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Henao parlays strong Sky tactics to Tour de Pologne victory
August 08, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
It was a masterful team performance from Team Sky but Sergio Henaos victory on the 'king' stage of the Tour de Pologne on Friday held particular individual significance. It was the Colombians first win of the season and perhaps marks a significant point in his comeback from an annus horribilis in 2014. Temporarily suspended from Sky when doubts were raised over his blood values, he returned to racing at the Tour de Suisse only to be hit by another blow " a broken kneecap that would end his season and threaten his career. He returned in March this year, and though this is his first win, it has been a strong comeback season with top-three GC placings at the Vuelta al Pas Vasco and the Tour of California.ADVERTISEMENT Last year was pretty tough for me, said Henao. My injury nearly forced me to give up cycling but, my faith, my girlfriend, my team, always supported me, believed in me, waited for me, helped me. Now what Ive done this year, at Pas Vasco and California I was missing that little something to get the win, but Im really happy with this success. Justifiably or not, Team Sky are hardly noted for their tactical acumen or versatility. Metronomic drilling on climbs from a string of men in black is the familiar sight and the British squad has been accused in the past of naivety when it came to the more uncontrollable situations, such as one-day racing. Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas helped to alter that perception over the spring, and the team at the Tour de Pologne followed in their footsteps on the queen stage on Friday, where an astute and inventive game plan was executed to perfection. You can read more at More...
News shorts: Crashes for Fuglsang, Nordhaug, Peters and Siutsou in Denmark
August 07, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from ]
Crash wipes out Fuglsangs chances Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) was one of the favourites to win the overall title of the Tour of Denmark, but it all came to an end with a crash in Thursdays third stage. The Dane finished 16 minutes down. With about 50km to go in the races queen stage, Fuglsang crashed together with Skys Lars Petter Nordhaug and Alex Peters, both of whom had to abandon.ADVERTISEMENT Fuglsang ripped open his right elbow, riding with blood flowing down his arm before getting it bandaged. He also suffered a lot of abrasions, particularly on his back. Sky loses three in Denmark Team Sky suffered the most from crashes in the Tour of Denmark, with Lars Petter Nordhaug, Alex Peters and Kanstantsin Siutsou having to abandon during the stage. You can read more at More...
Froome to make Vuelta a Espaa decision in next week
August 05, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome (Sky) has intimated that he will make a final decision on his participation in the Vuelta a Espaa in the next week. The Tour de France winner is expected to line up in the race, which gets underway in Marbella on August 22, but speaking at a criterium in Castillon-La-Bataille, near Bordeaux on Tuesday evening, Froome said that his programme was still to be confirmed. Im leaving myself another week or ten days to decide, Ill need to see with my team as well, Froome said, according to Lquipe.ADVERTISEMENT The two men who stood either side of Froome on the final Tour podium, Movistars Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, have already confirmed that they will line up at the Vuelta, while Vincenzo Nibali " 4th at the Tour " will be part of a triumvirate of possible winners at Astana, alongside Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa. Froome has participated in three of the past four Vueltas, placing second overall in 2011 and 2014, and finishing in fourth place in 2012. He opted to forgo the race after winning his first Tour in 2013, preferring to race in the United States and Canada instead. Since winning this years Tour ten days ago, Froome has ridden in criteriums in Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and France, though Lquipe reported that he skipped a lunch hosted by criterium organisers near Pitray on Tuesday afternoon, preferring to train alone for four hours ahead of the evenings event. You can read more at More...
Geoghegan Hart eager to start as stagiaire with Sky
August 05, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from ]
As would be expected for any up-and-coming cyclist, Tao Geogheagn Hart is eagerly anticipating the move from his current Continental team to the Team Sky squad of Tour de France winner Chris Froome. His move will have to wait a bit, however, as he is competing this week at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah with Axel Merckxs U23 Axeon Cycling Team. Geoghegan Hart told Cyclingnews before the start of stage 2 in Tremonton that hes not sure when hell suit up in the blue and black Sky kit to race with the team. The team has such a good program, were still working out exactly how its going to work, he said. I think the team will make an announcement when its decided.ADVERTISEMENT Geoghegan Hart also said he doesnt yet know where hell be riding next year, but obviously the Britain-based Team Sky would be a dream destination for the young British rider. Its a massive thing for any young rider, especially a British one, he said. Its super exciting and I cant wait to try and reap as much as possible from the experience. Im just super excited to get on with it and get stuck in some of those races with them. Geoghegan Hart already knows former Merckx development team rider and current Team Sky rider Ian Boswell, and and hes excited to get to know the other Sky riders and prove himself to them. You can read more at More...
