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Lack of medical records taints Team Sky, British cycling reputation
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
After fueling Britain's transformation into an Olympic superpower, the country's cycling reputation is being damaged by a medical mystery that keeps on growing.Britain's anti-doping agency and legislators have spent months trying... More...
Team Sky's reputation "in tatters" following latest Culture Media and Sport select committee evidence
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Damian Collins was speaking after UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) boss Nicole Sapstead updated the panel of MPs on her agency's investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at British Cycling and Team Sky More...
Kwiatkowski proves he is back to his best with Strade Bianche win
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Michal Kwiatkowski punched the air several times as he arrived alone and victorious in Sienas Piazza del Campo, celebrating a well-deserved win at Strade Bianche but also enjoying his return to success after a difficult first season with Team Sky. The 26-year-old Polish rider had not won a race since last years E3 Harelbeke. He started the 2016 season very skinny, but failed to finish a long series of stage races. He seemed a shadow of the rider who soloed to victory at the 2014 World Championships and won the 2015 Amstel Gold Race. Kwiatkowski cuts a diminutive figure compared to the bulk of the Cobbled classic contenders. He is also softly spoken and clearly emotive yet was not afraid to reveal he had endured a difficult 2016.ADVERTISEMENT "Im very happy to win, but it wasnt all or nothing," Kwiatkowski said during the winners press conference with the written media at Strade Bianche. "Im very happy with how it went. I had a lot of difficulties last season, but now Im happy with the current situation. "I was maybe pushing myself to the limit too much to impress everyone last year. Im not a machine, and sooner or later you pay the bill. I wasnt happy but had great support from the team with my health problems and not finishing races, they always believed in me. I didnt lose my talent, I just had to wait and work hard to get back on the level. "Before I started training [for 2017] I tried to stay calm. My main goal was to be back at my level. Im just happy to be having fun on my bike again." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Avermaet rues missed opportunity at Strade Bianche but enjoys the hard racing
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing)was disappointed to finish second at Strade Bianche and regretted letting Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) go clear alone with 15km to race, yet he managed to raise a smile after the finish in Sienas Piazza del Campo, knowing he had been in a great race. "It was really old school today. From the fifth or sixth section of dirt roads [with close to 100km left to race], it was full gas to the finish. There was never a moment when you cold recover a little bit," he said. "This was the hardest edition of the race Ive done. It opened up so early and thats why every guy was one against one. Thats what made it so hard. Everybody had to ride on their own. Ive never gone that slow on the climbs... "I think this is a real Classic. Its a fight to the strade, then when you are on the strade its risky and technical. Then with the wind and the rain, you can make the race hard wherever you want. Its such a nice race because all that makes it hard and special. In every sector you have to be there. I love it." Van Avermaet was gracious in defeat but suggested Kwiatkowski was lucky to get away when he did. "I ride to win, but before we got together [in the finale], there was lots of jumping and stopping, jumping and stopping; that kills you even more. He went full gas and went really strong, otherwise he wouldnt have kept the gap. "Its too bad its second, but I think you had to be a little bit lucky. Kwiatkowski was strong, but me, Styby and Wellens were strong too. But you have to have a little bit of luck on who can go and who you make [close] the gap. We were just jumping around like idiots, but thats racing too. More to come in April Van Avermaet is in impressive form for early March. He beat Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for a second consecutive time last weekend and showed his form with a series of powerful and aggressive attacks during Strade Bianche.ADVERTISEMENT His winter training was delayed after suffering a non-displaced fibula fracture during a mountain bike ride in November. He underwent surgery but seems to have quickly found his form. He believes there is more to come before he returns to Belgium for the cobbled classics. "I think so," he said optimistically. "I feel good and in shape. I felt fresh today. I took a week of recovery last week because I want a good build-up to the Classics. This was a first goal, and you can see Im up there. I think Tirreno can make me a little bit stronger like always, then it happens: We have three or four chances [in the Classics]. I hope I can catch one." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bradley Wiggins doctor pulls out of anti-doping select hearing due to illness
