Sunday news roundup

Van Avermaet ready to take on Sagan, Viviani and Kristoff at European Championships

Greg van Avermaet (BMC) has named himself as leader of the Belgian team for Sunday’s road race at the UEC European Championships in Glasgow, insisting he is not afraid to go mano a mano with Peter Sagan and ride aggressively to avoid a sprint finish that would favour defending champion Alexander Kristoff and Italy’s Elia Viviani.

“The jersey is a major goal,” he told Het Nieuwsblad, promising to wear black shorts with the mostly white jersey if he manages to win the 16-lap 230km race in the Glasgow city centre circuit.

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Driver charged in Aussie cyclist death in New York

A truck driver was charged on Saturday with drink driving after an Australian woman was killed while she was on holiday in New York City.

Madison Jane Lyden, 23, from Geelong, was riding a rental bike in the cycling lane on Central Park West when she was hit by a sanitation truck, driven by Felipe Chairez.

A NYPD spokesman told Fairfax Media that Chairez, 44, from New York, is facing three serious driving charges: driving while intoxicated, driving while ability-impaired and driving a commercial vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

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Vincenzo Nibali: Yes, I’m going to ride the Vuelta a Espana

Vincenzo Nibali has confirmed he will ride the Vuelta a España after undergoing a key test ride and check-up with the Bahrain-Merida medical and coaching staff.

Nibali suffered a non-displaced fracture in his T10 vertebra on stage 12 of the Tour de France on July 19 but thanks to percutaneous vertebroplasty surgery to stabilise the bone, he has been able to start training on the road and has already clocked up several hours in the saddle.

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Mount Fuji to feature in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games road races

The routes will favour the climbers, with the men’s parcours tackling four climbs, including the outer slopes of the formidable volcano, which is around 60 miles south-west of Tokyo. As had previously been reported in the Japanese press, the women’s course will be a watered down version of the men’s and misses the Mt Fuji loop altogether. The women’s race will feature a total elevation of 2,692 metres, while the men will tackle 4,865 metres of climbing.

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Anger over plans for death by dangerous cycling laws

Plans to introduce new death by dangerous cycling laws have been described as ‘tinkering around the edges’ of road safety. Campaigners say the Government should ‘grasp the opportunity to do the job properly’ if it is serious about improving road safety. Cycling UK, a national charity, claimed a ‘full review of road traffic offences’ is required.

New offences of causing death by dangerous or careless cycling are being proposed by the Government after mother-of-two Kim Briggs, 44, was killed by Charlie Alliston in February 2016.

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Bakelants puts career-threatening injuries behind him with strong showing at Tour de Pologne

Jan Bakelants finally put nearly a year of battling injuries behind him with a strong showing in the final two toughest stages of this year’s Tour de Pologne. Next up for the AG2R La Mondiale breakaway specialist will be the Vuelta a España.

Last October, Bakelants suffered a major back injury while racing at Il Lombardia, where he skidded out badly on a rainsoaked downhill in what was a dramatic crash. He was stretchered out of the race and later diagnosed with four broken vertebrae and seven broken ribs.

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Former Tour de France champion Ullrich admitted to psychiatric hospital

Germany’s former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich has been admitted to psychiatric hospital after a brief time in police custody.
The 44-year-old had been released on bail following his arrest for attempted manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.

“Jan Ullrich was admitted to a psychiatric hospital on Friday night, where his state of health is being assessed by specialists,” a Frankfurt police spokesperson told AFP.

“Due to his mental and physical state, there was no other choice” but to transport him to a psychiatric unit by ambulance, the spokesperson said.

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Bouhanni set to ride Vuelta a Espana despite quitting the Tour de Pologne

Nacer Bouhanni’s complicated season continued at the Tour de Pologne, with the French sprinter forced to abandon the WorldTour stage race after stage 5 due to gastroenteritis. Cofidis team management, however, are confident that he will be able to recover in time for the Vuelta a España, his major objective for the final part of the 2018 season.

Bouhanni’s failure to secure a place in the Cofidis team for the Tour de France was enshrouded in controversy after a series of well-publicized disagreements.

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Tour of Utah: Kuss solos to stage 5 victory atop Snowbird

Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) put an exclamation point on his Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah overall lead Saturday during the queen stage to Snowbird Resort, jumping away from the select GC group after countering several attacks and soloing to his second stage win of the race.

Kuss matched successive attacks from EF Education First-Drapac’s Mike Woods and Joe Dombrowski a few kilomteres into the final climb, then simply rode away from the GC group that also included BMC Racing’s Tejay van Garderen, who wore yellow for two days after the prologue time trial.

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Perth man’s world cycling epic to honour partner’s death from rare cancer

JUST over two years ago Perth man Ashley Doncon hopped on a second-hand bicycle in London and started cycling — armed with a tent, sleeping bag, mobile phone, cooking pot and a few other essentials.

Driving him was his love of a physical challenge and an insatiable thirst for adventure, something he shared with his late partner, Joanna Cash.

It is his memories of Joanna that have kept him going, and going, across 35 countries, 35,000km and 792 days — through snow and rain, sand, dust and searing heat, along lonely stretches of highway, up steep rocky mountains and countryside so dangerous it required a police escort.

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