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Froome satisfied with Skys team time trial start to Vuelta a Espana
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Skys opening salvo in the Vuelta a Espaa did not see the British team repeat their 2016 team time trial win, but Chris Froome has already carved out a respectable advantage on some of his key rivals. On the downside, BMC Racing Team are ahead of Sky by nine seconds. Team Sunwebs Warren Barguil pulled out a surprisingly strong performance to edge three seconds up on the British team, and Quick-Step Floors, led by GC outsider David De La Cruz, are also three seconds ahead. However, there are many plus points for Froome on what was a short, technical team time trial, with a 22-second advantage on Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), touted as his freshest rival, 26 seconds on Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), and a hefty 32 seconds on Fabio Aru (Astana). Most importantly of all, perhaps, Froome has gained 37 seconds on Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), third in the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT Skys team time trial performance was always consistent, even if their time, six seconds down at the mid-way point on BMC Racing, made it unlikely they would actually win. Froome himself put in some big turns as Sky came into the finishing straight with five riders, the minimum required, but enough to ensure that the British team completed the course collectively in good shape. As reporters approached him at the finish, Froome wheeled quickly round before delivering one quick comment to the media and then heading to the Sky team bus. Its a good start for us, Froome said. OK, its not the stage victory, but we put in a very solid ride. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Every day an opportunity for Cannondale-Drapac
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
For Cannondale-Drapacs sport director Tom Southam and his riders, the Vuelta a Espaa is not about cycling; its all about rugby. More or less. For them, its about picking up the ball and running with it, Southam tells Cyclingnews, this being the directors metaphor for how his team has to take the opportunities in the Vuelta the instant they come up, and use them to the best of their abilities. He points out that the team have no major GC ambitions this year, after Andrew Talansky, fifth last year, suffered a knee problem following the Clsica San Sebastian and Davide Formolo, ninth, came down with bronchitis after the Tour de Pologne.ADVERTISEMENT Weve no major initial GC ambitions, which means every day is an opportunity. Thats how we raced the Giro dItalia, at the start, and Davide Formolo ended up doing well. It was how we started racing the Tour, up to a point, and things built from there [all the way to second overall for Rigoberto Uran - Ed.]. If we could get a stage win, say, in all three major Tours, that would be amazing. Amongst those options for a stage win is Belgiums Tom Van Asbroeck, already with several top 10 places at the Vuelta back in 2015, whom Southam believes could have a chance in the Vuelta sprints. After a weeks racing here, the sprints start to change pretty fast, and Tom could still be there on some of those hilly stages. Look at how well [Orica-Scotts] Magnus Cort Nielsen did last year - winning two sprint stages in the third week - and with all due respect, hes not a top drawer sprinter. However, a lot of Cannondale-Drapacs ambitions will centre around their Grand Tour debutants - Tom Scully, Brendan Canty, Will Clarke and Toms Skujins. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
De la Cruz signs for Team Sky
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
David de la Cruz will join fellow Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo in the colours of Team Sky next season. De la Cruz, who is set to lead Quick-Step Floors at the Vuelta a Espana this month, had been heavily linked with the British WorldTour team. Im excited to be joining the team. Ive really enjoyed my time at Quick-Step but I definitely feel that, at this point in my career, Team Sky is the best place for me to progress and to be the best rider I can be, De la Cruz said in a press release issued by Team Sky. I think the team understand my skills as a rider and what I can offer to the team, so Im really happy to be joining Team Sky and I am looking forward to this new challenge. De la Cruz has long been seen as a stage race contender with plenty of potential.ADVERTISEMENT After turning professional with Caja Rural in 2010, he moved to NatApp-Endura for two years later before he was snapped up by Quick-Step Floors in 2015. After enduring a lot of bad fortune at Grand Tours, De la Cruz made his breakthrough at last years Vuelta a Espana, where he won stage 9 and finished seventh overall. He will ride this years Vuelta a Espana with Quick-Step floors despite changing teams next season. This season, De la Cruz has taken stage wins at Paris-Nice and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Illness