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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...
Team Sky and Bora-Argon 18 interested in signing Diego Rosa
May 19, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It might only be May, but riders who are out of contract at the end of the year must start considering their futures, and one rider who is generating a lot of interest is Astana's Diego Rosa. Cyclingnews understands that the Italian is in talks with multiple WorldTour teams - among them Team Sky - as well as German Pro Continental outfit Bora-Argon 18. French newspaper L'Equipe linked Rosa with Sky on Thursday and the rider's agent Giuseppe Acquadro confirmed to Cyclingnews that the British team have shown considerable interest and that talks have taken place. Rosa, 27, has caught the eye in the last 12 months with a string of impressive performances. After beginning his professional career at Italian Pro Continental squad Androni Giocattoli, 2015 was his first season with Astana and he was a key part of the success of Fabio Aru, who won the Vuelta a Espaa and finished second at the Giro d'Italia.ADVERTISEMENT He was also part of Vincenzo Nibali's Il Lombardia victory, where he kicked on behind his teammate to finish fifth.Rosa has also captured results of his own, winning Milan-Turin towards the end of last year, and winning a stage at the Vuelta al Pas Vasco last month before taking a top-10 at Lige-Bastogne-Lige. Cyclingnewsunderstands that one possible destination for Rosa is Bora-Argon 18, where, unlike at Sky or Astana, he would be an out-and-out leader. Bora are a growing team and, though they are currently racing at Pro Continental level, they have set their sights on securing a WorldTour licence for 2017. The move would not necessarily be contingent on the team gaining access to cycling's top-tier next year, given they already participate in a large portion of the WorldTour calendar, including four of the five monuments and two of the three Grand Tours (with the exception of Il Lombardia and the Giro d'Italia respectively). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sky teammates were not told of Landa's illness, says Boswell
May 17, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The morning's newspapers gave no hint that Mikel Landa's Giro d'Italia was about to come to a very abrupt end on the road to Sestola on stage 10. "My Giro starts from today with the climb to Sestola," Landa had told Corriere della Sera during Monday's rest day. Gazzetta dello Sport had quoted him as saying: "I'm not surprised to be the favourite for the Giro." Speaking with reporters beneath the signing-on podium in Campi Bisenzio on Tuesday morning, Landa had shown no signs of illness as he reported for duty, even telling a Danish television crew that he planned to attack on the way to Sestola. Barely 30 kilometres into the day's stage, however, shortly after the peloton had left Pistoia and begun climbing the category 3 Passo della Collina, race radio crackled into action to announce that Landa had been dropped.ADVERTISEMENT Shortly afterwards, Landa's deficit was announced as standing at three minutes, and after Astana began forcing at the front, each bulletin brought more doleful news for the Basque. Four minutes soon stretched to six. His fellow countryman Mikel Nieve and David Lopez waited with him, out of duty rather than in hope. Sixty-six kilometres into the stage, just before the start of the climb of Pietracolora, Landa climbed off his bike and abandoned the Giro. Coming just 48 hours after a startlingly strong time trial showing had left him within touching distance of Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Landa's withdrawal was a surprise to all observers " and, it seems, to his teammates. More on this story:Giro dItalia stage 10 " Finish line quotesGiro dItalia stage 10 highlights " VideoLanda abandons Giro dItalia You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of California team presentation - Gallery
May 14, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 2016Amgen Tour of California gets underway on Sunday, with a stacked field with 10 WorldTour squads, including some of the best sprinters in the pro peloton. The race's winningest rider and current world champion Peter Sagan returns, looking to pad his record tally of stage wins and follow up on last year's overall victory.. Last year's Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) looks to refind his old form after being hit head-on by a car during the team's January training camp. BradleyWiggins (Team WIGGINS) says his added weight for his track focus ahead of the Rio OlympicGames will rule out a stab at a second overall victory, but he will be a favourite for the Folsom time trial.ADVERTISEMENT Last year's USAPro Challenge winner Rohan Dennis (BMCRacing) is one of the favourites for the overall classification, and will have Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep), Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) and Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) as his main rivals. Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep), Peter Kennaugh(Team Sky), Mark Cavendish(Dimension Data), Alexander Kristoff(Katusha), and Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) will also have their opportunity to shine in the Golden State. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
British cycling in fresh storm as Team Sky rider Pete Kennaugh brands Emma Pooley 'self-centred'
April 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Pooley had lamented the lack of a women's Team Sky, but Kennaugh was seemingly unimpressed by the suggestion More...
