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Tour de France stage 17 quotes: Sanchez says losing van Garderen is a huge blow to BMC
July 22, 2015 (21:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Stage 17 saw Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) take his first win at the Tour de France on the climb to Pra-Loup on Wednesday. The German rider rode into the day's breakaway and then attacked to finish solo ahead of Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Garmin) and Rigoberto Urn (Etixx-QuickStep). The day also saw third-placed overall Tejay van Garderen (BMC) abandon the race due to an illnessand Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) crash.Chris Froome (Team Sky) maintain his lead in the overall classification and is now sitting 3:10 ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and 4:09 ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Samuel Sanchez (BMC), on losing team leader Tejay van GarderenADVERTISEMENT "It was very hard for us, three days to go to Paris and he's our leader. It was very hard for us. We're going to keep going and keep trying to do our best, but it's a huge blow. We just have to try and recover. We've had a decent Tour so far, we just have to try and put it to the back of our minds.I hope it's not too late. We're all struggling with fatigue at the moment, but losing Tejay is gutting for us as a team. Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin), stage 17 winner in Pra-Loup It took me two or three minutes to figure out what I had done. It was important going into the break and then we had to figure out what to do after that. It was a very good group to be in, a lot of guys were hanging on. I had to try something. I went into a break on the long climb and I had to take my chances to win. It was beautiful. When I had so much of an advantage, I knew there was a chance. It was incredible. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geschke wins 17th stage, Froome still leads Tour (Reuters)
July 22, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
PRA LOUP, France (Reuters) - German Simon Geschke of the Giant-Alpecin team won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, a 161-km ride from Dignes les Bains on Wednesday. American Andrew Talansky was second for Cannondale-Garmin with Colombian Rigoberto Uran of Etixx-Quick Step finishing third. Briton Chris Froome of Team Sky retained the overall leader's yellow jersey. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris) More...
Cycling-Road-Tour de France stage 17 results (Reuters)
July 22, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
July 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Tour de France (Digne-les-Bains - Pra-Loup, 161 km) on Wednesday 1. Simon Geschke (Germany / Giant) 4:12:17" 2. Andrew Talansky (U.S. / Cannondale) +32" 3. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia / Etixx - Quick-Step) +1:01" 4. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ) +1:36" 5. Mathias Frank (Switzerland / IAM Cycling) +1:40" 6. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands / LottoNL) +2:27" 7. Nicolas Roche (Ireland / Team Sky) +3:02" 8. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain / Movistar) +3:04" 9. Serge Pauwels (Belgium / Team MTN) +3:05" 10. Adam Yates (Britain / Orica) +3:21" More...
Cycling-Geschke wins Tour de France 17th stage (Reuters)
July 22, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
PRA LOUP, France, July 22 (Reuters) - German Simon Geschke of the Giant-Alpecin team won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, a 161-km ride from Dignes les Bains on Wednesday. American Andrew Talansky was second for Cannondale-Garmin with Colombian Rigoberto Uran of Etixx-Quick Step finishing third. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris) More...
Sky airs Froome data as Tour de France nears Alpine finale (The Associated Press)
July 22, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The team of Tour de France leader Chris Froome bowed to pressure Tuesday and released data about his riding power, heart rate and pedaling rhythm, hoping to quell speculation about doping ahead of an increasingly likely victory in Paris. On the Tour's second rest day, Team Sky presented the figures after comments on French TV raised questions about Froome's performance and incidents in which spectators have booed, spat upon and thrown urine on the rider and his teammates - behavior attributed in part to the unfounded speculation about his speed on the way to victory in Stage 10. With a 3 minute, 10 second lead on his closest rival, and his mountain-climbing nearly unparalleled, Froome said he's in ''a great place'' as the three-week race resumes Wednesday with Stage 17's 161-kilometer (100-mile) jaunt over four climbs from Digne-les-Bains to an uphill finish at Pra Loup mountain resort. More...
Cycling-Sky hope to put suspicions to bed ahead of Alps challenge (Reuters)
July 22, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot GAP, France, July 21 (Reuters) - Team Sky released some of Chris Froome's power data on Tuesday as they seek to put to bed doping suspicions ahead of four gruelling Tour de France stages in the Alps. Froome's humiliation of his rivals in the first mountain stage a week ago raised questions and a French doctor of physiology suggested on French TV that the Briton's estimated power output could only been associated with riders who had relied on banned substances in the past. Pierre Sallet's estimation of 425 watts for 71 kilos (5.98 watts per kilo) does not meet the actual data released by Team Sky's head of athlete performance. More...
