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  • Days after UK Anti Doping (UKAD) closed its investigation surrounding allegations of doping-related offences concerning Bradley Wiggins,Team Sky or British Cycling, whereby no charges were laid, Wiggins has taken to social media to reply to comments, and express his concerns and disappointment with regard to the outcome of the case. "Fuck knows what was in the bag, it was never delivered to me!" Wiggins said in a reply on Instagram regarding the controversial 'jiffy bag'. "Very important fact that doesn’t get reported!" UKAD spent more than 12 months investigating a case that involved a medical package being sent to Team Sky at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2011 in order to treat Wiggins. However, UKAD could not find sufficient evidence surrounding the contents of the package. ADVERTISEMENT Following its investigation, UKAD passed on evidence ‘of interest’ to the General Medical Council (GMC) but it has been reported that the contents of the package may not be investigated further. It was alleged that the jiffy bag contained triamcinolone, the corticosteroid Wiggins legally used under therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) ahead of three Grand Tours between 2011 and 2013. However, Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford and British Cycling claimed that the package contained...

  • 2017 was a rollercoaster of a year for Canyon SRAM's Tiffany Cromwell, with periods in which she was over-raced and burdened with self-doubts, but the Australian rallied, winning her first race of the year in July after rediscovering her mojo. "I was hoping that the season would start better than it did but then I had a massive slump around California in May," she told Cyclingnews. "I took a step back, revisited things and then the backend was a lot better with getting a win in the pocket. The form was coming in the final two months but there weren't any major highlights."ADVERTISEMENT Going into her second season in Canyon colours, the 29-year-old was marked down as one of the team's most dependable and experienced road captains. However, when the team's already thin roster began to weaken due to injuries and illnesses, Cromwell found herself going from race to race without a picture-perfect race plan, and without periods of rest or training in between. "We had a few injuries and illnesses, so my programme kept changing. I wasn't hitting my early targets and I think I was just racing too much when I really just needed...

  • Belgians Kenny De Ketele and Morene De Pauw, racing for Baloise Insurance, have been putting on a show at the Gent Six Day taking place from November 14 to 19 at the Kuipke velodrome. The pair are currently leading the overall standings and broke the track record in the 500-metre time trial during the third day of racing. They kicked off the week of racing by winning the 50-lap Points Race during opening night, along with the Team Elimination, one-lap and 500-metre Time Trials and the opening round of the Derny event. They picked up more points by winning the Team Elimination, one-lap and 500-metre Time Trials, and first round of the Derny during the second evening of racing, and held a 20-point lead over French teammates Benjamin Thomas and Morgan Kneisky (Team Callant - Upgrade estate).ADVERTISEMENT De Pauw and De Ketele continued their success on the third day by breaking the track record in the 500-metre Time Trial with a time of 00:26.595. They also won the Points Race, Team Elimination and both Time Trials. They have accumulated 218 points while second placed duo Kneisky and Thomas have 181 points and Dutch teammates Yoeri Havik and...

  • On its debut at the 2016 Tour of Rwanda, Canadian amateur team Lowestrates.ca was an instant success with Timothy Rugg winning the prologue in Kigali. There was a second win for the American three days later in Rusizi. The genesis of the team's love affair with the landlocked African nation. Twelve months on from its successful debut, however, Lowestrates.ca line out in Rwanda for the second and final time. Team manager Frederick Gates is closing the squad at the end of the season but explained to Cyclingnews he wanted a farewell in Rwanda. "I haven't announced it yet but Tour of Rwanda will be our final race," Gates said. "I am closing the team after the race. Saying that I expect to bring a team to Rwanda next year but more of a selection team. As the race is still 2.2, I want to continue my relationship with the Rwandan cycling community for many years to come. "I think by having a Canadian team and bringing a Canadian team here next year, will keep the spotlight on Rwanda and how beautiful and safe this country is. They have put together a cycling community, which is strong and...

  • Mark Cavendish has said he's 'not desperate' to break Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 Tour de France stage victories but it has become the primary target and motivation in his career. Cavendish joined up with his Dimension Data teammates in South Africa this week for their first training camp of the off-season, where plans and objectives were laid out for 2018 and beyond. "There’s really an opportunity for Mark to be the guy that can win more stages in the Tour de France than anyone else, so that’s going to be a big focus for us," said team manager Doug Ryder.ADVERTISEMENT Cavendish won 20 stages of the Tour in the space of four editions from 2008 to 2011, and has added 10 in the past six editions, though he missed the chance to add to his tally as he crashed out early on in 2014 and 2017. He is currently two clear of Bernard Hinault on the all-time list but needs four more to tie with Merckx and five to become the outright record-holder. "It doesn't matter to me. At end of day there's no one in the world who has more respect for the Tour...

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