Live updates

Deignan claims emphatic victory in Tour de Yorkshire

Home favourite Lizzie Deignan claimed an emphatic victory in the women's Tour de Yorkshire.

The 28-year-old from Otley, racing the 135 kilometres route from Tadcaster to Harrogate, launched a solo attack with around 14km to go to take the win, having been part of a three-strong breakaway with Boels-Dolmans team-mate Anna van der Breggen and compatriot Dani King.

The latter two got swallowed up by the chasing pack, with American Coryn Rivera taking second - 55 seconds behind Deignan - and Italy's Giorgia Bronzini third.

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

Advertisement

Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi dies after lorry collision

Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi Credit: PA

Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi has died after colliding with a lorry during a training session.

The 37-year-old's Astana team, who he had been with since 2014, said the incident was "a tragedy too big to be written".

In a statement, the team said: "This morning Michele went out on his bike for an early morning training and there the tragedy happened.

"We have lost a great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation."

His last tweet was a photo of himself and his two young sons.

Advertisement

Wiggins: Brailsford's 'marginal gains' a load of rubbish

Sir Bradley Wiggins has dismissed marginal gains process as a load of rubbish Credit: PA

Sir Bradley Wiggins has dismissed the marginal gains process at the centre of British Cycling's success under Sir Dave Brailsford as "a load of rubbish".

Wiggins was also critical of fellow Olympic gold-medallist Victoria Pendleton and sports psychologist Dr Steve Peters, who worked with Brailsford at British Cycling and Team Sky and created the "chimp paradox" model for dealing with pressure.

Former Olympic champion Chris Boardman originally headed up British Cycling's "Secret Squirrel Club", now known as "Room X" under head of technical development Tony Purnell, to find any slight advantage through modifications to bike technology and riders' clothing.

Wiggins won eight Olympic medals, including five golds, as well as the Tour de France for Brailsford's Team Sky.

But he told the Telegraph he didn't believe Brailsford's approach yielded benefits and disagreed with Pendleton, who won sprint gold at Beijing 2008 and the keirin at London 2012 and who has credited Dr Peters as a major part of her success.

A lot of people made a lot of money out of it and David Brailsford used it constantly as his calling card, but I always thought it was a load of rubbish.

It's a bit like the whole chimp thing. At the end of the day, chimp theories and marginal gains and all these buzzwords - a lot of the time, I just think you have got to get the fundamentals right: go ride your bike, put the work in, and you're either good or you're not good.

Sometimes in life or in sport, whatever, you're either good at something or you're not. That's what makes you a better athlete: your physical ability and whether you've trained enough - not whether you've slept on a certain pillow or mattress.

Vicky [Pendleton]'s a bit of a milkshake anyway. You can overanalyse things but at the end of the day, it's about your ability and whether you're a better athlete than the other person or not.

Whether you've come to grips with this other person living inside you, it's all a bit... well, each to his own. That may work with some people, but as Roy Keane would say: it's utter nonsense.

– Sir Bradley Wiggins
Load more updates