Cycling-Road-Tour de France stage 17 results (Reuters)
July 22, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
July 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Tour de France (Digne-les-Bains - Pra-Loup, 161 km) on Wednesday 1. Simon Geschke (Germany / Giant) 4:12:17" 2. Andrew Talansky (U.S. / Cannondale) +32" 3. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia / Etixx - Quick-Step) +1:01" 4. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ) +1:36" 5. Mathias Frank (Switzerland / IAM Cycling) +1:40" 6. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands / LottoNL) +2:27" 7. Nicolas Roche (Ireland / Team Sky) +3:02" 8. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain / Movistar) +3:04" 9. Serge Pauwels (Belgium / Team MTN) +3:05" 10. Adam Yates (Britain / Orica) +3:21" More...
Cycling-Geschke wins Tour de France 17th stage (Reuters)
July 22, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
PRA LOUP, France, July 22 (Reuters) - German Simon Geschke of the Giant-Alpecin team won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, a 161-km ride from Dignes les Bains on Wednesday. American Andrew Talansky was second for Cannondale-Garmin with Colombian Rigoberto Uran of Etixx-Quick Step finishing third. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris) More...
Tour de France: Gallery from the second rest day
July 22, 2015 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Although there is no racing during the days off at the Tour de France, the rest days are hardly about lounging around the hotel pool. The day usually starts with press conferences and public relations appearances before the teams head out for a short ride to ensure the legs stay open. Tinkoff-Saxo had a press conference outside of their hotel, which lacked air conditioning and was uncomfortably toasty, and as to be expected, team owner Oleg Tinkov stole the show. Team Sky, Movistar, Etixx-QuickStep and BMC also held court with the press and fans before putting in a few miles.ADVERTISEMENT Check out the photo gallery above for a look at what the teams and riders were up to on Tuesday, the 2015 Tour's second rest day before starting a difficult third week in the Alps. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France podcast episode 19: Team Sky, Chris Froomes data and Tinkovs attack on ASO
July 22, 2015 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In todays episode of the Cyclingnews Tour de France podcast sponsored by British Eurosport, Stephen Farrand and Zeb Woodpower discuss the news of the second rest day after attending several press conferences in and around Gap. They were up early to speak with Tejay van Garderen at BMC and then heard race leader Chris Froome talk about his hopes for the decisive Alpine stages and the release of his data from the first stage in the Pyrenees to La Pierre-Saint-Martin. Dave Brailsford defended Team Sky in the face of recent accusations and innuendo, with Tim Kerrison talking through Froomes data.ADVERTISEMENT While it was fascinating to hear, it is still to be seen if the data will silence Froomes critics and the doubts about Team Sky. In the afternoon, other teams held their press conferences with a large group of media standing in the sun in the car park of the Tinkoff-Saxo hotel as Alberto Contador, Peter Sagan and Oleg Tinkov held court. Tinkov turned out to be the star of the event, going on the attack and criticising Tour de France organiser ASO just hours before going to dinner with them in Gap to discuss the future of the sport. Dont miss his thoughts on ASO, the French and how he thinks professional cycling must evolve so it can survive in the future. At the end of the second rest day, after riders headed into the hills to keep their legs turning, thoughts also turned to the first alpine stage to Pra-Loup and who will attack on the descent of the Col dAllos. To subscribe to the Tour de France podcast on iTunes, click here, and go here for our full Tour de France coverage. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling-Sky hope to put suspicions to bed ahead of Alps challenge (Reuters)
July 21, 2015 (16:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot GAP, France, July 21 (Reuters) - Team Sky released some of Chris Froome's power data on Tuesday as they seek to put to bed doping suspicions ahead of four gruelling Tour de France stages in the Alps. Froome's humiliation of his rivals in the first mountain stage a week ago raised questions and a French doctor of physiology suggested on French TV that the Briton's estimated power output could only been associated with riders who had relied on banned substances in the past. Pierre Sallet's estimation of 425 watts for 71 kilos (5.98 watts per kilo) does not meet the actual data released by Team Sky's head of athlete performance. More...
