Monday news roundup

Geraint Thomas: Make helmets mandatory for all cyclists, says Tour de France winner


Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas has called for helmets to be made mandatory for all cyclists.
The Welshman said he always wears a helmet when riding, and sees “no reason” why all cyclists should not be made to wear one on the road.

Thomas told the Sunday Times Magazine: “I’ve never ridden a bike in London, apart from in a race. I’ve watched from a taxi and it does seem a bit crazy.

“I would certainly make helmets compulsory. I always wear a helmet, I’ve put on a helmet more times than I’ve buckled a seatbelt.

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Dennis, Porte fade from contention in Vuelta a Espana

The BMC Racing Team suffered two blows to their overall ambitions at the Vuelta a Espana on the first mass-start stage to Caminito del Rey, as red jersey holder Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte were left on the wrong side of a split in the peloton and lost over 13 minutes.

Dennis, who won the opening stage time trial, suffered on a stage that was technically classified as flat, but as the peloton found out, it was anything but – with four classified climbs and numerous stretches of narrow, tight roads.

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Javier Otxoa dies aged 43 after long illness

Spanish cycling was in mourning ahead of the Vuelta a España as the news broke late on Friday that Javier Otxoa, the former professional rider, had died at 43 after a long illness.

In terms of results, Otxoa was best known for having soloed to victory on the toughest mountain stage of the 2000 Tour, a rainy and foggy day finishing on Hautacam. Otxoa’s success was all the notable given he had broken away much earlier on the stage and managed to fend off a rampaging Lance Armstrong by 45 seconds, after the Texan attacked from the peloton on the final climb to the finish.

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Tour of Germany: “Cycling is not dead in Germany”

The Tour of Germany has been labelled a success after returning from a 10-year hiatus. Two Germans claimed second and third but they lagged behind the competition’s winner, Slovenian Matej Mohoric.

The Tour takes place in Germany with cyclists competing in four stages that go through five German states. The 2009 race was scrapped after a series of high-profile doping cases and only returned this year. Both organizers and riders hailed the tournament a success.

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61 stung by hornets in mountain cycling race


61 people were stung by hornets during a mountain cycling race in central Japan. Event organizers say their symptoms are not serious and none were taken to hospital.

The incident occurred in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, on Sunday.

Those hurt were treated by rescue personnel on standby for the race. Most of the contestants who were stung reportedly continued the race.

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Valverde shows flying form with 10th Vuelta a Espana stage win

Alejandro Valverde gave Movistar its first victory of the 2018 Vuelta a España on Sunday, taking out stage 2 to Caminito del Rey over new race leader Michal Kwiatkowski. The win was the 120th career victory for the 38-year-old, and his 10th stage win in his home Grand Tour.

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Kwiatkowski rues missing out on Vuelta a Espana stage win

After Team Sky shattered the peloton in the closing stages of the Vuelta a España’s first mass-start stage on Sunday, Michal Kwiatkowski was hoping to finish off his teammates’ hard work with a stage victory in Caminito del Rey. But the Polish champion was unable to counter the powerful uphill surge from Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde and had to settle for second place.

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