Wednesday news roundup

Richie Porte calls on Team Sky’s rivals to band together at 2019 Tour de France

Richie Porte has defended Team Sky after they faced abuse and booing as they dominated the Tour de France. Instead of any negative sentiment, Porte called on other overall contenders such as Tom Dumoulin, Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk to join forces with him in 2019 to attack “full gas” in the hope of breaking the British team’s iron grip on cycling’s biggest race.

Team Sky have now won six of the last seven editions of the Tour de France with three different riders, and their strength in depth and team tactics have often stifled their rivals and limited others’ attacks.

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European Championships 2018: Travel warning over cycling event

Road users have been warned to expect congestion and road closures as the European Championships cycling time trials take place.

The men’s and women’s events are being staged on Wednesday. There will be significant road closures in place along the route, including closures around junction 15 of the M8 from early morning until late at night.

Heavy traffic is expected in Glasgow city centre, with travellers encouraged to consider using trains instead.

The route will take in a number of Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire’s most famous sights on its northbound route towards Stirling.

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Track cycling-Shmeleva foiled by youngster Gros in track finale

Daria Shmeleva missed out on a fourth European Championship gold on the final day of the track cycling programme on Tuesday as the exciting French teenager Mathilde Gros outpaced the triple sprint champion in the keirin.
Shmeleva had been a warm favourite to complete her outstanding championships with another title to go with her individual sprint, team sprint and 500m time trial crowns.

Yet once the derny motor bike towing the field around moved aside, it was 19-year-old Gros who dominated the race, taking over with 350 metres left and resisting all attempts to outmuscle her in the final massed sprint for the line.

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‘Do cyclists live longer?’ – you asked Google, and we’ve got the answer

The average human brain allows hundreds of questions to float around its expanse on a daily basis – but some of them are more common than others.

Google’s Autocomplete tool is particularly useful for helping to determine which of those questions are shared by a large proportion of the population – and ‘do cyclists live longer’ is apparently up there with wonderings over our insurance status, use of bells, and – it would seem – where we draw the line when it comes to hair removal.

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Tour of Utah: Van Garderen passes first climbing test on stage 1

Tejay van Garderen and his BMC Racing team passed their first climbing test on Tuesday as they worked to defend the yellow jersey van Garderen took in the Tour of Utah’s prologue time trial.

Stage 1 featured the 24km climb in Cedar Breaks that reached pitches of 13 per cent. The early breakaway broke apart up the climb, but it came back together on the next descent. BMC Racing let the gap go out to five minutes, but then slowly reeled the escapees back in before the sprinters’ teams took over and UnitedHealthcare’s Travis McCabe took the stage win in Cedar City.

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Silber Pro Cycling in title-sponsor hunt for 2019

Canadian Continental team Silber Pro Cycling is searching for a title sponsor for next season after Silber Investments owner Arthur Silber decided not to renew for a sixth season.

“We owe Arthur Silber just a debt of gratitude for the support he’s given the team and as a whole for road cycling in Canada,” team director Gord Fraser told Cyclingnews before the start of stage 1 at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on Tuesday.

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