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Sky's release of Froome's Tour de France data fails to clear the air
July 24, 2015 (15:30) [ Indexed from ]
If Team Sky believed the move to make public Chris Froomes data from the summit finish at La Pierre-Saint-Martin on stage 10 of this years Tour de France would silence the doubters, they will have been left disappointed. Tim Kerrison, Skys head of athlete performance, addressed the media during the second rest day of the Tour de France to explain Froomes numbers after a documentary on Stade 2 estimated some his values for the climb, with physiologist Pierre Sallet concluding that Froome either has an extraordinary physiology or is doping. It is the nature of the beast that it is nigh on impossible to provide concrete proof that a rider is clean and this new information has only offered another small glimpse of a still incomplete picture, raising with it only fresh questions.ADVERTISEMENT One such question is how Froome, if averaging 5.78 watts per kilogram on La Piere-Saint-Martin as Sky claim, climbed so much quicker than those who supposedly outpowered him, like Robert Gesink (5.93 w/kg). This only leads to fresh speculation, as well as highlighting the fallibility of assessment by numbers and the many variables by which they are affected. How are we to know Gesinks power meter is producing completely accurate data? Do his and others computers take into account fluctuations in weight from day to day? How can we have faith in Skys numbers, modified from the raw data because they claim osymetric chainrings overestimate power by six per cent? The new numbers have failed to satisfy Sallet, who has revised his calculations in a fresh report published under the banner of his Athletes for Transparency body. Having originally taken Froome to weigh 71 kilograms, the 67.5kg figure given by Sky leads him to believe Froome averaged 408 watts over the climb, compared with his original 425 estimate and Skys claim of 414. You can read more at More...
Tour de France: Battle for top 10 heats up
July 24, 2015 (15:30) [ Indexed from ]
The battle for the yellow jersey is down to just two people at best with Chris Froome (Team Sky) seemingly in control with just two more days in the mountains remaining, while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) does his level best to knock him from the top spot. Behind the duelling pair Alejandro Valverde is sitting comfortably in the final podium spot, despite suffering on Thursday, but there is a battle heating up for the remaining positions within the top 10. Just over two minutes separate fourth through to eighth, while those towards the bottom of the top 10 have a tough two days ahead if they want to keep it. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) leads the best of the rest, as it were. The Welshman has been enjoying his best Tour de France to date, currently sitting in fourth and 2:25 behind the final podium spot. Thomas showed his first signs of weakness in Wednesdays ride to Pra Loup, getting dropped on the penultimate climb of the Col dAllos but remains in fourth. Alberto Contador is just six seconds behind him, though, and Robert Gesink is at 1:05 down on the team Sky rider. As much as hed like to protect his own position overall, he has the race leader Froome to consider. Its one of those, when Contador and Gesink went, half of me was like oh Ill go but its got to be everything for the team so I stuck with the boys and I didnt panic, said Thomas. If the team is as strong as it is then my job wont come until the end of the stages so that gives me the best chance of holding my GC but as long as Froomey wins and I do my job for him then thats all I can ask for. Go big or go home is an adage that could be applied to Contadors approach to racing. It hasnt been for a want of trying that the Spaniard finds himself at 6:40 down overall. Despite having already admitting defeat in the general classification after his crash on stage 17, Contador made a concerted effort on the Col du Glandon. The efforts are beginning to show and Contador accepts that perhaps the podium is out of his grasp. If you told me that I would attack the leaders group at the start of the day then I wouldnt have believed it. It has been a really hard day on the bike and I hurt all over. Tomorrow I will have a hard time but we are already here so we have to try something, said Contador. Obviously the position that I am in now in the general classification is not to my liking but it would have to be something really big for Alejandro to lose the podium.ADVERTISEMENT The shark bites Another rider that is still pushing hard to salvage something from this Tour de France is the defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana). A shadow of the rider we saw last season, Nibali was struggling to keep himself inside the top 10 in the first half of the race. Hes hit his stride now and has been gradually moving his way up the standings and now lies seventh overall at 8:04. I dont have anything to lose so I can take a bet on doing something, said Nibali. People are trying to mark me because maybe they can see that Im better now and I can do something from far out. Id love to fight back in some way but its about being in the right mood. Contador and I looked at each other but nothing happened. Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling) wraps up this cluster of riders battling each other behind the podium spots, after a solid ride on the opening day of the Alps. Frank held firm en-route to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne but the next two stages will be a much sterner test on his overall placing. Hes got a healthy advantage of 3:19 over Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing), who looked in trouble on Thursday and slipped to 12:06 back. Romain Bardets (AG2R-La Mondiale) victory on stage 18 has jumped him into the top 10 at 12:52 down but, like Mollema, he is under threat from the likes of Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) and Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Garmin). The former is just 16 seconds back on his compatriot. Perhaps the overall victory is all but decided but the fight behind the yellow jersey could go down to the wire and, as this Tour de France has shown us time and again, anything can happen. You can read more at More...
