Friday’s British news round-up


Five Britons are currently in action at the Tour of the Mediterranean in France.

David Millar, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Steve Cummings and Geraint Thomas are all currently lying in the top 20 on the general classification after three stages.

Ireland?s Dan Martin is currently ninth overall.

The race concludes on Sunday. Find out more in our separate article on the Tour of the Mediterranean.


Britain?s Dan Fleeman (Cervélo Test Team) is currently riding well at the Tour de Langkawi.

On the gruelling mountain ascent to Genting Highlands, Fleeman stuck with the leaders and followed an attack by Jose Serpa before losing contact, unable to match the rhythm of the Colombian.

Fleeman finished 23rd on the stage and now lies 22nd overall, with Jose Serpa the new race leader.

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Evan Oliphant was Plowman Craven-Madison?s only rider to finish each of the individual stages at the Tour of Majorca, thus qualifying for a position on the general classification.

Oliphant finished 40th overall, 32-29 down on race-winner, Antonio Colom of the Katusha team.


Formerly known as the Kirklees Cycle Sportive, based around the iconic climbs of the Pennine Hills, the popular charity event has now been awarded Olympic recognition.

Organiser Martyn Bolt approached former Olympic athlete, Brian Robinson, if he could use his name for the event as its former title was causing confusion, with few riders aware of where Kirklees is.

?After some deliberation and looking at various options for using Brian?s name we chose the Brian Robinson Cycle Challenge, as it exactly says what the event is all about,? explained Bolt.

Robinson was one of Britain?s trailblazing cyclists, representing the nation in the 1952 Olympic road race and going on to become the first British rider to finish and later, to win, a stage of the Tour de France.

?I have ridden every inch of this route many times myself and I know that riders are in for a memorable experience,? said Robinson.

?We hope that the support on the day in terms of HQ, marshals and feeder stations will make sure the riders can take the route at whatever speed they like, but they will finish the ride knowing they have had a good work out.?

This year?s event will take place on April 26; those wishing to enter online can do so at

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