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Team Sky's Bernal wins first GC test in Tour of California
May 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) " Egan Bernal tasted glory at the Tour of California when he rode solo to the top of Gibraltar Road.Sebastian Henao and Tao Geoghegan Hart were just as heroic Monday.After powerful Team Sky worked to... More...
Chris Froome not relying on time trials for Giro d'Italia title
May 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) has begun his final countdown to the Giro dItalia seemingly determined to keep the issues with his salbutamol test at bay and focussed fully on racing. Froome admitted that with Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) as a new rival for the GC battle, he will have to take a different tactic than he has in his four Tour de France victories. "I'm not going to be able to rely on time trialling to win the Giro. The race [route] is extremely well-balanced, there are a lot of time trials, but also mountains. There's not going to be one terrain that wins this Giro, it's going to have to be a different tactic. "It's special for me to come here and target the Giro for the first time," Froome continued. "My career started in Italy, my first few years were living in Italy and it's special to be here. This has never been a big goal of mine 'til now, but from the feeling I had at the Tour of the Alps, I feel I'm ready for this, and I've got a fantastic team to support me. I'm feeling as good as I've ever felt."ADVERTISEMENT The Briton could not avoid repeated questions about his case again at the pre-race press conference, but he gave answers almost identical to those he has provided since the start of the season and his first race of the year at the Ruta del Sol. Flanked by his seven teammates for the Giro, as well as chief sports director for the race, Nicolas Portal, and Team Principal David Brailsford at the end of the line, Froome came out with the same lines as before: I can understand the frustration, nothing says I shouldn't be here racing, this was supposed to be a confidential process. But the first question, asked almost apologetically by an Italian journalist, nonetheless went straight to the heart of an issue that may hang over this Giro d'Italia all the way from Jerusalem to Rome and possibly beyond: How did Froome handle the risk that his Giro d'Italia result could be cancelled, as had happened in the past, with Alberto Contador? You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome's road to the Giro d'Italia - Video
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With less than one week to go before the start of the Giro d'Italia, Team Sky have released a video highlighting the preparations done by ChrisFroome ahead of his historic GrandTour attempt. Froome heads to the small Italian town of Ovaro to preview the MonteZoncolan, finding that the climbs en route to the final climb are also painfully steep. The Briton is heading to Israel this week to start his bid to be one of the three riders in history who have held all three Grand Tour titles simultaneously. Only Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx have won all three in a row when the Vuelta aEspaa was in April.ADVERTISEMENT Froome reveals that he had his doubts when the team hatched the plan after he won last year's Tour deFrance and Vuelta a Espaa. "Initially when the team asked me about the Giro, my reaction was no. I really wanted to focus on doing a fifth Tour de France. In my mind, the goal all along was to try and get to that point,"Froome says. "There's an element of risk involved in targeting the Giro-Tour, but I think I'd regret it for the rest of my life if I didn't give it a go. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome to lead Team Sky at Giro as he plots Grand Tour treble
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Chris Froome will lead Team Sky in this month's Giro d'Italia as he targets victory in a third straight Grand Tour event despite an ongoing probe into an adverse doping test, the team announced Friday. Froome admitted there was a risk in making a serious assault on the Giro so close to his expected More...
Froome to lead eight-strong Team Sky lineup at Giro
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Reuters) - Britain's Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at next month's Giro d'Italia as he aims to secure his first title in the grueling road race while under investigation over an adverse doping test result at last year's Vuelta a Espana. The 32-year-old will be joined in Team Sky' More...
Froome added to Sky's Giro team despite doping probe
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Team Sky have named Britain's Chris Froome in their team for the Giro d'Italia starting next month despite the ongoing investigation into his adverse doping test. More...
