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Kristina Vogel on Team GB: ‘I don’t want to accuse anyone of anything but it is all very questionable’

German track rider spoke out after Team GB were the most successful team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Kristina Vogel On Team GB: ‘I Don’t Want To Accuse Anyone Of Anything But It Is All Very Questionable’

Kristina Vogel. Photo: Graham Watson

Kristina Vogel has spoken out about the runaway success of Team GB s track riders at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games1, questioning how the squad performs on the biggest stage without winning much in the lead-up. The German rider beat both Becky James2 and Katy Marchant on the way to gold in the track sprint3, and also collected bronze in the team sprint4.

They were cannon fodder when you look at the last few years, Vogel said in reference to lacklustre performances by the British riders in World Championships5.

Now they come along with a (high) level, she continued. I don t want to accuse anyone of anything but it is all very questionable.

Kristina Vogel On Team GB: ‘I Don’t Want To Accuse Anyone Of Anything But It Is All Very Questionable’

Kristina Vogel (Ger) beats Becky James (GBr) with a lunge for the line in the women s sprint. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Team GB won six gold, four silver and a bronze in the velodrome in Rio. Furthermore, every rider who took to the track in a GB skinsuit came away with a medal of some colour. However, the team has been off the pace at recent Track World Championships. Jason Kenny6 gained three gold medals in Rio for example, but has won only two world titles since London 2012. Laurent Gan , the French sprint coach, also had questions about his rivals approach following an Olympics where his own riders gained just one bronze medal.

The recipe should be asked for from our neighbours because I don t understand, Gan said.

I don t know what they re doing.

These are teams that do nothing extraordinary for four years and once they arrive at the Olympics they outclass the rest of the world. Micha l D Almeida, one of Gan s charges, made further veiled comments following his third place in the team sprint.

We are human beings like them, we are made of the same stuff, we have a bike like they do, so why are they better? he wondered.

If I had the explanation I wouldn t be here today with a bronze medal around my neck.

I m not in their camp, in their country, I don t know how it works, I don t know what goes on, he continued, before making the key comment: I have my ideas about certain things. Six-time Olympic medallist Anna Meares7 also spoke after the track cycling8 at the Olympics9 came to a close, but has since sought to clarify her comments.

I would like to clarify that I never said or insinuated that #TeamGB are cheating or doing anything suspicious! pic.twitter.com/CjIa7vvWjd1011

Anna Meares (@AnnaMeares) August 16, 201612

It had been speculated that Meares might be pointing to foul play on the part of the British team, but has moved to state that this was not what she was saying. The Australian made it clear that the British performances make her scratch my head to think how we can be better competitive with them at the Olympics.

References

  1. ^ Rio 2016 Olympic Games (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Becky James (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ track sprint (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ team sprint (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ World Championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Jason Kenny (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Anna Meares (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ track cycling (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Olympics (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ #TeamGB (twitter.com)
  11. ^ pic.twitter.com/CjIa7vvWjd (t.co)
  12. ^ August 16, 2016 (twitter.com)

Peter Sagan’s world championship win commemorated on a stamp

Slovakian stamp portrays Peter Sagan in his world champion’s jersey and with a gold medal

Peter Sagan’s World Championship Win Commemorated On A Stamp

Peter Sagan1 will be appearing on envelopes all over his native Slovakia after his world championships win has been commemorated by a postage stamp.

The ‘ 1 stamp depicts Sagan in his rainbow jersey and holding up his gold medal from the 2015 Richmond Road World Championships2. The stamp is officially issued today, Thursday April 21. The smiling image of Sagan against a bright green and yellow background was created by Slovak cartoon artist Jozef Gertli Dangl r. According to Postove Znamky3, the stamp has been printed in a limited run of 300,000.

>>> Peter Sagan storms to World Championship road race victory in Richmond4

The statement accompanying the release of the stamp says: Peter Sagan is not only a great athlete, but also a fair guy with a big heart and a big smile, who did not hesitate to help and have fun, because he knows that is not only victories that are important.

He became a great role model and inspiration for children and adults, a prime fighter, which shows that you have to be consistent to work through obstacles, but always fairly.

Sagan was a big star in Slovakia even before his world championship win and this year s victories in the Tour of Flanders5 and Ghent-Wevelgem.

Sagan told Cycling Weekly last year6 that his private life is almost nonexistent because everyone knows me there. Now that Sagan s spring classics campaign has drawn to a successful conclusion, he will turn his attention towards defending his Tour of California victory from last year7 over May 15-22.

Then it will be on to the Tour de France in July and contesting the Olympic Games road race in Rio in August.