Team Sky reveal Froomes Tour de France data from stage 10
July 21, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky has revealed some of Chris Froomes Tour de France performance data in an attempt to respond to the stream of estimates and innuendo from external observers and data experts. Head coach Tim Kerrison sat in on the teams press conference with team manager Dave Brailsford, Geraint Thomas and Chis Froome. After a series of questions about the race and the recent polemics, Kerrison revealed data for Froomes performance on the La Pierre-Saint-Martin climb on stage 10, the first mountain stage in the Pyrenees, where Froome distanced his rivals as they struggled in the heat after the first rest day. Were not going to get caught up in endless debate. Well give you info, carry on racing and then address it after the Tour if necessary, Brailsford said before handing over to Kerrison.ADVERTISEMENT I just think that in particular what France2 did by putting out that big headline of the 7 watts/kg with a picture of Lance Armstrong, and I think Jan Ullrich, was so wildly wrong on so many levels. We thought we should correct that and give concrete facts and evidence, so hopefully people will judge for themselves. Thats what drove my decision, Brailsford added. Froome stayed silent as Kerrison reeled off the numbers but said briefly that he agreed with the publication, even if he suggested that it would change little. Ive never had an issue with it, Froome said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France shorts: Sky one man down ahead of the Alps
July 21, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Sky one man down ahead of the Alps as Kennaugh abandons due to illness Team Skys Peter Kennaugh has abandoned the Tour de France after a bout of sickness, leaving the team with eight riders as the race heads into its final week in the Alps. Kennaugh pulled out of stage 16 roughly 50km into the race from Bourg-de-Page to Gap. "Pete has been suffering from a respiratory illness for the last two days," confirmed team Doctor Richard Usher. "He had been recovering and felt better ahead of the start, but the combination of the heat today and the fast start in the peloton made it extremely difficult and he felt like he was lacking power in his legs. He's obviously very disappointed and will now head home to rest and recover."ADVERTISEMENT Overall race leader Chris Froome also commented on losing his teammate, noting that the team will have to share more of the workload. "It's really unfortunate that we lost Pete today, he's had a tough couple of days, feeling a bit ill, and yesterday was a tough day of chasing. Now we are going to have to try and share the work between us and get through the next four stages, before the Champs-lyses stage." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome's Sky team releases data at Tour de France
July 21, 2015 (12:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SISTERON, France (AP) " Chris Froome's team has released data about his riding power in an effort to quell new speculation about doping at the Tour de France.At a news conference Tuesday on the Tour's second rest day, Sky team performance... More...
Froome's Sky team releases data at Tour de France (The Associated Press)
July 21, 2015 (12:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Chris Froome's team has released data about his riding power in an effort to quell new speculation about doping at the Tour de France. At a news conference Tuesday on the Tour's second rest day, Sky team performance analyst Tim Kerrison read figures including Froome's power output, cadence and heart rate on a final climb in Stage 10, which he won, in the Pyrenees. Sky manager Dave Brailsford said the team decided to release the figures after an expert on France's state broadcaster covering the race had aired what he called ''wildly wrong'' data about Froome's performances. More...
