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Provisional riders announced for Paris-Nice
February 26, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After last year's time trial free Paris-Nice, the 73rd edition of the Race to the Sun returns to its familiar format including the final day time trial up the Col d'ze,attracting former winners and current world champions. With theroute announced earlier this month, race organisers ASO have released the provisional start list, confirming the appearances ofBradley Wiggins (Team Sky), Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step), Tejay van Garderen (BMC) and Fabio Aru (Astana) among many more. From the 20 teams which were selected, 22 riders have won stages at Paris-Nice, including Wiggins, Richie Porte (Team Sky), Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) and Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) who all previous overall winners. While the route will favour the chrono specialists such as Wiggins, Martin and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), there will be opportunities for the climbers to make their mark on the race. The French climbing triumvirate of Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar) will be eying off the stage four summit finish on Croix de Chaubouret as will the 2014 Tour de France king of the mountains winner Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo).ADVERTISEMENT Having placed second overall at the Tour of Oman, van Garderen will be hungry for his first win of the season and with his time trialling prowess will be another rider capable of challenging for the GC. Teammate Rohan Dennis looks like providing support as he makes his return to the road following his successful hour record attempt earlier this month. Bob Jungels (Trek) and Wilco Kelderman (Lotto-Jumbo) could spring a surprise with both riders characteristics suited to the parcours while their appearances further bolster the depth of youthful talent at the race. It isn't just about the GC men though with French road race champion Arnaud Dmare (FDJ) set to go head-to-head with former teammate Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) in the sprints as both riders look to open their 2015 accounts. However, they'll need to get the better of Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) who already have wins to their names in 2015 and will be looking for more success ahead of the classics You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ellingworth: No rider is guaranteed leadership in Paris-Roubaix
February 26, 2015 (00:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky riders will have to prove their credentials if they are to secure leadership roles in Paris-Roubaix, says Rod Ellingworth, the teams head of performance operations. The team heads into the Spring Classics with a number of potential leaders, including Bradley Wiggins, Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe and Geraint Thomas. On Saturday the squad seek to defend Stannards crown in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad before racing Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins has pencilled in Paris-Roubaix as his final race for the WorldTour team before he takes his place in his new WIGGINS squad and aims for the Hour Record. However, Ellingworth has insisted that reputation alone will not guarantee leadership, a factor that Wiggins voiced at the Tour of Qatar earlier this month. I dont think anyone in the team has the right to be the leader for Paris-Roubaix. Theres a lot of racing between now and then and what weve learnt is that anything can happen so theres no point now saying were going to ride solely for one person, Ellingworth told Cyclingnews. Were keeping all the doors and opportunities open and what we do is have a long list, and well have that until the last few days before. Its about taking the best eight or nine riders and theres no personal deals and the best guys will be on the line. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bradley Wiggins to ride Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
February 24, 2015 (15:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins will ride Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday to kick off his cobbled Classics campaign ahead of his tilt at Paris-Roubaix in April. The 2012 Tour de France champion, enjoying his final few months with Team Sky before he joins his new WIGGINS outfit, will head up a eight-man team at the 70th edition of the race, which takes place across 200.2km in the Flanders region of Belgium. Also in the line-up is Ian Stannard, who won last years race after out-sprinting Greg Van Avermaet in miserable conditions. That success seemed like a potentially seminal moment in the 27-year-olds career but it was followed by setbacks as he fractured a vertebra in Gent-Wevelgem less than a month later, before fracturing his wrist on his return to racing at the Tour of Britain.ADVERTISEMENT Like Wiggins and other Classics hopefuls, he rode at the Tour of Qatar and eased himself back into racing with an encouraging fourth place on the overall. Both men have used the time since Qatar to travel to Flanders and familiarise themselves with some of the key cobbled sections and climbs. Skys roster is completed by Luke Rowe, Bernhard Eisel, Andy Fenn, Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio and Chris Sutton. The team will take stock after the race before deciding on a line-up for Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne the next day. After a good training period over the winter we have a strong group heading into the Classics, said the team's sports director for the race, Servais Knaven. We're excited to get started with this key phase of the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Climbers will have their day at 2015 Tour of California
