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Poels upbeat about securing a place in Team Skys Tour de France squad
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Wout Poels is optimistic about securing a place in Team Skys Tour de France squad after returning to racing at the Route du Sud in the Pyrenees following a knee injury. The Dutchman had not raced since the Ruta del Sol in early February. His knee pain meant he was unable to defend his 2016 victory at Lige-Bastogne-Lige, and his chances of riding in support of Chris Froome initially seemed slim. However, Poels is considered one of Froomes key support riders in the mountains after helping him win the Tour in 2015 and 2016. Poels has now been back in full training for several weeks and is hoping the Team Sky management will trust him to come good in the mountain stages of the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT "I confident that Im in [the Tour de France squad]. The progression Ive made in recent weeks is clear to see. As a domestique for Froome, I dont need to be good from the first day. I need to be fresh to work in the third week, in the Alps, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf report Poels as saying after he finished 41st overall at the Route de Sud. Competition for the nine places in Team Skys squad for the Tour de France is intense, with 13 riders on a long list. Chris Froome is targeting a fourth victory and will need strong support as he competes against Richie Porte (BMC), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Geraint Thomas and Michal Kwiatkowski are expected to play key supporting roles for Froome, with Peter Kennaugh, Sergio Henao and Mikel Landa all under consideration as mountain domestiques. Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Christian Knees, Vasil Kiryienkaand several other riders are in line for domestique duty on the flatter stages. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Beginner's guide to the 2017 Tour de France - Video
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 2017 Tour de France Grand Depart in Dusseldorf is just a few weeks away. The race is the 103rd edition and it will be the first time in 30 years that it has visited Germany. Chris Froome (Team Sky) will be aiming to take his fourth overall title, with riders such as Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) all looking to stop his run of victories. There are other classifications up for grabs including the points and mountains competitions, while the top team will also be honoured in Paris.ADVERTISEMENT Whether youre new to the sport or you would like to brush up on some of the finer details, Cyclingnews has put together a beginners guide to the Tour de France. Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Will Team Sky wear new white kit at Tour de France?
May 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews has learned that Team Sky is set to wear a special edition white jersey for the 2017 edition of the Tour de France. An official announcement from the team is expected on 31st May, a few days after the Giro d'Italia comes to an end. Castelli would not confirm the exact design of the jersey to Cyclingnews, but they did confirm that it will feature a 'small detail change'. It is expected that the line and dot design of the standard issue black and blue jersey for the season will remain, with a simple reversal of the black and white colour ways. Team Sky would not comment when contacted by Cyclingnews. There is a possibility that the minimalist design of the jersey will clash with the Maillot Blanc, which is worn by the best young rider on the general classification. Historically, teams have altered their regular jersey so as not to clash with the leader's jersey at the Tour de France, whilst it seems that this will not deter the British super team. In 2011, the team wore a custom green 'Rainforest Rescue kit' at the Tour de France when Adidas provided apparel.ADVERTISEMENT ONCE, Mercatone Uno and KAS were all known to alter their kits for the Grand Tour so as not to clash with the yellow overall leader's jersey. More recently, Tinkoff-Saxo swapped out their yellow and blue kit for a grey and fluo camouflage kit in 2015. Special edition jerseys at the Tour de France have also become precursors for new sponsorship announcements for the following season. The blurred lines of transfer windows, contract negotiations and sponsorships deals begin in earnest during the biggest race on the calendar. Orica-GreenEdge, Giant-Alpecin and Cannondale-Drapac all released new jerseys for the Tour de France last year. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Talansky climbs to Stage 5 win in Tour of California
May 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) " Andrew Talansky's consolation prize was merely a signature victory on arguably the most famous climb in North America, the grueling ascent of Mount Baldy during the Tour of California.The American rider... More...
