Monday’s British news round-up


Nicole Cooke’s Vision 1 Racing team has been granted a UCI licence. The team’s line-up is:

Nicole Cooke, GB, age 25

Katie Curtis, GB, age 20

Gabriella Day, GB, age 25

Dani King, GB, age 18

Debby Van de Berg, Netherlands, age 28

Aurore Verhoeven, France, age 19

Vicki Whitelaw, Australia, age 32

Helen Wyman, GB, age 27

Team manager: Stefan Wyman

Assistant team manager: Andy Walser

Meanwhile Emma Pooley is in the Cervélo TestTeam while Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Silversides are in the Belgian Lotto-Belisol team. Leda Cox will ride for French-registered ESGL 93-GSD Gestion. Catherine Hare is in the Italian Fenixs squad.

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Britain?s Dan Fleeman began his season last week at the Tour de Langkawi, heading there with big intentions of winning the race overall but eventually finishing 22nd overall after struggling on Genting Highlands.

?I was hoping for a much better performance,? Fleeman told, ?but I?ve got to be realistic because it?s the first race of the season.

?Genting was a bit of a disaster really.? Fleeman rode strongly on the early part of the climb, following attacks from José Serpa but eventually losing touch.

?What I didn?t realise was how hard and steep it was. In the end, it was about four kilometres too long. What I should have done was to ride a good tempo instead of following the attacks.

?It was also a shock coming from England, with -2c and snow, to 38c. I?ve trained well over the winter and I?ve got some good form. It was a difficult situation, if you don?t follow the attacks, you?ve lost the race: if you do, and you blow up, you?ve also lost the race.

?In the end we were a bit limited with what we could do at Langkawi because all but on of the stages ended in a bunch sprint.?

After returning home to England, Fleeman will then head to Switzerland for two one-day races in his build up to the Giro d?Italia in May.


Britain?s Nikki Harris rode the GP Heerlen cyclo-cross race in Holland on Saturday.

Harris finished fifth, 1-55 behind race-winner, Sanne Van Paassen.

?It was a heavy course with some hard run-ups,? explained Harris to

?I?ve [only] got one more ?cross race left now for this season which is Oostmalle next Sunday?.


Britain?s Thomas Swift-Metcalfe (Palmeiras Resort/Tavira) was in action yesterday at the Trofeu RTP Algarve.

The Briton finished 56th, 1-13 down on race-winner Theo Bos (Rabobank Continental), who is undergoing a transformation from a successful track rider to a road rider proper.


The National Cycle Museum in Llandridnod Wells is searching for extra funding.

Entirely self-funding, the museum?s rent is currently under review and it is seeking ?friends of the museum? to help with its resources.

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