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Yorkshire to host cycling’s road world championships in 2019

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DOHA, Qatar — The northern English county of Yorkshire will host cycling’s road world championships in 2019.

The International Cycling Union made the announcement on Wednesday, during the 2016 road worlds in Doha.

Yorkshire hosted the opening two stages of the Tour de France in 2014 – Leeds-Harrogate, York-Sheffield – and has also staged the three-day Tour de Yorkshire since 2015. Racing will take place across the county during the 2019 road worlds.

The British government is investing 24 million pounds ($29.35 million) in the 2019 event, 15 million pounds ($18.35 million) of which will be used to develop 27 purpose-built cycle-sport facilities across Britain.

“Yorkshire has embraced major cycling events in recent years,” said Tracey Crouch, Britain’s minister for sport, “and I know the county will put on a fantastic show in 2019.”

The next two road world championships will be held in Bergen, Norway, and Innsbruck, Austria.

The UCI also announced that Berlin, Germany, will host the Track World Championships in 2020.

Brazilian cycling team faces 2nd ban for persistent doping

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AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) Brazilian team Soul Brasil Pro Cycling faces another ban from racing after two more riders were implicated in doping.

The International Cycling Union says the team will be judged by its disciplinary panel which can impose bans of up to one year.

Cycling rules allow teams to be suspended if two riders are caught doping in a one-year period.

In December, the team’s riders were suspended for 55 days after three cases involving the banned blood booster CERA since July. They included Kleber Ramos of Brazil, who competed in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic road race.

The UCI says the latest cases involve biological passport results for Alex Correia Diniz, who is provisionally suspended, and an allegation against Otavio Bulgarelli of tampering with a doping sample.

Van Avermaet wins Gent-Wevelgem for two victories in three days

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GENT, Belgium (AP) Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet won his second race in three days Sunday, beating fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire in a two-man sprint finish to take the Gent-Wevelgem classic.

World champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia, who won last year’s race, finished third.

The 249-kilometer (154.7-mile) race through Belgium included two ascents of the steep, cobbled Kemmelberg hill, one of the iconic climbs of the spring classics season.

Last year’s race was overshadowed by the death of Belgian rider Antoine Demoitie after a fall.

Sagan fell Friday in the E3 Harelbeke, which Van Avermaet also won to add to his victory last month in Het Nieuwsblad.