Thursday 8 March 2012

Daily News Roundup 08.03.2012

Will Vos become the first woman to win in
two consecutive years?
Today - International Women's Day, fittingly - brings the Women's Drentse 8 Van Dwingeloo, a UCI 1.1 race that will see a total of 180 riders take part in three races culminating on Saturday with the first round of the 2012 UCI Women's World Road Cup: and for many fans, that means one thing - the return of last year's winner Marianne Vos to road competition following a short break in the wake of the cyclo cross season. Britain's Nicole Cooke is racing today and on Saturday, still hoping to recapture her excellent form and disprove media opinion that her best days are behind herThe official site has further details.

Bradley Wiggins has kept his yellow jersey and 6" lead as Paris-Nice enters its 5th stage following another text book demonstration of team tactics by his Sky team yesterday. The Belgian-born British rider was 10th over the line, crucially ten places ahead of Levi Leipheimer who sits in second place in the overall General Classification. Gianni Meersman was first across after a respectable sprint in the final 200m. Stage 5 covers 178km between Onet-le-Chateau and Mende with three Category 1 climbs along the route, including La Croix Neuve at the end of the parcours - expect a climber to win today.

At Tirreno-Adriatico, the Australian GreenEDGE men's team has won its first victory in cycling's European heartlands, matching the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad triumph achieved by Loes Gunnewijk last week. The team completed the 16.9km time trial a full 17" faster than second place RadioShack-NissanTrek. Today's Stage 2 covers 230km between San Vincenzo and Indicatore, making it the second longest stage of the race.

In Scotland, government Minister of Transport Keith Brown is due to take part in a conference discussing what can be done to improve cyclists' safety following the death of a man who was involved in a collision with a taxi on Monday morning. The Scottish Parliament has said it wishes to reduce cycling fatalities by 40% over the next eight years.

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