Sunday, 8 November 2009

Comeback Brits

Last weekend saw the first meeting of the Cycling World Cup series. Taking place in Manchester, this was a chance for the British team to establish a strong start to the series and to continue the success they have enjoyed over recent years.

It also saw the return of Sir Chris Hoy to international cycling competition after a lengthy lay off with a hip injury that saw him miss the World Championships earlier in the year and only returning at the British Championships in October.

So how did it go? Well, 11 Golds were won by Brits, with Hoy (riding for the Sky+ HD team) winning three of them. A superb achievement - here's hoping they can build on this in the next round in Melbourne in a couple of weeks. It should be noted that some of our riders have now qualified for the World Championships next year and will be concentrating on training instead.

Another Brit making a comeback this week was Andy Murray. After several weeks out of competition with a wrist injury, and having slipped down back down the rankings from 2nd to 4th, he was competing in the Valencia Open. He was top seed but how would he perform after so long out?

The answer: he won his 6th tour title of the year. Next stop: The Paris Masters ahead of a trip to the O2 at the end of November for the final tournament of the year - the ATP World Tour Finals - at which only the top 8 compete.

So, onwards and upwards for Hoy and Murray - both proving that they have the competitive edge to see them through set-backs and get back to winning ways.


P.S. Our Para-cycling team has also enjoyed a great deal of success this weekend, winning 14 medals (10 of them Gold) at the World Championships this weekend.

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