Wednesday’s British news round-up


A broken collarbone in a crash during the Totnes-Vire 2-Day in late April looked as though it could spell disaster for the hopes of Sports Beans? Premier Calendar contender, Marcin Bialoblocki.

But the Pole was out on his bike again on Monday, just five days after his operation.

?I was a little surprised and told him to be careful!? team manager Clive Richardson told Cycling Weekly. ?He says he wants to top up his suntan, I can well believe he is missing the wind in his hair and the call of the road!

?Seriously though, I stressed the need to stay on quiet roads that he knows well and to not do anything that hurts his shoulder. It seems that his powers of healing (possibly aided by the black magic laser treatment he had up in Ipswich last Friday) are as awesome as his power output.

?Being back on the bike will help his state of mind too, he will have been going stir-crazy for sure.

?I think this all augurs well for a swift return to the peloton. We’ve discussed the fact that he will definitely miss the first Tour Series in Milton Keynes on Thursday week, but he is planning to go to the Jersey Weekend just after, to ride the road race and criterium there if he feels good.

?On that basis, he seems a pretty good bet for the second Tour Series in Exeter,? added Richardson.

Marcin BialoblockiAbove: Bialoblocki on top of the podium at the Girvan


Peter King?s ?End to End for Prostate UK? charity bike ride received a boost recently when seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong made a surprise donation of £700.

The donation has helped set British Cycling?s Executive Director on track to raise his target amount of £10,000 when he cycles 850 miles in just eight days from Land?s End to John O?Groats at the end of May.

Peter was diagnosed with aggressive and advanced prostate cancer five years ago and given just a one in ten chance that surgery would rid him of the disease.

Five years on from a successful operation and with no sign of the disease returning, Peter is celebrating his new, cancer-free life by taking on a cycling challenge and raise funds for Prostate UK.

?I?m thrilled to have received such a kind donation from Lance Armstrong,? said King. ?Knowing that I have the support of one of the greatest road racers in history has given me a massive boost of confidence.

?This donation will hopefully inspire others, and not just in the cycling world, to give generously and help us fight a disease which affects so many men in the UK.

?With £9,455 raised already, I am delighted at the prospect of not only meeting but beating my target, which is every fundraiser?s dream.?

Peter will embark on his epic ride on 22 May. If you would like to show your support and make a donation, visit

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Emma Pooley will head to France for the Tour de l?Aude which begins in Gruissan in the south on Friday.

The ten-day stage race is one of the Cervélo team?s major targets for the season and will be contended by some of the top women in the sport.

Olympic time trial champion, Kristin Armstrong, said of the race: ?I came over to Europe on Saturday to race the Tour de l?Aude [and it?s] one of my main goals in this season?.

Armstrong will be supported by Pooley, Claudia Häusler, Lieselot Decroix, Regina Bruins and Patricia Schwager.

13 British riders in total will be at the Tour de l’Aude, with Pooley joined by Nicole Cooke, Gabby Day, Helen Wyman (all Vision 1), Lizzie Armitstead (Lotto Belisol), Catherine Hare (GS Fenixs), Sharon Laws, Jess Allen, Katie Colclough, Alexandra Greenfield, Lucy Martin, Joanna Rowsell (all Great Britain) and Leda Cox (ESGL93 GSD Gestion).

Watch out for a full race preview coming soon on


James Bowthorpe is currently cycling around the world in an attempt to break the current record (held by Mark Beaumont) in a bid to raise £1.8million for unique research into Parkinson?s Disease.

Bowthorpe is aiming to cycle 18,000 over five and a half months, cycling 120 miles per day for 150 days (including rest days).

Bowthorpe is currently riding through India; to see his blog, visit

More information on the charity is available at


Monday?s British news round-up