Italian women turned away from Box Hill

Box Hill, London-Surrey Cycle Classic 2011

The Italian women's road team came to the UK today to ride the Olympic road race route in Surrey, only to get turned away at the bottom of Box Hill.

Six riders, their coach and current world champion Giorgia Bronzini (who wasn't riding) had travelled over especially to ride Box Hill, but when they got to the Olympic parcours' crucial section, they weren't allowed up.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.