MONDAY'S BRITISH NEWS ROUND-UP
BRITS DOWN UNDER
British riders Kristian House and Jeremy Hunt are in action at the moment at the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic stage race in Australia.
House, who will ride for the Rapha Condor squad in 2009 but is riding under Urban Hotels colours in Australia, escaped with William Walker and Dean Windsor to scoop up many of the sprint points available on the third stage.
House now lies fifth overall in the points classification with one stage remaining.
HOY ON SONG
Despite taking a long break from competition after the Beijing Olympics, Chris Hoy proved his preparations for the Track World Championships in March are going according to plan, taking the Masters of Sprint Competition on the first day of the Rotterdam Six Day.
Hoy clocked a time of 10.6 seconds for the 200-metre track, with fellow Briton Jason Kenny only 0.2 seconds down, whilst Dutch sprint star Theo Bos managed only a time of 11.1 seconds.
Later in the evening, Hoy took a clean sweep winning the Keirin, the 200m TT and beat Kenny in the final of the Match Sprint. Hoy then joined forces with Kenny and Max Levy to win the exhibition team sprint.
BRITS IN BELGIUM
Britons David Fletcher and Roger Hammond were in action yesterday (Sunday) at the Vlaamse Witloof Veldrit cyclo-cross race in Belgium.
Fletcher was 3:30 down on race-winner, and up-and-coming Belgian star, Niels Albert whilst Hammond finished 30th, in what was his first race of the season for the new Cervélo Test Team.
In the women’s race, Britons Helen Wyman and Nikki Harris excelled to finish third and fifth respectively behind race-winner, Daphny van den Brand.
MOTORBIKES TO USE BUS LANES
As of today (Monday January 5 2009), motorcycles, mopeds, scooters and tricycles will all be able to travel in the majority of red route bus lanes in London.
Drivers of these vehicles will now be able to use the red route bus lanes, previously reserved for cyclists, buses and taxi drivers during operational hours.
The 18-month trial scheme was one of the electoral pledges of Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Transport for London will monitor the effectiveness and safety of the new trial before making a decision on whether to make it permanent.
Whilst motorcycling lobby groups have been in favour of the scheme, the London Cycling Campaign handed the mayor a 3,000-name petition arguing that there would be no safety, congestion or environmental benefits to the proposals.
NEW SPONSOR FOR LONDON-PARIS 2009
Specialized has announced a new sponsorship deal, making the American manufacturer the official bike sponsors of the London-Paris 2009.
Specialized will be the main jersey sponsor for eight team captains and will supply each of them with helmets, race shoes, gloves and eyewear. Specialized riders will also be equipped with Tarmac Expert or Roubaix Expert bikes.
Former Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winner Stephen Roche has already declared his intention to ride the event and will be supplied with a Specialized. Other big names are also expected to take to the line in what is the blue riband of sportives and the closest amateurs can get to riding the Tour de France.
The 2009 edition will take place from 25-28 June and covers 550km in three days.
JEBB TAKES NORTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPS
Ian Bibby took the re-scheduled North of England Cyclo-cross Championships on Saturday at Hetton Lyons Country Park.
The Scienceinsport.com rider was a clear winner, putting 1:05 into second place finisher Rob Jebb, with Stuart Wearmouth rounding off the podium, 1:55 down on Bibby.
However, because Bibby did not enter the original event he was ineligible for the title, which was awarded to second-place rider, Jebb.
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