FROOME ON FORM

Britain?s Chris Froome (Barloworld) is enjoying fine form at the moment.

The Kenyan-born rider finished second yesterday on the toughest stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Froome also finished 10th in a 16km time trial this morning, placing him fourth overall, 0:50 behind current race-leader Stuart O?Grady with one stage remaining.

RAPHA CONDOR UPDATE

After breaking his ankle at the Tour of Ireland, Lancaster climber Ben Greenwood has finally had the cast removed. Greenwood has not much luck this year, with a maltracking kneecap injury keeping him out of competition for five months at the start of the year.

After recurring bouts of glandular fever, Matt Rowe has had his tonsils removed in an effort to cure him of the malady.

Further, Rob Partridge has recently had an operation to remove his 11th toe.

CTC CHALLENGE RIDES

Details have been released for the 2009 CTC Challenge Rides, in aid of the CTC?s cycling campaigning.

The rides stick to a simple recipe: rewarding routes, spectacular scenery and camaraderie.

The rides season kicks off with a tour of the Wiltshire countryside with cycling commentator, David Duffield; continues with the climbs of the North Yorkshire Moors and ending with the Phil Liggett and friends ride in August.

The rides cater for family and serious cyclists alike, with a range of distances on offer.

Funds raised will be donated to the CTC?s work in fighting for cyclists? rights on the road and improving cycling infrastructure.

See www.ctc.org.uk for more details.

MORE BRITISH TRACK SUCCESS

Britain?s track cyclists have been unstoppable this season, and now it?s the turn of the elder statesmen at the Masters? World Championships in Sydney.

Steve Cronshaw won the 50-54 500m TT, fending off David Willmott of Australia by 0.3s.

In the 70+ category, Walter Fowler set a time of 41.304s in the same event, placing him a narrow 0.076 ahead of Australian, Neil Wray.

More results soon?

RIDE IT! SERIES

The Evans Ride It! Series kicks off this weekend with the Great Missenden weekend.

With a mountain bike ride on the Saturday and a road ride on the Sunday, routes will be offered to suit family and experienced riders alike.

Visit www.evanscycles.com/rideit for more information.

CUMMINGS IN ITALY

Britain?s Steve Cummings (Barloworld) was in action yesterday at the 1.HC Giro del Piemonte.

Cummings finished 70th in a bunch sprint won by Liquigas? Daniele Bennati.

A strong climber on his day, Cummings may surprise at the Tour of Lombardy tomorrow.