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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...
Porte leaves Team Sky on a high note at the Tour de France
July 26, 2015 (04:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In his last season with Team Sky, Richie Porte has given Chris Froome his all in the teams bid for the yellow jersey despite being ill and on antibiotics for the last 10 days of the Tour de France. At the finish of stage 20 on Alpe dHuez, where Froome retained his overall lead with one celebratory day to go, the Australian said that he was pleased to end his term with the powerful British squad on a high note. To be honest, it was my last mountain stage with Sky, and I had a good chat with Nicolas Portal (director at Team Sky) this morning, Porte told Cyclingnews. Ive been on antibiotics for about 10 days now and its been devastating for me to not play a part in the race, really, you know? After abandoning the Giro dItalia as Team Skys leader in May, Porte was selected to the teams Tour de France squad as an important helper for Froome in the mountains. He had a strong showing during the first day in Pyrenees, stage 10 to La Pierre-Saint-Martin, where he was second behind Froome, but then fell ill and struggled through the remaining mountain stages, contributing to the yellow jersey wherever he could manage. Meanwhile, much of the slack in the mountains was picked up by Geraint Thomas and Wouter Poels.ADVERTISEMENT I think our team has been absolutely fantastic in this race and everyone has done their job, its just a bit disappointing for me, Porte said. I know where I was at coming into it, I was climbing well and I think I showed that in the first mountain stage, Porte said. Yesterday, Chris Froome came to my room and said, just give me all youve got tomorrow. Hes such a great mate and Im just happy to be able to finish it off on a high level. After much speculation about his future, Porte confirmed during the Tour de France that he would leave the Team Sky at the end of the season. Although he cant officially sign for a new team until August 1, he is expected to join BMC Racing in 2016. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France: Hesjdeal misses out on Alpe d'Huez victory but proud of team performance
July 26, 2015 (04:00) [ 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...
Talansky fights on in the Tour de France
July 25, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Andrew Talansky stopped just after the finish line in La Toussuire following stage 19 on Friday and leaned over his bike for several minutes as he tried to fight the pain of yet another day in the Alps at the Tour de France. The Cannondale-Garmin rider went on the attack again during the stage in pursuit of stage victory. It was his third consecutive day of aggression but he was still determined to give it a go. He ensured he was part of the 24-rider moved that formed early and then fought all the way to the finish in La Toussuire as he tried to move up into the top 10 of the overall classification. He finished 12th on the stage, 4:17 behind stage winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and so moved up one place to 11th, 18:25 down on leader Chris Froome (Team Sky). With only the 110km mountain stage to LAlpe dHuez remaining, Talansky is a tantalising 58 seconds from 10th place held by Pierre Rolland (Europcar). With Tejay van Garderen (BMC) out of the race, Talansky is also defending US pride.ADVERTISEMENT It was full-gas racing, everything was blown to bits early on the Croix de Fer, Talansky explained after recovering but still clearly fatigued. It was full on from there, and Im sure that continued up at the front on the last climb. I was just riding as hard as I could up to the finish. Talansky had a tough first part of the Tour de France. He lost time in the crosswinds on stage two and on the uphill finishes on the Mur de Huy and Mr de Bretagne. Like teammate Dan Martin, he also suffered on the first mountain stage to La Pierre-Saint-Martin, losing more than 11 minutes to Chris Froome. However, he refused to be beaten by this years tough Tour de France route and the heat, attacking whenever the road has kicked up in the Pyrenees. On the stage to Pra-Loup he finished a painful second behind lone attacker Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) but refused to give up, attacking again on stage 18 and again today. Im happy with the effort Ive made during the third week of the Tour, he said. Obviously I came here with some higher GC aspirations, but those didnt pan out for a few reasons. Im glad Im still giving all I have in this third week to try to get a result on a stage or to make a move up on GC. I want to pay the team back for all of the work they did for me in the first half of the race. Despite his obvious fatigue, Talansky promised more aggression and a last roll of the dice on the stage to LAlpe dHuez. Im not going to say that Im going to miraculously win the stage and beat Chris Froome, Quintana and Contador, but Im going to give everything that I have until the very last stage of the Tour de France, he said. Alpe dHuez is actually my favourite memory from the 2013 Tour, so Im really looking forward to it. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Thomas: 'Sometimes you're the nail. I was a cheapy little Ikea one today'
July 25, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As expected, Team Sky came under fire from all angles in the penultimate Alpine stage of this year's Tour de France. As the rain poured down, the British outfit were put under pressure right from the start, with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) attacking in the opening kilometres of the stage. The move on the Col duChaussy was followed by attacks from Movistar's Alejandro Valverde and Astana's Vincenzo Nibali, putting Sky immediately in trouble. Race leader Chris Froome saw his support network whittled down to just two riders, and looked under serious threat for the first time in this race. Wout Poels was the last man by Froome's side at the day's end, while Geraint Thomas saw his own general classification hopes go up in smoke. Thomas was dangling off the back after the Contador attacks, and ended up crossing the line in a large group 22 minutes behind the stage winner, dropping him from fourth down to 15th overall.ADVERTISEMENT It would still be his best Grand Tour finish, should he keep his position, but it must be a bitter disappointment for him after such a strong performance throughout the rest of the race. "It was just empty today," Thomas said. "It was always going to happen, but I was hoping it was going to come on Monday, but it came today. I just didn't have anything. As they say, sometimes you're the hammer, sometimes you're the nail. I was a cheapy little Ikea one today. It was terrible. I don't even know what happened, actually. It was a tough start, and when you've got nothing in the legs, there's nothing you can do." Although his rivals threw all they could at Froome in the early part of the stage, the pace couldn't be sustained. Froome's troubles weren't over, however, and there was another heart-stopping moment for the Sky camp when a mechanical problem saw Froome briefly distanced on the Col de la Croix de Fer. