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Cycling-Sky face further scrutiny over staff member (Reuters)
July 16, 2015 (20:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Adds Froome quotes) By Julien Pretot LANNEMEZAN, France, July 16 (Reuters) - Team Sky were facing increased scrutiny at the Tour de France on Thursday after it emerged that one of their staff members has previously worked with the disgraced American rider Lance Armstrong. Team Sky have a zero tolerance anti-doping policy, meaning that all staff members must sign a statement saying they have never been involved in doping activities. The British outfit, however, brought Belgian Peter Verbeken onboard as a 'soigneur' (carer) in 2012 and 2013 and he is now manager at their Belgian service headquarters. More...
Cycling-Sky face further scrutiny over staff member (Reuters)
July 16, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot LANNEMEZAN, France, July 16 (Reuters) - Team Sky were facing increased scrutiny at the Tour de France on Thursday after it emerged that one of their staff members has previously worked with the disgraced American rider Lance Armstrong. Team Sky have a zero tolerance anti-doping policy, meaning that all staff members must sign a statement saying they have never been involved in doping activities. The British outfit, however, brought Belgian Peter Verbeken onboard as a 'soigneur' (carer) in 2012 and 2013 and he is now manager at their Belgian service headquarters. More...
Sky protects Froome's Tour lead as Majka wins Stage 11 (The Associated Press)
July 16, 2015 (07:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Tour de France leader Chris Froome understands those who harbor doubts about his dominant performances in a sport long marred by doping. The bumpy, grueling ride under a hot sun came a day after Froome blew away the pack, prompting new suspicions about doping. Ironically, it came as Lance Armstrong - who was stripped of seven consecutive Tour titles - was to return to French roads nearby, even though he's persona non grata at the Tour de France. More...
Team Sky faces scrutiny for employing former US Postal soigneur
July 16, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky came under further scrutiny today at the Tour de France after The Telegraph reported a former US Postal Service soigneur is currently on their staff. Peter Verbeken, who worked with Sky as a carer for two seasons and now manages the teams service course in Belgium, worked with Lance Armstrongs US Postal Service team for at least six months in 1999, according to The Telegraph, which also reported that sources suggest Verbeken could have been employed with US Postal for two seasons. Verbeken worked on a freelance basis with US Postal in 1999, according to The Telegraph, joining the team at a number of races,including Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana. He joined Team Sky from HTC-Highroad in 2012.ADVERTISEMENT Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford told The Telegraph there was no suggestion Verbeken had done anything wrong, and that Verbeken had gone through our recruitment process like everybody else. Although there is no evidence to suggest Verbeken was involved with US Postals doping programme,The Telegraph argued that Skys zero-tolerance policy should make them ultra cautious about employing a person linked with the US Postal team, and Verbekens employment called into questions Skys recruitment process. A Team Sky spokesperson defended the teams zero-tolerance policy and recruitment, however, telling The Telegraph Sky have taken a leadership position on anti-doping since their inception. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France: Team success lifts Contadors morale
July 16, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) managed to crack a smile and show some sign of optimism after finishing in the same time as Chris Froome (Team Sky) and other other overall contenders at the Tour de France on stage 11. The Giro dItalia winner was left on the ropes during the stage 10 mountain finish to La Pierre-Saint-Martin on Tuesday but looked much better as he held the pace on the Col du Tourmalet and then finished in the same time as Froome, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and a select group of riders after the 6.4km climb to Cauterets. Morale at Tinkoff-Saxo was also boosted by Rafa Majka winning the stage, Peter Sagan retaking the green points jersey and news from Italy that Ivan Basso had successfully undergone surgery as part of his treatment for testicular cancer. The only bad news of the day was the abandon of loyal road captain Daniele Bennati, who crashed and suffered a micro fractured to the front of his right tibia.ADVERTISEMENT My legs are going better and that is something, Contador told a small huddle of journalists after arriving at the Tinkoff-Saxo bus parked at the base of the climb. I knew that the Pyrenees would be difficult for me but in situations like this, you have to think ahead. It's amazing how hot it is and with the humidity it makes breathing much harder. "The legs were better but it is a pity not to have the legs I had last year because those were really good. This is going to be a difficult and complicated Tour for me but I will try to do my best every day and we'll see. Froome is way above the others. From a tactical point of view well try to do things, but he is the strongest. Contador praised Majka for winning in the Pyrenees after he joined the break of the day and then attacked alone on the Tourmalet. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Majka: I came to help Contador, not to win the polka dot jersey