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The latest and potentially conclusive meeting of the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) anti-doping select committee takes place on Wednesday afternoon at the Palace of Westminster when the details of the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) investigation into Team Sky are expected to be revealed. Appearing at the meeting will be Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive of UKAD, and former British Cycling women's road manager Simon Cope, who delivered the now infamous Jiffy bag to Dr Richard Freeman and Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Critrium du Dauphin. The hearing, which is not under oath, was moved to March 1 to accommodate Cope who has been at a Team Wiggins training camp. Freeman had been scheduled to appear in front of the committee but the Press Association have reported that the doctor emailed thecommittee's chairman Damian Collins MP on Tuesday stating that he was too ill to attend. Freeman was set to face questions over the delivery and need for the package during the 2011 Dauphine, as well as the administration ofFluimucil given to Bradley Wiggins at the end of the race. According to the Guardian a spokesperson for the committee said that Freeman may have the options of supplying written testimony or face the committee at a later date. Freeman no longer works for Team Sky but has remained in his position at British Cycling.ADVERTISEMENT Julian Knight MP, part of the committee took to Twitter once news of Freeman's decision not to attend was made public. "News to me. I trust if true Dr Freeman recovers very soon and is then able to appear before us to answer important questions." The Jiffy-gate affair, as some have dubbed it, has now been running since last autumn, and, allied to questions over Team Sky's use of TUEs during Wiggins' Grand Tour schedules, prompted a UKAD investigation into both Sky and British Cycling. During the last DCMS hearing in December, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford informed the committee that team doctor Freeman had told him that the Jiffy bag delivered to Wiggins contained a decongestant. "It was Fluimucil," Brailsford said. Following that hearing, the committee, chaired by MP Damian Collins, requested that evidence was provided of this medication being administered to Wiggins. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Roche: Team Sky and BMC only have minor differences
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nicolas Roche has found a happy medium and wont have to reinvent himself at new team BMC Racing this season. The Irish national road champion has forged a career as a dynamic rider, with BMC his sixth professional team since turning professional in 2004. Ive been through every single phase, from leading out sprints with Thor Hushovd, to riding in the mountains on my own account, to helping out some of the best riders in the world, to doing a bit of both, Roche told Cyclingnews. Its quite nice to be able to have different phases through my career, to have different roles and Im always excited every year anyway. Save for the jersey, Roche noted little difference between BMC and its rival Team Sky. He arrives at BMC after a two-year-stint with the Grand Tour-winning powerhouse.ADVERTISEMENT Every team has its own little habits more than anything else. At the end of the day, its a bunch of guys riding a bicycle and at this stage, its going from one of the best teams to another one of the best teams, so the differences are very minor, he said. The two outfits are due to clash at the Tour de France this year, with Roche set to support challenger Richie Porte in what will be the Australians second title bid and his first as sole leasing, having shared responsibility with Tejay van Garderen in 2016. Ive known Tejay now a good few years but Richie even more. We train together quite a lot in Monaco, we were together already at Sky and Im quite looking forward to being with him, Roche said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Doull claims Kittel's 'lethal' disc brake bike almost caused serious injury
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Owain Doull has called for disc brakes to be banned unless protective casings are introduced after suffering a crash on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi Tour in which one of Marcel Kittels rotors slashed through his shoe. The Team Sky riderhit the deck with a kilometre remaining and showed Cyclingnews and other reporters his left shoe, which had a straight cut in two parts running almost the entire length of the forefoot. Standing receiving treatment for road rash on his backside, Doull pointed to his foot, where a cut " fortunately not too deep " was showing through a tear in his sock.ADVERTISEMENT "My shoe was cut to pieces. Thats definitely a disc brake that has done that, said Doull. "Its gone straight through the shoe into my foot. Its lucky thats not my leg to be honest. If anything Ive come off lucky there, if thatd been my leg it would have cut straight through it, for sure. Youve seen my shoe " its gone straight through that." "Nothing else could cut like that, its like a knife, it cut straight through it. You can see that thin line, its exactly in line, cut there and cut there on my shoe and both straight through in an arrow-straight line." Disc brakes: UCI calls on CPA to 'respect the democratic process' Kittel disc brake success sparks debate in the Dubai Tour peloton Dubai Tour: Kittel savours his first win on disc brakes Marcel Kittel's custom Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS disc " Gallery You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nicole Cooke slams British Cycling, Team Sky and UKAD in Culture, Media and Sport Committee evidence
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
She also summarised the sport's war on doping as "the wrong people fighting the wrong war, in the wrong way, with the wrong tools" More...
