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Kwiatkowski: 'Tomorrow is the Vuelta's first big mountain checkpoint'
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vuelta a Espaa race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) has every intention of fighting for the top spot overall on Tuesdays first key mountain stage, the Pole explained after stage 3. Kwiatkowski and the Vuelta a Espaa GC contenders face their first big challenge Tuesday with the 12 kilometre ascent to Alfacar. Talking to reporters after he completed stage 3 safely in the main pack, Kwiatkowski said, its not about how long I want to have the jersey [of the race leader], its about having respect for it.ADVERTISEMENT Like in any race, you try to keep it as long as you can. This is not a game, its not something you just give away.So bearing that in mind I will try to hold it as long as possible. But I have no idea how long that could be. Munching on a bowl of rice between fielding questions, Kwiatkowski was noticeably blunt when asked how much he knew about the stage four ascent. Not much, he answered, before taking another mouthful of rice. However, the questions about whether Kwiatkowski can move across to fighting for GC in a Grand Tour in the future cannot be disconnected from the Polish racers performance in this Vuelta a Espaa. And on a climb like Alfacar, there may well be some answers, albeit ones in a context of having recently ridden both the Tour de France and Tour de Pologne, working very hard in the former and winning the latter. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski rues missing out on Vuelta a Espana stage win
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After Team Sky shattered the peloton in the closing stages of the Vuelta a Espaa's first mass-start stage on Sunday, Michal Kwiatkowski was hoping to finish off his teammates' hard work with a stage victory in Caminito del Rey. But the Polish champion was unable to counter the powerful uphill surge from Movistar's Alejandro Valverde and had to settle for second place. Kwiatkowski missed out on winning the prologue by six seconds toBMC's Rohan Dennis, and even taking the race lead off the Australian was of little consolation after two near-misses in a row. "It's not the way I wanted to take the jersey, I was hoping to win the stage,"Kwiatkowski said according toTeamSky.com. "The team were amazing ahead of the finale but Valverde was very impressive. In his country, when he races La Vuelta, it's not easy to beat Alejandro. It's a bit disappointing but I'm the leader of La Vuelta."ADVERTISEMENT Kwiatkowski did not need the time bonus to overtake Dennis in the overall classification, as the BMC rider was distanced when Team Sky and Movistar surged with 30km to go. Dennis ended up losing over 13 minutes on the stage, putting Kwiatkowski in the lead over Valverde by 14 seconds with Sunweb's Wilco Kelderman in third at 25 seconds. There is the real possibility that the Pole can hold onto the race lead for several more days, but a stage win is his overarching goal. "I'm happy about yesterday and about my shape today. Let's stay focused and try to win another one," he said. "I just want to celebrate this moment. La Vuelta is really long so I want to enjoy tonight and then racing in the red jersey tomorrow." Kwiatkowski had plenty of podium time after the stage, as he leads the points and combined classifications in addition to the overall. The team has big ambitions even if they lack the kind of obvious Grand Tour firepower that they brought to the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France withChrisFroome and GeraintThomas. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sky: Vuelta a Espana lead is possible for Kwiatkowski
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky turned in a strong global performance in the opening time trial stage of the Vuelta a Espana in Malaga, placing four riders in the top 20, including runner-up Michal Kwiatkowski. But if the win just eluded the British squad on Saturday, Sky's head sports director for the Vuelta promised they would fight for the lead on Sunday's uphill finish. Kwiatkowski came the closest of all the opposition to defeating Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team), missing out by six seconds. But with time bonuses of ten, six and four seconds waiting at the finish of tomorrow's stage, as well as three-, two- and one-second bonuses in the intermediate sprints, there will be plenty of opportunities to unseat the Australian. Even as Saturday's stage was drawing to a close, Sky's management were already making calculations about the chances of Kwiatkowski repeating his brief spell in the Vuelta lead in 2016. "Michal did a perfect prologue, really good, no mistakes, so we should be happy, it's a good start," Team Sky directeur sportif Gabriel Rasch told Cyclingnews. "And tomorrow's finish is really good for Kwiato as well, so the red jersey [of leader] is definitely possible." He was more cagey about whether Kwiatkowski would or would not go for a GC placing in the Vuelta, saying "we'll take that on the day by day."ADVERTISEMENT Rasch said he was very satisfied with the way Sky's other riders had defended themselves on the time trial course, "Dylan [Van Baarle, fifth], Pavel [Sivakov, 38th], Tao [Geoghegan] Hart, 18th], Castro' [Jonathan Castroviejo, seventh] all did very well. David De La Cruz [81st] did a similar time to [Vincenzo] Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and [Nairo] Quintana (Movistar), so he's in the game." De La Cruz himself was somewhat disappointed with his race, telling Spanish television afterwards that "it was a pity, I hoped to do better. I know that I always have a tough time on the first stage of a race, but I didn't expect to lose so much time. I know the form is good, I have to be optimistic. "I checked out the time trial the other day when the roads were open, this morning I did it twice to be sure of my line on the curves and then I looked at it on my computer. One important goal was not to crash, the other to stay close to the leaders. I was a little bit off the pace but it wasn't a total catastrophe." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
