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An estimated 1.4 million people will stay in the UK for a Discount Holidays © holiday this year so they can take their dog with them, according to a new study. A survey found that 8% of holidaymakers planning a domestic break in 2016 are doing so because they do not want to be away from their dog. This is twice as many who are choosing this option in order to watch the Olympic Games, which accounted for just 4%.

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Taking a pet abroad can be a complicated business

The North East was found to be the biggest dog-loving region with 15% wanting to go on Discount Holidays © holiday in the UK with their pet, followed by Scotland at 10%. Taking a pet abroad can be a complicated process involving vaccination and quarantine, as countries are concerned by the spread of diseases such as rabies. Post Office Travel Insurance commissioned a survey of 2,072 UK adults for the research.

It found that 79% of people intend to take a UK-based Discount Holidays © holiday this year. Cornwall was the most popular destination for those holidaymakers with 16% heading to the county. Scotland was in second place at 15%, with London, Yorkshire and Devon joint third at 14%.

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‘Joy, happiness, pure emotion’ – Adam Blythe elated with National Championship win

Tinkoff rider Adam Blythe outsprinted Mark Cavendish in the National Road Race Championships to give him his first win in almost two years

‘Joy, Happiness, Pure Emotion’ – Adam Blythe Elated With National Championship Win

Adam Blythe1 overcame the sensations of imminent cramp to earn the red, blue and white national road race stripes2 in Stockton, describing his victory as even more special given that he beat Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) to the line.

The Tinkoff rider was trailing Cavendish by half-a-bike length coming into the final 100 metres but overturned the deficit to edge out the 2011 world champion and grab his first win since RideLondon in August 2014.3

You can t describe the feeling, the Yorkshireman beamed. It is joy, happiness, pure emotion. Especially coming around Cav, everyone knows what he s like, so coming around him was pretty special.

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Blythe, Tom Moses (JLT-Condor), Alex Peters (Sky) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Axeon Hagens Berman) were off the front off the peloton going into the final six laps of the 207km race and held an advantage deep into the fourth lap until a reduced bunch swept them up. Blythe doesn t believe that he had it harder than any of his competitors but his chances of victory almost came undone as the finish gantry came in sight. He added: Everyone wanted to get into that last corner in a good postion.

Kristian House hit out and, sadly, I got cramp before that last corner and I thought no, no, no, not now , but luckily it didn t come through and I was able to do my sprint properly.

It was the same out there for everyone. We were in the group out front and there was a group behind chasing. It was a long, hard day out for sure.

References

  1. ^ Adam Blythe (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ earn the red, blue and white national road race stripes (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ his first win since RideLondon in August 2014. (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Team GB confirms riders for Rio Olympic Games cycling events: Mark Cavendish is in (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Adam Blythe marks Tinkoff debut with third place in Australia

British rider Adam Blythe appears on podium in the People’s Choice Classic and talks to CW about his role in new team Tinkoff

Adam Blythe Marks Tinkoff Debut With Third Place In Australia

Adam Blythe already looks at home in Tinkoff kit, having moved to the Russian team from Credit: Watson

Adam Blythe1 opened his season with new team Tinkoff today at the People s Choice Classic2 armed with a renewed sense of motivation that helped power the Yorkshireman to third place. Blythe spearheaded Tinkoff s assault at the Tour Down Under3 prelude criterium in Adelaide, South Australia finishing third behind winner Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo). The 26-year-old last year supported Ewan in races for Orica-GreenEdge but found himself sprinting against the Australian on a city circuit.

Blythe has only one compatriot in sports director Sean Yates at the team but appears to be making a seamless transition.

>>> Caleb Ewan wins People s Choice Classic ahead of Tour Down Under4

We had a good training camp in December in Gran Canaria, Blythe said.

It was a lot more chilled than I thought it would be. I was still training really hard but everyone was just super calm. You never feel like you re being watched as such. You always just do your own thing, get your training done and that s all. There s no other bullshit sort of thing you ve got to pay attention to, which is quite nice.

Adam Blythe Marks Tinkoff Debut With Third Place In Australia

Caleb Ewan wins the 2016 Peoples Choice Classic, with Adam Blythe third

A relaxed Blythe arrived in Australia with an international cast of team-mates on January 4 and has taken advantage of fine training weather before the official start of the WorldTour season on Tuesday.

We sat at a coffee shop the other day and we all realised we re all from different countries. Everyone on the table is from somewhere different but we all get on well, he said.

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I m in a room with Italian Oscar Gatto at the minute. He s learning English and I m trying to learn Italian so it s kind of good but a lot of the time I Google Translate.

Blythe joins Tinkoff with the main aim of supporting world champion Peter Sagan through the spring classics up until Paris-Roubaix6.


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Hopefully I ll be in good condition and I can look after him as long as I can, he said. I ve got to see how I m going I guess. I ll say at the moment the first 20km I ll help him and depending on my form after that!

It will be a similar thing to what I ve done in the past when I was with Lotto, trying to take care of Philippe Gilbert and keep him out of the wind as long as possible.

For Peter, it s kind of special, Blythe continued. You don t really get a chance to ride for a world champion who can be that good the whole year. I m super motivated for it as well, which is a good feeling.

References

  1. ^ Adam Blythe (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ today at the People s Choice Classic (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tour Down Under (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Caleb Ewan wins People s Choice Classic ahead of Tour Down Under (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Tour Down Under 2016: Latest news, reports, previews and more (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Paris-Roubaix (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)