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Top cyclists will take road to Glasgow in the summer

Glasgow will host a combined British Road Race and Time-trial Championships in June in preparation for the Commonwealth Games, British Cycling has announced.

The British Road Race Championships for men and women will take place on Sunday, 23 June over the proposed course for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. For the first time in its history, the British Time-trial Championships will take place in the same week, with the race against the clock taking place on Thursday, 20 June.

Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins won the men’s road race in 2011 in Northumberland, when Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead won the women’s title. In 2012, Ian Stannard succeeded Wiggins as men’s champion, with Sharon Laws the women’s winner in North Yorkshire. Glasgow saw off competition from elsewhere in the UK to host the championships. British Cycling’s Cycle Sport and membership director Jonny Clay said: “In recent years we’ve seen our national road championships won by riders who between them have won numerous Olympic and World Championship medals, as well as the Tour de France.

“The stature of the event has been reflected in the competition to host the race for 2013. We received some great applications and there were several bids that would each have provided a fantastic National Championships. We’d like to express our thanks to all those who bid for the event in 2013 and we hope to reward their enthusiasm by working with many of them to create other new events in the future.”

Meanwhile, a procedural hearing of the UCI independent commission will take place on Friday after being postponed due to snow. The independent inquiry, which features 11-time Paralympic champion wheelchair racer Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson on its panel, was established by cycling’s world governing body in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal, tasked with investigating, among other things, the relationship between the American and the UCI.

 

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