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Tour de France: We weakened Team Sky, says Quintana
July 23, 2015 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Sources say Landa, Intxausti and the Izagirre brothers to join Team Sky
July 23, 2015 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France: Geschke celebrates his big win in Pra-Loup
July 23, 2015 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Talansky shut out in Tour de France stage, vows to keep trying
July 23, 2015 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome keeps his Tour de France rivals in check in the Alps
July 22, 2015 (21:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com 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 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...

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