February 20, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 2015 Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento for its opening stage and finish eight days later in the shadow of the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, race organiser AEG announced on Thursday. The 10th edition of the race will take place May 10-17 and return to the stunning Pacific Coast as it follows a north-south route over 1,165 kilometres. The course promises plenty of variety, with multiple days for the sprinters and more than 13,000 metres of climbing throughout the eight days, including an encounters with Balcom Canyon and Mount Hamilton, as well as a return to Mt. Baldy. Weve reached a milestone this year with the 10th edition of the race, and we want everything to reflect that cache, from the best lineup of teams weve ever had to an unbelievably beautiful and exciting route, said Kristin Bachochin Klein, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. All of the pieces of the race have come together to set the stage for something truly legendary and memorable. I think its going to be a year for the record books.ADVERTISEMENT Unlike 2014, when eventual winner Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) seized the race lead during the stage 2 time trial in Folsom, the general classification this year will likely be sorted out in the closing days, starting with the 24km individual time trial in Big Bear on May 15. The racing will begin with two days for the sprinters on a circuit that starts and finishes in the state capitol of Sacramento, followed by a 193km trek from Nevada City to Lodi. In 2014, the sprint between Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) in Sacramento resulted in the closest margin of victory in race history, with Cavendish taking the win by three millimetres. Stage 2 will start with a short circuit on the historic Nevada City Classic course. Riders will get their first taste of the climbing that lies ahead when the race visits San Jose for the 10th consecutive year. From San Jose, the riders will head toward Livermore on a familiar route via Calaveras Road. The narrow, twisty road makes it easy for a breakaway group to escape out of sight of the peloton. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Merckx: Hour Record and Paris-Roubaix success would make Wiggins a complete champion
February 17, 2015 (11:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Eddy Merckx believes that Bradley Wiggins would be a complete champion should the British Tour de France winner secure titles in Paris-Roubaix and the Hour Record. Wiggins is targeting the Classics this spring before ending his WorldTour career with Team Sky. Paris-Roubaix forms the cornerstone of his cobbled ambitions as he looks to step down from the top of professional road racing with a Monument win. Wiggins is more motivated now and hes a complete rider, Merckx told Cyclingnews at the recent Tour of Qatar. Hes been good in the mountains and he can ride over the cobbles. Hes maybe not as good on the climbs as he was because hes put on some weight but thats given him more power and thats going to be important for the spring.ADVERTISEMENT Team Sky and Wiggins have conquered the Tour de France together, winning the race in 2012 before the British team returned in 2013 for their second straight title, courtesy of Chris Froome. Despite Grand Tour successes the team have struggled to find the right blend and formula in one-day racing. Podiums in the Classics have been few and far between and although they have won important one-day races in Belgium, success in one of cyclings monuments still alludes them. Paris-Roubaix is a race where its every man for himself. If youre good on the pave then you just need that little bit of luck so that you dont have a flat at a bad moment, said Merckx, who won Roubaix on three occasions during his incredible career. Hell be there for sure and if he wins there, for his career, and goes on to take the Hour Record, that will make him a big champion, a very complete champion. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rapha to produce WIGGINS team kit
