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Bradley Wiggins: ‘I’d have had more rights as a murderer … I only asked for a fair trial’ | Donald McRae

The former cyclist says doping allegations have devastated his family life but cannot taint his love for the sport and reveals he still talks to Lance Armstrong but not Dave Brailsford

“People ask me now, ‘Are you Bradley Wiggins?’ and I always say, ‘I used to be,’” the former cyclist explains with a painful little smile as his famous old name slips from his mouth. “It’s funny because I do it to everyone in this book. When I met Miguel Induráin he got embarrassed. I don’t like it when people do it to me. I say, ‘I’ve moved on. He’s gone now, that person.’”

The book is called Icons. It’s rather beautiful and an intriguing blend of cycling history and personal snippets which offer insight into Wiggins’ contradictions. The “proper nerd” he used to be, as a cycling-obsessed teenager living on a Kilburn council estate, shines through some endearing pages about the bike riders who consumed him when he fell for a brutal and complicated sport.

Related: Geraint Thomas: ‘Ideally, Froome would ride for me but that’s not possible’

Cycling means the world to me and I’ve gone back, no chains attached. No political correctness

Related: Tour de France 2019 plans show organisers still hope to curb Team Sky | William Fotheringham

There’s a lot more going on than I alluded to this summer. I can’t prove any of it yet … I’m carrying on with my life

Induráin is described as the perfect gentleman. You could find him in bed with your wife and he’d give you a hug

Related: Chris Froome undecided over defence of Giro d’Italia on ‘explosive’ course

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Chris Froome undecided over defence of Giro d’Italia on ‘explosive’ course

• Team Sky rider undecided following announcement of route
• Decision rests partly on Froome’s desire to win Tour de France

The Giro d’Italia champion Chris Froome said he is still undecided about riding in next year’s edition but added that the start of the 102nd route, announced on Wednesday, looked explosive.

The Team Sky rider became the first Briton to win the century-old race in May, and was briefly the first cyclist in 35 years to hold all three Grand Tour titles at the same time.

Related: Geraint Thomas: ‘Ideally, Froome would ride for me but that’s not possible’

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Geraint Thomas: ‘Ideally, Froome would ride for me. But that’s not possible’

The Tour de France winner on overcoming frustration with Team Sky, meeting Messi and why he can’t wait for next year

Geraint Thomas has already told me about the night he and Lionel Messi met up in an underground car park and how it feels to have won the Tour de France. He has considered public suspicion of Team Sky and explained his long battle to be accepted as their leading rider in this year’s race ahead of Chris Froome. Thomas pauses briefly now and, stepping away from the whirlwind of the last four months, looks ahead.

“I’d love to win it again,” he says. “Each year’s different but I still feel I’m improving even though I’m 32. I still have the motivation and commitment where I think Brad Wiggins, once he’d won it [in 2012], didn’t have 100% motivation. I’ve still got the appetite. I enjoyed the whole race – not just the end.”

Related: Tour de France 2019 plans show organisers still hope to curb Team Sky | William Fotheringham

Related: From Wales to the Champs-Élysées: the selfless rise of Geraint Thomas | William Fotheringham

In the peloton, I think everyone respects us. But the media and some fans don’t like the dominance

Related: Cardiff praises local boy Geraint Thomas after Tour de France win

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Women’s cycling needs its own Tour de France – not more vague promises

The route for next year’s Tour de France was revealed this week. Yet again women’s cycling was treated like a poor relation

By Suze Clemitson for 100 Tales 100 Tours of the Sport Network

Is it time that women’s cycling got the message? As Christian Prudhomme announced “the highest Tour in history”, there was scant coverage of La Course and no mention of a women’s Tour de France.

Gone is the mountain-top finish of last year’s race to Le Grand-Bornand or the quirky two-day pursuit format of the 2017 race. The race next year – a one-day, 120km event – will not show off women’s cycling in the spectacular theatre of the Champs-Élysées either, preferring a circuit race on the hilly route of the men’s time-trial course around Pau. Designed to test the legs of the puncheurs – those riders who can launch a stinging attack and punch time into the peloton over rolling terrain – the route will showcase a different type of rider on the stinging slopes of the Côte d’Esquillot, a potential springboard to overall race victory.

Related: La Course grips viewers but women’s Tour de France remains a way off

Related: The forgotten story of … Marianne Martin and the Tour de France Féminin

Related: Women could cycle the Tour de France route, so why give them La Course?

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Tour de France pushes to ban power meters for 2019 as it targets Team Sky | William Fotheringham

Next year’s Tour route is particularly mountainous, with 30 major ascents and only two times trials, the individual before the days spent in the Pyrenees and Alps

In yet another attempt to make the Tour de France a more open race, which will be seen as a further move to break Team Sky’s domination, the organisers are to push for the abolition of the use of power meters. The ubiquitous devices which help a rider to gauge his effort by recording power output as he rides also “annihilates the glorious uncertainty of sport,” according to the Tour organiser Christian Prudhomme.

It remains unclear whether this will be put in place for the 2019 edition, which looks particularly mountainous and which continues the trend towards fewer and shorter time trials. However, it is actually unlikely that the move will drastically affect Team Sky; speaking to Le Monde on Thursday, the defending Tour champion, Geraint Thomas, pointed out that he and his team train so frequently with the devices that they end up riding as much according to physical “feel” as to the read-out on their screens.