Froome ready to reveal Tour de France data but questions intense scrutiny
July 21, 2015 (08:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
On the bike, Chris Froome (Team Sky) only had to repel attacks from his rivals rather than any roadside fans during stage 16 to Gap, and was able to put another day behind him in the yellow jersey. Off the bike, it was the Tour de France leader who went on the offensive against the journalists who have stirred up questions surrounding his performance, and is now ready to release his power data to back up his assertions that he races clean. Late after Sunday's stage Froome had thanked British television channel ITV for questioning Laurent Jalabert about his innuendo and speculation about Froome's performances in this year's Tour de France. He posted a link to the video interview of Jalabert shirking away from questions and wrote: If you're going to deny making statements about me maybe you should remember that you're being recorded on Live TV/Radio. He reiterated his thoughts on Jalabert and former dopers working as television pundits during questions with the written media at the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT Personally I'm not a fan of that. I've made that very clear, Froome said. I don't believe these are best role models and spokesman for the sport in this day and age. Of course, that's my personal opinion. When asked, Froome also revealed his racing weight during the Tour de France and said he was in favour of other data being published after Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford had said at the start of the stage he was willing to reveal some of Froome's numbers. "My weight fluctuates on a daily basis and on the fuelling strategy for the day and also on the fluids I take in. It varies on a daily basis from 67 to 68kg, Froome said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France stage 16 quotes: Thomas 'shaken but alright' after crashing on descent into Gap
July 21, 2015 (08:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Stage 16 of the Tour de France saw Ruben Plaza land a solo stage win for his Lampre-Merida team in Gap on Monday. After riding into the day's breakaway, he escaped his companions on the last climb overthe Col de Manse, and held off a chasing Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), who ended up finishing second place for a sixteenth time in the French Grand Tour. Meanwhile, Team Sky's Geraint Thomas crashed on the descent into Gap but managed to get back on his bike and safely make it to the finish line without losing his place in the overall classification. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), crashed on the descent into GapADVERTISEMENT "I'm alright, I'm a bit shaken up but fine. I've had a lot worse. It's frustrating, I tried so hard to get over the climb, I dont know why guys dont just sit where they are on descents. It was hard for me to understand." Thomas went on to speak about the crash post-stage with a sense of humour, "I guess the doctor will ask me my name and date of birth soon. Can you remember? "Chris Froome. "A nice Frenchman [pulled me out of the ditch]. They are nice here, there's a few that aren't, but a nice Frenchman. I lost my glasses as well - they don't even make them anymore. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Brailsford considers releasing limited Froome data on Tour de France rest day
July 21, 2015 (08:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dave Brailsford has said that Team Sky may release limited data into the public domain in response to some of the estimates of Chris Froomes power output that have been published during this Tour de France. Froomes performance in winning atop La Pierre-Saint-Martin last week has come under particular scrutiny, with exercise physiologist Pierre Sallet claiming on France Tlvisions "Stade 2" programme on Sunday evening that the Sky rider had produced 7.04 watts/kg during his effort. Sallet did not elaborate, however, on the methodology he had used to calculate Froomes power output. Brailsford was a guest on the show, and at the start of stage 16 in Bourg-en-Page on Monday morning, he said that he had not been told how Sallet had arrived at that figure.ADVERTISEMENT "No, no. They want transparency but they wont give you the mathematical model of the estimations that theyre using," Brailsford told a small group of reporters outside the Sky bus. "And everybody knows that when you estimate, theres a margin for error. There was a good paper published recently by Yann Le Meur about exactly that, and in the scientific paper they said there was a plus or minus 6-10% error. There are so many variables you have to take into consideration." While Froome looked to place the blame on sections of the media for the aggression displayed towards his team by supporters on the roadside in recent days, Brailsford repeated his calls for the UCI to add a power analysis element to its current biological passport system. "I dont think you can say that its only the media because if everybody believed in the tests, then you wouldnt be in this situation," Brailsford said. "The problem is that everybody doesnt believe in the tests, and I think thats the responsibility of the UCI " to manage things better, to be more proactive and try to think a bit outside the box maybe to find a more innovative solution to try and reassure the people." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling-Team Sky to release Froome data (Reuters)
July 20, 2015 (20:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Adds details, quotes, changes dateline) By Julien Pretot GAP, France, July 20 (Reuters) - Team Sky are planning to release part of yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome's data as they seek to end doping suspicions surrounding the Tour de France leader. Froome attracted some negative headlines when he destroyed his rivals in the first mountain stage of the Tour last Tuesday and Briton had urine thrown at him by an abusive spectator on Saturday as the atmosphere on the roadside turned sour. Seeking to protect Froome from the prospect of a similar incident, two police officers were guarding the Team Sky bus ahead of Monday's 16th stage. More...
Sky woes continue with Thomas crash (Reuters)
July 20, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
GAP, France (Reuters) - Briton Geraint Thomas, one of race leader Chris Froome's key Team Sky lieutenants, crashed badly during the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Monday. Thomas collided with another rider during a descent and was thrown into a ditch 7.5km from the finish but was eventually able to remount. Earlier on Monday Sky's British road race champion Peter Kennaugh withdrew from the race. (Editing by Pritha Sarkar) More...

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