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Nick Westby

Sports editor, The Yorkshire Post and Johnston Press Yorkshire

Ollie Wood sets off in in pursuit of fulfilling his Tokyo dream

For years now, Yorkshire has been able to boast one of the greatest team pursuit cyclists in the history of the discipline – Ed Clancy.

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Setting the tone: Nile Wilson at Leeds Gymastics Club where he trains, ahead of the world championships in Montreal which start next week. (Picture: James Hardisty)

World Championships: Balanced Nile Wilson hoping to meet all-around ambition

One year on from the highs of winning an Olympic medal, Nile Wilson heads to Montreal this weekend seeking a performance that will underline his place among the world’s elite.

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Lizzie Deignan won the world title in 2015 (Picture: Chris Etchells)

Deignan up off the operating table for world bid

Twenty-three days after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, Yorkshire’s Lizzie Deignan bids to win the UCI World Road Race title for a second time in Bergen, Norway, today.

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Yorkshire Carnegie head coach, James Lowes. Picture: Tony Johnson.

London Scottish v Yorkshire Carnegie: Season of high hopes from low outlay begins at Headingley

Sir Ian McGeechan has backed head coach Jimmy Lowes to create excitement for Yorkshire Carnegie fans in what is expected to be a season of treading water for the Headingley club.

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Yorkshire Carnegie executive president Ian McGeechan (left) and chairman David Dockray.

Yorkshire Carnegie pin their hopes on three-year promotion plan

The new Championship season kicks-off in three days’ time with one of the biggest names in the competition admitting that a promotion push this year is financially beyond them.

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Sir Ian McGeechan (left) and David Dockray, chairman for Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley (Picture: Gary Longbottom)

Calling for cash to back Yorkshire Carnegie’s Premiership dream

Yorkshire Carnegie have issued a fresh plea for local investment as they bid to keep alive their ambition of reclaiming a place in the Premiership.

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On the move: Head coach Matt Newby has left Leeds Forces BBL team

Coach Matt Newby out as Leeds Force write new chapter

LEEDS FORCE have parted company with their first head coach and one of the architects of their elevation into the British Basketball League, Matt Newby.

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French cyclist Nacer Bouhanni, powering up the finishing straight to win the stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire in Harrogate earlier this year (Picture: James Hardisty)

Harrogate to be central hub for 2019 UCI Road World Championships

If Yorkshire is positioning itself as the new capital of cycling in Britain, then Harrogate can lay claim to being the epicentre of that revolution.

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OUT IN FRONT: Jonny Brownlee, left, and brother Alistair embrace at the finish line in Leeds last weekend.

Triathlon still the main attraction for ambitious Jonny Brownlee

Multiple Olympic medallist Jonny Brownlee says he has no intention of following his elder brother Alistair into Ironman – until he has emulated his sibling’s extraordinary feats.

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Alistair Brownlee wins the Elite Men's Race.

It’s going to be tough to win title admits traithlon star Jonny Brownlee

Jonny Brownlee was doing the rounds in Leeds yesterday, happily listening to amateurs who had raced in the minor events at the ITU World Series over the weekend, fulfilling his sponsorship obligations, and taking time to reflect on what was a bittersweet homecoming.

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Scott Thwaites of Dimension Data, Ian Stannard of Team Sky and Adam Blythe of Aqua Blue Sport  at the press conference on the eve of the  2017 Tour de Yorkshire at the National Railway Museum. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Millions of reasons why the Tour de Yorkshire should be extended

Two of Yorkshire’s leading cyclists have joined the growing clamour for the Tour de Yorkshire to be extended into a fourth day.

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Lucy Garner, from Leicestershire, is hoping to improve on her fine showing in last years womens Tour de Yorkshire but knows it will be tough with the likes of Otleys Lizzie Deignan and Hollands Anna van der Breggan in the field (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).

Tour de Yorkshire: Lucy Garner aiming to seize her chance in Yorkshire

BY dangling the carrot of the richest prize in women’s cycling for last year’s Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, organisers ensured they grabbed headlines in the fight for equality in the sport.

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Head coach Matt Newby

Personal pride at stake as Leeds Force stars are challenged to finish season on a high

Leeds Force head coach Matt Newby has challenged his players not to let their BBL season peter out, after their play-off hopes were all but ended over the weekend.

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Yorkshire Carnegie's Ollie Stedman insists Championship second spot is not sealed

Yorkshire Carnegie forward Ollie Stedman has warned his team-mates that they can no longer take second place for granted after a drastic downturn in fortunes.

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Sir Bradley Wiggins launched the Tour de Yorkshire in York two years ago but his team missed the cut this year (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).

Tour de Yorkshire hopes to add to its impressive cast list

The prospect of Mark Cavendish returning to race on Yorkshire’s roads remains alive and well, while organisers still retain hope of luring Chris Froome to the county for next month’s Tour de Yorkshire.

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The Tour de Yorkshire, and defending champion Thomas Voekler, is returning to Scarborough for the third year running

Tour de Yorkshire welcomes record number of teams in 2017

A record number of teams will ride this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, organisers have announced.

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Doncaster Knights try to force the ball over the line against Yorkshire Carnegie. PIC: Glenn Ashley

Doncaster Knights 31 Yorkshire Carnegie 26: Promotion rivals whet appetite for semis

In all likelihood these two rivals will meet again in the Championship’s promotion semi-final and, on the evidence of this, that will be something to relish.

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Doncaster Knights try, without success on this occasion, to force the ball over the line during their 31-26 televised defeat of Yorkshire Carnegie (Picture: Glenn Ashley).

Doncaster Knights 31 Yorkshire Carnegie 26: Knights prevail against Carnegie in thrilling televised duel

In all likelihood, these two rivals will meet again in the Championship’s promotion semi-final and, on the evidence of this, that will be something to relish.

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Chris Walker.

Yorkshire Carnegie can still make improvements insists Walker

Chris Walker admits there remains room for improvement among him and his Yorkshire Carnegie team-mates as the Leeds-based club look to regain their place in the Premiership in 2017.

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Yorkshires Scott Thwaites is aiming for success in the Classics (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).

Classics goal: Scott Thwaites aiming to add a new dimension to success of British cycling

Dominant on the track and now masters in the art of winning a Tour de France, there are very few boundaries that British cyclists have left to break after a decade of unparalleled growth and success for the sport in this country.

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