References

  1. ^ Peter Sagan (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ gold medal from the 2015 Richmond Road World Championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Postove Znamky (www.postoveznamky.sk)
  4. ^ >>> Peter Sagan storms to World Championship road race victory in Richmond (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ victories in the Tour of Flanders (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Sagan told Cycling Weekly last year (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ his Tour of California victory from last year (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Healthy holidays: Five of the best detox retreats for 2016

OVERDONE it over Christmas? Revitalise your mind and body at one of these paradise resorts.

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RELAX: Give your body a break at one of these luxurious detox retreats

If you’ve gone a bit heavy on the port and mince pies this Christmas, why not give your body a spring clean at one of these luxurious detox resorts. From the foothills of India s Himalayas to the rolling hills of Italy, swap the toxin-inducing stress levels, lethargy and poor diets of daily life for a healthy holiday. Here Health and Fitness Travel, the leading specialists in wellness holidays worldwide, have rounded up five of the best detox retreats for 2016.

1. Thailand: Phuket Cleanse Detox & Fitness

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CLEANSE: Detox your mind and soul at Phuket Cleanse Detox & Fitness

Sweat out your turkey dinner and detox your body while enjoying the beauty of Thailand. This luxurious resort provides a cleansing vegan diet and fitness activities that encourage your body to sweat out further toxins. The programme includes cleansing juices and smoothies and twice-daily clay drinks designed to rejuvenate you further.

Daily workouts include beach bootcamp, hiking and private yoga classes. Qualified health experts will also teach you how to prepare delicious raw food during cooking classes so you can carry on the detox back home. Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com1) offers 7 nights at Phuket Cleanse from 2,065pp or 2,210 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a detox & fitness programme, return flights and transfers.

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2. India: Ananda Detox

Reawaken your mind and body on a inspiring trip to the Himalayas. This personalised detox Discount Holidays © holiday includes stimulating and purifying Ayurvedic therapies, yoga, meditation and a Dosha-specific Ayurvedic diet to help to detox, reduce stress and improve health. The trip will allow you to learn learn to make healthy changes that will be easy to transfer into your everyday lifestyle. By the end of the Indian experience you will feel lighter, have increased energy levels and mental attention.

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INDULGE: Reawaken your mind and body on a inspiring trip to the Himalayas

Ongoing progress checks with doctor and spa consultants, will tailor your detox to your body s needs throughout this healthy detox break. Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com3) offers 7 nights at Ananda from 2,770pp or 3,485 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a detox programme, return flights and transfers.

3. Philippines: The Farm Detox Cleanse

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KEEP FIT: Get active and cleanse your body at The Farm

Revitalise your mind and body on a healthy detox cleanse at The Farm, set amongst the coconut plantations and serene waterfalls of the Philippines.

Specialising in raw vegan cuisine, restore balance to your life with a personalised nutrient-rich detox diet that will eliminate feelings of lethargy and provide a revitalising boost to your well-being. Sweat out toxins with a personal training session and daily wellness activities, before cleansing your system with colon hydrotherapy sessions and a choice of natural holistic spa therapies. Receive expert health advice during daily consultations with the medical doctor, preparing you to return home renewed and ready to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com4) offers 7 nights at The Farm from 2,795pp or 3,395 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a detox programme, return flights and transfers.

4. Bali: Como Shambhala Detox

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POSE: Test your body by taking up yoga in Bali this year

Purify your system on a personalised detox holiday, set amongst the lush jungle canopy of Bali. The perfect place to cleanse the mind, body and spirit, escape the polluted environment and unhealthy diets of city life that contribute to the accumulation of toxins. Following the premise that the lymphatic system, liver, bowels, kidney and skin must work optimally for effective natural detoxification; wellness consultants will prescribe a programme of nutrient-rich meals, regular exercise and cleansing spa treatments.

Keep active and re-connect with nature on daily estate walks or focus your body awareness in a group yoga or Pilates class for enhance well-being. Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com)5 offers 7 nights at Como Shambhala from 2,920pp or 3,495 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a detox programme, return flights and transfers.

5. Austria: Grand Park Detox

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TRANQUIL: Immerse yourself in natural beauty on a cleansing trip to Austria’s Grand Park Detox

Set in the stunning Gastein Valley of Austria, immerse yourself in a haven of tranquillity and natural beauty on a cleansing detox break. Re-energise your body with healthy calorie-controlled meals, which allow your body to use its energy for regeneration and cleansing. Eliminate the toxins caused by stress with luxury spa treatments and make the most of complimentary group classes to enhance your well-being, with activities ranging from yoga to Nordic walking. Assess your progress with a medical consultation at the beginning and end of your stay, for a professional insight into how this detox retreat has improved your overall well-being.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com6) offers 7 nights at Grand Park from 1,555pp or 1,670 for single occupancy.

Price includes full board, a detox programme, return flights and transfers.

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