No Chris Froome or Geraint Thomas but Team Sky send strong team to Vuelta a Espana
August 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas racing at the Tour of Britain next month, Michal Kwiatkowski and David de la Cruz will head up Team Skys general classification ambitions for the Vuelta a Espana. Alongside Kwiatkowski and De La Cruz, the team has opted for a blend of youth and experience. Tao Geoghegan Hart and Pavel Sivakov will make their Grand Tour debuts with Jonathan Castroviejo, Sergio Henao, Salvatore Puccio, and Dylan van Baarle completing the line-up. Kwiatkowski has shown promise as a Grand Tour rider in the past with his 11th place at the 2013 Tour de France. In recent years, however, he has turned his focus to the Classics and shorter stage races, while riding in a support role in three-week races. The Polish national champion has had a strong 2018 campaign with overall victories at the Volta ao Algarve and Tirreno-Adriatico at the start of the season.ADVERTISEMENT He played a key role in the mountains for team leaders Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome during the Tour de France and held his form to take victory at his home race, the Tour de Pologne. Kwiatkowski has only ridden the Vuelta a Espana once before, in 2016 during his debut season with Team Sky. It will be the first time that the 28-year-old has ridden two Grand Tours in the same season. Vuelta selection is another important step in my career. Ive never raced two Grand Tours in one season, so I am intrigued to see how my body will react to that challenge. But I dont feel any pressure " just excitement before a new experience, Kwiatkowski said in a team press release. Its been a busy summer for me. Just six days after the Tour de France I started in the Tour of Poland and was able to stay in top shape, winning my home race. This year Im trying to finish the season with a slightly different approach. I think that staying in a racing rhythm might just suit me. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Doull cleared of concussion after BinckBank crash " News Shorts
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Owain Doull (Team Sky) has abandoned the BinckBank Tour after suffering a heavy crash in the final 40 kilometres of stage 5 and being diagnosed with a suspected concussion. TeammatesLukasz Wisniowski and Dylan van Baarle were also both caught up in the incident, but Doull was by far the worst affected. Doull remounted his bike after the crash but complained of feeling "strange", and was immediately pulled from the race by the team's doctor. Further tests cleared him of any concussion, however. Doull was left disappointed, but believed that it was better to be safe than sorry. "Always gutting not to finish a race but when it comes to concussion it's not worth it," Doull said later on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Team doctor Richard Usher explained the incident further. "Owain crashed at around 50kph. He was initially assessed after the crash by the race doctor but within minutes of getting back on his bike he came to the team car feeling "very strange" and in shock. We immediately took him out of the race with a clear and suspected concussion," he said on the team website. "He has been subsequently seen and assessed in hospital, and thankfully all his scans are clear and he is improving. He will undergo a graduated return to riding under the team's medical policy. He will be out of hospital tonight and we will keep a close eye on him overnight. If everything is OK he will go home tomorrow." Doull's departure compounded a difficult day for Team Sky, with Diego Rosa also stepping off during the stage due to fatigue, while Chris Lawless didn't start the next stage after falling ill overnight. Pantano out of Vuelta a Espaa with toxoplasmosis Van Hooydonck extends contract with Continuum Sports Trentin wears European champ's jersey ahead of debut You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ganna's 2020 vision for Tokyo expected to include a Team Sky focus