hampered the middle part of his season but he returned with a successful Vuelta a Burgos where he finished third behind Team Skys Mikel Landa and his teammate Enric Mas. With several riders leaving for other teams, including Landa, Mikel Nieve and Peter Kennaugh, De la Cruz is an important signing for the teams Grand Tour line-up. He is another really versatile rider who can perform a lot of roles, but he climbs very well and he has had some excellent results on really tough mountain stages, like at the Vuelta a Espana and at Paris Nice. Im sure he will fit straight in at Team Sky, said Team Sky coach Xabi Artexte. Focusing on the Vuelta with Quick-Step floors You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Castroviejo joins Team Sky from Movistar for 2018
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky have confirmed the signing of current Spanish national time trial champion Jonathan Castroviejo as the British WorldTour team continues to strengthen its stage racing roster for 2018, when Chris Froome will target a fifth Tour de France victory. Team Sky has extended contracts with Chris Froome, Michal Kwiatkowski, Geraint Thomas and key domestique Christian Knees in recent weeks but had still to reveal its new signings for 2018 after Pete Kennaugh joined Bora-Hansgrohe, Mikel Nieve moved to Orica-Scott, Ian Boswell switched to Katusha-Alpecin and Elia Viviani was allowed to transfer to Quick-Step Floors despite another year on his contract. Castroviejo is Team Skys first new signing, with news of the arrival of David de la Cruz quickly following. Team Sky and Castroviejo agreed a deal during the Tour de France but waited until today to make it official. The 30-year-old from Getxo, has spent the last six seasons with Movistar, where he helped Nairo Quintana win the 2014 Giro dItalia, and the 2016 Vuelta a Espana. He was also the 2016 European time trial champion and finished third in the time trial 2016 Road World Championships. All his eight career victories have come in time trials, making him a key rider for Grand Tours that include team time trails.ADVERTISEMENT Everybody knows the strength in the team, and how important the spirit between the riders is to the teams success. Im really looking forward to being part of that, bringing my own experience and learning new things, Castroviejo said in a statement from Team Sky. I have been part of Grand Tour winning teams in the past and I want to do that again in the future. Im happy to be taking this next step with Team Sky. Spanish Team Sky coach Xabi Artexte highlighted Castroviejos versatility as a rider. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dombrowski to lead Cannondale-Drapac at the Vuelta a Espana
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Cannondale-Drapac team have confirmed its final nine-rider roster for the Vuelta a Espaa as riders arrive in Nimes, France for Saturday's opening team time trial. Joe Dombrowski will lead the US-registered WorldTour team with Davide Formolo a late withdrawal after coming down with bronchitis. Andrew Talansky will also miss the Spanish Grand Tour. Also in the Cannondale-Drapac line-up are road captain Simon Clarke, Brendan Canty, Will Clarke, Thomas Scully, Toms Skujins, Tom Van Asbroeck, Davide Villella and Mike Woods. Will Clarke will replace Formolo after recently riding the Colorado Classic race in the USA. "The average age in our team is 27 years. It's probably not the youngest team at the start, but I think we do bring the team with the most rookies," said sport director Juanma Garate. "Not only do we have four riders racing their first Grand Tour, but we have another two riders who have only ever done one Grand Tour in their careers.ADVERTISEMENT "We want to continue with the attitude that we showed as a team during this season, specifically in the Giro and the Tour. Of course we don't have high GC ambitions, but we do want to win a stage as we did in the Giro and the Tour de France." Formolo, who recently confirmed he would move to Bora-Hansgrohe in 2018, had been training for the Vuelta a Espana at altitude in Italy but came down with a fever at the weekend and then was struck by bronchitis. He has not raced since the Criterium du Dauphine in June, following his tenth place overall at the Giro d'Italia. He was expected to be one of Cannondale-Drapac's protected riders for the overall classification at the Vuelta a Espana but will now take some time to full recover and then target the series of one-day races in Italy. Cannondale-Drapac have enjoyed successful Grand Tour racing this season with Pierre Rolland winning a stage at the Giro d'Italia and Formolo finishing tenth overall. Rigoberto Uran finished second overall at the Tour de France, just 54 seconds behind Chris Froome (Team Sky), with the Colombian also winning the testing mountain stage to Chambery. Dombrowski rode the Giro d'Italia in May and will tackle his second Grand Tour of 2017. He is well suited to the mountainous route of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana and will no doubt also target stage victories along with Clarke, Woods, Scully and Skuijns, who proved he has recovered from the concussion he suffered at the Tour of California by riding aggressively at the Tour de Pologne. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ian Boswell signs for Katusha-Alpecin