Tour de France podcast episode 21: Bardet saves his Tour, UCI check for motors
July 24, 2015 (15:30) [ Indexed from ]
The Cyclingnews Tour de France podcast sponsored by British Eurosport. In todays episode, Stephen Farrand, Zeb Woodpower, Sadhbh OShea and Pierre Carrey of Libration and focus on Romain Bardets stage victory, the likely changes to the general classification with two stages to come in the Alps before Paris and touch on the bike checks that were carried today. We also hear from Bardet on his first Tour stage win, Andrew Talansky on Cannondale-Garmins aggressive tactics and race leader Chris Froome on another day in the yellow jersey. To subscribe to the Tour de France podcast on iTunes, click here, and go here for our full Tour de France coverage.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at More...
Froome stays vigilant at Tour de France as mountain stages tick down
July 24, 2015 (02:45) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) carefully controlled his nearest rivals at the Tour de Franceduring stage 18 on the road to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. He still leads Nairo Quintana (Movistar) by more than three minutes and is ticking off the mountain stages, knowing his grip on the race leaders yellow jersey is tightening and that the chances for his rivals reduce day by day. Main rivals Quintana and teammate Alejandro Valverde looked happy to finish in the select front group that came in 3:02 down on lone stage winner Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale). The Movistar riders and almost every other rider in the top 10 overall are racing to defend their current placing, with Movistar also leading the team competition and with Quintana wearing the best young riders white jersey. Froome again sensed their fear of risking everything and was able to control the racing thanks to another strong, consistent performance by Geraint Thomas. Froome again expressed his hopes that the Welshman can finish on the final podium with him in Paris, even if defending the yellow jersey comes first on Fridays tough stage to La Toussuire and then on the grand finale stage to lAlpe dHuez on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Were getting towards the end now and there are only two real racing stages to go, both quite short. So we can expect them to be hard. But I feel Im in good shape, Im happy compared to two years ago. Then I was hanging on. Now I feel quite good and in control, he said during his post-stage press conference. Ive got two wheels to follow at this point: Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde. I hope we can finish the job now. Froome dismissed a suggestion that he had never come under real attack during this years Tour de France, as he pursues a second victory, two years after triumphing in 2013. You can read more at More...
Tour de France: Stage wins the only interest for Cannondale-Garmin
July 24, 2015 (02:45) [ Indexed from ]
With three second places at the 2015 Tour de France, Cannondale-Garmin is determined to arrive in Paris with at least one stage win to its name. After finishing runner up to Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) on the Pra Loup summit finish, Andrew Talansky again chanced his luck for the American team on stage 18 to St-Jean-de-Maurienne, finishing ninth in a demonstration of the team's ambition and drive for victory. Cannondale-Garmin had placed its triumvirate of Talansky, Dan Martin and Ryder Hesjedal in the 29-man breakaway with the goal of stage victory as the teams sole focus on general classification has ended following a collective jour sans on La Pierre Saint-Martin. For Talansky, today was no 'revenge mission' for his close call yesterday but simply a repeat dosage of the teams tactics in the final week of the Tour.ADVERTISEMENT "No revenge, just continuing the approach weve taken in this last week and now with myself, Ryder and Dan off the front and up the road is a pretty good scenario," Talansky said after cooling down at the team bus. "We didnt come out in the wind but like weve said, today was about trying and thats what today about." Along with Martin and Hesjedal, Talansky reiterated he is confident the team can deliver a stage win by Paris on Sunday. "With myself, Dan and Ryder, I think we still have a good chance and we are still going to keep trying definitely and thats what we said yesterday and we tried yesterday, we tried again today and we have two more days at the Tour to try again," he added. You can read more at More...
