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Laura Trott ‘annoyed and frustrated’ at insinuations about Team GB’s success

The four-time gold medallist has given her thoughts on questions raised about Team GB’s success at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Laura Trott ‘annoyed And Frustrated’ At Insinuations About Team GB’s Success

Laura Trott1 has responded to rivals making insinuations and raising questions about British success at the Olympics2.

Rivals have pointed to Team GB s relatively lacklustre showings at the Track World Championships3 in the years since London 2012, only for the riders to come out and win a plethora of medals in Rio.

Most vocal in her questioning4 was German track sprinter5 Kristina Vogel, who said: I don t want to accuse anyone of anything but it is all very questionable . Vogel beat two British riders on her way to gold, so any hint of wrongdoing seems even more misplaced. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live Trott said: I m not angry as such, it is a little bit annoying and frustrating because it is a lot of hard work that has gone into that performance.

For British riders and especially for fans, the Olympics6 are the focus and the intervening championships will barely feature for a lot of spectators.

British Cycling7 has always been an Olympics-based programme, so for us it wasn t about clearing up at the World Championships, Trott continued.

Don t get me wrong, it would have been nice because they were in London, but it s always been around the Olympics.


Look back at the Olympics


UK Sport and the National Lottery pump huge amounts of money into elite sport, the legacy of which is intended to be mass participation. Each Olympic medals costs around 4 million when UK Sport s budget is divided across the 67 medals collected in Rio. As such, a focus on the Games is an obvious approach for any sportsperson wanting continued funding.

The Olympics are what our funding is pushed towards, that s where they spent our UK Sport money, Trott added.

So for us it was about performing there and I think if we d come away and under-performed at the Olympics, we d have been gutted if we d cleaned up at London because it would have meant we d have peaked at the wrong time.

And I think what a lot of other nations don t know, and what they don t see, is the fact that it doesn t really matter about the World Championships.

It s all about the Olympics.

References

  1. ^ Laura Trott (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Olympics (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Track World Championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Most vocal in her questioning (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ track sprinter (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Olympics (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ British Cycling (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

‘Super skinny’ Geraint Thomas suffers in Tour de Suisse cold

Geraint Thomas lost 51 seconds on the sixth stage of the Tour de Suisse, which Team Sky puts down to his Tour de France weight loss

‘Super Skinny’ Geraint Thomas Suffers In Tour De Suisse Cold

A super skinny Geraint Thomas1 suffered in the cold of Thursday s Tour de Suisse2 sixth stage, according to Team Sky sports director Gabriel Rasch, and lost 51 seconds to the leaders. Thomas slid behind the favourites group with two kilometres remaining, after another leader Tejay van Garderen3 (BMC Racing) had already lost contact. Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) took over the lead4 and Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) and Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) moved into second and third overall, respectively. Thomas, who finished second overall in 2015, slipped from third to eighth. He is 56 seconds behind Kelderman with three stages to race.

In the last two kilometres of the climb to Amden, he didn t have it, Rasch told Cycling Weekly.

He was disappointed about the stage. He didn t have the legs. It s as simple as that.

It s the weather, the rain, the fog, the cold Those things add up racing over the big cols because he s super skinny now for the Tour de France.


Show us your scars: Geraint Thomas


The Tour de France5 starts in two week s time. If the weather is like last year, riders will be suffering under the French sun and not shivering down descents. Rasch does not know Thomas s weight, but the 30-year-old Welshman will have dropped a kilogramme or two in his preparation to be Sky s second leader at the Tour6. This year, he switched from a Classics focus to aim for stage races and specifically, the Tour de France. This spring, he has already won the overall of Portugal s Volta ao Algarve and Paris-Nice7.

Sky sent Chris Froome to the Crit rium du Dauphin 8 last week and gave Thomas his freedom in Switzerland. It is his last stage race prior to the Tour de France. The race finishes at 2669 metres on Friday in S lden, features a time trial on Saturday and ends with a mild stage on Sunday.

He dealt with the same stage pretty well last year on the same climb to 2700 metres, he was good. We have to try to gain back time, added Rasch.

He s 56 seconds back now, but a lot can change still. He s only 30 seconds and some to Talansky on the podium. Is the overall win still possible? They are both possible, the podium and the win.

In the big mountains the situation can change just like that.

References

  1. ^ Geraint Thomas (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tour de Suisse (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tejay van Garderen (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ took over the lead (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Sky s second leader at the Tour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Paris-Nice (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Crit rium du Dauphin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Tirreno-Adriatico queen stage cancelled due to snow

Organisers have acted to avoid the kind of situation that occurred at Paris-Nice earlier this week

Tirreno-Adriatico Queen Stage Cancelled Due To Snow

Nairo Quintana in action during Stage 5 of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico

The Tirreno-Adriatico1 organiser RCS Sport cancelled its queen stage scheduled for tomorrow to Monte San Vicino due to cold rain and snow predicted on the course and on the alternative route, as well.

I don t want to get myself in a situation where the riders are stuck on the side of the road, cycling director Mauro Vegni told journalists in a press conference.

My helpers were there on the climb this morning, there s 20 to 30 centimetres of snow. The snow is at 1200 metres today, it could go down to 700 metres by tomorrow. We can t do this.

>>> Watch: Paris-Nice 2016 stage three hit by heavy snow (video)2

The plan B route is impossible, too. The riders will not race and Zdenek Stybar (Etixx Quick-Step3) will remain the overall leader until Monday. Vegni added, If I have to take the riders 70 kilometres in the valley, in cold rain, and put the riders at risk even without an ending point in mind, I don t want to do it.

The general classification victory would have been likely decided tomorrow in the Apennine Mountains. RCS Sport planned to cut through the hills, 176 kilometres, from Umbria to Marche. A final 10-kilometre summit finish to 1208 metres would have decided the day and probably race, which is due to end on Tuesday in San Benedetto del Tronto.

Given the conditions, we see that there are not the ideal conditions to hold the race, Vegni added. The conditions are not right, even at a minimum, to hold the fifth stage.

We decided not to risk the riders health. Even with an alternative course, the plan B does not work. We could hit snow on the other route too, we don t want to risk having the race and riders stuck on the side of the road.

In 2003, on the same day, RCS Sport cancelled a stage due to bad weather. It s not the first time, the last time was also in Foligno when we cancelled, Vegni said. I even joked this morning about not coming back here. Saturday evening, Vegni saw the forecast, called in the teams and referred to the new UCI extreme weather protocol. The Paris-Nice organiser ASO used the same protocol on Wednesday to cancel its stage midway to the finish.

The teams usually are the ones wanted to cut the race, but it was just the opposite today, Vegni added. I felt the conditions weren t right.

They heard me, and the decision was clear. They couldn t say much more than OK. With a sprinters stage on Monday, the cyclists will likely decide the overall on Tuesday in the 10.05-kilometre time trial.

Stybar leads over Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing), Greg Van Avermaet4 (BMC Racing) and Tejay van Garderen5 (BMC Racing) all three trailling by nine seconds.

References

  1. ^ Tirreno-Adriatico (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ >>> Watch: Paris-Nice 2016 stage three hit by heavy snow (video) (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Etixx Quick-Step (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Greg Van Avermaet (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Tejay van Garderen (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)