who were first on the scene. “[They] confided in me that if they had arrived 10 minutes later there would be nothing to do” he explained.

Cretti showed determination in her recovery after waking from her coma in the latter part of July and was interacting with her family and doctors. As she slowly begins to get better, Cretti looks to regain the full use of her voice and mental comprehension.

There is no word whether Cretti will return to racing once she has recovered.


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Lizzie Deignan to Return to Track Cycling at Revolution

British National Champion to race all three Cycling Champions League Rounds in Manchester, London and Glasgow

After an absence of two years and with a rainbow jersey, as well as countless other race wins, to her name in the intervening period, Lizzie Deignan will make her Revolution return this winter.

Riding for her trade team Boels-Dolmans, Deignan will race all three rounds of the Revolution Series Elite Women’s Championship and cannot wait to get back to the boards.

A world champion on the track eight years ago in the team pursuit, Deignan is no stranger to the Revolution Series having come through the Future Stars programme to ride as a senior.

And she praised the event in what it has done for the development of young cyclists in Britain.

“I think Revolution is really important to the progress of young track athletes,” said the 28-year-old.

“Particularly for me, it’s where I started and it’s the place where you’re thrown into the deep end, there’s pressure, there’s expectation, there’s a massive crowd and if you want to be an elite track cyclist then it’s a great place to start your career.”

After a stellar season in 2016, backing up her world road race win with a sparkling spring in which she won almost every race she entered, Deignan has – to the uninitiated – had a less fruitful 2017.

But a start to the season disrupted by illness, three second places in a standout Ardennes Classics week in April and a National Championships win in June mean she goes into September’s road World Championships with another realistic shot at the rainbow bands.

And however her assault on the world title goes in Bergen, Norway, Deignan has already got her winter mapped out.

“For me, this year is a really good time to come back to the track,” she added. “It means that it breaks up my winter training and I felt last year that I definitely missed some motivation during the winter months.

“Revolution will give me that.”

A return to Revolution action also gives Deignan the chance to experience a new track, with the former World Championship omnium silver medallist never having ridden the Lee Valley VeloPark boards before.

“I’ve been to watch Revolutions there and I’ve been to watch the Olympics there, so my memories there are special – but I’ve never ridden there,” she added.

“The memories are of watching Joanna Rowsell Shand becoming Olympic champion and of being part of that amazing London 2012 crowd.”

The British Champion will face tough opposition on the boards with details of several of the other women’s team already announced including defending champions, Storey Racing and Team WNT, featuring Olympic Champion Katie Archibald.

See the world’s best road teams take on the champions of the track in the Revolution Track Cycling Series. Tickets on sale at www.cyclingrevolution.com

Revolution 2017/18 season

Champions League Round 1
Lee Valley VeloPark, London
Saturday 25th November 2017

Champions League Round 2
Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow
Saturday 2nd December 2017

Champions League Round 3
National Cycling Centre, Manchester
Saturday 6th January 2018


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Ballot for 2018 RideLondon-Surrey 100 now open: how to guarantee your place

Entry details for those already looking forward to 2018

With RideLondon over for another year, many will already be thinking about the 2018 edition, and when they need to get their entries in for the RideLondon-Surrey 100 and 46 sportives.

Well, the answer is that it is already open here, with the ballot for the RideLondon-Surrey 100 opening on Monday August 7. It will then close on either Friday January 5, 2018, or when 80,000 applications are received.

The cost to enter will be £69, with organisers pledging to keep the price the same from the 2017 event. Riders will then be informed in February 2018 if their entry has been accepted.

>>> Alexander Kristoff wins RideLondon-Surrey Classic

Details about the ballot for the shorter RideLondon-Surrey 46 will be available shortly, with entry opening in 2018.

The other option, which will make sure you have a place on the start line next year, is to enter with a charity place, with charities having a number of guaranteed places for riders who sign up to raise a certain amount of money.

The 2018 RideLondon festival will take place from Friday July 27 to Sunday July 29, with the sportives taking place on the Sunday.


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‘A great collector’s item or daily driver’: your chance to buy Bradley Wiggins’s luxury motorhome

Multiple Olympic champion selling unique camper

If you want to get your hands on a unique piece of cycling history or just want a camper van emblazoned in Union Flags, then Bradley Wiggins has put his personalised motorhome up for sale.

The Mercedes camper was bought by the multiple Olympic champion in 2014 and, according to the Daily Star, is now up for sale for £50,000, only half what Wiggins originally paid for it.

The van (which you can see much more of here) is fully decked out in a patriotic colour scheme, with red, white, and blue leather seats and a tasteful Union Flag wrap on the dashboard.

Of course there’s also plenty of space in the back for bikes and kit, plus a bed, shower, and small cooking area for when you mess up the pre-race hotel booking.

Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any means to attach boats to the roof, so maybe Wiggins is upgrading to more suitable transportation for his shot at rowing glory.


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