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Caleb Ewan devastated after Tour de France snub

  • Australian overlooked by Mitchelton-Scott
  • Team to throw all resources behind Briton Adam Yates

Caleb Ewan’s stunning non-selection has thwarted a major drawcard for Australian cycling at the Tour de France. The decision by Australian team Mitchelton-Scott to not pick the 23-year-old sprint ace has left Ewan devastated and preparing for an exit from the team.

Ewan’s debut would have been one of the big Australian stories in the Tour next month, alongside overall contender Richie Porte and reigning green jersey champion Michael Matthews.

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Team Sky’s coaching guru launches staunch defence of Chris Froome

• Tim Kerrison attacks critics who ‘fuel anger or resentment’
• ‘There have never been any question marks for me’

Tim Kerrison, Chris Froome’s long-term coach, has attacked the growing criticism in the French media towards the Team Sky rider in the buildup to this year’s Tour de France following the latest attack on Froome from the retired five-times Tour winner Bernard Hinault.

“If things are presented in a way that incites or sensationalises, or fuels anger or resentment towards Chris, then I don’t think that’s very responsible,” Kerrison said. “I think fair treatment in the media is a responsible requirement to ensure the riders’ safety.”

Related: Bernard Hinault urges Tour riders to strike if Chris Froome takes part

I can absolutely guarantee that there was no illegal performance enhancement

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Bernard Hinault urges Tour riders to strike if Chris Froome takes part

• Riders should refuse to race, says Tour de France legend
• Team Sky says comments are ‘irresponsible and ill-infomed’

Bernard Hinault, the five-times winner of the Tour de France, has called on riders in this year’s race to strike in protest at the presence of Chris Froome, who is awaiting the outcome of an adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug salbutamol.

Related: Chris Froome should not be listed with cycling greats, says Hinault

Related: Chris Froome has been denied fair process, says Lizzie Deignan

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Richie Porte on track for Tour de France after Switzerland win

Tasmanian cyclist claims biggest title of his career with victory in the Tour de Suisse

Richie Porte feels on track to make amends for last year’s Tour de France crash nightmare after securing the biggest victory of his career in the Tour de Suisse.

The Australian cyclist clinched the overall title in the week-long race ahead of Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang and Colombian Nairo Quintana, with a strong performance in the time trial on Sunday.

Related: Chris Froome insists he will be on Tour de France starting line

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Eight arrested after violence at Manchester cycling event

Twelve injured and riot police deployed as protesters throw bottles, food and beer kegs

A cycling festival in Greater Manchester has been disrupted by violence, leading to 12 people being injured and eight arrests.

Thirty protesters interrupted the event at Curzon Ashton Football Club’s Tameside stadium on Saturday at about 3.15pm. Organisers of the Eritrean Cycle festival said the protesters threw bottles, food and beer kegs, and that young children were put in danger.

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Rivera wins Women’s Tour as Dani Rowe pedals through pain to clinch third

• Coryn Rivera wins OVO Energy Women’s Tour by 11sec
• Lotta Lepistö takes final stage win in blanket finish

After Dani Rowe’s horrendous crash close to the finish in Worcester on Saturday, the suspense hanging over the grand finale to the OVO Energy Women’s Tour was less whether Team Sunweb and Coryn Rivera would maintain their stranglehold on the lead – which, to their credit, they did – or who would win the stage.

Lotta Lepistö took the stage in a blanket finish that should mark a turning point for the Finnish sprinter in a season marred by illness. The big doubt was whether Rowe would survive the north Wales hills and hang on to third place overall in spite of being barely able to lift her left leg over her bike the previous evening.

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Laura Kenny: ‘I wish female issues weren’t taboo’

The Olympic cyclist on being a mum, coping with asthma and breaking down barriers for girls

I didn’t really enjoy cycling when I started, but my dad used to work so hard that we only spent time together on the weekends and he’d want us to go cycling as a family. So I think that’s why I grew to love it, because it meant spending a couple of hours with Dad.

When I was born I had a collapsed lung, which gave me asthma. It was pretty severe when I was a kid. When I was diagnosed I cried my eyes out. But I’ve pretty much grown out of it. Now I only get it on really dusty days. At the Rio Olympics we warmed up in the velodrome and I remember thinking: ‘I feel it coming back on.’

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UK cycling is worth more than the steel industry – where’s the strategy?

A new report argues we’d all benefit if the government started taking the cycle industry seriously

If a country wants to make things, it needs a domestic steel industry. Our government considers this industry to be one of national strategic importance. But you would think it was also important to keep people moving, to make sure the air they breathe is clean and to look after their health.

It just so happens that cycling is one of the ways to unsnarl traffic congestion, reduce pollution and make folks hale and hearty. People who cycle to work even have fewer days off sick.

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Women shun cycling because of safety, not helmet hair | Helen Pidd

Roads designed by men are killing women – and stop millions from cycling

It will come as little surprise to anyone who cycles that twice as many men as women ride their bikes at least once a week, according to research from Sustrans, the cycling and walking charity. Almost three-quarters of women living in seven major UK cities never cycle for local journeys, the study found. Despite this, over two-thirds said their home town would be a better place if more people pedalled. Some 76% of women who already cycled or wanted to start said segregated lanes would help them to cycle more.

As a woman who cycles, I am often asked why so few others follow suit. Is it because of helmet hair? Or the bottom-amplifying effects of Lycra? There’s no doubt that women generally feel more pressure to look presentable than men. And although I’m rarely troubled by saddle sores, I find the logistics of cycling to work a right pain in the bum: the skanky showers, the outfit changes, the struggle to find somewhere discreet to plug in a hairdryer. And yes, I know that everyone in the Netherlands rides in their ordinary clothes, but I live in Stockport and work in Manchester: would you like to sit next to me unwashed after I’ve ridden 10 miles?

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

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Dani Rowe: the UK is leading the way in terms of women’s cycling

Women’s pro cycling takes centre stage from Wednesday when 102 riders assemble in Framlingham for the first of five stages of the OVO Women’s Tour which ends in Colwyn Bay on Sunday

These are heady times for Welsh cycling. Last week, it was about the men, with Geraint Thomas giving the principality its best ever professional men’s result in the Critérium du Dauphiné. This weekend, women professional cyclists take centre stage, with the Ovo Women’s Tour finishing in Colwyn Bay on Sunday after a hilly run through Snowdonia, and a possible Welsh favourite in the field in Dani Rowe.

Rowe, who hails from Hampshire but took Welsh nationality last year, finished a close second at the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire in late April, reflecting the progress since she made the switch from the track, where she won gold at the London Olympics in 2012 and three world championships, all in the team pursuit.

Related: Dani King: ‘Life is too short to let Rio 2016 omission bother me still’

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