UCI check Froomes bike and five others for hidden motors at Tour de France
July 24, 2015 (02:45) [ Indexed from ]
The UCI commissaires at the Tour de France have confirmed that checks were carried on the bikes of race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) and five other riders after the stage 18 finish in Saint-Jean-de-Maurine, as they continue to look for hidden motors that could give riders a significant power boost during races. Cyclingnews understands that it is the fourth time that selected bikes have been checked after stages in this years Tour de France. Other checks were carried out in the spring and at the Giro dItalia but no motors have ever been found despite suspicion that they may be in use. UCI technical staff checked the bikes of Froome along with stage winner Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar).ADVERTISEMENT Froome confirmed during the post-stage press conference that his bike was amongst those checked by the UCI. He said he welcomed the checks. Yes my bike was checked but Im happy theyre doing the checks. Theyre probably needed considering all the rumours out there, Froome said when asked by Cyclingnews. I think most of the suspicion is on social media but they dont come from nowhere, the technology exists. Cyclingnews saw the UCI technical staff with several bikes in the compound area of the anti-doping truck close to the finish. Bikes were checked in a white tent behind the truck with team mechanics asked to take out the bottom brackets of the bikes You can read more at More...
Cycling-Road-Tour de France stage 18 results (Reuters)
July 23, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
July 23 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Tour de France (Gap - Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, 186.5 km) on Thursday 1. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) 5:03:40" 2. Pierre Rolland (France / Europcar) +33" 3. Winner Anacona (Colombia / Movistar) +59" 4. Bob Jungels (Luxembourg / Trek) 5. Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark / Astana) 6. Serge Pauwels (Belgium / Team MTN) +1:01" 7. Cyril Gautier (France / Europcar) +1:50" 8. Damiano Caruso (Italy / BMC Racing) 9. Andrew Talansky (U.S. / Cannondale) +1:55" 10. Warren Barguil (France / Giant) +3:02" 11. Robert Gesink (Netherlands / LottoNL) 12. ... More...
News Shorts: Froome to decide on Vuelta after Tour de France
July 23, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from ]
Froome to decide on Vuelta participation after the Tour Team Sky sayChris Froome will wait for the completion of the Tour de France to decide whether he will contest the Vuelta a Espaa. "We will not make a decision until the end of the Tour, but it is a possibility that we are evaluating," Team Sky Team Principal Dave Brailsford told Velonews. Froome has shown to be virtually unbeatable thus far at the Tour, despite the various attempts by the other GC contenders. The team surrounding him has proven they are strong and able to protect the yellow jersey through until Paris on Sunday. After the rest day Monday, riders start the first of three stages in the Alps and the final chances to gain time on the British rider.ADVERTISEMENT Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) entered the Tour with similar ambitions after winning the Giro d'italia this May. The Spaniard has shown fatigue however, with few attacks and missing the explosive riding expected from him in the Grand Tours. "Alberto has worked hard to win the two Grand Tours, but he looks tired after the Giro," Brailsford said. "It's possible that Froome could do Vuelta or Giro-Tour-Vuelta, but the goal is always the Tour." You can read more at More...
