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Cyclists protest for more protection

Cyclists in Greater Manchester are calling for more police protection after a spate of attacks. Ten cyclists have had their bikes stolen from them on the Fallowfield loop in the last month.

Tonight hundreds are there to protest, riding along the route to the police station. Among them Martin Lewis who was beaten up by a gang of bike thieves. He's been telling our correspondent Elaine Willcox its left him too scared to go back alone:

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Mark Cavendish takes indefinite break from cycling to recover from illness

Manx cyclist Mark Cavendish has taken an indefinite break from cycling due to illness.

Medical tests confirmed that he's been suffering from Epstein-Barr virus, which he was diagnosed with in 2017 but raced two months later.

33-year-old Cavendish has had an unlucky 2018 so far - he suffered a broken rib in March that ended his participation in Tirreno-Adriatico.

Mark Cavendish Credit: Stiehl Photography

This season I’ve not felt physically myself and despite showing good numbers on the bike I have felt that there’s been something not right. Given this and on the back of these medical results, I’m glad to now finally have some clarity as to why I haven’t been able to perform at my optimum level during this time.

– Mark Cavendish

Cavendish and Kennaugh pair-up for Six Day London

Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh at the 2009 UCI World Track Championships. Credit: PA images

Manx cyclists Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh will reunite for the Six Day London event next month.

Both men will be aiming to knock Belgian teammates Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw off their winning streak - they won both 2015 and 2016's events.

Six Day London will take place at the Lee Valley VeloPark from October 24th until the 29th.

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Sir Bradley Wiggins retires from professional cycling

Sir Bradley Wiggins has announced his retirement from professional cycling.

The 36-year-old who's based in Chorley announced his retirement on his Facebook and Twitter pages.

You can read his full statement below.

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I have been lucky enough to live a dream and fulfil my childhood aspiration of making a living and a career out of the sport I fell in love with at the age of 12. I've met my idols and ridden with and alongside the best for 20 years. I have worked with the world’s best coaches and managers who I will always be grateful to for their support.

What will stick with me forever is the support and love from the public though thick and thin, all as a result of riding a pushbike for a living. 2012 blew my mind and was a gas. Cycling has given me everything and I couldn't have done it without the support of my wonderful wife Cath and our amazing kids.

2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, "feet on the ground, head in the clouds" kids from Kilburn don't win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances'! They do now.

– Sir Bradley Wiggins

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