Horner lends personal RV to team Airgas-Safeway at Tour of Utah
August 05, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from ]
Although Team Sky and Chris Froome raised some hackles at the Tour de France this year when they intended to have the team leader sleep in a motorhome rather than the hotel rooms provided by the race, Airgas-Safeways Chris Horner has been driving his own RV to US races all season long. The team told Cyclingnews that Horner is not sleeping in the RV this week at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, as per the UCI rule that dictates riders stay in their assigned team lodging, so Airgas-Safeway is using Horners 40-foot fifth wheel trailer as the anchor for the teams parking lot compound. Ive had RVs of one sort or another, probably since 2000 or something like that, Horner told Cyclingnews this week at the Utah start in Logan.ADVERTISEMENT So the last 15 years I always have an RV of some kind because you can literally go wherever you want. You pitch the awning, you pull out some chairs and you can train at altitude, you can train at sea level at the beach, wherever you want to be. Horner said the portable home is especially handy for training, as he can pull up to a friends house, park in the driveway and be ready to go the next morning. Back in the day I would train with Trent Klasna, Horner said. He owned three acres in California, so I would just stay at his place. You can read more at More...
Eisel: Linking up with Cavendish is a possibility for next year
August 04, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from ]
The next two weeks are crunch time for Bernhard Eisel as he looks to secure a new contract for 2016. The Team Sky road captain is out of contract at the end of this season, having served at the British WorldTour team since 2012 but he is relaxed about his options. At the recent RideLondon Classic the 34-year-old sat Eisel down with Cyclingnews to talk about his chances of re-signing with Team Sky, returning to a French team [he rode for FDJ from 2003 to 2006 - ed.] and the possible option of linking up with a former teammate, Mark Cavendish. Im still discussing my future. The priority is to stay here [at Sky] and were getting close but of course theres talks with other teams but nothing is signed and I dont have a contract at home to sign yet. Im not actually stressed though. I know that not much happens during the Tour de France except with the riders who are there and now its crunch time in the next two weeks, Eisel told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT Eisel has carved a niche for himself at Team Sky as a rider who can captain squads at both Grand Tours and Classics. He may not quite have the sprint legs of the rider who won Gent-Wevelgem back in 2010 but he remains a thoroughbred with vast peloton experience and race know-how. My preference would normally be to stay here. I know what I have here and to go somewhere else and start new doesnt make it easier for myself. Theres interest from different teams and theres other opportunities but this is more about weighing up where I want to go and what I want to do. Part of the puzzle Eisel must solve is whether he wants to remain directly in cycling once he hangs up his wheels. A role as directeur sportif is one potential avenue the Austrian could pursue but so too is higher education, with studies in sports management another option. The long-term future cannot be ignored once a rider moves into his thirties but Eisel also believes that his legs are still strong enough to warrant a place in a WorldTour team. You can read more at More...
Froome: All Grand Tour winners should face the same level of questioning
August 03, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) believes that he has been subjected to a higher level of scrutiny than some of his rivals. Speaking at the start of a criterium race in Belgium this weekend, Froome admitted that riders do have to go the extra mile to prove their innocence but said all Grand Tour winners should have to answer the same level of questioning. Theres nothing against me, Ive done nothing wrong, he told Sporza. Of course, in this day and age, we do need to go a bit further to prove to other people, but how much further do we need to go? Is every rider releasing their data, is every rider being asked the same questions Im being asked? I dont think so. Until we get to that level playing field where every Grand Tour winner has the same level of questioning then its not correct that it should be just aimed at me. Froome endured a deluge of doping questions en route to his second Tour de France victory. The height of it came after data from Froomes stage-winning ascent of Mont Ventoux in 2013 was leaked. The Sky rider would later blame irresponsible reporting when a spectator threw urine on him during stage 14.ADVERTISEMENT In light of the heavy questioning, it was announced that Froome would undergo independent testing to prove his innocence " although the team or Froome himself have not yet indicated when or how this will take place. Any independent testing will likely have to be with the help of the World Anti-Doping Agency, leading anti-doping expert Robin Parisotto told Cyclingnews last month. Froome won the Tour de France by just over a minute to Nairo Quintana (Movistar), although he had double that going into the final mountain stage. It was the second time that Froome stood on the podium in Paris, after beating Quintana two years prior. Froome has been riding critriums in the week since the Tour de France finished and is yet to confirm his post-Tour schedule. His rivals Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) have already put their names down for the Vuelta a Espaa later this month. Froome has indicated that he could throw his hat into the ring but is yet to make a concrete decision. You can read more at More...
