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British Cycling signs HSBC deal

British Cycling hailed a 'huge moment' for cycling in Britain. Credit: British Cycling

British Cycling has announced that HSBC UK is to become its new lead partner for the next eight years commencing from January 1.

The two will work across the sport from participation at grassroots level and major organised cycling events through to the highest level of performance with the Great Britain Cycling Team.

"This is a huge moment for cycling in Great Britain," British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake said.

"Working together with HSBC UK, we will provide the encouragement and opportunities to make cycling the most popular activity and sport of choice in Great Britain.

"We want to help transform an increasingly inactive and unhealthy nation through cycling."


Cyclist Van Vleuten tweets hospital picture after crash

Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten has tweeted her first picture from hospital after her horrific crash while leading the Olympics women's road race in Rio on Sunday.

Van Vleuten thanked her fans for all their messages of support, and said that although it was "hard to deal with my disappointment", she was proud of the Dutch team's performance.

Van Vleuten suffered a severe concussion and three small fractures in her lower back as a result of the crash.

Fellow Dutch cyclist Anna van de Breggen won gold in the race, while Team GB's Lizzie Armitstead finished fifth.

Lizzie Armitstead wins appeal to compete in Rio Games

Lizzie Armitstead appealed over an anti-doping rule violation. Credit: PA

Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead has been cleared to compete in the Rio Olympic Games after winning an appeal against an anti-doping rule violation over her whereabouts.

The 27-year-old London 2012 silver medallist faced a suspension for three failures relating to her whereabouts which led her missing drug tests.

But she appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which ruled UK Anti-Doping's doping control officer had failed to follow procedure and her August 2015 missed test was declared void.

She has two other missed tests on her record and a further absence would lead to a rule violation and sanction.

Armitstead said she was pleased that the CAS accepted her position, adding: "I have always been and will always be a clean athlete and have been vocal in my anti-doping stance throughout my career."

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