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Jelle van Gorkom: Dutch Olympic BMX silver medallist in coma after accident

Jelle van Gorkom won silver at the 2015 World Championships and the Rio Olympics in 2016 Olympic BMX silver medallist Jelle van Gorkom is in a coma after a training accident on Tuesday. The Royal Dutch Cycling Union said the 27-year-old had “broken ribs, a fracture in the face, a tear in the skull and damage to the liver, spleen and kidneys”. The incident occurred at the National Sports Centre Papendal in Arnhem. Van Gorkom won silver medals at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Rio Games. Bas de…

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Lewis Oliva: Cyclist’s stolen Olympic shoes found in alley

Image copyright @swpcardiff Image caption Rob Davies (centre) found the shoes and handed them over to PC Alex Reed and PC Stephen Westlake Shoes stolen from a professional cyclist that he wore at the Olympics have been found dumped in an alley. The shoes, belonging to Welsh Cycling sprinter Lewis Oliva, were stolen at about 17:00 GMT on Tuesday from his car which was parked on St Angela Road in Cardiff, close to the University Hospital of Wales. The footwear was found by a member of the public on Wednesday….

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British Cycling: Frank Slevin to become new independent chairman

Slevin’s background includes retail, financial services and regulatory oversight House of Fraser executive chairman Frank Slevin is to become British Cycling’s new independent chairman. He will replace Jonathan Browning, who stepped down in November after just nine months in the job. Sport England had threatened to withdraw funding unless British Cycling agreed to overhaul its structure. But 94% of British Cycling members agreed to the national council-approved governance reforms at an extraordinary general meeting in July. The reforms included an increase in the number of openly recruited independent board members…

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Commonwealth Games 2018: Peter Kennaugh to miss Gold Coast to focus on Ardennes Classics

Peter Kennaugh won the Isle of Man’s only medal at Glasgow 2014 Isle of Man rider Peter Kennaugh has confirmed he will miss the Commonwealth Games in Australia to focus on the Ardennes Classics in April. The 28-year-old won the island’s only medal at the last games in Glasgow in 2014, a silver in the 40km points race. The two-time British road race champion left Team Sky at the end of the season to join world champion Peter Sagan at Bora-Hansgrohe team. Kennaugh – who won gold at London 2012…

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Jason Kenny: Olympic champion makes competitive return to cycling in Manchester

France’s Gregory Bauge (left) beat Jason Kenny (right) 2-1 in the sprint final in Manchester Six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny came second in the sprint and keirin as he made his competitive return to cycling at the Revolution Series in Manchester. It was the first time Kenny, 29, had competed since winning three golds at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Elsewhere, Olympic champion Katie Archibald won the scratch race and elimination scratch race. The Commonwealth Games start begin on Australia’s Gold Coast on 4 April. Source link

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Why cycling is much more than a sport in Colombia

Colombian artist Vita Osorio SanmartĂ­n inherited a bike from her father. Like many in the country, he was a passionate cyclist. Every year, Colombians flood the streets to cheer at the Vuelta a Colombia – one of the toughest races in cycling. But this is more than a sporting event. In the early 1950s, two years into a bloody sectarian conflict, the tour was initiated as a sign of peace and goodwill. Today, a new generation of Colombians again face conflicting ideas. Some like Vita hope that cycling can once…

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Barker sisters named for Track World Cup event in Minsk

Elinor Barker (right) won madison gold with Katie Archibald (left) at the Track Cycling World Cup in 2017 Olympic champion Elinor Barker and sister Megan have been named in Great Britain’s team for the Track World Cup in Minsk on January 19-21. The Barker sisters are included alongside Lauren Bate, Georgia Hilleard and Chris Latham in a five-strong team. “I’m pleased with how the team performed throughout the 2017 World Cups,” said British Cycling head coach Iain Dyer. “This puts us in a strong position for World Championship qualification.” Senior…

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Jason Kenny: How the ‘Horwich Humdinger’ geared up Olympic star for track return

When you have won six Olympic gold medals by the age of 29, and are married to a woman who has won four more, you’re usually considered an inspiration to the grassroots and amateurs far below. For Jason Kenny, a champion ready to leave it all behind, it came the other way round. At the end of October 2017, having not raced a bike competitively since the Rio Olympics, he entered a race in the North-West Cyclo-Cross League called the Horwich Humdinger. He finished 50th of 54 riders, and loved…

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Caroline Buchanan: Olympic cyclist injured in car crash

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Caroline Buchanan has eight world titles in BMX and mountain bike racing Two-time Olympian and world cycling champion Caroline Buchanan has suffered serious injuries in a car accident in her native Australia. Buchanan, 27, posted an image on Instagram of herself in hospital with a bloodied face and wearing a neck brace. She wrote that she had a broken nose and sternum and a collapsed lung. Local media reported the accident involved a single vehicle and happened in New South Wales, but further details…

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