World Road Cycling Championships broadcast schedule

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Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air daily live coverage of the world road cycling championships from Bergen, Norway, starting Sunday.

Events will stream live on NBC Sports Gold’s Cycling Pass.

Olympic Channel coverage will be live streamed on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Live timing is here.

The championships start with team and junior events before the elite races begin Tuesday.

Headliners include Slovakian Peter Sagan, who hopes to become the first man to win three straight world titles in the elite road race on Sept. 24.

Sagan was kicked out of the Tour de France on July 4 after making contact with Mark Cavendish, who then fell in a bunched sprint stage finish, suffering a broken right shoulder-blade. Cavendish remains out of action.

The men’s time trial on Wednesday features a summit finish.

That could favor Chris Froome, who is coming off sweeping the Tour de France and Vuelta a España this summer. The Kenyan-born, South African-raised Brit took Olympic time trial bronze medals in 2012 and 2016.

German Tony Martin will be looking to break the record for most world time trial titles with his fifth crown. He’s tied with retired Swiss Fabian Cancellara.

American Amber Neben, 42, defends her world time trial title on Tuesday. The Dutch team features the last two Olympic road race champions — Marianne Vos and Anna van der Breggen.

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Day Time (ET) Event
Sunday, Sept. 17 6-8:15 a.m. Women’s Team Time Trial
9:30-11:45 a.m. Men’s Team Time Trial
Monday, Sept. 18 4:30-6:10 a.m. Women’s Junior Time Trial
7-11:55 a.m. Men’s U23 Time Trial
Tuesday, Sept. 19 5:30-7:50 a.m. Men’s Junior Time Trial
9:50-11:35 a.m. Women’s Elite Time Trial
Wednesday, Sept. 20 7 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Men’s Elite Time Trial
Friday, Sept. 22 4-6:35 a.m. Women’s Junior Road Race
7:10-11:55 a.m. Men’s U23 Road Race
Saturday, Sept. 23 2:55-6:45 a.m. Men’s Junior Road Race
7:10-11:35 a.m. Women’s Elite Road Race
Sunday, Sept. 24 4-11:10 a.m. Men’s Elite Road Race

 

Gregorio Paltrinieri swims second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history

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Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri swam the second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history, clocking 14:33.10 in his native Italy on Thursday.

Paltrinieri, 25, missed Chinese Sun Yang‘s world record from the 2012 Olympics by 2.08 seconds.

The Italian now owns the second- and third-fastest times in history, including his 14:34.10 from the 2016 European Championships, also held at the 2012 Olympic pool in London.

Paltrinieri is a versatile distance swimmer. At last year’s world championships, he finished sixth in the open-water 10km to qualify for the Olympics, then won the 800m free in the pool in a European record time and finished with 1500m bronze, just missing a third straight world title in that event.

German Florian Wellbrock won the 1500m in 14:36.54 at worlds, with Paltrinieri finishing 2.21 seconds back.

Sun, 28, was in February banned eight years stemming from destroying a drug-test sample with a hammer in September 2018. Sun, who focused more on the 200m and 400m frees in recent years, did not race the 1500m at the 2017 or 2019 Worlds.

Top-level swim meets in the U.S. are scheduled to resume in November with the Tyr Pro Series.

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Bianca Andreescu to miss U.S. Open

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Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing “unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic” compromising her ability to prepare to defend her Grand Slam title.

“I have taken this step in order to focus on my match fitness and ensure that I return ready to play at my highest level,” Andreescu, a 20-year-old Canadian, posted on social media. “The US Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there. However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”

Andreescu’s absence means the U.S. Open, the first Grand Slam tournament since tennis resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, will be without both 2019 male and female singles champions.

Rafael Nadal previously announced he would not defend his title, saying he would rather not travel given the global situation. Roger Federer is also out after knee surgery. Women’s No. 1 Ash Barty didn’t enter, either, citing travel concerns.

Last year, Andreescu made her U.S. Open title run as the 15th seed, sweeping Serena Williams in the final. Ranked 208th a year earlier, she became the first player born in the 2000s to win a Slam and the first teen Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 U.S. Open.

Andreescu then missed the Australian Open in January due to rehab from a knee injury that forced her to retire during a match at the WTA Finals on Oct. 30. She also missed the French Open and Wimbledon in 2019 following a rotator cuff tear.

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