THOMAS RETURNS TO WIN THE NOCTURNE
Geraint Thomas (Barloworld) won the second Smithfield Nocturne, sponsored by Rapha, in London on Saturday evening. The Welsh rider, who recently finished the Giro d?Italia, beat Rob Hayles into second place. Two Rapha riders will have pleased their sponsor by taking third and fourth. Graham Briggs made the final spot on the podium, Dean Downing was fourth.
SWIFT GETS BETTER AND BETTER
Ben Swift has won in Italy for the second time in little over a week. Read cyclingweekly.co.uk?s report of the GP Coppa Romita here. Swift starts the German under-23 stage race Thuringen-Rundfahrt tomorrow, Tuesday. Jonny Bellis, Alex Dowsett, Johnny McEvoy, Mark McNally and Peter Kennaugh will join him in the Great Britain team. Look out for an interview with Swift on this site later in the week.
LAWS STAKES TIME TRIAL CLAIM
Halfords Bikehut’s Sharon Laws has proved she can climb with the best in the world by finishing in the top ten at the Tour de l’Aude stage race in France. Now she’s proved she’s one of the best time trialists in Britain too, winning the national 25-mile title by more than a minute. It could throw her in the frame for a place in the Olympic Games time trial later in the summer.
HUTCH AT THE DOUBLE
Fresh from his 10-mile title win a couple of weeks ago, Michael Hutchinson won the 25-mile title. Read cyclingweekly.co.uk?s 25-mile time trial report here. More in the magazine on Thursday.
FROM THE GIRO TO THE DAUPHINÉ FOR CHARLY
Charly Weglius (Liquigas) is the only British rider in the Dauphiné Libéré field. He?s come to the race after finishing the Giro d?Italia. In Sunday?s prologue, he was 71st, 28 seconds behind stage winner Levi Leipheimer (Astana).
COX ON FORM IN CANADA
Leda Cox (NEBC-Cycle Loft) was ninth in the opening stage of the Tour de Prince Edward Island in Canada, a five-day stage race that runs until Thursday.
HOT WORK FOR HAMMOND IN PHILLY
Roger Hammond (High Road) was 50th in the Philadelphia International Championship, a 251-kilometre epic held in temperatures touching 100 degrees Fahrenheit. CSC?s Matti Breschel won the 59-up bunch sprint. Rachel Heal pulled out of the women?s race, the Liberty Classic.
MOUNTAIN MAGIC FOR BRITS IN SCOTLAND
British riders took five podium positions at the MTB World Cup in Fort William, Scotland at the weekend. Tracy Moseley won the women?s downhill. For more information read cyclingweekly.co.uk?s report.
FROOME PACKS IN SPAIN
Chris Froome (Barloworld) pulled out of the final stage of the Euskal Bizikelta, a three-day stage race in the Basque region of Spain, on Sunday. He had been lying 63rd overall after two days.
MANNING AND STANNARD COMPLETE LUXEMBOURG
Paul Manning and Ian Stannard (both Landbouwkrediet) were 51st and 59th overall in the hilly Tour of Luxembourg, which was won by Joost Posthuma of Rabobank. Frank Schleck (CSC) was the best rider from Luxembourg, in third place.
BRITS IN BELGIAN KERMESSE
Tobyn Horton (Bowukantoor Lippens) and Adam Blythe (Sprinters Malderen) both finished the Memorial Phillippe Van Coningsloo, a 1.2-ranked one-day race held in Belgium on Sunday. Horton was 36th, 2-02 down on the winner, with Blythe 88th, 2-39 back.
DOWNING BATTLES ON
Russell Downing was 11th on the final stage of the Ringerike Grand Prix in Norway, despite still nursing the hand he injured in a crash last week. He was also the Pinarello team?s best overall finisher, in 16th place, 4-36 down on the winner, Frederik Ericsson of Sweden.
DAVIES-JONES IN HOLLAND
Emma Davies-Jones (Swift Racing) was 36th in the Dutch one-day race, the Omloop Door Middag-Humsterland, on Saturday, finishing in the bunch, which was 4-38 down on the winner Vera Koedooder of Holland.
Friday?s British round-up
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THOMAS RETURNS TO WIN THE NOCTURNE