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Tour de France in doubt after UCI announce racing suspension until June
Posted on Wednesday April 01, 2020

  • Riders must resume training in April to keep 27 June start date
  • Tour: ‘most important thing by far is the fight against pandemic’

Doubts continue to grow around this year’s Tour de France after the UCI announced it was extending the suspension of all cycling races until 1 June, a little over three weeks before the event is due to begin in Nice on 27 June.

Related: Tour de France quiz: how much do you know about cycling's greatest race?

Related: Nicolas Portal, Team Ineos sporting director, dies of heart attack

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Tour de France quiz: how much do you know about cycling's greatest race?
Posted on Friday March 27, 2020

The organisers are hoping the race will still take place this year. How well do you recall previous races?

More quizzes: sliding doors, globetrotters, stadiums and keepers

What distance was the longest stage in Tour de France history?

182km

282km

382km

482km

How many consecutive Grand Tours (Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España) did Australian Adam Hansen complete?

10

14

17

20

Where is the 2020 Tour de France scheduled to start?

Brussels, Belgium

Nice, France

Budapest, Hungary

Rennes, France

When did a French rider last win the race?

1980

1985

1990

1995

How many times has the UK hosted stages of the Tour de France?

Once

Twice

Three times

Four times

Who was the first Irishman to win a Tour de France stage?

Stephen Roche

Sean Yates

Martin Earley

Shay Elliott

How many times has Chris Froome won won the Tour?

Three

Four

Five

Six

Which year’s Tour set the record for the highest overall average speed across the entire race?

1985

1995

2005

2015

How many Tour de France stages has sprinter Mark Cavendish won?

27

30

33

36

Who was the first Briton to win a stage at the Tour de France?

David Millar

Brian Robinson

Barry Hoban

Mark Cavendish

Which rider holds the record for the most appearances at the race, with 18?

Jens Voigt

Haimar Zubeldia

George Hincapie

Sylvain Chavanel

French riders have won the most stages overall, but which country comes second in the historical list?

Spain

Belgium

UK

Italy

Who holds the record for the fastest ascent of Mont Ventoux?

Chris Froome

Nairo Quintana

Iban Mayo

Marco Pantani

Which of these riders did not win five Tours de France?

Greg LeMond

Bernard Hinault

Jacques Anquetil

Miguel Induráin

Where is the Grand Départ scheduled to take place in 2021?

Copenhagen

Oslo

Rome

Cairo

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1 and above.

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That's a fine score. Well played.

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That's a very fine score. Well played

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That's an incredible score. Well played

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That's an incredible score. Well played

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Tour de France could be staged this summer without any spectators
Posted on Thursday March 26, 2020

  • Sports minister exploring ways of scaling event down
  • Decision on go ahead likely to be made by 1 May

Professional cycling reacted with a mix of cautious optimism and scepticism after the French sports minister, Roxana Mărăcineau, confirmed that together with the Tour de France organisers ASO, her officials were exploring ways of running a scaled down Tour with restrictions on spectator access this summer even though the country is currently in lockdown to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

With the Olympic Games and Euro 2020 already cancelled, the Tour is one of very few major events remaining – for the time being – on this summer’s sporting calendar. Reports on Thursday suggested that a deadline of 1 May seems likely for a decision on the Tour, because it will be clear by then whether the outbreak has peaked in France, and because that would give a clear two months for cyclists to prepare for the race. A representative of ASO contacted by the Guardian said the company had no comment to make.

Related: In brief: Girl, Woman, Other; Damascus; Colombia Es Pasion – review

Related: Marching on together: Bielsa and Leeds show team spirit as wait goes on

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Coronavirus and Australian sport – a list of the major cancellations
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2020

From the football codes to netball and tennis, Covid-19 has disrupted the sporting calendar. Here is an updating list of the state of play

Latest

A-League season put on hold

NRL indefinitely suspends season

AFL season postponed after one round played

AFLW season cancelled with no premiers named

Super Netball season deferred until at least July

All cricket in Australia cancelled; NSW declared Sheffield Shield champions

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Max Schachmann triumphs at Paris-Nice as Nairo Quintana takes final stage
Posted on Saturday March 14, 2020

• German youngster wins overall race by 18 seconds
• Reduced race ends without fans amid coronavirus outbreak

The German cyclist Max Schachmann, of BORA-hansgrohe, sealed overall victory in Paris-Nice on Saturday as the Colombian Nairo Quintana won the seventh and final stage in Valdeblore-La Colmiane.

Schachmann held a 36-second lead going into what became the final day, after the coronavirus outbreak led to the cancellation of Sunday’s scheduled eighth stage, and he was pushed to the limit in pursuit of the title.

