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ITV announced today that Gary Imlac
h will front the daily Vuelta a Espana highlights show.
The hour-long broadcast, which will be shown nightly on ITV4, will cover the entire race from the start in Pamplona on August 18 to the finish in Madrid on September 9.
Sky’s Chris Froome will want to make the red jersey his own in 2012
Confirming the news, ITV Director of Sport Niall Sloane said: “This has been an unprecedented year of success for British cycling, with Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France live on ITV. I’m delighted that we are able to offer free to air coverage of this year’s Vuelta a Espana.”
The British Paralympic Association (BPA) today confirmed that Crystal Lane has received a late call-up for the London Paralympics.
Lane, who won bronze on her international debut at last year’s Para-cycling World Championships, has benefited from a late bipartite slot allocated by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
“It was very unexpected news. We had applied for the place in March, and initially had been told that we hadn’t been awarded one,” British Cycling’s Paralympic Performance Manager Gareth Sheppard said.
“Crystal had only narrowly missed out on initial selection, so it is fantastic to be able to give her the opportunity to compete in London. It really strengthens our team.”
Despite the countless interviews and media obligations now facing Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott, there is one promise that she will be happy to keep.
Before the Olympics Trott told her older sister, Emma, who is a rider in Holland for the Dolmans-Boels team, that she would buy her a car if she won two golds at the London Games.
“I forgot about it, I was so wrapped up in thinking about whether she would be able to do it,” Emma told CW. “After she did it I still didn’t remember but then I was walking upstairs and all of sudden I was jumping around and screaming ‘Dad, Dad, Laura’s going to buy me a car!'”
Laura Trott celebrates her women’s omnium gold medal with sister Emma (left)
With the only stipulation was that it couldn’t be a Ferrari, Emma added that she would prefer something a bit different.
“It would have to be white, with leather seats and everything. But thinking about it, I should have asked her to insure me as well. If I’ve got to insure the car then I might have to think carefully about what I’d like!”
British U23 champion Katie Colclough (Specialized-Lululemon) is currently wearing the white jersey of best young rider at the Route de France stage race.
The 22 year-old took over the lead in the competition after stage three of the nine day race when she finished in a seven strong break into Tergnier, near St. Quentin.
Colclough took the U23 honours at the National Championships in June
The race concludes on Sunday following three tough mountain stages, including a summit finish at La Planche des Belles Filles, used in the Tour de France for the first time this year.
Great Britain has sent a strong team to the European Road Race Championships which begin today in Zeeland, The Netherlands.
Endura riders Scott Thwaites and Erick Rowsell lead the eight strong U23 men’s squad while world junior champion Lucy Garner will ride in the Junior Women category with Emily Kay. The Junior men’s category is also well represented with Tao Geoghegan Hart and Germain Burton.
The championships open with a time-trial for the junior men and U23 women before concluding with the U23 men’s road race on Sunday.
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