BRAMMEIER IN ASTURIAS
Britain?s Matt Brammeier was in action last week at the 2.1 ranked Vuelta Asturias in Spain, a demanding race that included the likes of Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Francisco Mancebo (Rock Racing) and Brice Feillu (Agritubel).
The An Post-Sean Kelly rider finished 67th overall, with Mancebo taking the overall honours.
?The race went well for me,? Brammeier told cyclingweekly.co.uk.
?Obviously I was never riding for a result on the general classification, the main aim for me and the team was a good block of training going into two important races for us ? the Ras and the Tour of Belgium.
?The team also rode in the Vuelta Extremadura last week. I didn?t ride as I?ve had some problems again with my leg (after last year?s crash), I had a bit of tendonitis so had to have two weeks resting.
?Anyway, its getting better and I got through Asturias ok. I was in the race-long break on the first day, but with a lack of condition from not racing or training much I was dropped with 20km to go and caught by the peloton with four kilometres to go!
?[On Saturday] I was also in the early breakaway, we got two minutes but it didn?t last long.
?A few teams still wanted to race full gas today [Saturday], even though the GC was as good as settled. Fireworks all day anyway, a good way to finish! I got better and better each day and am still in good shape now. [It?s] another day of bergs tomorrow then a bit of a rest before the next race, the Omloop van Kempen?.
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ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE FOR BLYTHE
Adam Blythe very nearly took the biggest career win to date on Friday, in the 1.2 ranked Mei Prijs-Ereprijs Vic De Bruyne in Belgium.
Blythe was edged out by Landbouwkrediet?s Denis Flahaut in a bunch sprint after 184km to take a close second.
Blythe expressed his disappointment as he felt that he had the top-end speed to win the race but just ran out of road.
Nevertheless, it was a fine result against some tough opposition.
CAVENDISH ON BBC
Mark Cavendish appears tonight on BBC One?s Inside Sport.
The Manx sprinter talks candidly to the BBC about the Olympics and the scourge of doping.
?For me, the Olympics is not even in the top ten of what you can achieve,? he tells Inside Sport.
BBC One, tonight, 10:45pm.
BRIAN ROBINSON CHALLENGE BLOOMING
Over 400 riders travelled from across the country to test themselves in the Pennines for the Brian Robinson Challenge on April 26, a 77-mile course with around 8,000ft of climbing.
Full story: 400 turn out for Robinson Challenge Ride>>
CAR USE DROPS IN ENGLISH TOWNS
According to Sustrans, car use has fallen in Darlington, Peterborough and Worcester as people are taking to more active, low-carbon forms of transport.
The three Department for Transport-funded Sustainable Travel Demonstration Towns ran ‘smarter choices’ schemes over five years between 2004 and 2008.
The aim was to encourage residents, commuters and visitors to walk, cycle and take public transport more often and to reduce single-occupancy car use.
At the end of the five-year project, car use had fallen by up to nine per cent across the three towns, detailed travel surveys have revealed.
This equates to nearly 53 million miles of car travel taken off the roads across the three towns, resulting in annual savings of more than 17,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
There was a 12 per cent increase in cycling in Peterborough and a 19 per cent increase in Worcester. Darlington, which received further Government funding to improve facilities for cyclists, saw levels of cycling more than double over the same period.
Sustrans’ Chief Executive, Malcolm Shepherd said: ?These results confirm what we have always suspected – that a lot of people are fed up with being stuck in their cars and that with the right support they are happy to walk, cycle or take the bus more often.
?We hope that other towns and cities will now feel inspired to follow their lead.?
See www.sustrans.org.uk for more details.
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