July 16, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A year ago, Alberto Contadors enforced abandon at the Tour de France gave Tinkoff-Saxo teammate Rafal Majka the liberty to go up the road and help himself to stage wins in the Alps and Pyrenees, as well as the polka dot jersey of best climber. Contador found himself very much down " if not yet fully out " following the first mountaintop finish of this years Tour at La Pierre-Saint-Martin on Tuesday, conceding three minutes to Chris Froome (Sky) and slipping to 4:04 behind in the general classification. That setback allowed Majka a little more leeway than he might otherwise have anticipated at this juncture of the Tour, and he jumped aboard the break of the day when it formed ahead of the Col dAspin on stage 11. Six kilometres from the summit of the Col du Tourmalet, the Pole forged clear alone and he had enough in hand to hold off the tenacious pursuit of Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) on the short haul to the finish at Cauterets.ADVERTISEMENT Today it wasnt my objective to win the stage but I had an opportunity. I attacked once and it was a good attack. When the break got 45 seconds, the directeur said I could go with it and from there I did everything to win the stage, Majka said afterwards. Despite strong showings at the Giro dItalia in the past two seasons, Majka was the only one of Tinkoff-Saxos elite cadre of climbers held back from riding in support of Contador at the corsa rosa this season. Instead, he was delegated to provide fresh legs and robust support to the Spaniard on the second leg of his " now seemingly forlorn " double attempt. A lot of people asked but it was no problem to come and help Alberto on the Tour, said Majka, who downplayed the idea of chasing the king of the mountains prize for the second successive year. I came here to help Alberto, not to win the polka dot jersey. The Tour is still long, there are still two weeks to go. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome dismisses Lance Armstrongs return to France for charity ride, Thomas more critical
July 16, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) has dismissed Lance Armstrongs presence in France to ride stages of the Tour de France a day before the race as a non-event, with his teammate Geraint Thomas even more critical, suggesting that the riders in the current peloton are paying the price for the damage Armstrong did to the sport in the past. Armstrong will team up with cancer survivor and British professional soccer player Geoff Thomas on Thursday and Friday to ride stages 13 and 14 of the Tour de France with other volunteers. The ride will be the closest Armstrong has come to the Tour de France since his seven Tour de France victories were eradicated from the record books after the detailed USADA doping investigationexposed years of doping. Thomas is convinced Armstrong has a right to return to France during the Tour de France and can play a role in raising funds to help fight cancer. His critics, including UCI president Brian Cookson, are not convinced. It is undesirable, Cookson said. "I think it is disrespectful. I think there are plenty of ways of raising money for charity that Lance could do."ADVERTISEMENT Armstrong is hoping for forgiveness and warm welcome in France, but Froome and Thomas made their thoughts on his return to France very clear. Hes not back at the Tour," Froome pointed out. "Hes not on the start line of the Tour de France or anything like that." What he's actually doing is helping Geoff Thomas' cause to raise money for blood cancer research. As Ive said, I support his (Geoff Thomas) cause. Its a cause very close to my heart. I wish Geoff Thomas and the guys all the best in raising as much money as they can. As with Lance, as I said, hes not on the start line with us. Its a non-event for us. Geraint Thomas is always often more open and direct than his team leader and insisted he couldnt care about Armstrong. I couldnt care less what hes doing, the Welshman said as he warmed down on the rollers after helping Froome defend the yellow jersey during stage 11 to Cauterets. Hes done enough harm. Were playing the price for the damage hes done. Whatever. Were just in our own little world having a laugh here at the Tour, doing what were doing. Lance and all them, they can do whatever they want. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France: Dan Martin boosts Cannondale-Garmin's fortunes in Pyrenees