Sergio Henao's independent blood profile review remains unpublished
April 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Details relating to the possible publication of the independent review into Sergio Henaos (Team Sky) controversial blood profile are still unclear, with the leading doctor who carried out the tests unwilling to disclose details to how or when the resulting data may be published. Team Sky requested that an independent review be set up in relation to Henaos passport data in 2014 after the team internally raised concerns over readings taken from out-of-competition tests. Henao was pulled from racing as a result but was reinstated in May of that year after the independent review committee had given the rider the all-clear to race. At the time of Henaos return, Team Sky and the medical team at Sheffield University, who carried out the tests, indicated that the results from their review would be published.ADVERTISEMENT However Henaos passport data once again made the headlines last week after the UCI and their anti-doping arm, the CADF, sent the Colombian a letter relating to what Team Sky called a "potential anti-doping rule violation". Henao has less than two weeks to respond to the CADFs request for more information, and Team Sky have once more pulled the rider from racing until further notice. Two years have passed since Henaos blood data first prompted action from his own team and the results and findings from the initial report appear no closer to being made public. Its understood that they could be used in a possible defence should the situation result in a passport violation. Last week Cyclingnews contacted Team Sky in order to seek clarity over the situation. The team have stated since 2014 that the responsibility to publish the report on Henao always lay with the medical team involved in conducting the tests, and not the team. They repeated that stance, telling Cyclingnews, It is they who will be responsible for the timelines of publication. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome to support Kwiatkowski at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 24, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After his below-expectations performance in the Amstel Gold Race where he abandoned close to the finish, Michal Kwiatkowski will start Lige-Bastogne-Lige as Team Skys leader once again, but this time with the backing of multiple Tour de France winner and teammate Chris Froome. The defending champion in Amstel Gold last Sunday, Kwiatkowski blamed his abandon on the difficult weather conditions, and expressed deep concern about the cold and possible snow forecast for Sunday in Liege. He was not so worried, he said, about the additional climb, the Cote de Rue de Naniot, in the closing kilometres. If my condition is there, then I will like it more, he told a small group of reporters. Its definitely harder as a finale than in previous years so thats going to suit the riders with the strongest legs. And without the Cote de Stockeu - a tough mid-race climb with a very difficult, dangerous descent - itll be a less nervous race, for sure.ADVERTISEMENT Having spent the week training in Valencia, Kwiatkowski said that his form was good but felt that how his body responded in poor weather would be key to his performance in Liege. That was, he said, the reason why he had to quit Amstel the previous week. I felt good before Amstel Gold, too, but when that freezing rain started during the race there was nothing I could do, Kwiatkowski pointed out. The one big plus about having the forecast for snow in Liege-Bastogne-Liege, he said, was that unlike in Amstel, they had no idea such rough weather was about to begin. We thought it was going to rain after the finish so we got caught out. In Liege, everybody, including me, will be mentally and physically ready for such conditions. I dont feel great in such weather but I will start out looking forward to the race, even with the possibility of such bad conditions. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Swift looking to lose weight in search of victories
April 23, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ben Swift is hoping that losing weight and becoming a more efficient climber will help him turn a string of near misses into a more impressive victory haul. I've had five second places this year, all from reduced groups, and that's quite frustrating, said the British rider, telling the Team Sky website about his desire to be fresher for the more selective finales. Swift might not be on a par with the fastest sprinters in the world, but he has demonstrated with two podiums at Milan-San Remo that he can be up there at the end of an exacting days racing.ADVERTISEMENT After San Remo, Swift rode the hilly Volta a Catalunya, where his climbing caught the eye of teammate Ian Boswell, who tweeted: How about that @swiftybswift kid? 2nd in San Remo, and now climbing like a goat! I've always been able to climb fairly well, and I've had flashes of good results in the mountains, but at Paris-Nice and Catalunya I was climbing consistently well, which is something I've worked on, said Swift. I've lost some weight and tried to fit into that role with an eye on races later in the season. I've got targets coming up where I need to improve and be better in the mountains." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Poels makes his case for Olympic selection with fourth place at Flche Wallonne