February 16, 2015 (16:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This story first appeared on BikeRadar Rapha has announced a new partnership with Tour winner and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins. The British brand will be creating team kit for the stars Wiggins team, which will launch following the knight of the realms last outing with Team Sky in April. Over the next three years, Raphas Wiggins team wear will expand into a wider range of clothing too, taking the brand into the Rio 2016 Olympic games and beyond.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins said: Ive got to know the Rapha team well over the last few years at Team Sky; theyre serious about design and they love cycling almost as much as I do. I want a range of kit that looks great but is also functionally practical for todays cyclists in all their different shapes and sizes, and I know Simon and the team at Rapha will do the business. Rapha states that Wiggins will use his experience to advise Raphas designers on a new range of apparel that incorporates the latest developments in performance sportswear. The single image of the jersey design provided by Rapha shows Wiggins influence with a mod roundel on the left of the chest. The image also appears to confirm that Sky will be involved in the team as a sponsor. There are also six gold stripes near the hem, presumably to represent Wiggins six world championship track gold medals. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins on track for Classics in Tour of Qatar
February 11, 2015 (12:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Despite finishing stage 3 of the Tour of Qatar in third place Bradley Wiggins believes that he is well ahead of his form and fitness from twelve months ago. Wiggins came into the 10.9 kilometre test as the main favourite but was beaten by new race leader and defending champion Niki Terpstra and Fabian Cancellara. It was really difficult out there with the wind and with being on road bikes. No one is really used to it. Its the early season but its still the same names that have come out on top, Wiggins said after a cool-down ride in the Qatari desert. Wiggins is making his season debut in Qatar after missing the Challenge Mallorca last week. The world time trial champion has been using the warm-weather racing as part of his build-up to the Classics and although he has not featured in the road stages so far, and sits 78th in the overall, he is content with his current form, comparing it to twelve months ago.ADVERTISEMENT Compared to where I was this time last year Im in a better place. Everything is geared towards being good in April and Ive done all this enough times to know that Im in a good place. Im happy, he said. Ive not been up there in the fight but the goal was to come here, do a decent time trial, stay safe and then come out of it healthy and ready for the Classics in a better position. Its been a tough race up until now but no matter which group youre in its still a tough race. Ive done it enough times to know what it takes you onto, so its either this or training but you couldnt have got much harder than yesterdays stage. Whether youre first or last on the road it was a tough day for everyone and those sort of days are difficult to replicate. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hour Record finale was journey into unknown for Dennis
February 10, 2015 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After the UCI redrafted the regulations on the use of time trial bikes for the Hour Record last year, Ond™ej Sosenka's 2005 mark of 49.7 kilometres suddenly seemed like rather low-hanging fruit and the successful attempts of Jens Voigt and Matthias Brndle, who shifted the target to 51.852 kilometres in October, hardly altered that perception. Jack Bobridge fell short of Brndle's distance last week, however, and his disappointment put the Austrian's effort " and the Hour Record itself " in its proper context. Riding alone for sixty minutes without dropping below a speed of over 32 miles per hour is, quite simply, beyond the capabilities of the vast majority of riders in the professional peloton. When Rohan Dennis (BMC) lined up for his successful attempt in Grenchen, Switzerland on Sunday, he was able to draw lessons from his fellow countryman's effort. It's an exaggeration, perhaps, to liken the two Australians to Daedalus and Icarus, but there was a sense that Bobridge flew too close to the sun by setting out with a target of 53 kilometres pace before tying up in the second half hour and finishing some 500 metres short of Brndle. "I think it indicated how difficult the challenge is," Dennis' coach Neal Henderson told Cyclingnews on Monday. "When Jens came out and set the record with the new rules and then Matthias not long afterwards came out and broke that, I think everyone was thinking 'It's just what you do now. It's just such a low bar, you can go out and do it on your terms and get it done.' ADVERTISEMENT Henderson was careful to point out, however, that Dennis' more conservative pacing strategy had not been a direct response to Bobridge's struggle in Melbourne last week, but rather established on the back of his own performance at the Australian time trial championships. "Jack's pacing gave us a bit of insight but it wasn't something that hadn't been discussed beforehand. It just highlighted the cost of going well over that edge," said Henderson, who began coaching Dennis at the end of 2012, shortly before he turned professional with Garmin. "But in the Australian nationals, Rohan went from the top split at the turnaround to second place behind Porte, so he had his own personal experience of a near-hour TT where he went just a little bit over his edge in the first half and then paid for it in the second half." Dennis set out on Sunday with