Tour de France: We weakened Team Sky, says Quintana
July 23, 2015 (09:00) [ Indexed from ]
Despite not being able to shake Chris Froome with several attacks on the penultimate and final climbs of the day, Nairo Quintana believes that he and his Movistar teammates finally cracked the seemingly unbreakable Team Sky. Froome became isolated for a rare occasion during this years Tour when Wout Poels and Geraint Thomas were both distanced on the ascent of the Col dAllos, giving Quintana confidence in the stages to come.ADVERTISEMENT Today I was almost 100 per cent. We have not got to Froome but we have weakened Sky and now come the more serious stages, which favour me, with longer climbs and tougher finishes where we can try to scratch back some time, Quintana told the press after the stage. Tomorrows stage will be very complicated and the finish in La Toussuire is a course that suits me, it is all day up and down, with major climbs that are very hard and very long. Alpe dHuez is a fairly long climb and the slope suits my abilities. There is terrain to bring the battle. Quintana has looked increasingly strong in the last week, after losing more than a minute on Froome on the opening day in the Alps. He hasnt lost time since that day and has been consistently attacking Froome. Stage 17 was no different and Quintana made his first move near the top of Pra Loup, hoping to test his isolated rival. The attack came to nought but on the whole, Quintana believes that it was a strong day for the team. While Alejandro Valverde lost seven seconds in the general classification fight he moved up to third following the abandon of Tejay van Garderen due to illness. Movistar also increased their lead at the top of the team classification to over 16 minutes. I felt very good. I recovered well and I didnt have any problems after the rest day. We were good, together as a whole team, and with the pace that we set on the Allos, Quintana said. When I saw him [Froome] without teammates, we wanted to see how he felt. Mine are good and you have to keep trying. Today we have also got on the podium with Alejandro Valverde and we maintained the lead in the team classification by quite a margin and I think that the balance of the day has been quite favourable for the team. Movistar had four riders on the Col dAllos, with Gorka Izagirre and Jos Herrada dropping back from an earlier break to help set a strong pace before allowing Astana to take over towards the top. Quintana made digs off the front in the closing kilometres but all were matched by Froome and he was forced to chase down one from the yellow jersey wearer. After being outsprinted by Froome earlier in the race, Quintana returned the favour atop Pra Loup but the gaps in the general classification remain the same between the top two. We didnt really intend to turn things around in the general classification today and there are days where the mountains are more demanding and we believe that the remainder may prove to be harder, explained Quintana. It will be difficult to do if I attack too close to the final so I will have to try from further out. Today we saw the strength of the whole team that is at a great level. We will keep trying and we hope that we can weaken them. We already have second place, if nothing happens, but I continue to think of yellow. Time is running out but we believe as the desire grows. You can read more at More...
Sources say Landa, Intxausti and the Izagirre brothers to join Team Sky
July 23, 2015 (09:00) [ Indexed from ]
Several reports published today in the Spanish media assert that, as reported by Cyclingnews at the start of the Tour de France, Mikel Landa will join Team Sky in 2016 on a two-year deal. Sources also place Movistar riders Beat Intxausti, Gorka Izagirre and Ion Izagirre in Team Skys roster for the upcoming season. Landas future has been a talking point since his outstanding performance in the last Giro dItalia, where he won two stages and finished third overall, only behind Alberto Contador and Fabio Aru. The Basque riders contract with Astana is expiring at the end of this season and he has publicly stated his will to leave the Kazakh squad, where he hasnt felt supported neither during his period of severe illness last winter nor during his breakout at the Giro. According to the report, Landa had offers from Movistar in the amount of 1.5 million per year and from Katusha, where it was suggested he put forward his own asking price. However, Landa seems to have picked the two-year, 1.2 million deal proposed by Team Sky.ADVERTISEMENT Two of the Spanish newspapers reporting Landas signing with Sky, El Pas and AS, said that Intxausti will join the British team next season too. Intxausti, who currently races for Movistar, is a strong climber who has won two stages of the Giro dItalia and finished fourth in the last edition of Critrium du Dauphin. According to several sources contacted by Cyclingnews, another two Movistar riders, Gorka and Ion Izagirre, are set to ride for Team Sky in 2016 as well. The brothers from Ormaiztegi, a little village of the Goierri region, are key domestiques in Eusebio Unzus schemes and would have the same role at Brailsfords. The four riders, who come from the Basque country, were raised in the ranks of the bygone Euskaltel team and are managed by Giuseppe Acquadro. Koldo Fernndez de Larrea, delegate in Spain of the Italian agent, declined to confirm or deny these transfers when asked by Cyclingnews. You can read more at More...