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
American Ian Boswell will leave Team Sky at the end of the season having penned a two-year deal with Katusha-Alpecin. The 26-year-old rode with Argos-Shimano in 2012 as a stagiaire before joining Sky in 2013. He is the second official signing for Katusha-Alpecin after Nathan Haas. "I am very excited about Team Katusha-Alpecin. After 5 years in the same team, it is a big but important step for my own development," said Boswell, who becomes the first American to sign for Katusha.ADVERTISEMENT "The talks with Jos Azevedo were very good from the beginning and I liked where he sees me as a rider. I hope to bring my experience into the team and look forward to race with strong riders like Ilnur Zakarin or Simon pilak. And of course, also to be able to ride for the victory one time or another for myself." During his time with Sky, Boswell has twice ridden the Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d'Italia in 2016. A talented climber capable of riding GC, Boswell's personal opportunities have been limited as Sky. Although he has impressed when given the chance with fifth overall at the Tour of California and top three on stages at the Vuelta, Giro del Trentino and Tour of California. For general manager Jos Azevedo, Boswell is a rider full of promise and potential as he explained. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Poppel finally captures stage victory at Tour de Pologne
August 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After several podium finishes and a brief spell in the lead, the only thing missing for Team Sky sprinter Danny Van Poppel in the 2017 Tour de Pologne was an actual win. And on Wednesday's crash-blighted, rain soaked finale in Rzeszow, it finally arrived. Van Poppel's victory in Pologne came as much thanks to Team Sky's rock-solid positioning on the front of the peloton and surviving four short, Amstel Gold-like climbs as it did to his actual sprint speed. Then there were the crashes, too. Late rainstorms turned the stage 5 finale into a skating rink, with riders going down even when taking corners at a snail's pace, as happened to Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac) on a 180-degree turn at the start of the last lap.ADVERTISEMENT Van Poppel was perfectly placed at the front of the mini-peloton when it roared into the final kilometres, with two Sky teammates piloting him safely through the fiddly final city centre. Race leader Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), clearly recognising he was onto a good thing, stayed locked onto Van Poppel's back wheel. Van Poppel and his Sky escort found themselves ahead of another crash that ripped into the peloton with 1.2 kilometres to go, and which abruptly reduced the front group of sprinters and GC men from around 40 to less than a dozen. A late move by Youcef Reguigui (Dimension Data) could have caught the Sky mini-train by surprise but instead, they resolutely ploughed on, passing the fading Algerian with about 500 metres to go. Van Poppel started the sprint from a long way out, and despite Sagan's best efforts to get back on terms, not to mention a determined charge from Orica-Scott's Luka Mezgec on his left, the young Dutchman could finally cross the line as a Tour de Pologne stage winner. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dave Brailsford insists it's never crossed his mind to quit Team Sky amid long-running doping investigation
July 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
"This has never impacted on my enjoyment and being involved in this job. This is dragging on a little bit, but I am very confident we will be cleared of wrongdoing" More...
Chris Froome clocks up 50 days in Tour de France yellow jersey as Team Sky chief talks up 'assassin' mentality
July 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome is halfway to Paris in the Tour de France after defending his 18-second lead on Stage 10 of the race More...
'Such a s*** day': Team Sky's Geraint Thomas sums up crashing out of Tour de France as collar bone break is confirmed
July 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Thomas suffered his fourth fall in nine days when he came off on a rapid descent More...
Team Sky chief Sir Dave Brailsford comes out swinging after criticism from Tour de France rivals
July 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Brailsford broke cover to accuse his rivals of failing to do their jobs properly after limp accusations that Sky had 'cheated' because their time trial skinsuits were illegal More...
Team Sky cyclist Geraint Thomas starts Tour de France by taking yellow jersey on first stage
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Welshman beat Swiss rider Stefan Kung by five seconds, after posting a time trial time of 16 minutes and four seconds More...
