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There was less than 20 seconds between the fastest three riders as they crossed the finish line at the top of the Nick o’Pendle on Sunday with Matthew Pilkington of Poulton-le-Fylde, who rides for the Metalek-Knights of Old squad, taking top slot with a time of three minutes 38.1 seconds, which was within 20 seconds of Chris Boardman’s long-standing course record.
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EAST Lancashire cycling supremo Brian Cookson is set to introduce promotion and relegation to road racing as part of a new three-tier league system proposed by the sport’s world governing body the UCI.
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THERE was a certain amount of similarity with another recent sporting rivalry where Blackburn were involved when Blackburn and District Cyclists Touring Club defended their excellent record in the Beard Cup hill climb.
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Pierrick Fedrigo claimed France’s fourth win of the Tour de France on stage 15 to Pau as the peloton opted for a day of respite. Following an eventful race to date, including a 14th stage marred by sabotage, a six-man escape group contested the 158.5-kilometre route from Samatan and Fedrigo beat Christian Vande Velde. Thomas Voeckler was third. The Tour resumes following today’s rest day with Wednesday’s 197km 16th stage from Pau to Bagners-de-Luchon, which is the first of two big Pyrenean days which will go a long way to deciding if Chorley’s Bradley Wiggins can become the first British winner. The peloton rode in 11 minutes 50 seconds behind, with Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) winning the dash for the line on his 30th birthday. The contenders were safely among them and the top of the rankings were unchanged. Wiggins retained the yellow jersey and a lead of 2mins 5secs over Team Sky colleague Chris Froome in second place. Five days of racing remain, but Wednesday and Thursday’s Pyrenean stages and Saturday’s time-trial are set to determine the holder of the maillot jaune come the finale.
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It has been a very successful week for our local racing cyclists – and we should include Sky’s Lancashire-based Bradley Wiggins in that after he claimed his second successive Criterium Dauphine stage race success in France as part of his build up for the Tour de France which starts in two weeks time.
10:20am Thursday 7th June 2012
NOT exactly as significant in our country’s history as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee of this week, but nevertheless the Festival of Britain Trophy of the Rossendale Road Club has made its own mark locally over the last 60 years.
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The televised Halfords ‘Tour Series’ of city centre circuit races starts next week and the teams of four of our East Lancashire based professional cyclists will be in action throughout the eleven event series – and all will be shown on ITV4. Olympic hopeful Steven Burke will be riding for his IG Markets-Sigma Sport squad, Ian Wilkinson for Endura Racing, Simon Wilson for the Metaltek-Scott team and Paul Oldham for Team Hope Factory Racing.
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