Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-12

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34 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020 Sport Wiggins: Try cycle lanes for sprinters The organisers of the London Marathon have said it has not been possible to organise a socially distanced mass event on the capital’s roads this year JEFF SPICER/GETTY IMAGES BRADLEY Wiggins has called on cycling’s authoritie­s to adopt athletics-style sprint lanes to end the kind of high-speed crashes that left Fabio Jakobsen with life-threatenin­g injuries. Wiggins branded the Union Cycliste Internatio­nale (UCI) “ridiculous” for issuing a statement condemning Dylan Groenewege­n for drifting into Jakobsen’s path in last Wednesday’s opening stage at the Tour of Poland. Britain’s most-decorated Olympian has hit out at the world governing body, demanding “compassion” for Groenewege­n in the wake of the sport’s latest horror crash. Dutch rider Jakobsen faces an arduous journey back to full health having been awoken from a medically-induced coma on Friday, leaving eight-time Olympic medal winner Wiggins to call for change in the sport. “For the protection of the sport I instantly thought of a 100 metres race in athletics and the lanes,” Wiggins told Eurosport. “Lots of sprinters sprint with their head down, looking five metres ahead, and are constantly aware of riders coming up, and sometimes you can drift when you’re looking that way and naturally drift slightly as Groenewege­n did. “[Why not have] some sort of markings on a road systematic­ally in every race for the last 50 metres even, so you’ve got some bearing... If you’re aware of seeing lines crossing under your wheel as you go you’re realising, ‘I’m going to get disqualifi­ed’, you may back off. “It might not work but it’s the only thing I can think of when you’re flat out sprinting and you’re conscious of riders coming up and looking at the line, that you’re not drifting and not potentiall­y going to impact and cause a crash of this nature. “Something needs to be done rather than just disqualify­ing riders. Groenewege­n has got to live with the consequenc­es of that because it’s bike racing and no one in the profession­al peloton intentiona­lly goes out to do that to a rider.” Groenewege­n apologised for his actions on twitter and was later disqualifi­ed despite crossing the line in first place. The UCI deemed the rider’s actions “dangerous” and “unacceptab­le” in a strongly worded statement, but Wiggins criticised the rush to judgement ahead of a full investigat­ion. Race run on staging London marathon ELITE EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE BUT NO MASS GATHERING THIS YEAR By ANNETTE BELCHER-BM Money London Marathon will have 24 hours to complete the 26.2 miles, from 12am to 11.59pm on Sunday October 4. They can run, walk, take breaks and log their race on a new London Marathon app being developed by event partner TCS. Runners can also use their time, with appropriat­e supporting evidence, to apply for a Good for Age or Championsh­ip place in 2021. “We know how disappoint­ing it is that the Covid-19 pandemic means that it’s not possible this year to run the famous course on the streets of London,” added Brasher. “But we’re offering everyone who has a place this year, or who had already deferred to April 2021, the chance to participat­e in The 40th Race and every eligible runner also has the chance to run on the streets of London in 2021, 2022 or 2023. “If existing runners do not want to take part in The 40th Race, we will be offering their places to other runners who would like to raise vital funds for charity.” metres (or any distance we set) of anyone else and then contact them post-event if anyone had informed us that they had contracted Covid-19 in the two weeks after the event. “Despite all our efforts, the fantastic support from all of our partners and the progress that has been made on planning for the return of smaller mass participat­ion events that are not on the roads, it has not been possible to go ahead with a mass socially distanced walk or run. “In parallel with the work on the plans for the socially distanced mass event, we had a team working on planning the elite races for men, women and wheelchair athletes in a biosphere environmen­t in St James’s Park and another team creating a truly inspiring Virgin Money London Marathon, which means participan­ts across the UK and abroad can still be part of The 40th Race from their home or wherever they might be on October 4.” Participan­ts in the 2020 Virgin It was also announced that next year’s race will move from its usual April date to Sunday October 3, to give the best opportunit­y for the mass run to return. Hugh Brasher, event director of the Virgin Money London Marathon said: “We have been working for months on a number of different scenarios with the health and safety of our runners, our charities, our sponsors, our volunteers, our medics, our communitie­s and our city always our priority. “We had detailed plans to deliver a socially distanced mass participat­ion event – either a run or a walk – and we were planning to utilise new technology to do this. We were looking to use a revolution­ary technology using Bluetooth and ultra wideband ranging, which is about to be launched worldwide. “This would have enabled us to accurately monitor every participan­t’s distance from each other, work out if the participan­t spent more than 15 minutes within 1.5 THE London Marathon 2020 has been cancelled for all participan­ts apart from elite runners, organisers have officially announced. Elite races for men, women and wheelchair athletes will take place on an enclosed looped course in St James’s Park in a secure biosphere (a contained safe environmen­t like that of F1 and England cricket) and times will be eligible for Olympic qualificat­ion. But organisers have announced those with a place in this year’s event will have to take part in the 40th race by running the famous 26.2mile marathon distance “from home or anywhere in the world on the course of their choice”. All finishers have been told they will receive the finisher’s medal and New Balance finisher T-shirt. And all runners and charities will be able to defer their place to a future London Marathon – in 2021, 2022 or 2023. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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