Bernal lights up Romandie but Roglic holds firm
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As impressive as Egan Bernals wining ride in the uphill time trial was on stage 3, the sight of him lighting up the field on Les Collons during stage 4 of the Tour de Romandie was truly something to behold. The 21-year-old had experienced riders in Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)scrambling for cover with at least three race-splitting attacks, each more impressive than the last. As so many rivals commented this week, Bernal is the real deal. Unfortunately for the young Team Sky rider, the primary target for his aggression, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL Jumbo), held firm and eventually stole two seconds on the line to move his race lead out to eight seconds. With one stage remaining, the Slovenian is on course to seal the overall, but Bernal has once again shown that he is every bit a WorldTour star.ADVERTISEMENT I dont know how many times I tried, Bernal told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on the rollers after the stage. I gave my best and Primoz Roglic is a very good rider. Hes now stronger than me. I tried for my team because they did a good job for me. Now Im happy because although I didnt win I attacked a lot of times. Thats good for cycling. Only six seconds separated Roglic and Bernal ahead of the stage, and Team Sky began to set the pace on the penultimate climb. They lined out the bunch and then ensured that Jonathan Castroviejo laid the ground work for Bernal with an injection of pace. When Bernal made his first move Roglic responded, but the rest of GC contenders were not so lucky. Porte tried to move across but soon relented as Bernal and Roglic went by the remnants of the early break as if they were statues. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bernal: I'll try to attack Roglic in Romandie but he's a complete rider
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Egan Bernal (Team Sky) claimed his maiden WorldTour win with an impressive ride in the mountain time trial on stage 3 of the Tour de Romandie. The Colombian set a time of 25:10 over the 9.9km course, and pushed race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) into second place, four seconds down. The win moved Bernal into second overall, and the 21-year-old sits just six seconds off Roglic's lead with two stages remaining. Saturday's stage will decide the overall standings, and while the 149km effort that starts and finishes in Sion lacks a summit finish, it represents the last opportunity to rattle Roglic. Stage 4 includes five major climbs, although the final summit comes almost 30 kilometres from the finish. The chance of creating significant gaps before the finish is slim, with Roglic stating that he expects riders to come back after the final climb. Bernal has already exceeded expectations this year, but the inevitable question is whether he will look to dislodge Roglic or settle for a place on the podium. As the Colombian explained after today's stage, the situation was far more complex than just a straight fight between the current top two.ADVERTISEMENT "I'd like to attack but it depends on a lot of things," Bernal told Cyclingnews as he strolled out of the press conference. "I hope to feel good, and if I feel good I'll try something but after such a hard stage, tomorrow could be difficult for me too. Just to be second on GC could be difficult for me so it depends on a lot of things. "I think we'll look at the situation and make some plans but Roglic is in great condition. He won Pais Vasco and this course suits him. He climbs, he time trials, he's a complete rider. It'll be hard but there's no pressure. Now I've won a stage. I've already done a great race. If I abandon tomorrow it's not a problem." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas goes into survival mode after cracking in Romandie TT
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) dropped out of contention at the Tour de Romandie after a flat performance in the stage 3 mountain time trial. The Welshman clocked 27:43 over the 9.9 kilometres from Ollon to Villars but his effort was only enough to net him 27th place, with his teammate Egan Bernal taking the stage and Primoz Roglic doing just enough to retain the leader's jersey. With two stages remaining Thomas has dropped to 19th overall. Thomas came into the stage third overall after the first three days of racing and would have been hoping for a strong performance in his first stage race since March's Tirreno-Adriatico. However, the Welshman was already in trouble on the lower slopes of the climb, and he found himself a minute down on provisional leader Richie Porte (BMC Racing) at the intermediate check after 4.4km of racing. By the time Thomas came over the line, he had conceded 2:33 to stage winner and teammate Bernal, leaving his overall podium chances in ruins. "I just didn't have it," he told Cyclingnews as he rested against the barriers by the finish.ADVERTISEMENT "I tried to start with a good pace but just didn't have it, and I cracked at about halfway. Certainly, with 3km to go, it was all about survival. The legs were fading and I couldn't hold the power and knew from there that I would be just limiting my losses. Early on it was mid to low 400s in terms of Watts. And I felt in control but after about 15-18 minutes, the legs started going and by then I was at high 300s, but you know that's nowhere near as quick enough." Thomas came into the race with hopes of a top GC result. He was a consistent performer in the early-season stage races, and although his short foray into the Classics ended poorly, he still lined up in Romandie as one of the contenders for victory. Although every rider has the capacity to endure a bad day, the time lost to several potential Tour de France rivals will raise some questions for Thomas and his Sky management. The Tour de France is still months away, and the Dauphin comes first, but this time trial was a key marker for Tour form. When Cyclingnews asked where this performance came from, Thomas fronted up, and then raised his training as a consideration. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky announce Giro d'Italia team to support Chris Froome
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky have named the squad that will support Chris Froome at the 2018 Giro dItalia, with Wout Poels, Kenny Elissonde and Sergio Henao all included in a strong line-up. Froome is riding the Giro despite returning an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol during his victory at last years Vuelta a Espaa. The Briton is free to compete until the case is resolved. The eight-man Sky team for the Giro is completed by David de la Cruz, Salvatore Puccio, Vasil Kiryienka and Christian Knees. It will be Froomes first participation in the Giro since he was excluded for taking a tow from a motorbike during the 2010 edition of the race.ADVERTISEMENT In the intervening period, Froome has won the Tour de France on four occasions, but was persuaded to add the Giro to his race programme in 2018. Giro organiser RCS Sport has denied reports that it had paid Froome an appearance fee of 1.4 million. "Ive had a different start to the season as Ive obviously been aiming to try and reach my peak quite a bit earlier than usual. But the target of going for a third consecutive Grand Tour has given me new motivation," Froome said in a statement released by Sky on Friday morning. "Of course, there is an element of risk involved in targeting the Giro before the Tour, but I think I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didnt give this race a go." News of Froomes adverse analytical finding for salbutamol was leaked in December, and the Team Sky rider declined to withhold himself from racing pending the resolution of the case. He returned to action at the Ruta del Sol in February and raced Tirreno-Adriatico in March before placing 4th overall at this months Tour of the Alps. Giro record You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome describes latest reports on salbutamol case as fake news
March 31, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) described reports that his salbutamol case has been sent to the UCIs Anti-Doping Tribunal as fake news on Friday evening, only to delete the twitter message a few hours later. The French newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday that Froomes case had been transferred from the UCI Legal Anti-Doping Services (LADS) to its Anti-Doping Tribunal, suggesting that the UCI LADS had rejected Froomes explanations as to why his level of salbutamol was double the 1000ng/ml permitted level. Froome's urine sample from an anti-doping control, taken after stage 18 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, was found to have exceeded the permitted limit of the asthma drug salbutamol. The 32-year-old has always denied any wrongdoing and says he is a long-term asthma sufferer. He insists that he knows the rules and has never taken more salbutamol than he is allowed.ADVERTISEMENT A few hours after the Le Monde story was published and reported by French news agency AFP, Froome tweeted: Fake news making the rounds again this evening. What journalists and publications wont do for a couple of clicks That tweet garnered both support and criticism but was later deleted. The latest posts on Froomes official Twitter account are now a retweet of the official Tour de France account announcing 100 days to the start of this years race and a scan image of the baby Chris and his wife Michelle are expecting in August. Case likely to be resolved after the Tour de France You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rowe, Moscon, Wisniowski in Team Sky's Dwars door Vlaanderen line-up
March 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky has named their Dwars door Vlaanderen line-up with Gianni Moscon, Luke Rowe,Lukasz Wisniowski and Chris Lawless among their seven starters for Wednesday's race. The quartet will be joined by sprinter Kristoffer Halvorsen, Jon Dibben and Ian Stannard. For Rowe, it will be his second stint on the cobbles after fearing he would miss the Classics altogether following an accident that resulted in a broken leg. He rode his first cobbled race at Nokere Koerse two weeks ago, before riding Milan-San Remo and the recent Coppi e Bartali stage race in Italy. The Welshman has defied expectations in his recovery after breaking his leg in a white water rafting incident last August. Several days after the accident, Rowe said that it was more than likely he would have to miss out the Classics, predicting that he would probably not return to racing until the middle of the season. However, Rowe made his racing debut at the Abu Dhabi Tour