Chris Froome maintains confidence in Team Sky on and off the bike ahead of Tour de France
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome modelled Team Sky's new kit as suspicions remain over the team and Sir Dave Brailsford More...
Chris Froome set to extend contract with Team Sky this week and eliminate talk of 'trust issues'
June 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome spoke in Germany ahead of the opening stage of the 2017 Tour de France More...
Talansky and Uran to co-lead Cannondale-Drapac Tour de France campaign
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cannondale-Drapac announced their complete Tour de France line-up on Monday with Andrew Talansky and Rigoberto Urn set to lead a two-pronged GC approach. Talansky, 28, has finished as high as 10th in the Tour de France, and delivered a fifth-place finish in his most recent Grand Tour appearance at last year's Vuelta a Espaa. Urn has twice finished as runner-up at the Giro d'Italia. Were going in with two GC leaders. Andrew and Rigo. But neither of those GC projects will hinder us from going after stage wins. When I look at this team, I see enthusiasm. I see potential. I see real, quality engines there. And I see a group of people who are really prepared to support one another. I see energy. Its all the things we say we are," said Cannondale-Drapac sport director Charly Wegelius when announcing the riders.ADVERTISEMENT "The Tour is the Tour. Its a double-edged sword and you never know what challenges or triumphs it is going to bring," Talansky said. "A successful Tour has a lot of components. I would love to win a stage. I have never won a stage of a Grand Tour; Ive actually been the closest in the Tour de France in 2015, when I finished second in stage 17. But nothing in the world of bike racing compares to the pure joy of crossing the line first. The general classification will unfold as it does, but I think this Tour route lends itself towards aggressive racing and I certainly wont let the opportunity to win something pass by." Pierre Rolland, having already secured the American squad a Grand Tour stage win in the Giro d'Italia is likely to be among those hunting stage wins in his ninth consecutive start in the Tour de France. Taylor Phinney, making his Tour de France debut in his seventh year as a pro, is another and could have a chance of victory in Saturday's opening time trial in central Dusseldorf. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
LottoNL-Jumbo unveil new jersey for Tour de France
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The LottoNL-Jumbo team has unveiled a new jersey for the Tour de France, with the black and yellow panels on the original 2017 jersey being flipped so as not to cause a clash with the maillot jaune. The team's predominantly yellow colourscheme creates problems when it comes to the Tour, where the leader of the race wears a yellow jersey.In 2015, the team modified its kit to reduce the amount of yellow on the jersey, and will do the same for the 2017 Tour, which gets underway in Dusseldoorf on July 1. The team's original 2017 jersey, made by Shimano, is made up of a yellow torso, with black sleeves and collar. In the Tour de France version, the torso will be black, with the sleeves and collar yellow.ADVERTISEMENT The word 'Lotto' was written in black on the standard jersey, and 'Jumbo' in white, while on the new jersey it's 'Lotto' in white, and 'Jumbo' in yellow.The black shorts remain unchanged. LottoNL-Jumbo isn't the only team make such modifications for the Tour.ONCE, Mercatone Uno and KAS were all known to alter their kits so as not to clash with the yellow jersey, while Tinkoff-Saxo changed to a grey and fluo camouflage kit in 2015. This year Team Sky will change the colour of its jersey from black to white especially for the Tour, while special edition jerseys have also become precursors for new sponsorship announcements, with Orica-GreenEdge, Giant-Alpecin and Cannondale-Drapac all releasing new jerseys for the Tour last year. " LottoNLJumbo Cycling (@LottoJumbo_road) June 24, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Poels 'not angry, but disappointed' at Team Sky Tour de France snub
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Woet Poels has described himself as disappointed, but not angry, at being left out of Team Sky's nine-man line up for the Tour de France. The Dutchman played a vital role in Chris Froome's overall victories in the last two editions of the race but a knee injury has disrupted his 2017 campaign. After a nearly five months on the sidelines, Poels returned to racing at the Route du Sud last week and said he was 'confident' he'd make the Tour team, but the Sky camp clearly felt the question marks over his shape were too great. "Dave Braislford called me on Wednesday," Poels told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "If you get that call and you hear that you're not going, it hits you. In recent months I have done everything to get to the Tour. I was confident that I was going. I think I was ready.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm not angry, but certainly disappointed. As I understand it, I could not help it. Because of that knee injury I am of course a bit of a question mark." Asked if it had changed his attitude towards his team, Poels added: "No,this does not necessarily mean that I want to get away from Sky. I'm fine at the team and have another two years on my contract after this year. Disappointments are part of sport, I am very well aware of that." Poels will now have to readjust his season, with the Vuelta a Espaa coming in as the big target, though it is likely to be a case of helping Froome try and win the Spanish Grand Tour for the first time. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky name Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa in team to back Chris Froome in Tour de France title defence
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Welshman Geraint Thomas has recovered from injuries suffered in a Giro d'Italia fall in time for Le Tour More...