Team Sky could releases TUE info after Wiggins furor
September 26, 2016 (19:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MANCHESTER, England (AP) " Team Sky is set to publish information about its riders' future Therapeutic Use Exemptions in light of the growing furor around former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins' use of a banned substance to... More...
Irony overload: Watch Team Sky tour bus "almost take out" a CYCLIST while overtaking at speed
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Team Sky took to Twitter to apologise for the incident, calling it "unacceptable" More...
Vuelta a Espana: Froome vows to keep on fighting after stage 15 disaster
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) held onto his second place position at the Vuelta a Espana after stage 15 of the Spanish grand tour but his aspirations of joining Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault in completing a Tour de France-Vuelta double have all but expired. Froome, who won a third Tour title in July, saw his 54 second disadvantage to Nairo Quintana (Movistar) blow out to3:37 minutes after the 118.5km stage fromSabinanigo to Formigal that saw 93 riders miss the time cut.A day after matching Quintana on the Cold'Aubisque, Froome had no answers to the Colombian. "It's definitely made it a lot more hard now. A minute was manageable; three minutes is going to be extremely tough. But stranger things have happened and we're going to keep fighting all the way," Froome told ITV Sport."It was a tough stage for us, obviously. The guys did a lot of work yesterday, so we weren't as prepared as some of the other teams this morning."ADVERTISEMENT Froome and Team Sky were on the back foot almost from the gun as Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and stage winner Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep) instigated the day's breakaway of 14-riders which was joined by Quintana.David Lopez and Salvatore Puccio were the sole Team Sky riders by Froome's side as the advantage started to swell asMovistar interrupted the chase via Alejandro Valverde andImanol Erviti. "Obviously, getting caught out there with Contador and Quintana in that early break, that put us on the back foot and we just never recovered," Froome added."Credit to them. They rode a really smart race and they have gained a lot of time today on us." When Movistar had an isolated Froome on the ropes during stage 9 of the 2013 Tour into Bagnres-de-Bigorre, the Spanish team failed to capitalise and after the stalemate of stage 14 they well and truly made up for past indiscretions to position Quintana on the cusp of his first grand tour victory over the Briton. Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana deals body blow to Froome on stage 15 Peloton of 93 riders re-admitted to Vuelta a Espana after missing time limit Vuelta a Espana: Quintana gains time on Froome in spectacular fashion Vuelta a Espana: Contador launches decisive move on the road to Formigal Vuelta a Espana: Team Sky reflect on disastrous stage 15 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: How the GC contenders fared at Lagos de Covadonga
August 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ranking the overall contenders at Vuelta a Espaa can be a rather hazardous sort of an exercise in its early phases, at least when compared with the more regimented Tour de France. This late in the season, in a race where weaker teams and more fatigued riders tackle often unfamiliar terrain, the Vuelta carries few of the certainties of July. Small wonder, then, that the general classification situation was decidedly nebulous for the opening week, but the picture sharpened into focus on the 12-kilometre climb of Lagos de Covadonga on Monday, the final act before the race breaks for its opening rest day. Eleven stages from the finish in Madrid, this Vuelta already seems destined to boil down to a straight duel between two men " Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Chris Froome (Team Sky). Just seven kilometres from the summit of Lagos de Covadonga, however, it looked as though Quintana was about to be locked in hand-to-hand combat with a different foe for the next two weeks. With Froome seemingly faltering some 45 seconds behind, Quintana responded smartly to an acceleration from Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), and together the pair put daylight into all of the erstwhile contenders.ADVERTISEMENT For a