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Cycling: Geraint Thomas wins the Volta ao Algarve for Team Sky

Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas has won the five-stage Volta ao Algarve for his fourth career stage-race victory.

The Welshman held a 27-second lead going into the final stage – won by German Andre Greipel – and stayed out of trouble to secure overall victory.

Thomas, who had led the race after winning stage two, said: “I don’t get to win very often so it’s really nice.”

The 28-year-old’s victory came on the same day that Team Sky’s Chris Froome won the Ruta del Sol in Spain.

Thomas’s only other stage-race wins had been in the Bayern-Rundfahrt, which he won in both 2011 and 2014 and the Fleche du Sud in 2006.

He added: “You look at the previous winners and there are a lot of strong guys there. There’s a lot of strong teams here too.

“We’ve got a big month ahead with Paris-Nice and the classics. The form seems to be building nicely so I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.”

Overall standings:
1. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky), 19hr 46min 13sec
2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Etixx-QuickStep) +27sec
3. Tiago Machado (Por/Katusha) + 1min 11sec
4. Richie Porte (Aus/Team Sky) + 1min 14sec
5. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana) + 1min 18sec

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Cycling: Ex-Team Sky consultant Geert Leinders given life ban

Former Team Sky doctor Geert Leinders has been banned for life for multiple doping violations, the United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced.

The Belgian was guilty of violations carried out when he worked for Rabobank cycling team between 1996 and 2009.

He was later a freelance consultant for Team Sky in 2011 and 2012, but team principal Sir Dave Brailsford has since said the appointment was a mistake.

Team Sky made a public commitment to a zero tolerance policy to anti-doping.

USADA said on Thursday that during his time at Rabobank, Leinders “possessed, trafficked, and administered banned performance-enhancing substances without any legitimate medical need”.

Leinders was not part of Team Sky’s staff when Sir Bradley Wiggins’ won the 2012 Tour de France, and Sky ended their involvement with Leinders in October 2012.

In the same month, Brailsford said: “We set out with a zero tolerance policy, so we said that anyone who has had a doping conviction from the past or proved to have been involved in doping hasn’t got a place on Team Sky. That is our policy.”

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Cycling: Sir Bradley Wiggins launches new track and road cycling team

Former Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has launched his own cycling team as part of his preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The four-time Olympic champion will try to break the individual world hour record as part of his build-up to Rio with Team Wiggins.

“Cycling has given me everything,” said the 34-year-old.

“I want to build something to inspire kids and to reach all those people who might be on the fringes of the sport.”

He added: “My message is simple: if I can do it, then so can you.”

The team will feature young British talent including England’s Andy Tennant, Jon Dibben, Steven Burke, Daniel Patten and Mike Thompson, Welshman Owain Doull, Mark Christian of the Isle of Man and Scotland’s Iain Paton.

The team’s calendar of UK track and road events will be unveiled in spring 2015.

Team Wiggins will operate independently of British Cycling, but the governing body has given its backing to the outfit, which aims to provide opportunities for British riders to gain experience and track time together in the build-up to Rio 2016.

British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake said Wiggins has “helped to inspire a new generation of British cyclists”.

He added: “Sir Bradley won his first Olympic medal in Sydney in 2000 and it’s impressive to see him still breaking new ground now, 15 years later with his Wiggins team.”

Wiggins will continue to ride with Team Sky until April, before switching his focus to the track and his Olympic bid.

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Cycling: Sir Bradley Wiggins signs Team Sky extension until end of April

Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins has signed a contract extension with Team Sky which will see him race for the team until the end of April.

Wiggins, 34, is planning to compete in April’s Paris-Roubaix one-day race before switching to the track and his bid to qualify for the Rio 2016 Games.

“Paris-Roubaix is a special race for me and I’m determined to give it another go in Team Sky colours,” said Wiggins.

“After that I can focus fully on preparing for the Rio Olympics .”

Wiggins joined Team Sky in 2010 and two years late became the first British rider to win the Tour de France.

Later in 2012, he added the Olympic time trial title to his accolades, to become the most decorated British Olympian with seven medals, and was then named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Last year, he clinched his first World Championships road title with a thrilling time-trial victory in Ponferrada, Spain.

That success ensured Wiggins has now won Olympic and world titles on both the track and the road.

While Wiggins has recorded victories in the Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine stage races, he is yet to win one of the one-day classics, which mainly take place in the spring.

Paris-Roubaix is a 250km race that is famed for its cobbled sections of road and finish in an open-air velodrome.

“It’s one of the toughest races in the calendar and my aim is to improve on my ninth-place finish last year,” said the four-time Olympic gold medallist.

Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford added: “Rightly he still has big ambitions for the future and everyone at Team Sky will work their hardest to make his final chapter with us a successful one.”

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Cycling: Bradley Wiggins added to Team Sky’s RideLondon-Surrey Classic squad

Sir Bradley Wiggins will compete on the road for Team Sky in the RideLondon-Surrey classic on Sunday

The former Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins will return to the road after his Commonwealth Games track exploits in the elite Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday.

Wiggins, who won the Tour in 2012, is a late addition to the Team Sky squad having won a silver medal for England in the team pursuit in Glasgow.

“We are delighted to welcome Sir Bradley to Prudential RideLondon this weekend,” said the race director Mick Bennett in a statement. “He completes an already first-class lineup for the event.”

Wiggins will join such riders as Philippe Gilbert, Laurens ten Dam, Mark Renshaw, Alessandro Petacchi and Elia Viviani in the 200km elite race.

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