July 16, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A self-described bad day on the first mountain stage at the Tour de France for Dan Martin and Cannondale-Garmin was immediately rectified on stage 11 to Cauterets with the reward of second place and the combativity prize. The Irishman ignored the signs from his legs to infiltrate the days breakaway which had taken two hours to form, taking it upon himself to repair the damage of the climb to La Pierre Saint Martin where he and Andrew Talansky didnt have power left and finished 11:34 minutes down on stage winner Chris Froome. It was a bit unexpected at the start as the guys kept it under control to try and get into the breakaway, Martin said after his second placed in this Tour de France with hint of pride and resignation.ADVERTISEMENT I tried to go in a few breaks and tried to go with Thomas Voeckler on the cat 3 [Cte de Loucrup] but I had really bad legs and couldnt follow the break when they went. I dont know why but I just decided to attack, I was just talking to Andrew before about normal stuff, then I had this gut instinct to attack and felt like the right thing to do even though you really should say its the wrong thing to do, it worked out in the end. A blistering ascent of the Col dAspin saw Martin ride across a four-minute gap and join the breakaway, taking maximum points on the category 1 climb before the long descent into Plan Sainte-Marie-de-Campan leading into the hors catgorie Col du Tourmalet. With the break starting to splinter on the highest climb in this years Tour, Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) decided to go on his own to claim the five thousand euro prize along with the solo stage win. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sky protects Froome's Tour lead as Majka wins Stage 11
July 15, 2015 (19:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CAUTERETS, France (AP) " Rafal Majka led a solo breakaway to win the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, dusting a small group of rivals on the hardest climb of Day 2 in the Pyrenees mountains as Chris Froome easily retained... More...
Sky protects Froome's Tour lead as Majka wins Stage 11 (The Associated Press)
July 15, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Rafal Majka led a solo breakaway to win the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, dusting a small group of rivals on the hardest climb of Day 2 in the Pyrenees mountains as Chris Froome easily retained the yellow jersey. The stage victory by Majka, a Pole who won two at last year's Tour, gave some new glory to his Tinkoff Saxo Bank team that has been downbeat over then troubles of its leader, two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador. Tinkoff Saxo became the seventh squad to win a stage this year in a sign of well-distributed honors in a race otherwise dominated by Froome's powerful Team Sky. More...
Brailsford bullish after Team Sky dominate on the opening Tour de France mountain stage
July 15, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team manager Dave Brailsford celebrated Team Skys dominant performance on the opening mountain stage of the Tour de France by heading to the podium to celebrate with Chris Froome, even taking a selfie of himself with Chris Froome on the podium in the yellow jersey. ADVERTISEMENT Brailsford followed the stage from the Team Sky bus parked beyond the finish area at the top of the 15km climb to La-Pierre-Saint-Martin. He watched as his riders executed a clearly designed team strategy to set up Froome, so that he could power away in the final five kilometres of the climb. The British team manager also enjoyed seeing Richie Porte edge past Nairo Quintana to finish second, and Geraint Thomas impressive fifth place after doing so much work for Froome on the climb. 24 hours earlier Brailsford had sparked a storm at the Tour de France by suggesting that Team Skys training data had been hacked and used to produce a video that made veiled accusations about Froome's performance on Mont Ventoux in the 2013 Tour de France. He even threatened legal action, raising the tension in the race as he tried to neutralise accusations against his team leader. With Froomes rivals put to the sword and left scattered all over the Pyrenean climb, Brailsford was back in control of the Tour de France and so refused to talk about his hacking accusations, preferring to savour his moment of huge personal and professional satisfaction. Im not answering hacking questions today. Im enjoying the moment for once. We work all year to do this kind of thing, so please let me enjoy one day like this, he said bluntly to Cyclingnews. He was more open to talking about the performance of his riders. It went perfectly, exactly as we intended to do, Brailsford said with pride. We came out here a couple of weeks ago to look at the climb because its probably one of the most sustained climbs in this years Tour because the first 10km are tough. Then it eases off. Our plan was that Chris would be on his own coming into the easier section, believing that he could put time into everyone. And he did. All the guys did a fantastic job and it was also great to see Geraint (Thomas) finish fifth like that and to see Richie (Porte) back to his best. And Chris, well when hes got this kind of form, I dont think anyone can live with him. Brailsford was equally blunt about the under-par performances of Froomes key rivals such as Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Tejay van Garderen, who all lost chunks of time and virtually any hope of beating Froome in this years race. I think we saw what we expected to see. I think the signs have ben there with Nibali all week, Brailsford said dismissively of the 2014 Tour winner. Its brave of Contador to try to win the Giro-Tour double but hes tired and you can see it. TJ (van Garderen) wasnt one of the top four. He might be in the future but hes not quite at that level yet. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France podcast episode 12: The Froome-inator
