FRIDAY'S BRITISH NEWS ROUND-UP
KENNAUGH IN COLUMBIA
Britain’s Peter Kennaugh is in action at the moment in the third round of the track World Cup in Cali, Columbia.
Kennaugh finished an impressive second in the points race, only five points behind Leonardo Duque.
Rob Hayles is also in Columbia and will ride the scratch race and the Madison with Kennaugh.
CYCLING IMMUNE TO CREDIT CRUNCH SAYS MCQUAID
Pat McQuaid, President of the UCI, told Reuters on Wednesday that cycling will be largely immune to the credit crisis.
“I really don’t think it’s going to touch cycling hugely,” said McQuaid. “I think race organisers will have more difficulties than teams because teams have a lot to offer, the sport of cycling has a lot to offer and the sponsors still have to show their brand.
"Sport itself will survive the crisis, cycling otherwise will survive this crisis, it’s too good value for money. Cycling is one of the best sports for sponsors”.
PINSENT BACKS ROMERO
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Matthew Pinsent backed Rebecca Romero to win the Sports Personality award on Sunday when speaking with the BBC.
“You do need strong-minded individuals in a rowing team but you also get people who spur you on both in training and competition. There isn’t that when you’re racing on your own on the track – so she would have had to adapt a different mentality,” said Pinsent.
“There are something like 100 or so living Olympic champions and, of those, about half have won a medal at more than one Games. However, none have won medals in two different sports.
“To win [medals] in two different sports has put Rebecca among the 15 to 20 greatest Olympians this nation has ever produced”.
The Sports Personality Awards take place this Sunday with telephone voting available on the night.
MIXED REACTIONS AS POLICE SWOOP ON CYCLISTS
Police in Bristol swooped on over 90 cyclists in a rush-hour crackdown on cyclists flouting the Highway Code on Wednesday.
According to the Bristol Post, the police took the details of many cyclists who broke traffic laws at a busy junction in a two-hour operation and handed them out advice on how to ride safely.
The most common offences were riding through red lights and riding on the pavement. The cyclists’ details will be kept in a police anti-social behaviour database and if caught again, could face fines of £30.
The move provoked mixed reactions from those questioned, from predictably irate car drives to cyclists who thought other cyclists should obey traffic laws to pedestrians who thought the police should be spending their time in the pursuit of real criminals rather than petty offenders.
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