August 16, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Filippo Ganna has toggled between track and road in recent years, claiming a brace of world titles in the individual pursuit while finding his feet in the WorldTour ranks in the colours of UAE Team Emirates. It is a balancing act that will continue at least until the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where Ganna hopes to strike gold as part of Italy's increasingly competitive team pursuit squad, while also racing on the road, probably with Team Sky, after La Gazzetta dello Sport said his move to the British team is a mere formality. "I think it's the number one objective for me in the coming years," Ganna told Cyclingnews, refusing to confirm a move to Team Sky. "We have targeted it and we're working to do what we can together. We're hoping that in the final build-up we'll be able to do a nice block of work to get there in form." Mixing the boards and the road is never straightforward but Ganna has something of a role model to follow in the shape of fellow countryman Elia Viviani, who claimed gold in the omnium at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and who may very well be part of the Italian pursuit quartet in Japan, while bring a successful sprinter on the road.ADVERTISEMENT A year and a half before the 2016 Games, Viviani decided to sign for Team Sky, reasoning that it was the best environment in which to combine his track and road ambitions. Ganna seems set to follow a similar build-up to Tokyo 2020 by switching to Team Sky at the end of this season. Viviani has since moved from Team Sky to Quick-Step Floors to ensure more freedom in road races but has no regrets about dividing his career between the road and track. Ganna agreed that Viviani's commitment has served as something of an inspiration. "We've got two different styles, obviously, because he's a sprinter and I'm a passista, a rouleur, but he has managed to be competitive on the road and the track," Ganna said. "We'll just have to see how I develop over the coming years and how I work with my team." Overcoming the odds You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski savours Tour de Pologne victory after courageous final defence
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
History turned full circle for Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) at the Tour de Pologne after the Pole managed to secure overall success on the same finish where he lost the race six years ago. In 2012, Kwiatkowski lost to Italys Moreno Moser in Bukowina, eventually finishing second overall place. This time despite a dangerous late attack by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), the Pole limited any time loss, finishing sixth at the line and so kept the leaders yellow jersey by 14 seconds. It was a narrow margin, but enough of a gap to seal the Team Sky rider's first ever victory in his countrys biggest stage race, which also came with two stage wins at Szczyrk, where he took the lead, and Bielsko-Biala.ADVERTISEMENT The Tour de Pologne is Kwiatkowskis second WorldTour stage race win after taking Tirreno-Adriatico this spring. His success and his form bodes well for his upcoming participation in the Vuelta a Espaa, which he led in 2016, and in the World Road-Race Championships in Innsbruck. The Pole won the world title in Ponferrada, Spain in 2014. Thats the Tour of Pologne Youve got those emotions until the end of the race because everything is so close, Kwiatkowski said afterwards, savouring his victory. We didnt panic as a team; without the boys I wouldnt have been able to defend the jersey. They rode an amazing race; first Ian Stannard and Lukas Wisniowski, then Michal Golas and Salvatore Puccio, Pavel Sivakov and Sergio Henao at the end. They were incredibly strong. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas edges closer to Team Sky deal, set to race Tour of Britain
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas has given his biggest indication yet that he will re-sign at Team Sky, despite offers from rival teams. Thomas, who won the Tour de France in July, is out of contract this year and put off contract negotiations until after this year's race. Team Sky are keen on keeping their latest Tour winner but Thomas' increased value and pedigree has seen interest from other teams. Earlier this week, CCC confirmed that they had put an offer on the table and presented it to Thomas' agent. The Polish team are merging with the remnants of the BMC Racing team next year and lack a Grand Tour leader. They would be able to guarantee Thomas leadership status for the Tour de France - an issue that could prove problematic at Team Sky due to the presence of Chris Froome. Trek-Segafredo and several other squads had shown interest in Thomas earlier in the year.ADVERTISEMENT However, on Thursday Thomas told the BBC that a deal was close with Team Sky, a team he has been part of since 2010. "I know they [Team Sky] had a big meeting today, I'm obviously really happy there," he said. "I'm confident we'll get something sorted in the next few days. We're incredibly close and I'm happy where I am. It seems to be working well at the moment. So, I think in the very near future we'll have it all done." The Daily Telegraph have reported that the deal with Team Sky will be worth 3.5 million per-season. "I'm happy with the team and we are working very well together. I've grown up within the Sky system and I've known guys like Dave Brailsford since I was 17. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am now. There are lots of very good teams out there, I wanted to hear what they had to say, and it was nice to have a lot of great offers, but hopefully things will be done in the next day or so," Thomas said, according to The Telegraph. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
No place like home for Tour de France champ Geraint Thomas as Cardiff salutes him " and he stays with Team Sky
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
In-demand Welshman greeted by thousands on streets of his hometown will sign new deal worth up to £4m-a-year More...