at the end of February and has also been named on the provisional line-up for the Tour of Flanders. How he will fare remains to be seen.ADVERTISEMENT Dwars door Vlaanderen is a race that can be hard to predict and requires teams to have a number of options. Last season saw a breakaway win by Quick-Step Floors Yves Lampaert. However, the previous season the race came down to a small bunch sprint. With Lawless, who won the bunch sprint on the final stage of the Coppi e Bartali, and Halvorsen, Team Sky has options for the second eventuality. Moscon and Wisniowski could be cards to play if the race comes down to a breakaway. Wisniowski took a surprise second place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and eighth at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne last month. However, he missed the cut at E3 Harelbeke on Friday, finishing well down the standings. Moscon enjoyed a solid performance on Friday to take eighth place. He was with the front riders at Sundays Gent-Wevelgem but hit a barrier on the Kemmelberg climb, putting him out of any contention. Team Sky for Dwars door Vlaanderen: Luke Rowe, Jon Dibben, Kristoffer Halvorsen, Chris Lawless, Gianni Moscon, Ian Stannard and Lukas Wisniowski. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome in danger of being blocked from Tour de France
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froomes hopes of winning a fifth Tour de France are reportedly under threat, with race organiser ASO ready to try to block the Team Sky rider from starting this years race due to his on-going salbutamol case. The Press Association Sport news agency has claimed that ASO will refuse to let Froome line up in the Vendee region on July 7 if his case has not been resolved. PA sport cited two senior cycling sources. Two sources have also confirmed the possibility to Cyclingnews. Froome exceeded the allowed levels for salbutamol en route to victory at last year's Vuelta a Espaa, but because salbutamol is considered a specified substance, the Team Sky rider remains free to race pending the resolution of the case.ADVERTISEMENT Froome has always denied any wrongdoing, saying that he respected medical guidelines for the use of his salbutamol asthma inhaler. He began his season at the Ruta del Sol and recently rode Tirreno-Adriatico. He has been announced for the Tour of the Alps stage race in Italy and Austria next month and is determined to push on with his plans to target the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 2018. UCI president David Lappartient has previously tried to pressure Team Sky to suspend Froome from racing but he acknowledges that Froome has a right to race under UCI rules. Lappartient has accepted that a verdict is unlikely to be reached before the Giro dItalia but on Wednesday, after he UCI presented its new strategy to fight mechanical doping, he said that the decision must be on the table before the Tour de France, adding, I hope so because it would be a disaster for everybody if it's not the case. ASO seem determined to push Lappartient and the UCI to expedite the Froome case before the start of the Tour de France on July 7. Under UCI WorldTour rules the 18 WorldTour teams must accept the participation of all UCI WorldTeams. However, Cyclingnews understands that ASO traditionally have unique rights in the contracts with teams for the Tour de France, which may give them extra powers to safeguarding the image of the race and so stop a rider competing in their race. ASO is understood to be confident it could resist any legal challenge from Team Sky, possibly dragging the case into the French civil courts. However, ASO was forced to back down in a similar case in 2009 when it tried to stop Tom Boonen from riding the Tour de France following his out of competition positive test for cocaine. Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme also accepted that Alberto Contador had the right to ride the Tour de France in 2011 as he awaited the appeal process of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Contador finished in the 2011 Tour de France, but was later stripped of his results after the CAS banned him for two years. Lappartient stuck in the middle You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Poels back in training after collarbone surgery
March 19, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Only nine days after breaking his collarbone in Paris-Nice, Wout Poelsis back on the home trainer and hopes to be back in the Team Sky line-up for Amstel Gold Race in April. The Dutchman had gone into Paris-Nice as co-leader with Sergio Henao. Poels won the stage 4 individual time trial, which moved him from 17th to second in GC, only 15 seconds behind race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana). Only two stages later, however, he crashed on a high-speed descent, leaving the race with the fractured collarbone, cuts to his left knee and chest trauma. He flew to England where he underwent surgery, and now has started his training again. "The operation went well and now I'm back on the bike," he tweeted, along with a photo of himself on the trainer indoors.ADVERTISEMENT The 30-year-old is said to be aiming to join the team for altitude training on Tenerife later this month and ride Amstel Gold. Poels had been foreseen as a back-up to Chris Froome in the Giro dItalia, and had said he would be prepared to serve as team leader should Froomes salbutamol case lead to a ban. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
