WILLIAMS ON THE ATTACK IN NORWAY

Pinarello?s Pete Williams spent half of Thursday?s second stage of the GP Ringerike in a break before being caught. The hilly 160-kilometre leg of the Norwegian stage race took its toll on Russell Downing, who cracked two bones in his hand in a one-day race at the weekend. He said he?s struggling to climb out of the saddle and that the knock-on effect is that it?s starting to pull on his back. Downing was Pinarello?s best-placed rider, finishing 25th, 2-38 down.

LANDBOUWKREDIET BRITS SAFELY IN THE BUNCH

Landbouwkrediet?s Ian Stannard (36th) and Paul Manning (77th) both finished in the bunch in the same time as winner Juan Jose Haedo (CSC) on stage one of the Tour of Luxembourg. The five-day race finishes on Sunday. Serguei Gonchar, released by T-Mobile midway through last season, is riding for a small Luxembourg-registered team, Preti Mangi.

HAMMOND IN THE STATES

Roger Hammond is racing in the traditional Philadelphia races in America for High Road this week. He finished 49th, in the same time as winner Yuri Metlushenko of Ukraine, in the 136-kilometre Lehigh Valley Classic. In yesterday?s Commerce Bank Reading Classic, Hammond got into the main 14-man break that animated the race and stayed away until the last 16 miles. Oscar Sevilla of Rock Racing won the race ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen (High Road). Hammond was 28th.

POOLEY FINISHES CANADIAN RACE

Emma Pooley finished 51st, 57 seconds down on the winner Judith Arndt in the fifth and final stage of the Tour du Grand Montreal. The Specialized rider was 49th overall, with Arndt winning the yellow jersey. Rachel Heal (Tibco) was 56th at 2-08. Pooley was second in the king of the mountains competition, albeit 39 points behind Canada?s Felicia Gomez.

LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC BMX TRACK MOVED

The International Olympic Committee has formally approved plans to move the location of the London 2012 Olympics BMX track. It will now be situated next to the velodrome. Several other venue changes were also approved – all were part of a cost saving exercise to reduce the ballooning budget for hosting the Games.

HALFORDS BENEFITS FROM BICYCLE BOOM

National retailer Halfords released details of an 11.5 per cent rise in pre-tax profits yesterday – and the company are saying that it is largely thanks to the increase in cycle sales as more people ride to work. Halfords account for one in every three bikes now sold in the UK.

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