Wednesday's British news round-up
BRAMMEIER STEPPING UP IN FIRST PRO SEASON
Britain’s Matt Brammeier (AN Post) has started his first season in the professional ranks and is adjusting well to the step-up.
“[I’ve] not really had chance to go for anything myself yet,” Brammeier explained to cyclingweekly.co.uk.
“Most of the time my job is to get in the break, then try to set up our sprinter, Niko Eckhout, for the finish. The last couple of races have been good for the team. We placed second in Omloop Het Waasland and came close in Nokere Koerse, Nico was up in the sprint but got baulked in the crash in the finale.
“The whole team is starting to gel well and the form is coming good for most of the riders,” he added.
Brammeier raced the Ronde van het Groene Hart on Sunday, finishing 41st. Today, he was set to race Dwaars Door Vlaanderen but has come down with a virus so will rest until he feels fit to race again.
March 29: Brabantse Pijl
April 4: Hel van het Mergelland
April 22-26 Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Extremadura
After this, Brammeier will take a bit of a break from racing and then will probably do an eight-day training block.
BRITS IN NORMANDY
The Rapha Condor team is currently in action at the Tour de Normandie stage race.
Dan Craven was the team’s top finisher on the first road stage, placing 31st on the stage from Colombelles to Forges les Eaux.
Bram Schmitz (Van Vliet EBH) currently leads the race overall whilst Kristian House is currently Rapha’s highest-placed rider on the general classification, 1-07 down on Schmitz.
PEDAL POWER FOR PROSTATE CANCER
Above: (l-r) DJ Neil Fox, Snowy Brooks and Magnus Backstedt
DJ Neil Fox (aka 'Dr. Fox'), was at the launch of a new partnership between The Prostate Cancer Charity and The Tour of Britain in London yesterday.
The Magic FM breakfast show host met up with Magnus Backstedt and Snowy Brooks, ex senior decathlon champion and celebrity personal trainer who has been affected by prostate cancer.
Neil Fox, who lost his father to prostate cancer in 2001, is looking forward to this new partnership: “I am excited about getting on my bike and riding in support of Unite ByCycling. My dad, who sadly died of prostate cancer eight-years-ago, would love this project and the way it will unite people and families through the fast growing hobby of cycling”.
‘Unite ByCycling’ is an initiative set up to raise awareness and support for prostate cancer, which will feature a range of cycling events involving both professional cyclists and the general public. The activity is focused around the Tour of Britain and will extend to other cycling events with one goal in mind: to unite people through cycling and raise awareness of prostate cancer.
The first event in the calendar is The Tour Series; a six-week series of city and town centre circuit races featuring the top 10 professional cycling teams in the country. Running from Thursday May 21 to Thursday June 25, this community-based event offers great opportunities to see the professionals close up and a host of other activities for everyone in the family to get involved.
In the coming weeks, the Tour of Britain and The Prostate Cancer Charity will be announcing a series of amateur participation events, in which the whole family can get involved, and cyclists of all ages and abilities should pre-register at www.unitebycycling.org.uk for more information.
WORLD TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
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