July 15, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews has teamed up with Eurosport for a special series of free podcasts throughout the 2015 Tour de France, and you can download the 12th episode right here, for free. Chris Froome and his Team Sky squad dismantled the competition on the first summit finish of the Tour deFrance, with Froome and teammate Richie Porte taking a commanding 1-2 at the line. Only Nairo Quintana (Movistar)could come close, losing over a minute, with the rest of the contenders well behind. Tejay van Garderen (BMC) is still second overall at 2:52, with Quintana moving up into third.ADVERTISEMENT Hear from Froome,Porte, and Geraint Thomas, all of whom finished top 10 on the stage, on their performance, as well as analysis and insights from the Cyclingnews crew Stephen Farrand,ZebWoodpower and BarryRyan, and Procycling editor Edward Pickering. 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...
Vayer says Froome's supposed Ventoux data was leaked, not hacked
July 15, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Files believed to show data from Chris Froomes stage-winning ride on Mont Ventoux during the 2013 Tour de France were the result of a leak,rather than hacking, according to the man who made them public. Team Sky announced on Monday they were taking legal action over a breach involving Froomes files, and it is believed to be linked to the Ventoux data, which was published last week and later made into a video.ADVERTISEMENT The data, posted by Antoine Vayer, a former trainer of the infamous Festina team, gives a breakdown of Froomes speed, cadence, power output and heart rate over the course of the climb. The video, made by someone else " whose Twitter account was later removed along with the video " sets the figures against television footage, showing how the values fluctuated in real time, notably when Froome made his high-cadence attack on Alberto Contador. When contacted by Cyclingnews, Vayer dismissed Skys claims they were hacked but remained tight-lipped as to the source of the claimed leak. Its a leak. Its not a hack, of course its not. Its a leak, he said. I dont know [who leaked it] " its not important. For you maybe its important but what is important is the data from the video and the fact that people who know cycling, or who dont know cycling, look at this and can see for themselves what they think. Its the way we should be able to look at cycling every time. Without knowing the source of the leak it is impossible to confirm with certainty the validity of the files. All we have is Vayers word and the suggestion that Skys reaction amounts to tacit corroboration. If weve got it weve got it. For me, there is no problem, said Vayer.We have created a sort of movement, with many people in many countries, and when we received the files the first thing we checked was whether they were accurate or not. And we showed it is a good one. Froome faced a wave of scrutiny and suspicion following his performance on Ventoux and throughout that 2013 Tour, which he won comfortably. Dave Brailsford and Team Sky dismissed theonline doubters, who used approximate power data to argue Froomes performance was artificially enhanced, as as 'pseudo-scientists. They even took the surprise step of releasing some of Froomes data dating back to 2011 to LEquipe, which concluded that his displays were plausible without doping. This new data, accurate or not, is in the hands of the public and fair game for the clowns, as Froome called them before this Tour, to base conclusions upon. Vayer insists his actions arent driven by a desire to lay accusations at Froome, but by a desire for information to be laid out neutrally without innuendo. He believes it would help the credibility of the sport if all teams were to do so. In the file I dont say Froome is clean or not. I just put the file there and say, Look at it. I just want to put Sky in the future, like it should be," he told Cyclingnews. Its just to help cycling progress. I want people to be able to go online and look at these things. Cycling has to grow up, adapt to the future, and I think Froome should be proud to be the first one to do that. Vayer has more recent files of Froomes but is reluctant to publish them because he doesnt trust the new data-measuring system Sky use since switching from SRM. The next immediate step will be another video, similar but different to the one posted on Monday, which he hopes will be published on the website of French daily newspaper Le Monde. Along with a Swedish acquaintance, hes planning a split-screen with Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantanis ride on Ventoux in the 2000 Tour on the left and Froomes ride and numbers on the right, though he does not have numbers for Armstrong. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome smacks down Tour de France rivals, 'data hack' doping innuendo