two possible pacing strategies in mind " one for 52.5 kilometres and another, more ambitious one targeting the 53-kilometre mark. He averaged 52.8kph through the 40-minute mark and seemed on schedule to break 53 kilometres but he flagged slightly in the finale to finish with a new record of 52.491 kilometres. "Our schedule was to sit on 17.1 second laps for the first half,"Dennis said. "I was probably going a little bit too hard but I was pretty comfortable so I thought I'd sit on this because I was still good, my pacing was fine." From his vantage point in the centre of the track, Dennis' coach could see that the effort was beginning to exact a toll. "At 40 minutes, he was a little bit ahead of schedule for the lower goal, the 52.5 target,"Henderson said. "But youre balancing on a razor's edge on those types of efforts, and as he was going past I could see that he was probably teetering maybe just over the edge." Balancing track and road While Thomas Dekker will tackle the Hour Record later this month in Mexico, Bradley Wiggins seems the most realistic challenger to Dennis' new mark in the coming months. The Briton will finish his road career at Paris-Roubaix in April and will spend eight weeks preparing specifically on the track, intimating that he is likely to have an hour-long dry run in training behind closed doors before doing it for real in front a full house at the Olympic velodrome in London in June. By contrast, Dennis balanced his preparation with road commitments, which included victory at the Tour Down Under last month, as a consequence his longest effort on the track in the build-up to his attempt was just 30 minutes. "Literally anything beyond 30 minutes on that track for Rohan was a question mark. It was all uncharted territory beyond that," Henderson said. "Jens was at the end of his career and able to exclusively focus on it for several weeks with nothing else beyond to consider in any way. Bradley Wiggins, I believe, will be able to do absolutely everything on his own schedule, he has nothing further to consider. "Rohan's a 24-year-old at the start of the 2015 racing season, just coming off a WorldTour stage race win and he's got more targets later in the year. There's a finite amount of time and energy that could be dedicated to this effort. So there was clearly fantastic integration of those pieces in a relatively short period of time with the big picture of Rohan's road racing career this year and beyond still at the forefront." BMC performance coach Marco Pinotti told Gazzetta dello Sport afterwards that the temperature in the velodrome, which rose to 26 degrees Celsius after it filled with spectators, had had a negative impact on Dennis' performance. For his part, Henderson acknowledged that there were a number of things he would do differently if Dennis were ever to make a second attempt but therein, perhaps, lies the beauty of the hour record. "Defining exactly where that razor's edge is for any given rider on any given day is impossible to do, and that's what makes it such an amazing accomplishment when a rider reaches a record like that," he said. "An effort like that can help him understand in races to come what kind of a challenge he can sustain and maintain, so that will only help him in the future." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gallery: Bradley Wiggins' limited edition Pinarello Dogma F8
February 09, 2015 (13:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
When Bradley Wiggins lines up for the individual time trial at the Tour of Qatar on Tuesday he will do so on a limited edition Pinarello Dogma F8 road bike. In the 10.9km test on the Lusail Circuit, riders are not permitted to use their time trial machines, and although some will modify their road set-up, the vast majority will keep their standard race specifications. Not so for Bradley Wiggins, who will race a modified version of this Pinarello Dogma F8 road bike. The bike is decorated with the World champion colours after Wiggins win in Spain last year, while the top tube is branded with a timeline of Wiggins major cycling achievements including Olympic Gold, and his British and World time trial titles. Wiggins is likely to ride Shimanos Dura-Ace C75 Wheelset but his mechanics have also looked at altering the rider's position. He will ride a 56cm frame but there may be a drop in stem height, as well as a slightly narrower option on handlebars. His saddle height will remain the same but the rider and his staff have not yet decided on saddle choice. ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins will not underestimate Hour Record Challenge