Ewan edged out by Kittel at Tour de Pologne
August 03, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from ]
Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) has already enjoyed a mightily impressive neo-pro season. The recently turned 21-year-old has 11 wins to his name so far in 2015, with three victories at the Michelton Bay Classics series, two each at the Herald Sun Tour and Tour de Langkawi, and four at the Tour de Korea. Those successes have proved that the excitement surrounding the young sprinter is well placed, but he continues to narrowly miss out on the sort of victory that would represent a defining confirmation of his much-heralded potential. While the wins, so far, have come on the smaller stages, Ewan has also started to rub shoulders with the major stars of the sprinting world, and on a few occasions he has come agonisingly close to getting the better of them. On the first stage of the Tour de Pologne on Sunday, Ewan went toe-to-toe with Marcel Kittel and only just came off second best. In his second WorldTour race " his first was the Volta a Catalunya, which he abandoned after two stages " he was side-by-side with Kittel going into the 90-degree right-hand corner just 80 metres before the line, but came through slightly worse off and was out-kicked.ADVERTISEMENT It was a bit disappointing obviously but I got beaten by a quality sprinter and there wasnt much I could do, Ewan told Cyclingnews. That corner was so close to the finish, I knew if I had any chance of winning I had to get in there first so it was a little bit risky but yeah, we both got around unscathed. I went in there really, really fast so I probably went in there too fast and had to break going through the corner, which I would have lost a bit of speed, but I think my biggest problem there was that I was way too over-geared coming out of it. If I could do it again Id be in a smaller gear but other than that there wasnt much I could do. He was too strong in the end and came round me. You can read more at More...
Cycling-Porte joins BMC Racing from Team Sky (Reuters)
August 01, 2015 (10:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Australian Richie Porte will join the BMC Racing team from Team Sky on a one-year deal in 2016, the American outfit said on Saturday. "We officially welcome Richie to the BMC Racing Team," BMC Racing manager Jim Ochowicz said in a statement. "Richie's addition to our roster for next year adds extra muscle and a wealth of experience. More...
Cycling-Porte joins BMC Racing from Team Sky (Reuters)
August 01, 2015 (10:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Australian Richie Porte will join the BMC Racing team from Team Sky on a one-year deal in 2016, the American outfit said on Saturday. "We officially welcome Richie to the BMC Racing Team," BMC Racing manager Jim Ochowicz said in a statement. "Richie's addition to our roster for next year adds extra muscle and a wealth of experience. More...
Porte and Kwiatkowski set to move as transfer season opens
July 31, 2015 (17:00) [ Indexed from ]
August 1 ushers in the official start to the cycling transfer window with teams officially allowed to announce new signings for the 2016 season. A number of marquee signings, such as Richie Porte from Team Sky to BMC and Micha‚ Kwiatkowski from Etixx QuickStep to Team Sky are yet to be confirmed but it appears only a matter of time before press releases from their respective new teams will be issued. Porte has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the American team, while Kwiatkowski is set to bring current national teammate Micha‚ Go‚a› along with him to Team Sky. The market is also affected by the possible UCI reforms that will see rosters reduced in 2017, and the uncertain future hanging over Europcar, with the French team without a sponsor for next year.ADVERTISEMENT With the majority of Grand Tour leaders already with contracts for next season, the next tier down is where the majority of activity is taking place. Rigoberto Urn is still negotiating with a number of teams including Movistar, Colombia and his current team, Etixx. DanMartin, Lampre and Team Sky Dan Martins future has yet to be decided. The Irishman has had a disappointing season thus far but has an impressive palmars. He has an offer on the table from Cannondale-Garmin but Trek Factory Racing, Etixx-Quickstep and Team Sky have all been linked with the former Lige-Bastogne-Lige winner. You can read more at More...
Swift hoping for successful return to racing at RideLondon
July 31, 2015 (13:00) [ Indexed from ]
Ben Swift (Team Sky) hasnt raced for three months, but hes not letting that dampen his ambition of tasting victory at the RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday. Though he won a stage of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali in March, the British riders season was derailed when he pulled out of the Vuelta al Pas Vasco due to fatigue and then crashed out on the opening day of the Tour de Yorkshire - a race based in his home region. That crash left him needing shoulder surgery but the recovery has gone smoothly and he is now looking to make up for the disappointment of last years RideLondon, where he was narrowly edged out in the sprint by Adam Blythe. "Its always disappointing to be beaten by such a thin margin, but if there was anyone Id have taken to be beaten by last year, it would have been Adam because hes a really good friend. Id love to put that right this time around, but well just have to see what happens. There are a lot of variables this year, and one-day racing is always hard to predict, but well give it a good go," Swift told the Team Sky website.ADVERTISEMENT "Ill follow whatever the team instructions are for me, and well discuss those between now and the start of the race. Weve got a very strong team " one which is very sprint focused with CJ [Sutton], Elia [Viviani] and Andy [Fenn] all there with me " but Ill certainly be looking to ride an aggressive race, and if the opportunity arises, Ill obviously try and take it. "Im excited to get stuck in, and to see how I feel in that race environment after such a long spell on the sidelines. Thats always so hard to predict and Im looking forward to seeing what the sensations are." Swifts fall at the Tour de Yorkshire was the latest in a string of shoulder injuries that have beset the 27-year-olds career in recent years. He damaged his right shoulder at the 2012 Giro dItalia and after surgery in the winter he re-injured it early in 2013, which forced him to cut short his season. This latest blow is the third time in a few years that he has gone under the knife on that shoulder. You can read more at More...
