Sergio Henao to return to racing at the Critérium du Dauphiné

Colombian website colombiasports.net reports that Sergio Henao will race in support of Chris Froome at the Crit rium du Dauphin , starting Sunday

Sergio Henao1 will be thrown right back into racing after an investigation into his blood values was dropped, with Team Sky2 set to start the Colombian at the Crit rium du Dauphin 3.

Henao was cleared to return to action on Tuesday and will support Chris Froome in the French race, which starts on Sunday, with an eye on gaining selection for the Tour de France, according to colombiasports.net4. The 28-year-old was sidelined by Sky in April before La Fl che Wallonne after the UCI started looking into anomalies in his biological passport, although a panel of independent experts concluded there was no case to answer5 earlier this week. It is the second time that the UCI6 has looked into Henao s blood values, having initiated an investigation in 2014, with anomalies put down to the amount of time the rider spends training and living at altitude in his native Colombia.

Henao enjoyed a strong start to the season, with second place at the Tour of the Basque Country7 and a top-10 finish at Paris-Nice in support of Geraint Thomas8.

Forty days away from racing will have an effect on his form, but should he help Froome to a third Dauphin title his chances of riding the Tour de France will be good.


  1. ^ Sergio Henao (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Crit rium du Dauphin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ according to colombiasports.net (www.colombiasports.net)
  5. ^ there was no case to answer (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ UCI (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ second place at the Tour of the Basque Country (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ in support of Geraint Thomas (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 in pictures

Joe Clark and Lou Bates takes the honours in the 2015 edition of the classic Monsal Hill-Climb in Derbyshire
– Photos by Andy Jones

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Joe Clark, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Joe Clark (Team Envelopemaster) won the 85th edition of the Monsal Hill-Climb in Derbyshire on Sunday, edging out Adam Kenway (SportGrub Kuota Cycling Team) by just two tenths of a second. Former Monsal champion Jack Pullar (Velosure Starley Primal Pro Cycling) completed the podium in third place, four seconds behind Kenway.

I did 730 watts for 1:24 for all you power people who are interested. @monsalhillclimb.

6 seconds slower than my fastest though Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures1

Jack Campbell Pullar (@Jack_Pullar) October 4, 20152

Lou Bates (Carnac Planet X) prevailed in the women s category, coming home two seconds quicker than second-placed Jessie Walker (Servetto Footon), last year s winner. Dame Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) placed third in a field of 24 women an event record.

>>> Six of the best British hill-climb events this autumn3

Robert Gray (HMT Academy with JLT Condor) claimed the junior crown, and placed fifth overall to boot. Chris Myhill (Peak Road Club) won the veterans category, with Jim Brown (Holmfirth CC) winning the school boys category, and Becky Grigson (Sport City) coming first in the school girls. None of the full start list of riders came close to retired pro Malcolm Elliott s 1981 course record of 1:14.2.

Elliott was on hand to present the prizes after the finish.

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Joe Clark, overall winner, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Adam Kenway, second

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Jack Pullar, third

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Russell Downing, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Adrian Timmis

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Malcom Elliott presents the trophy to winner Joe Clark

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Lou Bates, women s winner

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Jessie Walker, women s runner-up

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Dame Sarah Storey, third

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Women s podium

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Penny farthing made it to the top!

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

Oldest competitor: Brian Hygate, 78

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015 In Pictures

and the youngest competitor: Max Jacobs, 8


Monsal Hill-Climb 2015
1. Joe Clark (Team Envelopemaster) in 1:20.1
2. Adam Kenway (SportGrub Kuota Cycling Team) 1:20.3
3. Jack Pullar (Velosure Starley Primal Pro Cycling) 1:24.2
4. Russell Downing (Cult Energy Pro Cycling) 1:24.6
5. Robert Gray (HMT Academy with JLT Condor) 1:26.9
6. Andy Nichols (Langsett Cycles RT) 1:27.0
7. William Bourne (Clay Cross RT) 1:27.5
8. Daniel Featherstone (Andy Moore Autocentres Racing) 1:27.7

John Johnston (Matlock CC) 1:28.2
10. Peter Cocker (Pedal Pushers) 1:29.9

1. Lou Bates (Carnac Planet X) in 1:55.1
2. Jessie Walker (Servetto Footon) 1:57.1
3. Dame Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) 1:59.1
4. Diane Lee (Mule Bar Girls Sigma Sport) 1:59.7
5. Emilie Verroken (Langsett Cycles RT) 2:00.2
6. Elizabeth Stedman (Fusion RT Gear Club) 2:03.6
7. Nicola Soden (Stocksbridge CC) 2:06.6

Julia Van Campen (Sheffrec CC) 2:08.5

Helen Eborall (Born to Bike Bridgtown Cycles) 2:11.9

Charlotte Thompson (Velo Club St Raphael) 2:18.0


  1. ^ @monsalhillclimb (twitter.com)
  2. ^ October 4, 2015 (twitter.com)
  3. ^ Six of the best British hill-climb events this autumn (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Most dangerous holiday destinations for Brits revealed

The most dangerous holiday1 destinations for British tourists have been revealed, and you might be surprised by the results. From hot air balloon accidents to the dangers posed by fire-eaters – a lawyer has lifted the lid on common injuries and maladies which befall the Brit abroad. Nick Harris, head of travel at Simpson Millar solicitors in Manchester, dealt with more than a thousand serious injury claims last year.

