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More upheaval at British Cycling with CEO stepping down

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MANCHESTER, England — 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 the track, Britain won six gold medals in Rio.

Lance Armstrong announces engagement to Hansen

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AUSTIN, Texas — Cyclist Lance Armstrong has announced his engagement to longtime partner Anna Hansen.

The couple has been together nearly a decade and have two children. Armstrong announced Wednesday on social media that he’d popped the question and posted a picture of the two of them on a boat on Lake Austin.

Armstrong was previously married to the former Kristin Richard, with whom he has three children. He also was previously engaged to singer Sheryl Crow before his relationship with Hansen.

Armstrong won the Tour de France seven times from 1999-2005 but those titles were later stripped away after revelations of performance-enhancing drug use.

Van Garderen wins 18th stage, Dumoulin keeps Giro lead

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ORTISEI, Italy — Tejay van Garderen claimed his first Grand Tour victory on the tough 18th stage of the Giro d’Italia as Tom Dumoulin kept the pink jersey on Thursday.

Van Garderen, of the United States, came round the inside of the final corner to edge Mikel Landa at the uphill finish of the 137-kilometer (85-mile) leg from Moeana to Ortisei.

The peloton rode five categorized climbs through the Dolomites.

Thibaut Pinot was third, eight seconds behind the front two.

Dumoulin remained 31 seconds ahead of 2014 champion Nairo Quintana, with two-time champion Vincenzo Nibali third, 1:12 behind.

The 100th Giro ends in Milan on Sunday.