Froome hit by car on training ride
May 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome was knocked off his bike by a motorist today, posting a photo of his mangled Team Sky Pinarello bike on his social media accounts. The Tour de France champion was continuing his training back at home in the south of France after riding the Tour de Romandie, but said he was hit on purpose by a driver, who then drove off. Unlike the damage caused to his bike, Froome said he suffered no physical injury.ADVERTISEMENT "Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement!" Froome wrote on Twitter. "Thankfully I'm okay. Bike totaled. Driver kept going!" Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I'm okay Bike totaled. Driver kept going! pic.twitter.com/o7FT4iXsAo " Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) May 9, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Thomas sees potential for full-on GC battle on Mount Etna
May 08, 2017 (07:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Many pundits are predicting that thestage 4 summit finish on Mount Etna " the first and one of the hardest of the 2017 Giro d'Italia " comes too early in the race to culminate in an all-out GC battle. But one significant voice in the peloton, at least, believes the complete opposite could well be true. "I think once you're on it [Etna], everybody will be going full gas," Team Sky's Geraint Thomas told a small group of reporters in Tortoli before stage 3. "If somebody's good then they're going to try and take time." Although the popular view is that it would be risky to take a firm hold of the GC so early, Thomas points out that at least one top Giro d'Italia contender has operated differently in the past. "Look at when [Vincenzo] Nibali took yellow [on stage 2] in the Tour de France in 2014, the race was still in the UK," the Welshman pointed out. "I don't think Tuesday will be about people not wanting to take the Giro lead too soon."ADVERTISEMENT Thomas does not think, in any case, that the Giro d'Italia organisers have made a mistake by putting in such a key moment so soon in the game. "It's different to have a climb so early on, but it'll be good to see where I'm at, hopefully get stuck in, and have a good day." Thomas has not ridden Etna before because, as he succinctly explains, "other things [recons] fitted around races - it was just a bit more of a logistical pain in the arse." However, he says he'll spend some of the rest day watching videos of past two-wheeled assaults on the Sicilian volcano. "Apparently the wind could be important. It'll be a good test." He did not get to check out the Blockhaus, the other big early summit finish on stage 9, because it was blocked with snow when he was in the area during Tirreno-Adriatico, but, as he sees it, "as long as you've got good legs, that's the main thing." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky suspend Gianni Moscon for six weeks after Italian racially abused FDJ's Kevin Reza
May 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The incident occurred after the finish of Friday's stage three of the Tour de Romandie, which was won by Sky's Elia Viviani More...
Former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke hit with 41-month driving ban for being twice the drink driving limit
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
A test showed he had 165mg of alcohol in his blood – the legal limit is just 80mg More...
Joel Stransky on bike crash: I landed face first
March 23, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Retired Springboks great Joel Stransky has opened up about a horror fall cycling accident that he suffered in South Africa this week. Stransky , who kicked a drop goal in extra time to help South Africa to a gripping World Cup final... More...
Joel Stransky suffers horror fall in cycling accident
March 19, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The man who broke the hearts of All Blacks rugby fans at the 1995 World Cup has suffered a horror fall in a cycling accident in South Africa.Retired Springbok flyhalf Joel Stransky, who kicked a drop goal in extra time to help South... More...
Team Sky celebrate first ever victory at Milan-San Remo after Michal Kwiatkowski pips Peter Sagan to the line
March 18, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Kwiatkowski came around favourite Sagan in the final 30 metres of the 291-kilometre race More...
Team Sky hit back at claims they covered up Josh Edmondson's prohibited use of vitamin injections
March 16, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
In a statement, Team Sky said there was no cover-up and that concerns about the rider's health impacted their decision to stay quiet More...
Josh Edmondson accuses Team Sky of covering up his prohibited use of vitamin injections and Tramadol
March 16, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Edmondson joined the team in 2013 after impressing as an amateur but left at the end of the 2014 season More...
Chris Froome praises Team Sky leader Dave Brailsford
March 13, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome praised Team Sky leader Dave Brailsford on Monday, saying he has learned from his mistakes.Brailsford has expressed a determination to retain his job as team principal... More...
Research puts bike riding 500 times less risky than rugby
March 12, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Hopping on a bike is often seen as one of the most perilous things one can do, but researchers who crunched the numbers say cycling is far safer than we think.In fact, the University of Auckland team behind the new study say that... More...
Sir Dave Brailsford insists he will not quit Team Sky despite ongoing pressure and UK Anti-Doping investigation
March 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Brailsford this week admitted "mistakes were made" by Team Sky relating to anti-doping and medical procedures which raised questions about the future of the team More...
Team Sky chairman backs Sir Dave Brailsford and hits out at 'inaccurate commentary'
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The team remains embroiled in controversy relating to a 'mystery' package delivered to then Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphin and three TUEs granted to Bradley Wiggins More...
Team Sky acknowledge 'mistakes' over mystery medical package
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MANCHESTER, England (AP) " Team Sky acknowledged Tuesday that "mistakes were made" around the delivery of a mystery medical package to Bradley Wiggins which is the center of a British anti-doping inquiry.However, team principal... More...
Sir Dave Brailsford admits "mistakes were made" by Team Sky over anti-doping and medical practices
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Team Sky has come in under the spotlight amid ongoing inverstigations into alleged anti-doping More...
Team Sky riders publicly back Sir Dave Brailsford after reports of a revolt
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome did not join his team-mates in offering public support to Brailsford More...

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