April 20, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With Sergio Henao withdrawn from racing by Team Sky after the UCIs Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation sought further information about his biological passport blood profile, Wout Poels found himself elevated to the role of leader at La Flche Wallonne. Poels would eventually place fourth on the Mur de Huy behind winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and the Etixx-QuickStep duo of Julian Alaphilippe and Dan Martin to score his best-ever result in a one-day Classic. Making the Netherlands selection for the road race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is one of Poels primary ambitions for the season, and on the start line in Marche-en-Famenne on Wednesday, he told Dutch television that he was targeting a place in the top five in a bid to make his case for a seat on the flight to Brazil.ADVERTISEMENT Im really happy with it. I wanted to focus on the Classics a bit this year because Im trying to get in the selection for the Olympics for the Netherlands and I think I did pretty well, Poels told Cyclingnews after accepting the compliments of a group of Dutch fans at the roadside past the finish line on the Mur de Huy. At the bottom I was on Valverdes wheel. Hes won already a few times so I knew he was going to be really, really strong here. I think I was in a perfect position. I did everything I could. In the end I came fourth " not too bad. Poels was well-positioned in the final 300 metres of the climb, but he was unable to hold the wheels when first Martin, and then Valverde and Alaphilippe pulled away in the finale. He came home in fourth place, four seconds down on Valverde, but ahead of Amstel Gold Race winner Enrico Gasparotto (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and former Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez (BMC). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Landa with modest expectations for Giro del Trentino
April 19, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mikel Landa got his first stage win with Team Sky out of the way at the Vuelta a Pais Vasco and the Spaniard now lines up at the Giro del Trentino capable of winning his first stage race with the British WorldTour squad but is downplaying his chances ahead of the 2.HC Race. Landa was twice second on stages at last year's race, eventually finishing second overall behind Richie Porte, 12-months on from winning a stage at the Northern Italian race. Landa winning his home stage at Pais Vasco and wearing the leader's jersey is enough for former teammate Vincenzo Nibali to label the 26-year-old as the favourite for Trentino victory but the Sky rider suggested otherwise in his pre-race comments. "Trentino has been a special race for me over the last few years. I'm still not in my very peak condition, but I'm close to that, so I'll try and finish as high on the standings as I can and keep building my relations with my team-mates," Landa said of his ambitions for the race on the Team Sky website.ADVERTISEMENT Following an interrupted start to the season that saw Landa skip Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana to work on his time trialling skills, he then fell ill and missed Ruta del Sol and Tirreno-Adriatico as a result. Landa made his long awaited debut in Sky colours at the Coppi e Bartalistage race, finishing 11th before heading to the Basque Country. "Doing so in a place I know so well was extra special," Landa said of his win. "I'd prepared for that stage a lot in the weeks leading up to it and it was a big goal of mine. I was happy with the way I rode that day and am pleased to have achieved one of my early-season goals.Getting into the leader's jersey was a nice bonus as well. I always knew it was going to be difficult to hold onto it until the end of the race, so I savoured the time I had in it. "I finished with a lot of confidence, not just because of my own performance, but because of the whole team's." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nibali: Landa will win Giro del Trentino
April 18, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Mikel Landa (Team Sky) assembled for the Giro del Trentinos pre-race press conference at Arcos Casino to speak about their prospects for the four-day race held from April 19-22. Nibali denied that he was the race favourite and instead pointed to Landa as the man to beat saying, Landa will win, here in Trentino. NIbali had a strong start to his season, winning the Tour of Oman in February, but his last stage race was Tirreno-Adriatico in March followed by the one-day classic Milan-San Remo. He said that in light of his thin race schedule, he will be looking to build form at Trentino. For me, it will be the first race after Tirreno-Adriatico and the training camp in Spain, so we will be looking to tune up the condition and the race rhythm, Nibali said.ADVERTISEMENT As we know we have spent several weeks without racing, and we will see how we fare against our main opponents. Nibli has made the Giro dItalia one of his season goals and so Trentino this will be a proper test against his rivals for the Italian Grand Tour that starts on May 6. It will be a key test for the Giro dItalia, the goal we are working with along with Lige-Bastogne-Lige, but Trentino has always been a lucky place for me, and I am not looking to back down. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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