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Froome: All Grand Tour winners should face the same level of questioning
August 03, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Ewan edged out by Kittel at Tour de Pologne
August 03, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com 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 Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Swift hoping for successful return to racing at RideLondon
July 31, 2015 (13:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome's Tour de France-winning Pinarello Dogma F8
July 30, 2015 (04:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky add Geoghegan Hart and Peters as stagiaires
July 29, 2015 (16:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Gallery: A look back at the 2015 Tour de France
July 29, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish contract discussions on-going with Etixx after Tour de France
July 29, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
News shorts: Froome considering Vuelta start
July 28, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Rowe celebrates Team Sky's Tour de France success
July 27, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com 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...
Team Sky rider Chris Froome wins the Tour de France, his second and Britain's third (The Associated Press)
July 26, 2015 (20:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
PARIS (AP) -- Team Sky rider Chris Froome wins the Tour de France, his second and Britain's third. More...
Team Sky ready to back Thomas in future Grand Tours
July 26, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas hopes and dreams of a top five placing in the Tour de France ended cruelly on stage 19 of the Tour de France to La Toussuire when he lost over 20 minutes and slipped to fifteenth but the Welshman was rightly proud of his own performance and that of the Team Sky squad. Any plans for Thomas to target the overall classification in a Grand Tour are still in their infancy but he has shown his potential and ability to target the cobbled Classics and then be strong in the Tour de France. Thomas is expected to step into the role created by Richie Portes expected move to BMC and lead Team Sky in other stage races, be Froomes last man on the key climbs of the Tour and could target the Giro dItalia or Vuelta a Espana as an apprenticeship for a future Tour de France leadership role. Any formal decision about Grand Tour leadership in 2016 will be made after celebrating this years victory.ADVERTISEMENT Its a tough ask. Maybe. Well sit down after this and decide, he said after reaching Alpe dHuez. This race has certainly given me a lot of confidence for the future. Even I was surprised to being fourth going into stage 19. Its mental. I knew I was climbing well after the Tour de Suisse and in training but doing it in the biggest race in the world is incredible.Naturally head strong and multi talented The management at Team Sky know all about Thomas potential and character because the Welshman developed via the Great Britain Academy programme overseen by Dave Brailsford and managed by Rod Ellingworth, who is now Team Skys Head of Performance Operations, and an experienced race coach and directeur sportif. Brailsford has described Thomas Grand Tour future as the logical next step in his career and the application of Team Skys training and preparation methodology. Ellingworth told Cyclingnews that any decision on targeting the classification in a Grand Tour would have to come from Thomas. I think for Geraint, its all about what he wants to do, he said. We like a challenge too and so its going to be fascinating to see just how well he can do. But its totally his call. Hes got to follow his dreams and we can help him realise them. He set his mind on doing well and has done the work to do it. Geraint is naturally head strong and so knows how to suffer. He showed what he can do in Paris-Nice in recent years and has nearly won it. He was second in the Tour de Suisse but people seem to have forgotten that. Ellingworth revealed Thomas toughness and ability with an anecdote from their time together in the Great Britain Under 23 team. We realised the other day that its ten years since Geraint first rode up the Glandon. He rode it in an Under 23 race when he was just 19, Ellingworth told Cyclingnews, enjoying the memory. The team crashed the day before in the team time trial and Geraint took the skin off his hands. The morning after he came to the team meeting not dressed in his cycling kit. He thought his race was over but I said to him: You dont pedal with your bloody hands, get your kit on. I made him start but he finished too. That showed his character. He rode the Tour de France for the first time with Barloworld in 2007. I was speaking to him most nights then and he was suffering like a dog. So its great to see him progress so well. Hes still current Olympic team pursuit champion and so that shows his full range of talents. Hes phenomenal. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France: Hesjedal misses out on Alpe d'Huez victory but proud of team performance