February 09, 2015 (13:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins says he will not underestimate the magnitude of attempting the Hour Record after learning of Rohan Dennis successful ride on Sunday. Dennis set a record of 52.491 kilometres at the Grenchen velodrome in Switzerland, surpassing the previous best of 51.852 kilometres set by Mattias Brndle last year. Wiggins has set a date in June to attempt the Hour Record but is under no illusions how hard the effort will be. I thought he could do a mid-53 but I said that about Jack Bobridge, Wiggins said, referring to the failed attempt made by Australian Jack Bobridge last week. ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins, currently riding the Tour of Qatar, is set to leave Team Sky after Paris-Roubaix in April. From there he will focus entirely on the track until the Rio 2016 Olympics, beginning with his Hour Record attempt. But the record is what it is. I had a sit down with Chris Boardman for an hour last week and I asked him how hard it is. He said it depended on if I wanted to break it or put it out of sight because theres a big difference between trying to do 55 and what it is now, 52.4. Its about how hard youre willing to push but you never know how far youre willing to push. Thats why I want to have a good run at it in training, so I know what Im capable of doing on the day. People keep saying 55, 55 but they said that about Jack and Rohan. Until I get up and do 30 minutes at that pace, or riding on the track for an hour in that position but its good having people go before you because you can see the mistakes that they make. So when I spoke to Brndle he said he had it too hot at 26 degrees and Boardman said Id want it at 30. Theres a limit to it. Wiggins was speaking at the Tour of Qatar, where he lost 33 seconds to a number of rivals due to a late split in the field. It means his overall ambitions in the race have taken a dent but he added that he felt relatively comfortable in his first road race of the season. There still remains the 10.9-kilometre time trial, where the British rider could certainly pull back time on the likes of Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan, who both finished in the lead group. If things went well all the better but it wasnt the end of the world if it didnt. It would have been nice to be up there but the next few days are going to be different again. This kind of racing, I feel like I need a day or two to find my legs and get used to fighting and taking risks. There were a few crashes but I was happy with how I felt. Im just going to take it day by day and then see where I am after the time trial. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins set to debut rainbow jersey at Tour of Qatar
January 27, 2015 (17:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Wiggins set to debut rainbow jersey at Tour of Qatar18 teams named for February stage race By Cycling News. January 27, 15:49 The organisers of the Tour of Qatar have announced the 18 teams which... All the latest news headlines from Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins out of Challenge Mallorca with Qatar debut pencilled in
January 26, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Wiggins out of Challenge Mallorca with Qatar debut pencilled inDebuts for Knig, Viviani and Fenn in Spain By Cycling News. January 26, 14:06 Team Sky have confirmed their line-ups for the Challenge... All the latest news headlines from Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins out of Challenge Mallorca with Qatar debut penciled in
January 26, 2015 (15:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Wiggins out of Challenge Mallorca with Qatar debut penciled inDebuts for Konig, Viviani and Fenn in Spain By Cycling News. January 26, 14:06 Team Sky have confirmed their line-ups for the Challenge... All the latest news headlines from Cyclingnews.com More...
Quartet target greatness, Wiggins his tour de force (Reuters)
January 21, 2015 (15:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - A mouth-watering four-way tussle for the Tour de France title and Bradley Wiggins's challenges on the Paris-Roubaix and the hour record promise to make 2015 a vintage year for cycling. Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, 2013 winner Chris Froome, double champion Alberto Contador and the indefatigable Nairo Quintana are expected to fight it out for the yellow jersey on a Tour tailor-made for pure climbers. Spaniard Contador is planning to take the toughest road to Paris as he will also compete in the Giro d'Italia, looking to become the first rider since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 to achieve that particular double. The Italian, who was dominant on all terrains in last year's race, will face increased scrutiny as his Astana team are on the radar of the International Cycling Union (UCI) following a string of doping cases last season. More...
Quartet target greatness, Wiggins his tour de force (Reuters)
January 19, 2015 (12:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - A mouth-watering four-way tussle for the Tour de France title and Bradley Wiggins's challenges on the Paris-Roubaix and the hour record promise to make 2015 a vintage year for cycling. Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, 2013 winner Chris Froome, double champion Alberto Contador and the indefatigable Nairo Quintana are expected to fight it out for the yellow jersey on a Tour tailor-made for pure climbers. Spaniard Contador is planning to take the toughest road to Paris as he will also compete in the Giro d'Italia, looking to become the first rider since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 to achieve that particular double. The Italian, who was dominant on all terrains in last year's race, will face increased scrutiny as his Astana team are on the radar of the International Cycling Union (UCI) following a string of doping cases last season. More...
