Cycling: Sturgess puts his career back on road
Friday 01 May 1998
NINE years ago, Colin Sturgess was a world track champion. Today he races in the Travelwise four-day Tour of Lancashire with some catching up to do after studying for a university degree, emigrating to Australia and editing a cycling magazine.
Having put his professional racing career on hold in 1993, Sturgess, a former British road race champion, got back on a bike while covering the world track championships in Perth, Western Australia. Then his South African protege, David George, won an under-23 world time trial bronze in San Sebastian, and Sturgess was fired up for a comeback. After a medal- winning performance in the Australian track championships, Sturgess returned to Britain to re-establish his international career at the age of 29.
He was due to ride in a French race but the trip fell through, so Sturgess was switched to the 260-mile Tour which opens today on a Peak District circuit, near Oldham.
Another late inclusion is the British road race champion, Jeremy Hunt, whose 10 victories last year in internationally recognised races put him among the top nine most successful riders of the year.
TOUR OF LANCASHIRE: Today: Lydgate-Uppermill circuit, Oldham, 59.5 miles (start 1.0pm). Tomorrow: Bolton-Holcombe, 73.5 miles (10.30am). Sunday: Cockerham time trials, Lancaster, 12 miles (9.0am); Hyndburn circuit race (Accrington town centre), 29.8 miles (3.30pm). Monday: Longridge Fell circuit, Preston, 87.5 miles (10.30am).
Latest in Sport
Frank Lampard was RIGHT not to celebrate Manchester City's equaliser against Chelsea
All Blacks Aaron Cruden misses New Zealand flight after drinking session, has brilliant excuse
WWE Raw results: Dean Ambrose and John Cena hunt down Seth Rollins but The Authority stand firmly in their way
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Five reasons why Louis van Gaal is a worse Manchester United manager than David Moyes
- 1 Cyclist in Russia narrowly misses being hit by car and lorry
- 2 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 3 What are your fingerprint words?
- 5 Pink Floyd new album: Band unveil cover art for first record in 20 years
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Labour Party conference: Ed Balls to set out plan to freeze child benefit to balance books
£16500 - £20000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: We are currently r...
£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Crawley: KS2 PPA Teacher currently nee...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...
£28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Software Application Support Analyst - Imm...