Nick Westby

Sports editor, The Yorkshire Post and Johnston Press Yorkshire

Bygones: Moment of madness as Van der Velde implodes with his shoes and socks off

For 71 holes there was no one to touch him. Jean van der Velde, a journeyman French player on the European Tour, had absorbed everything the brutally-tough Carnoustie could throw at him in the 1999 Open Championship.

USA's Jordan Spieth kisses the claret jug after winningThe Open Championship 2017 at Royal Birkdale. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA

Weekend Interview: Self-belief ensures Jordan Spieth is always a contender

JORDAN SPIETH had a little over 72 hours to prepare for his first appearance at an Open Championship.

England manager Gareth Southgate embraces Ashley Young after the FIFA World Cup semi-finae Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire)

World Cup - Nick Westby: Let Moscow be springboard not the burden Turin became

“Heroes” screamed one tabloid front page headline on Thursday morning.

Heading into defence: Tour de France champion Chris Froome at the team presentation. Picture: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Tour de France: Chris Froome’s biggest challenge could come from within

With the salbutamol saga behind him at long last, it seems only fatigue and the fiery French fans can stop Chris Froome continuing his dominance of the grand tours as the most prestigious of them all begins today.

Connor Swift of Doncaster celebrates winning the British title in Northumberland (Picture: Alex Whitehead/

Otley Grand Prix: British champions descend on Yorkshire

Newly-crowned British road champion Connor Swift of Yorkshire lines up in the Otley Grand Prix tonight.

Ed Clancy.

Clancy faces fierce competition for national title

The quest to join some of the titans of British cycling as winners of their national road race takes place in Northumberland tomorrow.

Top prospect: Alexandra Bell.

British Championships: White Rose prospects ready to bloom

It is hard to look at the field for this weekend’s British Athletics Championships in Birmingham without feeling that the sport in this country is at the start of a new dawn.

Charlie Tanfield, centre, sprays Charlie Quarterman, left, and Thomas Pidcock with champagne after the Under-23s race at the HSBC UK National Road Championships Time Trial (Picture: Richard Sellers/PA Wire).

Tanfield and Lowther enjoy national time trial triumphs

Yorkshire’s strength in depth in cycling was evident in Northumberland yesterday as two of the region’s most promising riders claimed national titles.

Melissa Lowther of England finishes the Women's Road Race on the Gold Coast just days after she ewas denied the chance to take part in the time-trial (Picture: Alex Whitehead/

Melissa Lowther wants answers for Commonwealth Games error

Yorkshire cyclist Melissa Lowther is still awaiting a satisfactory explanation and a full apology for the administrative error which robbed her of her Commonwealth Games dream.

Andy Murray of Great Britain and Kyle Edmund of shake hands after their previous meeting in Beijing two years ago. (Picture: Zhong Zhenbin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Pretender to throne Kyle Edmund can lay down marker against Andy Murray

There is more at stake than merely a place in the third round of the Nature Valley International when Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund face one another at Eastbourne today.

Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Stakhovsky handed SW19 wild card after Ilkley Trophy success

Sergiy Stakhovsky, the unheralded Ukranian who once shocked the great Roger Federer at Wimbledon, is back at SW19 next week after winning the Fusion 100 Ilkley Trophy.

Talisman: England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his side's winner.

World Cup - Nick Westby: England hopes rest firmly with captain Harry Kane

There were positives aplenty for England on Monday, mixed in with the same old frustrations.

IlkleyTennis Club's Charlie Maunder. Picture: Tony Johnson

Ilkley content to offer themselves up as stepping stone for tennis hopefuls

There is a ritual the organisers of the Ilkley Trophy conduct every year with departing champions.

Great Britain Cycling academy road manager Keith Lambert at the Tour de Yorkshire.' (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Weekend Interview: Keith Lambert – helping to saddle up the next generation

Ten years have passed since Keith Lambert strolled into the headquarters of British Cycling to catch up with old friends – and walked out with a new job.

Brendan Ingle, pictured at his gym back in 1982

Nick Westby: Inspiring and uplifting - how Brendan Ingle was a saviour to so many

Any conversation with Brendan Ingle was an uplifting one.

Family affair: Stuart Lancaster, the Leinster senior coach, celebrates with his wife Nina and son Daniel. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Nick Westby: Former England RU chief Stuart Lancaster emerges from the shadows

A QUIET redemption occurred in Bilbao last weekend.

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Just champion: Greg Van Avermaet  after winning  the Tour de Yorkshire.'  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Tour de Yorkshire: Greg van Avermaet not along just for the ride

WHEN eventual winner Greg van Avermaet confirmed his attendance at the Tour de Yorkshire it was easy to think the Belgian was coming to the county with one eye on next year.

Max Walscheid wins stage three in Scarborough: (Pictures: Bruce Rollinson)

Tour de Yorkshire: Jersey joy for Williams as Walscheid claims emotional win

Skipton’s Pete Williams will wear the jersey for most active rider past his front door on Sunday after helping animate a third stage that was won in a sprint on Scarborough seafront by Max Walscheid.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Magnus Cort Nielsen crosses the finish line at the Cow and Calf in front of thousands of fans to win the Barnsley-Ilkley stage two and take the overall leaders jersey in the Tour de Yorkshire. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

Vuelta a Espana now on Yorkshire’s radar as county’s status as cycling capital picks up speed

YORKSHIRE cycling chiefs are exploring the possibility of bringing the Vuelta a Espana to the region.

Magnus Cort Nielsen, Astana, winner of stage 2.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Tour de Yorkshire: Holmfirth’s Scott fades away but another day of Tour upsets

It is rapidly becoming a Tour de Yorkshire of upsets.

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