Brailsford: We want to be the world's best team
January 12, 2015 (16:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Brailsford: We want to be the world's best teamSky boss says belief in Froome has rocketed because of 2014 strugglesBy Peter Cossins. January 12, 09:12Back in 2010, when Team Sky entered the sport, Dave Brailsford declared that their objective was to win the Tour de France with a clean British rider and encourage a million people to take up cycling in the UK. Having achieved and surpassed those goals, Brailsford has said the next target for his team is to keep improving and to be considered the world’s best by 2020. Speaking during Team Sky’s media day at their winter training base at Alcudía in Majorca, the British team’s manager stated: “The whole idea for us is that you’ve got to get better. That’s whole point of being involved in sport. You’ve got to have it in your DNA to improve. That means that by 2020 we’d like to be considered as indisputably the best and most consistent cycling team in the world.” Brailsford explained that achieving this will require Sky to continue to be successful in the grand tours but also achieve more in the Classics. “The Monuments are an area that are obviously lacking and we’d like to get one of those on our palmarès. From that point of view there is an opportunity there to be become a more complete team from a performance point of view,” he said. He added: “The quest to stay ahead is something that we really thrive on, we want to challenge the status quo, which I think we did when we arrived – we don’t want to be just another team, so we will continue to disrupt and challenge, you have to keep asking questions.” Brailsford acknowledged that Sky’s marginal gains have been adopted by other teams and that those teams have caught up with the British outfit. But he insisted, “Our challenge is to stay ahead of the game. We spent some time thinking about what it is that we in the backroom staff actually enjoy as a group. After a lot of discussion, we came back to the idea that we love that process of development and continuous improvement. Winning is the outcome but it is striving for that outcome that really motivates us.” Brailsford explained that the task of improving has been fired by the arrival of new members of the backroom staff, including former British Cycling coach Simon Jones, who is looking after performance support and innovation. “You get to a point when a group of people who’ve worked together over a certain period of time get aligned, and before you know it you can all be coming up with the same solution to a problem when there might have been discussion, a degree of tension between us four or five years earlier. You realize that you need a couple of disrupters, people who will play devil’s advocate, who are going to ask questions and challenge us, and that’s what we’ve got now,” he said. Evidently, Sky’s roster of riders has been spiced up too, and Brailsford described the team’s new arrivals as adding to the sense of a fresh start. “It does feel like the end of one chapter and the start of another, and that’s what happens with sports teams,” he said. “If you look at Manchester United under Alex Ferguson, there were four or five iterations of teams with different generations of players, who were all brilliant. It’s quite interesting how you transition from one group to another, and maintaining a high level of performance as you do is a very difficult thing. For me, it was that little bit that Alex Ferguson was the world’s best at.” Brailsford described Sky’s first chapter as being about Bradley Wiggins, the Tour de France and the 2012 Olympics. Now, he says, a new generation is about to pick up the baton. “We’ve got the likes of Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Richie Porte, Ben Swift and Luke Rowe maturing and coming into the prime of their careers, and that’s really exciting for us. “The first part of the story was very much about having Bradley involved and we’ll see the final bit of his contribution at the end of Paris-Roubaix, which will be a brilliant thing. But it does feel like a fresh start, and I think the great thing about it is it provides new opportunities. We’ve seen it before at British Cycling where we’ve had big, big characters, and it’s not until they step aside that other people step up,” he said. Chris Froome has, of course, already stepped up, succeeding Wiggins as the Tour champion in 2013, and Brailsford asserted that Froome’s status as Sky’s top man increased in 2014 despite the setbacks he’d suffered. “You’d be surprised how high the regard for Chris Froome is as a leader, they’ve got massive respect for him,” said the Team Sky boss. “It’s the little things that he does, like communicating well with them. And when he’s hanging on by his fingernails and suffering on the climbs like he was at the Vuelta, you can’t believe the impact that has. When the lads watch someone suffer like that it does wonders for the team. Their belief and respect for him goes through the roof.” More...
Former Tour winner Wiggins launches his own cycling team (The Associated Press)
January 09, 2015 (20:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
LONDON (AP) -- Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is launching his own cycling team as he prepares for the 2016 Olympics. More...
Former Tour champion Wiggins to launch own team (Reuters)
January 09, 2015 (20:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
LONDON (Reuters) - Four-times Olympic champion and former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is launching his own professional cycling team with the aim of providing more British gold in Rio. Wiggins, who will continue to ride for Team Sky until April's Paris Roubaix road classic before concentrating on his own Rio 2016 Olympic preparations, will head up the team comprising of young home-grown riders. The team, which will operate independently of British Cycling and focus on both road and track disciplines, will be called WIGGINS and will receive financial backing from Sky. ... More...
Former Tour winner Wiggins launches his own cycling team
January 08, 2015 (14:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is launching his own cycling team as he prepares for the 2016 Olympics.The British rider announced on Thursday that the team to be launched this spring will be named Wiggins... More...
Former Tour winner Wiggins launches his own cycling team (The Associated Press)
January 08, 2015 (14:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
LONDON (AP) -- Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is launching his own cycling team as he prepares for the 2016 Olympics. More...

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