DCMS select committee may yet call further hearings
March 19, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Two weeks after the DCMS Parliamentary select committee report into anti-doping created shock waves across British sport, a member of the committee has told Cyclingnews that there may yet be more revelations to come. Giles Watling, MP for Clacton and a member of the DCMS select committee since September last year, revealed that "there may be further hearings" in the future. "It's entirely possible," he said. "If further evidence arises we could look at it."ADVERTISEMENT "You can never say that it's case closed,'" Watling added. "It's for other agencies to get involved. That may include the judiciary." The fall out from the findings of the DCMS report, at least within cycling, has been significant. The key implication, that Team Sky and Sir Bradley Wiggins used tactical TUEs to gain a performance advantage, was met with derision and dismay, with many calling for Dave Brailsford to resign and for both Brailsford and Wiggins to be stripped of their knighthoods. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
World cycling boss calls Team Sky 'cheats' over drugs regime and demands new probe after devastating British parliamentary inquiry
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The pressure on Team Sky intensified last night when the most powerful man in cycling demanded an investigation into the doping allegations that have been levelled against them.David Lappartient, the president of the UCI, gave an... More...
UCI chief wants investigation into Team Sky doping findings
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " The head of cycling's world governing body wants an investigation into the findings of a doping report that accused Team Sky of using drugs to enhance the performance of Bradley Wiggins and possibly other... More...
Sir Bradley Wiggins' former coach Shane Sutton urges cycling legend and Team Sky to come clean
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Wiggins, Team Sky and principal Sir Dave Brailsford have been accused of "crossing an ethical line" More...
Kwiatkowski focuses on a third victory at Strade Bianche
March 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) is focused on winning Strade Bianche rather than thinking about the glory and recognition that a third victory would mean to his career. Only Fabian Cancellara has won Strade Bianche three times, and he's the only rider to have a sector of dirt road named in his honour. Kwiatkowski won Strade Bianche in 2014 while still an emerging talent. He took his second victory in 2017 and so will start this years race wearing race number one. His impressive victory at the recent Volta ao Algarve arguably makes him the favourite for this year's race, but he is not yet thinking about where hed like his special Strade Bianche milestone.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm really happy to be here as winner of last year, theres a little pressure for that reason, but I had a great winter preparation and had some good racing in Algarve and a wonderful period in the last two weeks before coming in to Strade Bianche. I have to be happy, even with the weather. I think the race will go on and we'll have a wonderful race, Kwiatkowski said with optimism despite the heavy rain falling in Siena as he later posed for the pre-race photo opportunity with Peter Sagan and Wout van Aert. "I think it's a wonderful idea that you can have your own sector of dirt road but I'm not thinking about that too much yet. Tomorrow well go for the win but not think too much about the sector. We've got strength in our team with Gianni Moscon and other riders. I'll be very happy whoever can compete for the win. That's the important thing, winning, rather than personal ambitions. "I'll start to think about having a dirt sector named after me when I'm close to winning." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski braves the elements for Milan-San Remo recon
February 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski is already preparing to defend his 2017 Milan-San Remo title when the race rolls out next month, even enduring a day of training in the snow on the route of the Italian Monument. The polish rider posted a video on Twitter of himself riding in a snowstorm with the frosty precipitation piling up on his brow and glasses. "San-Remo recon done," Kwiatkowski says in the video. "Lovely." The 291km race, which takes place March 17, has seen its snow days in the past, but Kwiatkowski - and the rest of the peloton, no doubt - will be hoping for a bit warner weather this year.ADVERTISEMENT Kwiatkowski won last year's race in a three-up sprint ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphlippe (Quick-Step Floors), two weeks after he won Strade Bianche. After San Remo he was second in Amstel Gold and third at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. So far this year the 2014 World Champion has won two stages and the overall at Volta ao Algarve. San Remo recon, if anyone asked #Kwiato #allezKwiato @TeamSky pic.twitter.com/g459rdLyCE " Micha Kwiatkowski (@kwiato) February 26, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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