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