Some­times the wind’s at your back, some­times it’s all up­hill

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MU­SI­CAL CHAIRS

Sev­eral Bri­tish and Ir­ish road cy­clists are on the move this trans­fer win­dow. Sky’s Peter Ken­naugh is leav­ing for Bora-Hans­grohe, while Dan Martin will ride for UAE Team Emi­rates.

BECKY TURNS BAKER

Track star Becky James has an­nounced her re­tire­ment. Olympic suc­cess last year came at the end of years bat­tling in­jury and ill­ness. Af­ter tak­ing a break af­ter Rio, she plans to start a bak­ing business.

PERKS OF THE JOB

Few ath­letes would want to touch Rus­sia with a barge­pole. Not Aus­tralian track sprinter Shane Perkins, who re­cently de­fected in a bid to make it to the Tokyo Olympics. Perkins is a big star in the Ja­panese keirin scene.

THIS LUKE’S BAD

No mat­ter how hard cy­clists are, some in­juries can’t be shrugged off. Sky’s Luke Rowe will be out of ac­tion for around a year af­ter shat­ter­ing his right leg while white wa­ter raft­ing on his brother’s stag do.

SANCHEZ SANC­TIONED?

BMC’s for­mer Olympic cham­pion Sa­muel Sanchez has tested pos­i­tive for growth hor­mone. If his B sam­ple con­firms the find­ing, it’s likely to be game over for the 39-year-old Spa­niard, who had been con­tem­plat­ing re­tire­ment any­way.

STEPHEN WOOLDRIDGE

2004 Olympic team pur­suit cham­pion Stephen Wooldridge has died aged 39. The Aus­tralian, who also won four Worlds golds, is sur­vived by his two chil­dren.

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