Tour de France: Geschke celebrates his big win in Pra-Loup
July 23, 2015 (09:00) [ Indexed from ]
Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) let out a roar celebration as he crossed the finish line Pra-Loup and showed plenty of emotion after his stage victory, admitting after a few tears that this was the biggest day of his cycling career. The Giant-Alpecin team has struggled to make an impact in this years Tour de France without sprinter Marcel Kittel, but the bearded German rider ensured he was in the big break of the day and then went on the attack before the decisive Col dAllos. He dived down the twisting descent and then held off chasers of the calibre of Andrew Talansky and Rigoberto Uran to win alone.ADVERTISEMENT I was allowed my own chance to go in the break, but I think the team never expected me to win. Today is simply the best day in my life, of my professional cycling life. Its unreal. Ill need a few days to understand what Ive done. Its a dream to win because I knew the only way to win was in the break and felt that today was today, he said in the post-stage winners press conference. I suppose I had less than half a chance of winning but its still a chance. Going with 50km to go is not a big chance. It was a tactic that could work out but needed a little brute force. Its an unusual win for the team because all our wins came in sprints in 2014. People see us as sprinting team but with Barguil we also have a guy for the top 10 overall. Despite apparent calls from his friends and teammates, he refused any idea that he will shave off his thick beard as a way of celebrating his victory. Only if I win the GC of the Tour de France, so never, he joked. Geschke attacked alone after the intermediate sprint. He wanted to anticipate the strong riders in the breakaway but he then out-rode them all, as team tactics curbed the chances of Richie Porte (Team Sky) and Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo). I saw that the guys didnt move or attack and knew that if I stayed with them theyd go for it on the long climb, Geschke explained. I took my only chance after the sprint. I knew that if it didnt work out, then Id support Barguil before the last climb. It was just a simple tactic. I didnt want to wait to get dropped and or be dropped and finish 10th. Its incredible it worked out. The descent of the Col dAllos was really challenging but risks are part of cycling. I knew it was a dangerous descent but went as fast as possible. It was hard because I was at my limit at the top of climb and had to concentrate in the corners so not to crash or lose time. I didnt go down at my maximum but was still pretty fast. I was happy not to be surprised by a corner. On the climb up to the finish I was thinking Id be caught. But I wasnt." German pride German cycling has been through a tough time following the exposure of widespread doping in the Telekom team and the demise of Jan Ullrich, with the media treating cycling like pariah sport, without treating other sports in the same way. Only 10 German riders started the Tour de France but they have now won five stages thanks to Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and now Geschke. The media in Germany did not really work on giving cycling a good image in recent years. But the German riders are happy that state television is showing the Tour de France so that the public can take part in such a wonderful race and get to know it again, Geschke explained. Weve had a lot of stage victories in the last two years and this is our fifth win now. I think that Germany can be really proud of the cyclists in the Tour de France now. You can read more at More...
Talansky shut out in Tour de France stage, vows to keep trying
July 23, 2015 (09:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cannondale-Garmin has had no manner of luck in the Tour de France, but a tenacious ride by Andrew Talansky for second place on stage 17 to Pra-Loup has the American team hoping their fortunes have finally turned a corner. Talanksy was part of a huge breakaway that escaped midway through the 161km stage, and by the end he was chasing eventual stage winner Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) alone on the descent from the Coll d'Allos. Finishing 32 seconds behind, Talanksy said he ran out of road. "Once I got in that breakaway I thought I had a really good chance. I was suffering a little bit early on, but I looked at the faces of the other guys, and I know the way I'm feeling in the third week, the way I've been climbing I was pretty confident I was the best climber in the group. That proved to be true by the end. Geschke just had a bit too much time coming into the final climb," Talansky said.ADVERTISEMENT "I rode the race as smart as I could, and rode with my heart and not my head in the end. I ended up being second, but I did everything I could." Talansky came over the Coll d'Allos with 22km to go chasing behind Geschke and FDJ's Thibaut Pinot, but after the Frenchman slid out and then lost his confidence on the highly technical and treacherous descent, Talansky blasted past and went off in pursuit of Geschke, but couldn't close down the gap. "Geschke is a pretty good descender, too, and the gap stayed pretty much the same between the top and the bottom. My only hope was that he was going to blow up in the steeper last two kilometers. He's a great bike rider, a class rider, and he knows how to meter his effort, obviously. I think I closed 50 seconds to a minute at the end, but it wasn't enough. I ran out of road." You can read more at More...
