GREAT BRITAIN UNDER-23s READY

Ben Swift goes into the six-day Thuringen Rundfahrt in Germany today in great form after two wins in Italy in little over a week.

The Great Britain Academy rider will be aiming for a high finish overall with his team-mate Jonny Bellis ? bronze medallist in the under-23 road race at the World Championships last year ? looking for a stage win. The other British riders are Alex Dowsett, Johnny McEvoy, Mark McNally and Peter Kennaugh.

The Thuringen Rundfahrt is one of the biggest under-23 stage races on the calendar and is the first in a series of big events for the British boys. Next up is the Grand Prix of Wales and the National Championships, where they will race as Team 100% ME, before the European Under-23 Championships in Italy at the start of July.

Previous winners of the Thuringen Rundfahrt include current Austrian champion Christian Pfannberger, who shone in the spring Classics, in 2001, Tour de France stage winner Pieter Weening (2002) and Thomas Dekker (2004). Britain?s Jamie Burrow was third overall in 1999, a result which attracted the interest of US Postal Service, who signed him for 2000.

INTERNATIONAL THURINGEN RUNDFAHRT

Germany, June 10-15


Tuesday Stage 1: Rund um Gotha, 80km

Wednesday Stage 2: Bad Blankenburg ? Bad Blankenburg, 167km

Thursday Stage 3: Masserberg ? Masserberg, 133km

Friday Stage 4: Gelenkwellenwerk Stadtilm ? Waltershausen, 151km

Saturday Stage 5: Bad Berka ? Bad Berka individual time trial, 32km

Sunday Stage 6: Rund um die Hainleite, 157km

RAPHA IN CANADA

Rapha-Condor-Recycling?s seven-man team for the Tour de Beauce in Canada is Chris Newton, Kristian House, Graham Briggs, Ryan Bonser, Dale Appleby, Rob Partridge and Rhys Lloyd.

The Irish Pezula squad is also there, with East Midlands Cicle Classic winner Ciaran Power. A selection of Canadian teams, Continental-ranked squads, national teams are also in the 141-man field. Slipstream have withdrawn at the last minute because of an injury crisis.

Previous winners include Jonathan Vaughters (1997), Levi Leipheimer (1998 and 1999) and Michael Rogers (2002).

TOUR DE BEAUCE

Canada, June 10-15


Tuesday Stage 1: Lac-Etchemin ? Lac Etchemin, 167km

Wednesday Stage 2: Vallée Jonction ? Vallée Jonction, 166km

Thursday Stage 3: St Georges ? Mont Mégantic, 153km

Friday Stage 4a: St Georges individual time trial, 20km

Stage 4b: St Georges criterium, 60km

Saturday Stage 5: St Georges ? St Georges, 144km

Sunday Stage 6: Quebec ? Quebec, 125km

BC TALENT TEAM RIDERS ON BLUE PETER

Two members of British Cycling?s talent team, teenagers Tom Gregory and Hannah Barnes will be appearing on BBC?s children?s magazine show Blue Peter this afternoon (Tuesday, BBC1, 4.35pm). They?ll be giving some cycling tips to the show?s presenters.

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