The Slovakian’s dramatic victory in the Paris-Roubaix has elevated him to the pinnacle of his sport but his humble roots and carefree attitude seem certain to keep cycling’s new hero grounded
“I was thoroughly fucked but I tried to enjoy it afterwards,” Peter Sagan says with a grin as he explains how he felt after winning the Paris-Roubaix classic this month. “When I was younger, it was always my dream to win Paris-Roubaix. I didn’t think about the world championships and [the Tour of] Flanders.”
Sagan is the most popular rider in cycling today and, with the murky uncertainty surrounding Chris Froome and Team Sky, his victory felt like a shaft of light which revealed panache and grit. They call Paris-Roubaix the ‘Hell of the North’, because its 29 cobbled sections have a bone-juddering impact on even the toughest and most brilliant riders. It is also the glittering peak among the five monuments which are cycling’s oldest and most prestigious one-day races.
• UCI president said it would be ‘disaster’ for Froome to ride the Tour
• Team Sky cyclist is challenging a failed drugs test from 2017
Chris Froome has criticised the head of cycling’s world governing body for speaking publicly about his 2017 failed drugs test.
The four-times Tour de France winner defended his decision to continue to compete while he challenges an adverse finding from the Vuelta a España last September, which indicated double the permitted level of the asthma drug salbutamol in his system.
• Former drug cheat says ‘no ambiguity’ over triamcinolone
• Landis adds Team Sky chief Brailsford must take responsibility
Floyd Landis said the only people who still believe in Team Sky are those who think the US president, Donald Trump, is telling the truth as the former cyclist called for Sir Bradley Wiggins to be stripped of his 2012 Tour de France title. The American, a one-time doper turned informant, delivered a scathing assessment of Wiggins and the Team Sky principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, who remained silent amid further calls for his resignation.
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• Christian Prudhomme says race organisers need position clarified
• Froome is still free to race pending response over failed drug test
The race director of the Tour de France has criticised the lack of a decision on Chris Froome’s failed drug test, calling the delay “grotesque”.
Froome has won the Tour de France four times but it is understood Christian Prudhomme does not want the Briton at this year’s race while his anti-doping case is unresolved.
I really want to believe in the integrity of the British team. Yet each new doping allegation is making it harder
How to feel when, for reasons that are purely negative, the sport you love and the riders you admire appear on every front page and dominate every radio news bulletin? The answer: weary, conflicted and confused.
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New offence to carry the same penalties as causing death by dangerous driving
Ministers are set to recommend a new offence of causing death by dangerous cycling under plans expected to be announced this week, it has been reported.
Last September, it was revealed MPs were considering introducing an offence for cyclists who kill pedestrians, in a review designed to reflect public concern over safety on the roads.
• Froome returned adverse analytical finding last September in Spain
• Froome and Team Sky say legal dose can lead to adverse results
One of Chris Froome’s most likely defences against a possible anti-doping charge does not appear to be supported by UK Anti-Doping data released via a freedom of information request.
The Team Sky cyclist returned a urine sample with twice the allowed concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol – what is known as an adverse analytical finding (AAF) – during his winning ride at the Vuelta a España last September.
Walkers already had to negotiate cyclists, mobility scooters and parked cars. Now we have to hurdle discarded hire bikes too
The other day I was walking to the station when I heard someone shouting. I first assumed they weren’t shouting at me, but I was wrong. “Hey! Hello? Excuse me!” The smiling cyclist wanted to get past me on the pavement. I stepped aside, begging her pardon, though I realised in retrospect I should have told her that the road was where she should have been riding her bike.
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Thousands of its bikes have been stolen or damaged, says company that had 150,000 users across the country
People wanting to get on their bikes in France have one option less to do so after the Gobee.bike hire service closed for business after a string of thefts and vandalism.
“It is with great sadness that we are officially announcing to our community the termination of Gobee.bike service in France on 24 February 2018,” the Hong Kong-based service said.
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If you’ve cycled in the West Country, you’ll know it’s all about hills, hills, more hills and then, always, a flagstoned pub with a pint waiting for you at the end of a long day’s ride. It’s pain followed by pleasure. Chuck in a cheese and onion pasty and you’ve got the full “proper job”.