Related: Abe insists Olympics to go ahead as planned despite Covid-19

Related: Coronavirus and sport – a list of the major cancellations

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In brief: Girl, Woman, Other; Damascus; Colombia Es Pasion – review
Posted on Sunday March 08, 2020

Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker-winning novel; a brutal exploration of the world of St Paul; Colombian cyclists overcoming the odds

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Cycling and golf events cancelled as coronavirus continues to hit sport
Posted on Friday March 06, 2020

  • Tirrenno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo, Tour of Sicily postponed
  • PSG’s Ligue 1 football match at Strasbourg also called off

Cycling authorities have postponed this month’s Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo races because of the coronavirus outbreak. The decision, which includes rescheduling the Tour of Sicily at the start of April, follows the Italian government’s decision to suspend all sporting events that cannot be held in a closed arena until 3 April.

Related: Scotland Women's Six Nations game off as player tests positive for coronavirus

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The best images of sport around Europe this week – in pictures
Posted on Friday March 06, 2020

As part of the This is Europe series, a look at some of our favourite sporting images from recent days

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Sports events in Italy go behind closed doors until 3 April due to coronavirus
Posted on Wednesday March 04, 2020

  • England v Italy in Six Nations in doubt after decree
  • Serie A games to be behind closed doors over next 30 days

The Italian government has confirmed that all sporting events must be staged behind closed doors until 3 April, affecting England’s Six Nations matches against Italy in Rome and all Serie A games, after the country’s death toll from the coronavirus passed 100.

There was no immediate confirmation from rugby union authorities about whether either of England’s men and women’s matches on 14 and 15 March will go ahead but the announcement means 20,000 England supporters will now not be making the trip unless the games are postponed.

Related: Chicago State basketball teams cancel games due to coronavirus in US first

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Nicolas Portal, Team Ineos sporting director, dies of heart attack
Posted on Tuesday March 03, 2020

  • The Frenchman, 40, died at home in Andorra
  • Portal suffered cardiac arrhythmia during career

Chris Froome has led the tributes to Nicolas Portal after the sporting director at Team Ineos died on Tuesday aged just 40.

Portal, a former cyclist who rode for Team Sky at the end of his career before the Frenchman remained with them after retiring in 2011, was part of the backroom team which has helped Froome to win all four of his Tour de France titles.

Related: Bikes and bruises: 2020 Track Cycling World Championships – in pictures

My thoughts are with Nico’s wife and children tonight. He was the kindest, happiest guy I knew and always lived life to the fullest. Rest In Peace Nico pic.twitter.com/vfYF9slMQ3

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Concern but no alarm after Australian track world championship disappointment | Kieran Pender
Posted on Monday March 02, 2020

Some strategic tweaks will be required for the Tokyo Olympics after a challenging week in Berlin

On Monday the Australian track cycling team gathered in a hotel meeting room in central Berlin to debrief following the UCI track world championships. It would not have been an easy conversation.

The Australians travelled to Germany with modest expectations, having repeatedly stressed their focus was on the 2020 Olympics. Even against this lowered benchmark, the team fell short. “I would be lying if I said this wasn’t a surprise,” said Simon Jones, Cycling Australia’s performance director. “The world has moved on.”

Related: 'We were in coronavirus lockdown': my life in quarantine at the UAE Tour

Related: ‘Back yourselves’: How Australia prepare for the Track World Championships | Kieran Pender

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Bikes and bruises: 2020 Track Cycling World Championships – in pictures
Posted on Monday March 02, 2020

As the riders head home after the Berlin tournament, we take a look back at some of our favourite images from five days of exciting, high-speed racing

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Chris Froome among cyclists cleared to leave UAE after coronavirus scare
Posted on Sunday March 01, 2020

  • Riders quarantined since UAE Tour cancelled on Thursday
  • Elinor Barker wins Britain’s only gold medal in track worlds

As Chris Froome and his Team Ineos colleagues flew home from the coronavirus lockdown at the UAE Tour after being given the all-clear, a decision was expected on Monday on whether the major Italian races scheduled for this month will go ahead.

Italy is struggling to contain the outbreak which has resulted in several towns in the Lombardy region being placed in quarantine.

Related: 'We were in coronavirus lockdown': my life in quarantine at the UAE Tour

We’ve assembled packed, ready and en masse in our hotel lobby. A medical command operation centre spokesman here has asked for “half an hour” of patience. Test results still being processed, he claims. pic.twitter.com/nVOYe99DGv

Related: UCI stands by decision to halt UAE Tour over coronavirus uncertainty

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'We were in coronavirus lockdown': my life in quarantine at the UAE Tour
Posted on Friday February 28, 2020

Cycling journalist Sophie Smith describes the experience of being held in quarantine in an Abu Dhabi hotel

When we arrived in Dubai a week ago to cover the UAE Tour there was a heightened awareness of coronavirus; the airports looked a little emptier and there seemed to be more people than usual wearing masks to cover their nose and mouth. The masks varied from surgical to the type tradesmen utilise. One man even walked through baggage claim with an old oxygen ventilator mask dangling around his neck like an accessory.

Some of my journalist colleagues voiced their concern during the tour, referencing websites that documented the spread of the virus. I admittedly made light of it and told them not to worry. We travel globally, covering bike races every year in a multinational bubble. Someone has always got a cold.