Cycling: Geraint Thomas antidote to Sky vitriol
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Geraint Thomas ascended to the pinnacle of cycling yesterday, saying his historic Tour de France victory was proof of the power of "hard work" and insisting his triumph had not been aided by the use of drugs.Standing on the top... More...
Team Sky's dominance at Tour de France set to continue
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The Tour de France has a new champion, but the narrative remains the same at cycling's biggest race: Team Sky's domination has no limits.By placing Geraint Thomas on top of the podium on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday,... More...
Tour de France: Why the French hates Team Sky?
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The 2018 edition of the Tour de France has been imbued with an unusual and strong tension between the public and the peloton. Team Sky was particularly targeted. Ahead the third week of race, four-times Tour de France winner Chris... More...
Geraint Thomas all but wins Tour de France 2018 after Team Sky rider survives last mountain stage
July 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Thomas has now led from the front on the general classification for 850 miles and produced another ride of stunning maturity More...
Team Sky boss claims spitting and booing aimed at riders is a 'French thing' and warns: 'respect us or riders won't return'
July 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford believes the spitting, booing and physical intimidation to which his riders have been subjected at this Tour de France is a phenomenon particular to "French culture", adding that unless French... More...
Brailsford blames French cycling culture for abuse of Sky
July 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CARCASSONNE, France (AP) " Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford blames the French cycling culture for fans abusing his Tour de France leaders Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome.Spectators have been taunting four-time champion Froome... More...
Sky rider Moscon expelled from Tour for hitting opponent
July 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CARCASSONNE, France (AP) " Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon was expelled from the Tour de France on Sunday after he appeared to deliberately hit a fellow cyclist during the race.The Italian lashed out at French rider Elie Gesbert of... More...
Gianni Moscon disqualified from Tour de France after Team Sky cyclist punches opposing rider during stage 15
July 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The 24-year-old Italian struck Frenchman Elie Gesbert in the face on Sunday More...
Cycling: With Thomas and Froome 1-2, Sky controls the Tour de France
July 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
With Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome sitting 1-2 in the overall standings, Team Sky has complete control over the Tour de France.The two British riders took advantage of their powers in the hilly 14th stage in the Massif Central,... More...
Mike van Niekerk: Tour reduced to a Team Sky procession
July 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COMMENT: It's tempting to describe the bike race going on in France as the Tour de Boring, if not for the carnage ripping the field apart - and the question of who will lead Team Sky into Paris.The sight of Team Sky motoring up... More...
Cycling: Geraint Thomas pleads for 'decency' as fan punches Chris Froome mid-race and Team Sky riders are spat on
July 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Geraint Thomas pleaded for calm and "a bit of decency" from roadside fans at the Tour de France after ugly scenes marred his historic victory on Alpe d'Huez. One fan was arrested for throwing a punch at four-time Tour champion Chris... More...

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