July 26, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) battled back from illness to secure a fine third place on stage 20 of the Tour de France to Alpe dHuez. The Canadian came into the Tour de France on the back of a difficult Giro dItalia and took longer than he expected to find his feet in the second grand tour of his season. However, he closed it with a solid ride in the final day in the Alps. He formed part of an elite chase group after the Col de la Croix du Fer behind the days early escape, and on the final ascent Hesjedal combined with Thibaut Pinot to reel in lone survival Alex Geniez. Pinot distanced the Canadian before Nairo Quintana also moved ahead of him in the closing kilometres. Hesjedal hung on for third, however. Its been and up and down race, he told Cyclingnews at the finish.ADVERTISEMENT Everyone said that we had three guys coming here for GC but that was never the plan. With what I put into the Giro and the build up, I would just take the Tour as it would come. Its kind of frustrating to know that I couldnt really prepare the way I wanted to in between the Giro and Tour because of recovery. Right from the beginning of this race we could see that I wasnt on top of it and I tried to stay out of trouble. The form wasnt coming in the way that I wanted and I hoped that I would feel better around half-way through the race, but it just wasnt happening. I had some good days here and there and I helped the guys where I could. Hesjedal was deployed as a domestique thereafter, helping Andrew Talansky in breaks as the American sought stage wins and to recover a respectable place overall. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France stage 20 quotes: Yellow jersey Froome elated, emotional on Alpe d'Huez
July 26, 2015 (04:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Stage 20 of the Tour de France saw Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) solo to the stage victory, grabbing a big win for France on the final day in the Alps. He finished 18 seconds ahead of a chasing Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in second and Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) in third. Quintana's vicious attack saw him gain time back on overall race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) but it wasn't enough to surpass the Briton. Froome maintained his overall lead by 1:12 over the Colombian and he will wear the yellow jersey into the celebratory stage 21 in Paris on Sunday. Chris Froome (Team Sky), maintained his yellow jersey hold on Alpe d'Huez despite attack from Nairo QuintanaADVERTISEMENT "I cant quite come to terms with it just yet. There were so many emotions going through my mind going up that last climb. There were moments when I felt that I could be in danger but always having my teammates with me, Richie [Porte] until the end, I thought of all the sacrifices, all the team camps, time away from my wife and my family and everything went through my head. "I was on my limit going up that last climb but I just had to find something else just to keep pushing. That was only 110km but it felt like 300. It was such a hard stage. "Its unreal, absolutely unreal. Im sure that I havent quite taken it all on board yet but its an unbelievable feeling to be still here wearing this jersey." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France podcast episode 23: Froome discusses emotional penultimate day on Alpe d'Huez
July 26, 2015 (04:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
TheCyclingnews Tour de France podcast sponsored by British Eurosport. In todays episode, Stephen Farrand, Zeb Woodpower and Sadhbh OShea discuss a dramatic final day of racing in the Alps. Stage 20 saw Chris Froome (Team Sky) seal a second Tour de France victory ahead of the celebratory stage 21 into Paris on Sunday. We discuss the happenings of the stage and look over the general classification movers and shakers before tomorrows sprint stage on the Champs-lyses. We hear from Froomes teammate Richie Porte about the Alpe dHuez ascent and how the team rode to secure overall victory, Cannondale-Garmin's Ryder Hesjedal explains his day on the Alpe and finally we hear from an emotional Froome on winning yellow.ADVERTISEMENT 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...
Froome on the verge of winning second Tour de France
July 26, 2015 (04:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) is one stage away from a second Tour de France victory despite conceding 1:28 to Nairo Quintana on stage 20's summit finish on Alpe dHuez, who he now leads the general classification by 1:12. Sundays 109.5km procession into Paris is all that is left for Froome to negotiate before officially being presented on the podium in the yellow jersey. Froome will become the 13th double winner in the history of the race alongside the likes of Laurent Fignon, Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali and Alberto Contador, having also won the 2013 edition of the race ahead of Quintana. What can I say, its an amazing, amazing feeling to still be here in yellow this evening, we have to get to Paris tomorrow with no issues, but from the racing side of things, thats done now, Froome said during his post-stage press conference with a hint of emotion in his voice. We faced all challenges over almost three weeks of racing. Massive thanks to teammates for the work theyve put in over the last few weeks. I think of little points along the way, chipping away getting yellow and the final advantage I have to day, its them I have to thank for this position.ADVERTISEMENT To win the Tour once was a dream, to come back and do it a second time is more than I ever could imagine. An aggressive fourth and final day of racing in the Alps was initiated by Movistar, that started the day with Quintana and Alejandro Valverde in second and third place overall with the ambition of claiming yellow by day's end. The attacks on Froomes yellow jersey from Movistar started on the Col de la Croix de Fer, isolating the Sky rider before his teammates re-joined the 30-year-old on the valley road on the run in to the 13.8km ascent of the iconic Alpe d'Huez. Froome was unable to respond to a battery of attacks by Quintana on the 21-hairpin climb, explaining that he preferred to ride at his own tempo than dipping into the red zone and risk losing his yellow jersey on the final climb of the race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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