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France: We tried but it wasn't enough, says Quintana
July 25, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has been threatening all week to do something serious in the final two mountain stages of this years Tour de France. He was finally able to put some distance between himself and Chris Froome (Team Sky) during stage 19 but it, perhaps, wasnt what we had all hoped. A huge cheer ripped through the Colombian contingent of the press corps when Quintana made his move on La Toussuire, but he could only manage to take back 30 seconds, a minor dent in the more than three-minute deficit to Froome. We attacked looking for the best moment to get good time and to distance Froome but it wasnt enough for what we thought. We were missing the finishing touch, a disappointed Quintana said in the mixed zone after the stage. We did what we could and Froome is very strong. At least weve tried. Even with a few bonus seconds for taking the runners-up spot on the stage, Quintana remains 2:38 behind Froome in the overall classification with just the punchy stage to Alpe dHuez left. At just 110 kilometres, we can expect there to be action from the start " as we saw on stage 19. Quintana famously put time into Froome the last time the race visited the Alpe, after the Sky rider suffered a hunger flat. With that in mind, hell go into the final mountain stage with confidence, but hell need much more than the 1:06 that he took on Froome on that occasion.ADVERTISEMENT Quintana, however, is not ready to call a cease fire just yet. We will come back to try and give it our all, said Quintana. Ill try again tomorrow from further out, lets see how strong he is then. Well try for the stage win at least. As Quintana tried to take the fight to Froome, his teammate Alejandro Valverde found his podium position under attack. Valverde went into the day with a comfortable cushion over Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), who had been in fourth place. The Welshman faded and in his place was a revitalised Vincenzo Nibali (Astana). The Italian won the day, gaining 2:26 on Valverde and putting himself within touching distance of a podium position, with only 1:19 now separating the pair. We hoped that Sky would neutralise Nibalis attack but they werent interested. We controlled it a little and Saxo helped and it was quite hard at the moment he attacked, said Quintana. Nibali got away today, but Im sure Alejandro Valverde will be able to handle him in the battle for the podium. Movistar will also be looking to keep hold of their position at the top of the team standings, which they lead by a pretty luxurious 51 minute advantage over second place Tinkoff-Saxo. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France: Whole team is riding strong, great morale, Thomas says
July 24, 2015 (15:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky has a firm grip on the yellow jersey at the Tour de France with Chris Froome, and only a couple of days remaining before Paris. Attacks promised from Movistar came and went without much change. While the race is not completely over, time is running out for Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde. A big part of Team Skys success, besides Froome himself, has been Geraint Thomas. The Welsh rider took over Richie Portes role as Froomes lieutenant. Initially deemed to look out for his leader during the cobble stages, he has displayed versatility and a serene attitude in dealing with the pressure that comes with protecting yellow. So well in fact that Froome is now warning that Thomas could be a GC contender very soon. The whole team is riding strong, Thomas told BBC Sport. Everyone is striving off of Froomey, when everything is going so well, its nice, everyone gets confidence from that. Weve all been riding so well together this whole race so far and [have] great morale on the team.ADVERTISEMENT Sky has responded to each attack, showing only moments of weakness since entering the final mountains of the race. The Welsh rider is known for his Classics riding, but the big surprise has been his climbing ability. Even after being knocked off the road into a ravine descending he maintains fourth position on GC. Heading into the home stretch, the race saw late attacks Thursday by both Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo). Others joined the previous Tour champions, sparking the race for the top ten. All the while Sky remained cool, controlling the race, as they needed. Contador is at six minutes, Gesink is at seven or something, Geraint explained. For me personally, I would have liked to have followed it, but when you think of the yellow jersey, theres no need to panic. Movistar and Astana, theyd get a little bit more nervous before us, so we just let them do it. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sky's release of Froome's Tour de France data fails to clear the air
July 24, 2015 (15:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France: Battle for top 10 heats up
July 24, 2015 (15:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France podcast episode 21: Bardet saves his Tour, UCI check for motors
July 24, 2015 (15:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 DirectVelo.com 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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome stays vigilant at Tour de France as mountain stages tick down
July 24, 2015 (02:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...

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