July 15, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome placed a significant down payment on the 2015 Tour de France in the first mountain test of the race as his blistering attack saw his main GC rivals melt away, but his offensive continued into the post-race press conference, where he faced questions regarding his validity as a clean rider. On the rest day night Team Sky announced that it believed Froome's files from the 2013Tour had been hacked, and armchair analysts began picking apart his Mont Ventoux data, which showed his heart rate remaining fairly steady as he attacked up the climb. While Froome's ride to La Pierre Saint Martin may raise further questions, the 2013 champion was unequivocal in stating his stance against doping. "What haven't I done? I've tried to be as much as a spokesman as I can for clean cycling," Froome said in his post-race press conference after taking Tour stage win number five. "I've spoken to the CIRC, I've made suggestions to the governing body to implement things like nighttime testing, I've pointed out when I thought there wasn't enough testing, cases like Tenerife. What else is a clean rider supposed to do?"ADVERTISEMENT Having proven himself as the strongest rider in the race, questions of whether the next two weeks are now simply a procession in to Paris were inevitable. Froome's closest overall challenger, Tejay van Garderen (BMC), sits 2:52 minutes in arrears. Third on the stage, Nairo Quintana, is 3:09 minutes down, Alberto Contador 4:04 minutes, and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali at 6:57 minutes. With Van Garderen forcing his way into the fab four' due to the strong performances of his BMC team and the moniker of the favourites adjusted to the Backstreet Boys', Froome's ride was akin to a pop star leaving the group to pursue personal success and ensure his name alone is up in lights. With Nibali, Contador, Romain Bardet, Thibaut Pinot and Jean-Christophe Praud all losing contact on the climb, Froome explained that team's tactics to ride a defensive race went out the window when he heard his rivals were all struggling. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Quintana struggling to smile after first mountain stage at the Tour de France
July 15, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana moved up to third place in the overall classification of the Tour de France and extended his lead in the best young rider competition after the first mountain finish to La Pierre Saint-Martin, yet he struggled to smile after the stage, well aware that his chances of overall victory had suffered a serious blow. The Colombian climber was expected to go on the attack after his Movistar teammates set an infernal pace on the first part of the climb but he failed to ignite the race. He was able to initially stay with Chris Froome and Richie Porte when Team Sky set a blistering pace but was unable to go with Froome when he spun away in his unique high-cadence style.ADVERTISEMENT Quintana seemed to have heavy legs that weighed him down. He lost 1:04 to Froome, with Porte coming back up to him and passing him before the line to take the six-second time bonus for second place. Quintana is now third overall, 3:09 on Froome and 17 seconds behind second placed Tejay van Garderen (BMC). My condition is good and I felt good but its clear that our big rival was a much higher level than we thought he would be, Quintana told the media in the mixed-zone behind the podium area. "It was a tough stage, with an infernal heat and a strong pace, especially took command of the race. We wanted to try and test some of our rivals to see how they were but we came up against the superiority of Chris Froome. He was very strong and we have to accept it. Theres nothing much else I can do but hope to continue to feel good and see what happens in the days to come and see if we can come up with a strategy to pull some time back. We have seen in previous years that he had trouble in the final stages; we'll see if he cracks one day or if there are days when I feel better." Quintana did not flinch when asked if his chances of victory were gone. Ive been dreaming about winning the Tour de France for a long time and were going to try to keep that dream alive, he said. My chances have taken a hit but Ill fight to the end to try for it. Im proud to be in the white jersey again, thats something to be satisfied about. Its the last year I can wear it and so well see if we can keep it as long as possible. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling-Froome's rivals crushed by dominant Sky (Reuters)
July 14, 2015 (20:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot LA PIERRE ST MARTIN, France, July 14 (Reuters) - One by one, with the exception of Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome's rivals were dropped from a thinning group of challengers up the gruelling final climb of Tuesday's 10th stage of the Tour de France. The amazing pace set by Froome's team mates Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas was too hot to handle for seasoned grand tour riders like Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Contador, Tejay van Garderen and Alejandro Valverde. While Froome clung to the wheels of his domestiques before powering away to victory, his rivals were left trailing and discouraged. More...
