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British Cycling National Road Championships come to Lincolnshire

It is likely to be the biggest sporting event ever held in Lincolnshire.

Over four days the British Cycling National Road Championships are taking place in the county.

Lizzie Armitstead will return to competition following her crash last week in the Women's Tour of Britain. More than thirty thousand people are expected to turn out in Lincoln on Sunday for the competition's finale.

Today, though, it's been Cadwell Park near Louth that's been in the limelight for hosting time trials phases for men and women.

Fiona Dwyer reports:

Hull KR coach calls on club legend to help inspire Challenge Cup success

Hull Kingston Rovers head coach Chris Chester has called on a club legend from the past to help inspire his team ahead of their Challenge Cup quarter final against Catalans tonight.

Earlier this week Chester invited former player Mike Smith to talk to his players about the 1980 Challenge Cup final, in which Rovers beat their bitter rivals Hull FC at Wembley. Chris Dawkes has the story

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats sign Kevin Locke

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have secured the signing of full-back Kevin Locke until the end of the season. The New Zealander has joined the club as a free agent, pending a visa confirmation.

Kevin Locke Credit: Wakefield Wildcats

Locke who was born in Auckland started his playing career at New Zealand Warriors in 2009, finishing his first season at the club as top points scorer. After five years at the Warriors, Locke signed a three-year deal with Super League side Salford Red Devils in 2014.

I am delighted to welcome Kevin Locke to the club. Kevin showed a great desire to come and play his rugby here and get a smile back on his face. We think we can help him achieve that which will be good for him and us. I can’t wait to see him pull on the red, white and blue jersey.

– Wildcats Chairman Michael Carter

Locke will be in contention for next Wednesday’s fixture against Hull FC at Belle Vue. Tickets are still on sale for the game.

Call for 1980 Hull's heroes to harness winning mentality

The head coach of Hull Kingston Rovers, Chris Chester, has called on heroes from the clubs Challenge Cup success in 1980 to help harness a winning mentality ahead of their quarter final against Catalans tonight.

It is 35 years since Hull KR defeated bitter rivals Hull FC in the final at Wembley in front of over 95,000 fans. Yorkshire TV's cameras were there you can see the full documentary here. If you spot yourself ..... we would love to hear from you.

Lincolnshire gears up for cycling championships

Over the next four days Lincolnshire will play host to thousands of riders and visitors as the British Cycling National Road Championships come to the county.

Starting at Cadwell Park today, the event will go on until Sunday and moves from the motor racing circuit near Louth to the centre of Lincoln and surrounds over tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.

A number of road closures will be in place and are detailed on the organisers’ website, along with more details about the event.

Taking part: Dame Sarah Storey Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Sol Bamba completes Leeds transfer

Sol Bamba has signed a two-year deal with Leeds United after an undisclosed fee was agreed with Italian side Palermo.

Sol Bamba Credit: Press Association

Bamba spent the second half of last season on loan at Elland Road and is Leeds' third summer signing following the arrivals of goalkeeper Charlie Horton from Cardiff City and striker Lee Erwin from Motherwell.

The Ivory Coast international made 19 appearances while on loan in 2014/15 and also captained the side on several occasions.

Rhinos sign Brisbane Broncos prop Mitch Garbutt

Leeds Rhinos have signed Brisbane Broncos prop Mitch Garbutt, 26, on a two and half year contract.

Mitch Garbutt Credit: www.broncos.com.au

The former Melbourne Storm front rower will arrive in Leeds this Saturday and begin training with his new team mates on Monday ahead of the Rhinos top of the table clash with St Helens next Friday, 3rd July at Headingley Carnegie.

I was very excited when the opportunity came up to sign with such a great club as Leeds. The Rhinos are such a successful side with a mix of youth and experience and this is a great opportunity to kick on with my own career as part of that group. I have watched the team on television over here and the side are always competitive and, more often than not, come away with the win which is an exciting thing I want to be part of.

– Mitch Garbutt

We are delighted to welcome Mitch to the club. I have spoken to a number of people in Australia who rate him and the job he can do for a team. He is someone I have been looking at for some time and I think his style of play will fit well within our team and the Super League competition.

– Brian McDermott, Leeds Rhinos Head Coach
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