GREAT BRITAIN TEAM CHASE PODIUM IN WORLD CUP TTT
The Great Britain women’s team are heading to the Sweden World Cup races confident after a kermesse 1-2-3 last Tuesday in Strijpe-Zottegem .
Katie Colclough was first across the line after a late attack, while Lucy Martin and Catherine Hare-Williamson sprinted to second and third behind.
“It was a real hot day, and they split the race. Five of them were away, they rode tempo and Katie jumped them with a k to go. Of course, Lucy wasn’t going to chase,” team coach Simon Cope said.
Rebecca Romero and Nicole Cooke will bolster the GB line-up for the two Vargarda World Cup races in Sweden. The first is a 41km TTT, new to the team’s calendar.
“It should be something we’re going to explore. It’s not 100%, but it’s definitely in for the men at next year’s Worlds, and there is talk of it in for the women.”
“We’re not quite sure how it’s going to work. If it was national teams, we’d have a bloody good chance,” Cope continued.
”The TTT is the major hit of the weekend. If they ride sensible and don’t try and kick each others heads in, they’ve got a good chance of getting on the podium.”
“If they let egos get in the way and spend the first 20km trying to show who’s the strongest, it’ll end up going out the window,” Cope concluded.
A late call-up, Emma Pooley is also expected to ride for Cervelo.
For more on the British 1-2-3 in Belgium last week, see Cycling Weekly, July 29, out in the shops tomorrow.
UNLUCKY COPELAND FARES WELL IN FRANCE
Tom Copeland finished in 30th position overall in the Kreiz Breizh Elites stage-race in France. He completed the race eight minutes behind French winner Johan Le Bon.
The young Brit was sat in twentieth overall before the final stage, when a crash 1,000m from the finish saw him lose three minutes and drop down the overall.
Copeland is currently based in Brittany and rides with the French DN2 team Bic2000.
MICHAEL BARRY BOOK LAUNCH
For a relaxing Sunday afternoon, head out of the saddle and onto the sofa and take a flick through the new book by Team Sky rider Michael Barry and photographer Camille J McMillan.
‘Le Métier‘ provides an insight into the highs and lows of a year at the top from the Canadian, while McMillan’s striking photography compliments a detailed account of the 2009 season, the mishaps and the memories.
There will be a book launch and signing at 6:30pm on August 4 at Look Mum No Hands in Farringdon.
VOLUNTEER AT THE TOUR OF BRITAIN
Race organisers for the Tour of Britain are looking for volunteers this September. Anyone can sign up to help and get the chance to be part of the British buzz.
Volunteers are needed from all over the country to cover the whole route. To register and find out more visit www.tourofbritain.co.uk/_ns_volunteer
Eric Booth, formerly of Pyramid RC, Mercury RC, Seamons CC and latterly the Fylde RC, died on 23rd July age 80. His funeral will be held at St Peter’s Church, Hale Altrincham at 12.00 noon Tuesday 3rd August.
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