Chris Froome's Tour de France-winning Pinarello Dogma F8
July 30, 2015 (04:15) [ Indexed from ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar Chris Froome rode onto the Champs lyses and into the overall Tour de France victory astride a Pinarello bathed in yellow paint with chainrings covered over with black tape. Here we take a look at his machine from the beginning of the 2015 Tour de France, before the paint and tape. We also talk to power-meter sponsor Stages Cycling about Team Sky's claim that non-round rings can cause power meters to read six percent high. Team Sky enjoys a reputation as the most fastidious squad in the WorldTour, and the team's mechanics do nothing to dispel this perception. BikeRadar watched Sky bikes being assembled, cleaned and tuned before the Tour kicked off, and we were impressed by some of the detail work, such as small drops of superglue being laid underneath the ends of the handlebar tape, allowing for minimal use of finishing tape while keeping the wrap job showroom-perfect during racing.ADVERTISEMENT Like all Team Sky riders, Froome had three Pinarello Dogma F8s ready to go at all times during the race. His #1 bike was what he started each day on, with the #2 and #3 bikes on his team cars in the caravan behind. Each bike is identical. Sky mechanics mark two points on the top of each saddle for consistent measurement. There is no eyeballing here. Similarly, there is no taking component manufacturers at their word; each Shimano PRO stem is measured and labeled. As with most other brands, PRO stems come in 10mm increments. Sky has found there to be variances of a few mm in stems, though, and marks them accordingly. Froome's trademark component is his O.Symetric chainring setup. While mechanics dutifully taped over the logos during the race, there is no mistaking the oblong shape. Proponents of non-round rings argue that the design eliminates the deadspot in a rider's pedalstroke and adds leverage for the the downward part of the stroke, resulting in more power for the same effort. You can read more at More...
Team Sky add Geoghegan Hart and Peters as stagiaires
July 29, 2015 (16:15) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky have signed Tao Geoghegan Hart and Alex Peters as stagiaires for the remainder of the 2015 with Peters set to make his debut for the team at the RideLondon Classic this weekend. As Cyclingnews revealed earlier this month Peters has also signed a two-year deal with the WorldTour squad. Britain is producing some of the best cyclists in the world and I am proud of the role that Team Sky can play in inspiring and supporting home-grown talent, Team Skys Rod Ellingworth said in a press release. Weve been watching Alex and Tao progress over the last few years and theyre both showing real promise. Its a big step in their developing careers and were happy that they are taking that step with us."ADVERTISEMENT Peters has had a strong season as part of the Dutch development programme at the SEG Racing Academy and has picked up a stage win of the Tour de Bretagne, second at the Tour de Normandie and second in the An Post Ras. "Since Ive signed for the SEG Racing Academy in October last year, things have gone faster than I could ever have expected. Together with the SEG Racing team and the staff, I was able to make the necessary steps in my development to get ready for the World Tour level, Peters said. Its been a great learning process and the best education I could have wished for. When I found out that Sir Dave Brailsford and the Team Sky staff were following my career, it made me extremely proud and motivated. I want to succeed as GC rider in the future and I feel Sky is the best platform for me to listen, learn and develop. Signing for Team Sky is a dream come true and I cant wait to start." You can read more at More...
Gallery: A look back at the 2015 Tour de France
July 29, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from ]
The 2015 Tour de France was an amazing three-week thrill ride, from the crosswinds and cobbles of the first week, to the Pyrenees in the second and the Alps in the third. Chris Froome and Team Sky grabbed the race reins on stage 10 and never relinquished them. Despite valiant attempts from the Movistar duo of Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, Froome held onto his slim margin all the way to the Champs Elysees in Paris on the final day. Getty Images' crew of photographers was on hand throughout the race to capture the drama, and we've compiled a glimpse of the Grand Boucle in the photo gallery above.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at More...
