By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Australian pro cycling team Orica-BikeExchange believes Team Sky's stranglehold over the Tour de France may be loosened by the unconventional 2017 route and are relishing the prospect of a battle of "aggression" on the road. Organisers hope it will reward attacking riders and prevent top teams like Sky and Movistar from locking down stages with tactical group riding. Sky's meticulous organisation has propelled champion Chris Froome to the title in three of the last four races and prompted criticism that cycling's showpiece has become a dull spectacle.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The chief executive of British Cycling is stepping down, adding to the upheaval in the country's most successful Olympic sport. Ian Drake said in a statement released Friday by British Cycling that he will leave in April after seven years in the position. The announcement comes at the end of a tough year off the track for British Cycling, with Shane Sutton having left his role as the national body's technical director in April — 100 days before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics — following discrimination allegations. British Cycling's headquarters were visited by UK Anti-Doping officials this month as part of an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in the sport. On
Ian Drake is to step down as chief executive of British Cycling after seven years at the helm in April next year, he announced on Friday. Drake's decision comes in the wake of a tumultuous year which saw success on the track -- the British team dominating at the Olympics -- but also allegations of bullying and recently controversy over legend Bradley Wiggins' use of therapeutic use exemption (TUE) permitted by cycling authorities for the powerful corticosteroid triamcinolone prior to three major races. "I have been involved with British Cycling in some form for almost 20 years, the last eight as CEO, and it is an organisation that I will always love.