few kilometres, it appeared that Lagos de Covadonga was about to bear out the impressions of Saturdays haul up to La Camponera, where Quintana had been the strongest of the GC men and Contador the most determined. Yet by the time Quintana eased clear of Contador inside the final four kilometres, he was not so much ridding himself of the Spaniard as battling to ensure he held off a resurgent Froome. Like the runner Paula Radcliffe, Froomes ungainly style of riding means that gauging his condition from a glance is nigh on impossible; only the watch is a reliable indicator. When his deficit to Quintana was edging out towards a minute just shy of midway up the climb, it seemed as though his race was run, but Froome then seemingly went into overdrive on the upper reaches, picking off Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange), Contador and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in succession en route to third on the stage, just 25 seconds down on Quintana. Not quite Pantani on Oropa, but a startling turnaround nonetheless. More on this story: Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana wins stage 10 Contador struggles on Covadonga to remain in contention at Vuelta a Espana Froome remains in Vuelta a Espana contention with dramatic bounce back Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana takes lead with lone win in Covadonga Vuelta a Espana stage 10 highlights - Video Contador: New dawn fades Racing for third place? You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sagan remains top of WorldTour standings after GP Ouest France-Plouay
August 29, 2016 (14:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
World Champion Peter Sagan retains his position atop the individual WorldTour standings following the French WorldTourGP Ouest France-Plouay race won by IAM Cycling's Oliver Naesen. There was no change to the top 12 riders with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) improving from 19th to 13th after his third place in Brittany. TheGP Ouest France-Plouay was Sagan's first WorldTour race since the Tour de France but it was only a short appearance as Sagan recorded a DNF. It was also his first race since appearing at the Olympic Games for Slovakia in the cross-country. With 22 WorldTour races now completed for the 2016 season, 203 riders have scored points. Points accumulated in the Vuelta a Espana will be finalised when the race finishes in Madrid in September 11 where Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde and Alberto Contador are all racing.ADVERTISEMENT In the team standings, Movistar also holds first position with1152 points in comparison to second placed Tinkoff on 1046. Team Sky are the third team to crack the thousand point barrier on 1019. Dimension Data are last of the 18 teams on252 teams, with IAM Cycling 17th on 317 points. The there is no change to the top of the nation standings either as Spain continues to lead Colombia, France, Great Britain, and Australia. In total, 35 nations have scored points across the 2016 WorldTour season with Lithuania bottom on one point. The Vuelta a Espaa and Eneco Tour are the final stage races on the WorldTour calendar with the one-dayGP de Qubec, GP de Montral, Il Lombardia to follow. The final event of the WorldTour is the Team time trial at the World Championships although the WorldTour teams are set to boycott the October event. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome's Sky wins Vuelta opener, Contador's Tinkoff labors
August 20, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
OURENSE, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome had a successful start to the Spanish Vuelta with Sky winning the team time trial as the grand tour got underway Saturday.Sky picked up from helping Froome win his third Tour de France in July... More...
Australia's Lachlan Morton wins Tour of Utah
August 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) " Australia's Lachlan Morton won the final stage of the Tour of Utah on Sunday to take the overall title in the seven-leg competition.Twenty-two seconds behind leader Andrew Talansky entering the 78-mile finale,... More...
No suspense at Tour? Blame Team Sky
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Chris Froome's superiority at the Tour de France was under threat for only a brief moment.A few minutes of suspense over 21 days of racing shed a light on Team Sky's dominance in cycling's toughest race.Froome and... More...
