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Richie Porte to lead Team Sky at Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia is Porte's main goal of the season. Credit: PA

Richie Porte will front Team Sky's bid for glory at the Giro d'Italia.

The 30-year-old Australian, who has won Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya and Giro del Trentino this season, will lead a nine-man team during a competition which begins in San Lorenzo on May 9.

Porte's squad features the Italian duo Salvatore Puccio and Elia Viviani, alongside Bernhard Eisel, Sebastian Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Leopold Konig, Mikel Nieve and Kanstantsin Siutsou.

Porte said: "The Giro d'Italia has been my main goal of the season. I've worked very hard through the winter and am entering the race strong, healthy and up for the challenge.

"The competition will be tough, and obviously anything can happen in a Grand Tour, but we've got a great group of riders going into the race and we are ready for it."

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Briton Alex Dowsett smashes Hour Record

Alex Dowsett is the new Hour Record holder. Credit: PA

Briton Alex Dowsett is the new holder of the Hour Record after a successful attempt at the Manchester Velodrome.

The 26-year-old from Maldon, Essex was bidding to ride the furthest distance in 60 minutes and surpass Australian Rohan Dennis' record of 52.491 kilometres.

Dowsett recorded 52.937km to set a new margin by a significant distance.

His record may last little more than a month, though, with four-time Olympic champion and world time-trial champion Sir Bradley Wiggins making an attempt in London on June 7.

Stockton to host 2016 Championships

The 2016 British Cycling Road Championships will take place in Stockton-on-Tees, the national governing body has announced.

The north east venue was selected by the British Cycling board ahead of a rival bid from the Isle of Man.

The men's and women's time-trials will take place on June 23, 2016 and the road races on June 26.

British Cycling director of cycle sport Jonny Clay said: "Following an initial tender, British Cycling invited Stockton and the Isle of Man to present their final stage bids.

"It was hard to choose between them but to have two such strong bids in the final stage of selection demonstrates the attractiveness of the British Cycling National Road Race Championships to towns and cities across the country."

The 2015 event takes place in Lincoln on June 25 and June 28.

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French train company slams 'irresponsible' riders

The French railway company SNCF has complained that many riders in the Paris-Roubaix race ignored a level crossing barrier.

Riders went over the tracks when a high-speed train was approaching, which was described as irresponsible by the company.

The riders ignored the warning. Credit: PA

“Several riders deliberately crossed a level crossing, which is against all safety regulations. Millions of TV viewers were able to watch this unauthorised crossing which was extremely serious and irresponsible, that could have ended in tragedy.

“SNCF has decided to lodge a legal complaint and will leave it up to the investigation to determine who was responsible and we regret that such foolhardiness took place.”

Sir Bradley Wiggins fails in Paris-Roubaix bid

Sir Bradley Wiggins finished 18th at Paris-Roubaix. Credit: PA

Sir Bradley Wiggins failed to sign off from Team Sky with a win at Paris-Roubaix as Germany's John Degenkolb triumphed in the gruelling 151-mile trek.

The 2012 Tour de France champion, who is quitting both Team Sky and the road in order to return to the track ahead of the Rio Olympics, was in contention for victory but faded near the finish to come home 18th.

Earlier in the race, several riders came close to being hit by a train as they raced over a rail crossing as a TGV approached.

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