Cavendish contract discussions on-going with Etixx after Tour de France
July 29, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendishs agent, Simon Bayliff, met with Etixx-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere in Paris on Sunday as the Tour de France concluded but contract negotiations between the rider and his current team are still on-going. Although discussions are at an early stage, Lefevere is keen to keep the negotiations moving forward as he seeks to build a team for 2016. The Belgian squad have a number of riders still out of contract, including Rigoberto Urn, Tom Boonen and Cavendish. Lefevere has already confirmed that current world champion Michal Kwiatkowski will depart at the end of the season. The Pole is expected to sign for Team Sky. "I met with Marks agent on Sunday and we had a good conversation, Lefevere told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT Hell go back to Mark with it and then well see what happens. I explained my view and Simon explained theirs. This week nothing will happen because Mark rides in London and Im away for a few days but dont forget that three years ago when Mark signed for us we didnt sign anything until September. I think the press is more nervous about the situation than I am. Cavendishs future at Etixx comes down to a number of factors, not just salary, but also race programme and the shared ambitions between the rider and team management. Lefevere has invested heavily in building a leadout around Cavendish and the rider has repaid him with a string of victories, and he has won three Tour de France stage since joining the team. [Negotiations] depend about the conditions," Lefevere continued. Its about the whole picture, his ambitions, ours, how long we work together. Were not talking about a rider who will ride for 50,000 Euro, were talking about a big star, so negotiations arent completed in fifteen minutes. You can read more at More...
News shorts: Froome considering Vuelta start
July 28, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from ]
Froome considering Vuelta a Espaa start Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) said this week that he is considering competing in the 2015 Vuelta a Espaa, which begins August 22 in Puerto Banus. Its a bit early to say 100 percent, but I think potentially it could be in the cards, Froome said on Sky Sports News. I know it would be a massive challenge to go back to another Grand Tour and to go there with the aim of winning the general classification, but thats in the back of my mind and maybe could be on the cards.ADVERTISEMENT Team Sky general mamanger Dave Brailsford put the brakes on Froomes enthusiasm, however, telling Sporza that the team would not encourage their star rider to look too far ahead. Froome would be only thr third rider to winthe Tour de France and Vuelta e Espana in the same year, according to Sporza. The others were Jacques Anquetil in 1963 an Bernard Hinault in 1978. Valverde remains atop UCI rankings You can read more at More...
Rowe celebrates Team Sky's Tour de France success
July 27, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from ]
Luke Rowe (Team Sky) rolled into Paris on Sunday to complete his debut Tour de France as part of a race winning team. After rain caused several big crashes during La Course earlier in the day, the race organisers ASO decided to neutralise the circuits in the centre of Paris, allowing Rowe and his teammates to lap up the atmosphere. Its just incredible. The last few laps I had goosebumps the whole time and in the last week we knew that we could do it. We knew that it was there or thereabouts but just finally getting it and getting here is just absolutely incredible, Rowe told Cyclingnews as his soigneur offered him a cold beer, instead of the usual can of coke. Were over the moon, its what we dream of as little kids and to pull it off is pretty incredible.ADVERTISEMENT Rowe was brought into the race primarily for his classics skills, to help guide Chris Froome through a tricky first week. He was also used on the descents during the big mountain stages, picking his way down the twisting roads and the Pyrenees and Alps. For me its been brutal, its been really tough but you speak to the guys that have done numerous Tours de France and even they say its been the hardest by far and I certainly need a well-deserved rest after this, said Rowe. Team Sky have had to work hard defending the yellow jersey after Froome resumed the lead following Tony Martins abandon ahead of stage seven. Unlike previous seasons, the team took a less aggressive approach to their defence of the jersey and allowed the breakaways much more leeway to ensure they reserved their energy for when it was most needed. You can read more at More...
Cycling-Road-Tour de France final classification (Reuters)
July 26, 2015 (20:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
July 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Final Classification from Tour de France on Sunday 1. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) 84:46:14" 2. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) +1:12" 3. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +5:25" 4. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Astana) +8:36" 5. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) +9:48" 6. Robert Gesink (Netherlands / LottoNL) +10:47" 7. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands / Trek) +15:14" 8. Mathias Frank (Switzerland / IAM Cycling) +15:39" 9. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) +16:00" 10. Pierre Rolland (France / Europcar) +17:30" 11. Andrew Talansky (U.S. ... More...
Team Sky rider Chris Froome wins the Tour de France, his second and Britain's third
July 26, 2015 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Team Sky rider Chris Froome wins the Tour de France, his second and Britain's third. More...

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