Related: UCI stands by decision to halt UAE Tour over coronavirus uncertainty

Related: Will the Olympics be cancelled? The sports events coronavirus threatens

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UCI stands by decision to halt UAE Tour over coronavirus uncertainty
Posted on Friday February 28, 2020

  • Denmark’s Michael Morkov in solitary confinement
  • Froome and Cavendish among riders tested for coronavirus

Cycling’s governing body is monitoring developments in Abu Dhabi and Berlin after Chris Froome was among those tested for the coronavirus, while Ferrari’s chief has demanded assurances about the risks Formula One teams may face before travelling to the Australian Grand Prix.

Michael Morkov, a Danish cyclist who took part in the first four stages of the UAE Tour before travelling to the German capital to compete in the track world championships, has been placed in solitary confinement at his team’s hotel as a precaution.

Related: UCI stands by decision to halt UAE Tour over coronavirus uncertainty

Related: Will the Olympics be cancelled? The sports events coronavirus threatens

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Laura Kenny involved in dramatic crash at track cycling world championships
Posted on Friday February 28, 2020

  • Olympic champion one of five riders hurt in Berlin
  • Mexico’s Lizbeth Salazar carried from track

Britain’s two-times Olympic omnium champion Laura Kenny suffered a fresh injury scare as she crashed heavily in the first round of the event at the world championships on Friday. Kenny, racing weeks after breaking her shoulder at a World Cup event in Canada, went down hard just before the start of the 30th and final lap of the opening scratch race.

Four other riders also crashed in the incident that judges said was caused by the Dutch reigning champion, Kirsten Wild. The good news for the 27-year-old Kenny was that she did no further damage to her right shoulder and was able to carry on, with four stitches in a head wound, finishing 12th.

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Chris Froome tested during coronavirus lockdown after UAE tour cancelled
Posted on Thursday February 27, 2020

  • UCI reveals tour was cancelled over ‘suspected’ cases
  • Froome and other riders confined to rooms in Abu Dhabi

The UCI has said the UAE Tour was cancelled as a precaution due to “suspected” cases of coronavirus as it emerged at least one of the two staff members involved may have tested negative for the disease.

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome and sprinter Mark Cavendish are among a star-studded field of riders in lockdown in Abu Dhabi, with all riders and staff at the race being tested.

You’ll soon be asked to sign a form that says you can’t speak to the media.... but what if you are the media?

Got a feeling the hotel gym’s exercise bike is going to get more use in 24hrs than it’s had in its entire lifetime.

Related: Italy will host Euro 2020 opener as planned despite coronavirus, says Uefa

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Team GB cyclists need to show Olympic form at world championships
Posted on Tuesday February 25, 2020

World championships start in Berlin with all eyes on Jason and Laura Kenny five months before Tokyo 2020

The final world championships before the Olympic Games is the point when reality, good or bad, hits home for Britain’s track cyclists, and the withdrawal of the governing body’s main sponsor HSBC the day before the event began is a bigger reality check than most. The pressure is always felt in the final major competition before the climax of the Olympic cycle – it has been that way all through British Cycling’s lottery‑funded glory years – but this week in Berlin it will be just that little bit more acute.

The Olympic runes will be acutely read as per usual, but the waters will be muddied because in the past four years the pool of nations competing at the highest level appears to have widened, times have plummeted in the two team pursuits, while from a British perspective the medal bankers such as the men’s and women’s team pursuit quartets have not been at their levels of previous years.

Related: Were Team GB’s cycling rivals right to question their Olympic success?

Related: HSBC brings early close to partnership with British Cycling

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‘Back yourselves’: How Australia prepare for the Track World Championships | Kieran Pender
Posted on Tuesday February 25, 2020

On the eve of the event in Berlin, the Guardian was given exclusive access to Australia’s top cyclists

Every competition in international track cycling is important. Unlike their road counterparts, who race almost weekly during the long World Tour season, track cyclists compete barely half a dozen times each year. On the rare occasions these riders don national colours and fly around velodromes, months of preparation are tested in the cauldron of a race environment.

The most significant of these gatherings is the UCI Track World Championships, with the latest edition beginning on Wednesday in Berlin. In Olympic years, the world championships gain a peculiar hue. For some teams qualification for Tokyo will dependon a strong placing here. For others, a medal could give them the mental edge to succeed again at the Olympics in five months’ time.

Related: Cyclist Elinor Barker: I’m still baffled women’s Madison is a new event

You do all this hard work and then you could fall over at the last hurdle with a cold

Related: Australian strength and consistency resurfaces in women's cycling | Simone Giuliani

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HSBC brings early close to partnership with British Cycling
Posted on Tuesday February 25, 2020

  • Bank cites shift in in ‘UK marketing and sponsorship priorities’
  • Partnership to end four years into an eight-year arrangement

British Cycling has announced that HSBC is to end its partnership with the sport, four years into an eight‑year arrangement.

The bank, which recently announced 35,000 job losses worldwide, has cited a shift in “UK marketing and sponsorship priorities” as being behind the decision, which will come into effect after the Olympic and Paralympic Games this year.

Related: Cyclist Elinor Barker: I’m still baffled women’s Madison is a new event

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