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Police catch drivers going too close to cyclists in covert sting

The West Midlands has become the toughest place in the country for drivers who don't leave enough room for cyclists.

Today police carried out stings on motorists in Birmingham who broke the law while overtaking an undercover police officer on a bike.

West Midlands Police is the first force in the country to target motorists like this, but many drivers say it's not always possible to leave the one and a half metres the law dictates. Chris Halpin reports.

Poll: Do you think drivers should be prosecuted for driving too close to cyclists?

Cyclists poll Credit: ITV News Central

Drivers face being prosecuted in the West Midlands if they do not give cyclists enough room on the road.

West Midlands Police is the first force in the country to target drivers who do not leave a safe passing distance when overtaking bikes.

Take part in our poll below on whether you think drivers should be prosecuted:

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Megan Giglia smashes the world record to qualify for the individual pursuit final

Megan Giglia is through to the final of the individual pursuit Credit: PA

Megan Giglia from Stratford-upon-Avon has smashed her own world record to book her place in the final of the individual pursuit.

The cyclist set a new world record time of 4:03.544, eight seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

She competes in the final tonight at 20:30.


Elite cyclists on the starting line for Aviva Women's Tour

Some of the world's top women cyclists will pass through Warwickshire today. The county is hosting the Aviva Women's Tour for the first time.

The one hundred and forty kilometre stage will pass through Atherstone, Kenilworth, Warwick, Shipston-on-Stour and Stratford-upon-Avon.

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British Cycling 'respect' Sutton resignation

Shane Sutton has stood down. Credit: PA

British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake says he respects the decision of Shane Sutton to leave his role as Technical Director.

Drake praised Sutton's's work with athletes after the Australian quit his position with just 100 days to go until the start of the Olympic Games.

I want to put on record my thanks to Shane for his work with British Cycling and the part he has played in our success. We have a lot to be proud of and, with the Olympics and Paralympics this summer, a lot to look forward to.

I understand and respect Shane’s decision to stand down. His primary focus has always been the athletes, and this decision is something he has taken to allow them to focus on their preparation for Rio. Andy Harrison, programmes director at British Cycling, will be taking over with immediate effect and will manage the team in the build-up to Rio 2016.

As we announced yesterday, we are now putting in place an independent review with UK Sport so that we can investigate the allegations that have been raised in recent days about the culture within the Great Britain Cycling Team. We continue to be committed to promoting equality of opportunity and providing a supportive environment within British Cycling.

– Ian Drake
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