He said: There are lots of inclusive holidays in the peak of summer that mean incidents around the swimming pool and huge outbreaks of illness.

Last year, one hotel had 260 all fall ill at the same time.

We claim millions and millions from Discount Holidays © holiday operators every year. People get between 3,000 and 50,000 – if they get life-long conditions as a result.

A nasty stomach infection can attack the lining of the stomach, dehydration can affect the kidney and liver.

Most Dangerous <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Destinations For Brits Revealed Idyllic: Greece is also on the list

And he says the most dangerous countries for injury and sickness are Spain, Turkey and Greece, Manchester Evening News reports.2

Outside Europe, other troublesome countries that are popular tourist destinations include Egypt, apparently known for the world s filthiest money thanks to the habit of storing it in shoes. Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Kenya also rank among the worst. Key hazards in Spain include balcony falls, roadside and station robberies and swimming pool bugs.

In Greece, holidaymakers3 are warned of quad bike, moped and car accidents, sexual assault and violence. Because their water pipes are shut down in winter, Mr Harris claims, holidaymakers are at risk from Legionnaires disease at the start of summer. Later in the season, he says, more sinister stomach bugs sweep through the hotels.

‘Dangers’: Benidorm, in Spain, attracts thousands of Britons each year (file picture)

While in Turkey, major dangers include water slide accidents, trips, slips – and fire eaters. Hot air balloons and camels feature high up in Egypt s top warnings. In the last five years, more than 17,000 Brits have ended up in A+E abroad after being injured in the sun through accidents, illness or violence according to the Foreign Office.

Nick says people need to be on their guard when holidaying abroad. He said: We represent lots of people from the Manchester area who unfortunately get into trouble when they are on holiday. Certain countries seem to have more than their fair share of accidents and illnesses. The map shows the places where we see the most incidents.

As soon as we unpack that bag and lie down on the sun lounger we forget all the rules we follow when at home.

Most accidents occur because people let their guard down and act in a way they wouldn t normally.

When something happens it can have very serious consequences and can be life changing.

At best it can mean a ruined Discount Holidays © holiday and at worst it can affect the rest of that person s life.

There literally is danger at every turn, be it in the pool, in your food, on the stairs or outside the front of your hotel.

This map collated in conjunction with Simpson Millar shows some of the biggest problems that tourists may face at the most popular Discount Holidays © holiday destinations this summer. The most common complaints Nick handles include dirty, bug-ridden pools and undercooked food, as well as trips and slips in and around hotels and accidents in hotel rooms. Nick, whose offices are based in Oxford Road added: I have handled lots of cases of people who have been seriously ill after swimming in a contaminated pool or eating half cooked food from a hotel buffet or injured in an accident during their summer break. These people sometimes end up with serious medical conditions that affect their whole life.

Accidents in hotel rooms where children fall against glass balcony doors which shatter are also common and they leave horrific injuries for life as the safety standard of the glass isn t the same as in the UK.

People also regularly get injured on waterslides at water parks with poorly maintained or designed equipment or by slipping while walking on the grounds.

Health and hygiene standards abroad in food places are also often inferior to those in the UK and this sometimes leads to outbreaks of illness which can affect all the family and ruin any holiday.

Nick added: When you are on a package Discount Holidays © holiday it is the travel company s responsibility to look after you and this includes ensuring that you are reasonably safe. If you do get ill or have an accident or something happens make sure you keep a note of everything that happens and any poor hygiene practices. Make a note of who you speak to and get photos or video evidence if you can.

Top ten tips for holidaymakers to stay out of trouble this summer:

  • Avoid eating from a buffets where the food is barely lukewarm and to watch the food trays as some of them may have been out for long periods and be harbour bacteria . Also keep an eye on the chefs to ensure they are carrying out basic hygiene practices and appear clean.
  • Fruit may not always be the best option as it may have been washed in contaminated water. Vegetables may have been grown in fields contaminated by sewage. So wash any fruit in bottled mineral water if possible.
  • Check the pool is clean and that the water is clear and there is no algae or debris – if you have any doubts avoid it until you are satisfied it has been treated.
  • Look around the dining areas for animals or insects including birds and stray cats.

    These can harbour disease which humans can catch.

  • Make sure you run the taps on your shower and bath for ten minutes when you arrive in your room with the doors open as they may be harbouring potentially deadly legionnaires disease.
  • Keep an eye on kids at the start and end of the Discount Holidays © holiday when they are in the pool as these are the days when accidents are most likely to occur.
  • Pack a carbon monoxide detector in your case as many tourists find themselves suffering from CO2 gas poisoning every year when they go on holiday.
  • Take a mixture of currency and cards in case either is lost or stolen.
  • Check your insurance policy covers water parks and water sports such as jet skiing or camel rides as often they are exempt as hazardous activities.
  • Check the Foreign Office website before you go away to see the latest advice on the country you are travelling to.


  1. ^ holiday (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Manchester Evening News reports. (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ holidaymakers (www.mirror.co.uk)