Froome keeps his Tour de France rivals in check in the Alps
July 22, 2015 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) was happy to complete the first of four decisive Alpine stages at the Tour de France to Pra-Loup, satisfied that he controlled his overall rivals on the testing descent of the Col dAllos and neutralised several attacks by Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Froome was genuinely sorry to see Tejay van Garderen (BMC) abandon the Tour de France but fought back about any speculation to Team Sky releasing some of his data from the first stage in the Pyrenees. He confirmed he would release all his data to an independent body such as the UCI or WADA, on the condition that his rivals did the same. Froome and Quintana went clear in the final kilometre to the line, with the Colombian even fighting to win the sprint for 18th place in the hope of scoring a psychological blow on his rival, but Froome marked him closely and finished in the same time. Quintana is now 3:10 behind Froome in the overall classification, with his teammate Alejandro Valverde third at 4:09 after the abandon of Tejay van Garderen (BMC). Quintana and Froome shook hands after the stage but their rivalry remains fierce out on the road. Earlier Team Sky had controlled the peloton and had placed Richie Porte and Nicolas Roche in the break of the day to prepare for any tactical moves on the long slopes of the Col dAllos. Other teams also tried similar plans, to perhaps attack Froome but he was never in danger, even showing some impressive descending skills on the Col dAllos as he dived through the corners in Vincenzo Nibalis slipstream. I was definitely pushed to my limits by all the attacks and can definitely expect more of it over next few days, Froome admitted, before playing mind games with his rivals who are slowly running out of mountain stages to put him difficulty. My main rivals are Quintana and Valverde, and so Ive got to respond when they make their moves. He (Quintana) is still feeling good but theres perhaps an element thats he running out of stages. I was surprised to see him and others guys going for it with 50km or 60km to go. I think it gives us a taste of the next few days. Weve got three hard stages to go and I expect my rivals will push until finish and also battle it out for podium positions. I wouldnt say there are signs of desperation but you can see that my rivals are going to take bigger risks; were seeing all or nothing approach at this point. Alberto Contador lost more time with his crash. I think that we can only expect him to attack earlier in next few stages. On the contrary, Froome claimed he was feeling good after enjoying the second rest day with his wife, Michelle, brother and other relatives. Tactically we were good but the attacks, even from far out puts us under a lot of pressure, so thanks to my teammates for controlling the race and keeping the yellow jersey on my shoulders, he said. Im feeling good and looking forward to the next days. Im hoping to get through as best as I can but it is getting harder as we get towards Paris. The first Alpine mountain stage to Pra-Loup was more about the descent than the climb and cols of the stage. Nibali used his descending skills to test his rivals, but Froome was glued to his wheel and never seemed in difficulty. Ive never felt descending was a weakness for me, Froome said, pushing back any suggestions to the contrary. I felt confortable on the decent. I didnt take any risks today. Riding with Nibali was more about holding gaps and not losing any positions. Others perhaps took risks but I was riding within myself and riding lines I felt comfortable with. It was good to know the descent after seeing it in the Dauphine and in recon rides.ADVERTISEMENT On the offensive about data Froome seemed more relaxed after the second rest day and made an effort to speak in French alongside his wife, Michelle, on French television post stage. During his questions from the written press, he faced only two difficult questions: one about motorised wheels, which he dismissed by saying he had never heard about them, and another about the data Team Sky released during the rest day. Froome insisted he had not had time to understand the reaction to the data release but accepted the questions about his performance may never go away. However, he made it clear he was ready to share all his data with an independent body if his rivals did the same. It was a bold promise. Ive not really seen any reaction. I imagine is going to be never ending. Some data will never be enough, Froome said. If people truly want to understand what Im capable of as a rider, then theyve got to have all the data, all power files, all the racing files, all the training files. For Team Sky thats our competitive advantage, so that would mean giving away our training programmes that Tim Kerrison has spent years working on. Itd be crazy to give it away to other teams who havent invested in training. The team has made it clear theyd be happy to surrender the power data, everything, to the right independent body. If WADA or the UCI wanted to collected that info, Im sure the team would be happy to give if to them, as long as all the teams do the same. But Im also quite sure what we released wouldnt be enough for some. A lot of people have made up their minds. No matter what info we release its not going to change their opinion. You can read more at More...
Tour de France stage 17 quotes: Sanchez says losing van Garderen is a huge blow to BMC
July 22, 2015 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
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 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...

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