Cycling-Froome's rivals crushed by dominant Sky (Reuters)
July 14, 2015 (20:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot LA PIERRE ST MARTIN, France, July 14 (Reuters) - One by one, with the exception of Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome's rivals were dropped from a thinning group of challengers up the gruelling final climb of Tuesday's 10th stage of the Tour de France. The amazing pace set by Froome's team mates Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas was too hot to handle for seasoned grand tour riders like Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Contador, Tejay van Garderen and Alejandro Valverde. While Froome clung to the wheels of his domestiques before powering away to victory, his rivals were left trailing and discouraged. More...
Tour de France: Where are the dark horse contenders?
July 14, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It is only the first rest day of the Tour de France, and with nine stages down most of the pre-race contenders are are left with the conundrum of clawing back several minutes on 2013 Tour champion Chris Froome. While many are watching to see what inventive strategy VincenzoNibali (Astana), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) can come up with, and waiting to see if Tejay van Garderen (BMC) can continue his impressive run when the race hits the high mountains, there are still some outside contenders who could surprise. Gone are PierreRolland (Europcar) and last year's Tour runner-up Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), both have an insurmountable gap that only an epic Floyd Landis-like breakaway could solve.ADVERTISEMENT AG2R's Jean-Christophe Peraud, third last year, is now 3:30 behind. His teammate Romain Bardet, JoaquimRodriguez (Katusha) and AndrewTalansky(Cannondale-Garmin)are around four minutes or more behind, and while a final podium could be possible, winning the Tour is well out of reach. But there are still a few riders who can animate the race: men with strong teams and smart directors who could make life difficult for Team Sky.Cyclingnews looks at the status of the dark horses. Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quickstep) 6th at 1:18 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte confirms he will leave Team Sky
July 14, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte has confirmed that he will leave Team Sky at the end of the season. The Australian is currently riding theTour de France in support of Chris Froome, who leads the race after nine stages. Porte cannot officially sign for a new team until the UCI transfer window opens on August 1 but is expected to sign for BMC Racing and link up with Tejay van Garderen. BMC tried to sign Porte several years ago and told Cyclingnews last week that they were looking to sign climbers for next season. Porte confirmed his departure from Team Sky to the Sydney Morning Herald, saying: Yes it's true... I'm leaving the team. I'm going. But it's important to know that I'm leaving the team on really good terms and I want to finish my fourth year with them on a real high."ADVERTISEMENT Porte led Team Sky at this years Giro dItalia but abandoned the race in the final week after falling out of contention. He has won a number of week long stage races while at Team Sky and has formed part of the teams two Tour successes in 2012 and 2013. I've won Paris-Nice and Catalunya this year, and had my big opportunity in the Giro, which didn't quite go to plan," he said."But I'm ready, I'm in the prime of my career now the next few years, so I need to go and lead a team." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky rally to Roche after Tour de France team time trial
July 14, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nicolas Roche conceded that after a good nights sleep and some reflection he is more forgiving of himself for cracking inside the last kilometre of Sundays stage nine team time trial of the Tour de France that his Sky team lost to BMC by 0.6 of a second. But the Irish rider has not totally admonished himself, even though Skys Dave Brailsford and his Australian teammate Richie Porte quickly came to his defence and praised him for his ride throughout the 28km stage. To be so close to a stage win in the Tour, it would be wrong not to be disappointed, Roche, 31, said on Mondays rest day at the team hotel in Pau near the Pyrenees.ADVERTISEMENT I think it was only fair. You know, it was 500m to the line. We were all in there. G [Geraint Thomas] squeezed a little bit in that last kilometre. We were in for the win and there is a fine line. And I was just behind that line. But I think it is also normal that I am disappointed because its a massive effort. The whole team was looking forward to this race and its such a special and particular event, the team time trial. I would have loved to have been on the podium with the guys. It didnt happen because a couple of hundred metres. What if Roche had not of been the fifth Sky rider You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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