Criterium du Dauphine stage 5 highlights - Video
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) took control of the Criterium du Dauphine as he rode to victory on stage 5 in Vaujany.. The defending champion rode to the line with his former teammate Richie Porte (BMC) after attacking in the final kilometres and dropping the race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff). Froome and Porte went head to head in the final sprint for the line but the Australian was no match for Froome and had to settle for second.ADVERTISEMENT Contador lost some 21 seconds to Froome and Porte in the end, pushing him down to third overall. Watch the highlights above and click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome breathing down Contadors neck as Dauphine mountains loom
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine was supposed to be a stage for the sprinters and a relative day off for the overall contenders, and although Edvald Boasson Hagen came away with the win, it was Chris Froome (Team Sky) who benefited after his principle rivals lost time in the uphill finish. The Team Sky rider glued himself to the front runners and finished 14th on the stage. Alberto Contador and Richie Porte " the two other favourites for the Dauphine " finished nine seconds down. Contador still leads the race but his advantage has been cut from 13 to four seconds over Froome. With three tough mountain stages to come the Team Sky rider is breathing right down Contadors neck. And while Contador has looked to deflect attention of the importance of the Dauphine, Froome has repeatedly made a case of using the defence of his Dauphine crown as part of his Tour preparation.ADVERTISEMENT From the word go here Ive said that this is an important race for me, a determined Froome told Cyclingnews at the finish of the stage. The Dauphine is an important race in its own right. Yes, its the last race for me in the build up before the Tour but its important in its own right. When asked about the splits in the peloton, Froome added, I didnt expect to make up time today, definitely not. On paper it was a pretty straight forward sprint. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome survives close calls in Criterium du Dauphine's first sprint finish
June 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome's Criterium du Dauphine hopes nearly came crashing down Monday during stage 1 as the Team Sky leader twice had to swerve to avoid contact in the final kilometres while the sprinters' team battled aggressively for position. In the end, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) took the win and Froome finished safely in the bunch to maintain his third pace overall position behind race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and runner-up Richie Porte (BMC Racing). Sky's Ian Stannard and Luke Rowe lifted the pace at the front for Froome in the final 10km before Michel Kwiatkowski took over as Froome's protector with 2km to go. Nevertheless, the 2013 and 2015 Tour de France winner had to maneuver away from the melee as Cofidis and Katusha battled to the line.ADVERTISEMENT "With the sprint teams it's always hectic and you could see on the TV there was a big fight between the lead-out trains," said Sky team director Nicolas Portal. "It's dangerous, but that's why we want to be in a good position," Portal said. "The line is thin between fighting for position and being close to a crash. That's why we're always trying to have guys around Chris who know how to race in the wheels and move him up." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Boswell targets breaks for Team Sky in Giro dItalia final week
May 24, 2016 (09:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After a creditable 15th place in Sundays mountain time trial Ian Boswell(Team Sky) has his mind set on making it into breaks during the final week of the Giro dItalia. The American briefly set the fastest time over the 10.8 kilometre course - a surprise given that he had not targeted the stage. Having lost his team leader, Mikel Landa, through illness in the second week of the race, Boswells prime objective shifted from team support to seeking opportunities. The end is in sight now, he told Cyclingnews after a turbo session on Mondays rest-day.ADVERTISEMENT With the time trial, I wasnt really targeting it. It was a relaxed approach so even in the warm up I was talking with my teammate Phil Deignan on the rollers. It was a casual warm up and then I just got out there on the road. I didnt really know the course, although it wasnt like I had to brake or anything. The slopes on the Alpe di Siusi gave Boswell the opportunity to test himself, without the distractions a bunch race can provide. There was just one climb and no fights for position, leaving him with the narrow, but important, focus of posting the best possible time. It wasnt all plain sailing, however. Then I had Dario Cioni and Dave Brailsford behind me and they had a megaphone. It wasnt working but they thought it was, so they were telling me I had fast splits but I had no idea what they were saying. So I just started out riding at a decent pace, and when I reached the climb I decided to push on. The Tour de France You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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