WEDNESDAY'S BRITISH NEWS ROUND-UP
BRITS IN ROTTERDAM
Olympic Academy recruits Mark Christian and Andrew Fenn are riding strongly at the Rotterdam Six Day.
Christian and Fenn currently lead the UIV Talents Cup with one day of competition remaining and a seven-point lead.
In the women’s category, young Britons Alex Greenfield and Katie Colclough are currently second overall, two laps and five points behind Kirsten Wild and Vera Koedooder of the Netherlands.
BOARDMAN: WE NEED TO RETHINK LONDON’S ROADS
Chris Boardman yesterday told The Evening Standard that London’s roads need a complete re-design in order to make them safe for cyclists and is apparently willing to help Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, achieve this aim.
“In order to make cycling in London viable, Boris Johnson really needs to make some ballsy decisions, and now is the time to do it,” said Boardman.
“At the moment, cars have priority and that has to change. People just do not feel safe on the roads. We need to completely rethink the allocation of road space, and it is more than making cycle lanes wider”.
HUNT TAKES FIRST TOP TEN OF THE YEAR
Britain’s Jeremy Hunt has taken his first top ten of the year, with a sixth place on the final stage of the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic.
Hunt was involved with the key breakaway of the day, but was beaten in the sprint by Brett Aitken.
Hunt’s sixth place on the final stage helped the Briton to a 16th position overall.
PLOWMAN TO RIDE CERVELO
The merger between the Plowman Craven and Pearl Izumi teams during the off-season has created an all-new team, in the shape of Plowman Craven-Madison.
The team will no longer use Pinnacle bikes, instead opting for Cervélo machines. The squad will also have an all-new kit, designed by Pearl Izumi, as well as Giro helmets.
SIGMA SPORT TEAM LAUNCH AT THE END OF JANUARY
The Sigma Sport team will host its official team launch at the end of January.
The team will be launched at team sponsor, Specialized’s, UK headquarters in Chessington, Surrey.
The launch will also be an opportunity for the riders to be measured up using Specialized’s BG system, to ensure an optimum riding position.
The team will then head to Cheshire for a three-day training camp, before tackling the Circuit of Ashurst on March 1. With the addition of the new Tour Series criteriums, it will be a busy season for the Sigma team. Team rider Matt Stephens commented that the Northern-based riders would do the Northern criteriums whilst the Southern-based will do the Southern criteriums, to alleviate some of the travelling involved.
Commenting on how cycling is affected by the economic downturn, Stephens said, “it’s a strange situation, but a good one. More and more people are riding, but cycling’s not recession-proof”.
SUSTRANS CALLS ON LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO IMPROVE SAFETY OF SCHOOL ROUTES
Sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, is calling on local authorities to apply for funding to develop safer and healthier routes to schools in their area.
The £17 million for the ‘Links to Schools’ programme is part of a £140 million strategy announced last year by the Department for Transport to promote cycling.
The scheme will extend the existing National Cycle Network, bringing it closer to schools and by joining up residential areas to schools, making it safer and easier for young people to walk or cycle.
It is expected that more than 700 schools will directly benefit from funding for 300 schemes across the country.
“It is vital that we do whatever we can to support children and young people to cycle and walk to school,” said Sustrans’ Chief Executive, Malcolm Shepherd. “This record breaking funding will mean that we can continue to work with local authorities to ensure this vision moves a step closer to becoming a reality”.
COUTTS IN VENEZUELA
Britain’s Alex Coutts is currently in action at the Vuelta al Tachira in Venezuela.
Coutts, who is currently riding for the Herakleion Nesseba Kastro squad, finished 64th on the first stage, a bunch sprint won by Venezuelan, Miguel Ubeto.
The twelve-day stage race concludes on January 17.
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