Monday’s British news round-up


Marcin Bialoblocki appears to have maken a full recovery from a broken collarbone from the Totnes 2-Day in late April.

The Sports Beans rider started training again last week and had his first race back from injury on Sunday.

?Marcin has been champing at the bit and wanted to ride at Castle Combe last Thursday, just eight days after his pinning operation,? explained team manager, Clive Richardson.

?I told him ?no!? However, he rode at the Blackdown GP on Sunday and rode very well for a creditable 13th place in arduous conditions.

?It’s onwards and upwards for him now, he will be riding the Jersey weekend next weekend, possibly the Exeter round of the Tour Series the following Thursday if it’s dry – he should certainly be back by the Woking round though and he will be in full flight for the next rounds of the Premier Calendar, the Ryedale GP and the Beaumont Trophy,? added Richardson.


The all-new Tour Series criteriums will begin this Thursday in Milton Keynes and the BMC team has been training hard in preparation.

?The guys are ready and raring to go for Thursday at Milton Keynes,? explained team manager, James Whatling.

?We’ve all been training hard and Dean Shannon showed he has good form with 15th at the Hillingdon GP, whilst Adam Norris chose to avoid the carnage to save himself for the Tour Series, playing it safe and rolling in at the end.

?We might not have the financial resources of the big six but we have an amazing team spirit and are determined to show that we can mix it with more established teams.?

BMC?s line-up for Milton Keynes:

Adam Norris

Andy Lyons

Dean Shannon

Joe Skipper

Ben Thompson

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CTC presented evidence on Friday at the Velo-city international conference on cycle promotion supporting the view expressed last week by the World Health Organization that cycling becomes safer in greater numbers.

Speaking at the conference on Tuesday, Francesca Racioppi, from the World Health Organization?s European Centre for Environment and Health, acknowledged that cycling is safest in places where there are high levels of cycle use.

The same point was made by CTC at the launch of its ?Safety in Numbers? campaign in Parliament last week.

Racioppi also acknowledged that there was a link between levels of ?active travel? (walking and cycling) and obesity levels in different countries, with Britain and the USA once again being low down the league table compared with countries like Holland and Denmark.

CTC Policy Co-ordinator Chris Peck has outlined new research to the conference showing that the ?Safety in Numbers? effect can be seen not only in comparisons of European countries, but also from comparing cycle use and cyclists? safety in different places within England.

Chris Peck explained: ?CTC?s new evidence shows that cycling gets safer the more cyclists there are.

?So while Britain has one of Europe?s lowest rates of cycle use, and is a relatively hazardous place to cycle, the good news is that a doubling of cycle use would improve safety not just for cyclists but for all road users, with benefits for our health, our streets, our environment and indeed for our wallets.?


Mark Cavendish?s sprint stage win in Milan yesterday was the Manxman?s first stage win of the race, but it also completed a hat-trick of wins for his Columbia team.

?I’m not in the shape at Milan-San Remo but I’m in better overall condition than last year,? said Cavendish.

?I’m actually feeling better each day and so hopefully my form is getting better too.?

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Nicole Cooke will lend her weight behind a new campaign championing the regeneration of Newport, a city in whose velodrome which she regularly trains.

“It’s great that Newport supports sport so well and I hope that world class facilities like the velodrome and others around the city continue to be used by everyone in the community, from schools and clubs to sporting champions,” said Cooke.

A first wave of banners and hoardings goes on display this weekend at key locations around the city, showcasing some of Newport?s success stories and positive messages under a vibrant and modern new brand.

The campaign marks the launch of the countdown to Newport 2010, one of the most significant years in the city?s modern history as it reaches the halfway point of its ?2020 Vision? for the city?s regeneration.


Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal collision between a lorry and a cyclist occurred on Friday evening (May 15) in Greenwich.

The lorry did not stop and the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

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