Saturday 21 April 2012

Evening Cycle News

Paracycling in US MTB Nats - Van Dijk victory in Borsele - Cav supports Millar for London - Other racing news

Paracycling debuts in US MTB Nats
Sun Valley Adaptive Sports and US Cycling have announced that paracycling will form a part of the USA National MTB Championships for the first time this year with a handcycling cross country race taking place on the 5th of July at the Sun Valley course. (More from Cycling News)

Van Dijk victory in Borsele
Ellen van Dijk (Specialized-Lululemon) won the Omloop van Borsele after approaching the finish line in a group of seven riders and getting the better of them after a furious final sprint. Gracie Elvin, 2009 Australian Under-23 Mountain Bike Champion, performed extraordinarily well to take second place, holding off Rabobank's Sarah Düster who took third. The top ten looks like this:

  1.  Ellen Van Dijk Specialized-Lululemon 3h3'18"
  2.  Gracie Elvin ST
  3.  Sarah Düster Rabobank ST
  4.  Chantal Blaak AA ST
  5.  Amy Pieters Skil-Argos ST
  6.  Melissa Hoskins GreenEDGE ST
  7.  Megan Guarnier Team TIBCO ST
  8.  Kirsten Wild AA +46"
  9.  Laura Van Der Kamp Dolmans-Boels ST
  10.  Anastasiya Chulkova ST
(Full results)
(For photos of the race, Bart Hazen is the man to see)

Cav would love to ride with Millar in London
After Dave Brailsford's announcement that he would select David Millar for Team GB if a challenge to the IOC lifetime ban on any athlete to have been found guilty of doping is successful, Mark Cavendish has said that he "would love him to be on the team for London." However, Millar has not yet given any indication that he would accept a place on the team even if the rules are changed: "I've nailed myself to a few crosses and I'm not sure if I'm prepared to go for the final big one on this," he told the press last month. (More from the Daily Mirror)

Other Racing News
"Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez is hoping to make amends for a missed opportunity in 2006 by upstaging former teammate Alejandro Valverde to claim his maiden win at Liege-Bastogne-Liege." (AFP)

"Swiss bike manufacture BMC has committed to sponsoring its eponymous WorldTour team for four more years" (Velonation)

Why Cyclists Wear Ugly Shirts and Other Important Things (Winnetka-Glencoe Patch)

Tommy Godwin's unbreakable cycling record (BBC)

Belfast ghost bike: Widow moved by memorial at site of husband’s accident (Belfast Telegraph)

Cycling offers hope to amnesia sufferer (New Zealand Herald)

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