Team Sky include Thomas, Kwiatkowski and Landa in Tour de France squad
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky has confirmed the riders that will support Chris Froome as he targets a fourth Tour de France victory, with Geraint Thomas, Mikel Landa, Milan-San Remo winner Michal Kwiatkowski, and Paris-Nice winner Sergio Henao all in the British teams strong line-up. However, there is no place for Wout Poels or Britons Pete Kennaugh and Ian Stannard. Team Sky are targeting a fifth Tour de France victory after first winning the race in 2012 with Bradley Wiggins, with Froome going on to win it in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Team Sky arguably has the strongest team for the Tour de France and is hoping Froome can find his best form in July after a failing to win a race so far this season. Froome faces a serious challenge from former teammate Richie Porte (BMC), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale).ADVERTISEMENT "The Tour de France is a special race and it would just be incredible to win it for a fourth time. Aiming for that fourth victory has given me a lot of motivation," said Froome in a statement announcing Sky's line-up on Thursday. "Were ready as a team and I cant wait for the Tour to start now. Honestly, I just love it. Its a feeling that you dont get from any other race. Geraint Thomas targeted the Giro dItalia as team leader but was forced to quit due to the injuries he sustained in a crash sparked by a police motorbike on stage 9. He has now recovered and recently raced the Route du Sud as a final test of his form. He is expected to be Froome's co-captain as well as a possible Plan B leader for the overall classification if Froome struggles or is injured. Team Sky has again opted for a mixed team of support riders to help and protect Froome on the hectic flat stages and in the mountains. Seven of the riders rode the 2016 Tour de France, with Kwiatkowski arguably replacing Poels and Knees replacing Stannard. The average age of the squad is an experienced 30.8. As statistician Cillian Kelly pointed out on social media, five riders at Team Sky have all finished in the top 15 overall at the Tour de France: As well as Froome, these are Kwiatkowski (11th), Henao (12th), Nieve (12th) and Thomas (15th). Landa has also finished third overall in the Giro d'Italia. " Team Sky (@TeamSky) June 22, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Moscon moves on after racism ban: 'My conscience is clear, I accepted the punishment'
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Skys Gianni Moscon was back in action at the recent Route du Sud race after serving his six-week suspension for racist comments to FDJs Kevin Reza at home in Italy. He is not due to ride the Tour de France but will target this weekends Italian national championships and then make his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana in August. The 23-year-old Italian finished second behind Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) on Saturdays tough mountain stage to Gavarnie Gedre that included the climb of the Tourmalet. He finished seventh overall at the Route du Sud, 5:38 down on overall winner Silvan Dillier (BMC). Moscon impressed during the cobbled Classics in April, finished fifth overall at Paris-Roubaix. The racist incident with Reza occurred at the Tour de Romandie with video footage showing the two arguing after teammate Elia Viviani won the third stage to Payerne. Team Sky kept Moscon in the Swiss race, but he then travelled to Manchester for a disciplinary hearing.ADVERTISEMENT Moscon was given a formal written warning and suspended from racing for six weeks, and was due to attend a "diversity awareness course, according to a statement from Team Sky. He apologised to Kevin Reza after the stage and again to him and his team the following morning, and this apology was accepted, Team Sky explained at the time. Gianni knows that there is no excuse for his behaviour and that any repeat will result in termination of his contract. Targeting the Tricolore and then the Vuelta a Espana You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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