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Tour de France route for 2019 unveiled as ‘highest in history’

• Race will include 30 categorised climbs, with three over 2000m
• Grand Depart set for Brussels on centenary of yellow jersey

The route of the 2019 Tour de France will feature 30 categorised climbs, five mountain finishes but only 54km of time trialling in what the organisers are promising will be “the highest Tour in history”, and which they have set to up encourage breakaways and attacks.

Related: Lizzie Deignan: ‘If I don’t win races, I’ve got Orla, so it won’t be a big deal’

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Lance Armstrong’s former team manager given lifetime ban from cycling

• Johan Bruyneel has 10-year ban increased to life ban
• ‘We were all children of our era,’ says Belgian

Lance Armstrong’s former team manager has been handed a lifetime ban from cycling for his role in a doping scandal that saw Armstrong stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

Johan Bruyneel was given a 10-year ban by the American Arbitration Association in 2014, but in a post on Twitter on Thursday, the 54-year-old said the sanction had now been increased to a lifetime ban following an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Related: Timeline: Lance Armstrong’s journey from deity to disgrace

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Lizzie Deignan: ‘If I don’t win races, I’ve got Orla, so it won’t be a big deal’

Former road world champion hopes a return to cycling will inspire women and show motherhood does not have to cut short careers

There are three of us in this interview, and in the best of ways. As Lizzie Deignan details her pregnancy and her hopes and plans for her cycling future from a half-complete house in Yorkshire, her new-born daughter Orla is cooing and chirping in that engaging way newborns have. She is, Deignan tells me, very calm, doesn’t cry much, “not much fazes her”, and at four weeks she appears to be taking this little episode in her stride.

Three years after winning the road race world championships in Richmond, Philadelphia, with her 30th birthday on the horizon, Deignan has taken on a different challenge, with the support of her husband Philip and a new team, Trek Segafredo: doing it all again as a mother, with the goal of more world championship success when the title race comes to her home roads next year, and that elusive Olympic gold medal in Tokyo a year later.

Related: Lizzie Deignan will lead Trek’s new professional women’s cycling team

All I have had had from Trek about my comeback is positive enthusiasm, there is no judgment on me as a mother

Related: Lizzie Deignan: cycling has a long way to go before men and women are equal

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Scottish cyclist smashes round-the world record

Jenny Graham arrives in Berlin after cycling 18,000 miles across four continents in 124 days

A British adventurer has become the fastest woman to cycle around the world. Jenny Graham circumnavigated the globe in 124 days, knocking nearly three weeks off the previous record.

The 38-year-old from Inverness arrived at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Thursday. She managed the feat in 20 days fewer than the 144 it took Italy’s Paola Gianotti in 2014.

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Sports quiz of the week: misses, nicknames, thieves and a circus act

Who can’t score? Who was worried? And who hit the spot?

Which of these football teams has not scored a goal in more than 600 minutes of action?

Bayern Munich


Real Madrid


The circus troupe Cirque du Soleil are producing a new show about which athlete?

Tiger Woods

Rafa Nadal

Lionel Messi

Conor McGregor

Riyad Mahrez hit one of the worst penalties in Premier League history on Sunday. Which of these players never missed a penalty in the league?

Yaya Touré

Matt le Tissier

Thierry Henry

Danny Murphy

This trophy was stolen this week. Who did it belong to?

Thomas Bjorn

Geraint Thomas

Javi Gracia

Mo Farah

The last time England played Croatia, in the World Cup semi-final, there were 78,000 fans in the stadium. How many will attend their game on Friday night?





Why did Dulwich Hamlet goalkeeper Preston Edwards start panicking during a match this week?

Midway through the first half he realised he wasn’t wearing gloves

It was announced over the Tannoy that his car was going to be towed

He went out to play without wearing his contact lenses

He had his phone in his pocket and it started ringing

The Benin Football Federation has set up a committee to come up with a new nickname. What are they called at the minute?

The Bengaboys

The Squirrels

The Carpetmen

The Candy Stripes

Croatia have played one competitive match since the World Cup final. What was the score in that game?

They won 7-0

They lost 6-0

They drew 5-5

They won 4-2

Warrington will play in the Super League Grand Final on Saturday. How have their last two finals gone?

They lost them both to Wigan

They lost them both without scoring a point

They won them both by the same 40-0 scoreline

They lost them both to Leeds Rhinos

At which defunct stadium did Warrington win their last title, in 1955? (Clue: the final is taking place nearby this weekend)

Boleyn Ground


Maine Road

Ninian Park

Italy played Ukraine this week. Which two Serie A title winners were in charge of the teams?

Antonio Conte and Andriy Voronin

Roberto Mancini and Andriy Shevchenko

Luigi Di Biagio and Serhiy Rebrov

Carlo Ancelotti and Ruslan Rotan

2 and above.

Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend

3 and above.

Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend

4 and above.

A decent performance. Have a great weekend

5 and above.

A fine performance. Have a great weekend

6 and above.

A fine performance. Have a great weekend

7 and above.

Fantastic work. Have a great weekend

8 and above.

Fantastic work. Have a great weekend

9 and above.

Fantastic work. Have a great weekend

10 and above.

Perfection. Have a great weekend

11 and above.

Perfection. Have a great weekend

0 and above.

Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend

1 and above.

Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend

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