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Roglic fighting against himself as Giro d'Italia reaches moment of truth
May 18, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
"The main opponent for me tomorrow will be myself," Primo Rogli said in Pesaro on the eve of the Giro dItalia's stage 9 time trial to San Marino. The Slovenian's subdued interview persona could never be mistaken for Muhammad Ali's pre-fight proclamations of greatness, but he carefully clarified his statement lest there be any misinterpretation. "It's because I will be alone, and I will be fighting against myself to do as good as possible." If the San Marino time trial has loomed large over the opening week of this Giro, then so too has Rogli's presumed supremacy on the stage. His resounding victory in the opening time trial in Bologna last weekend installed him as the favourite for Sunday's longer, sea-to-sky test, a status that has only been burnished further following Tom Dumoulin's unfortunate abandon on stage 5. While Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) wears the maglia rosa, Rogli reaches the end of the Giro's opening phase atop the virtual rankings of the pre-race favourites. Thanks to his victory in Bologna and his deft side-stepping of the late frissons in Frascati, he holds a buffer of 35 seconds over Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), 39 over Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), 44 over Miguel ngel Lpez (Astana) and 1:49 over Mikel Landa (Movistar). Rogli is 5:24 down on Conti, and surely will not regain the pink jersey from him in San Marino but, come Sunday evening, he might well have placed a hefty down payment on wearing the precious garment in the Arena in Verona in two weeks' time. Jumbo-Visma directeur sportif Addy Engels acknowledged that Rogli will expect to gain ground on all of his GC rivals on the 34km-long road from Riccione to San Marino, though he warned against extrapolating too much from the 8km opening time trial in Bologna. Rogli gained 2.3 seconds per kilometre on Yates and 2.8 per kilometre on Nibali there, but Engels would not be drawn into making predictions for Sunday. "We would like to gain time, that's the main thing, but I can't say how much. It's not mathematical," Engels told Cyclingnews. "It's not like because he gained 19 seconds in 8km in Bologna that we can multiply that gap by almost five here " it doesn't work like that. "It's a different kind of effort, of course. The profile is more or less the same as Bologna, with the flat start and then uphill, but last Saturday was only 13 minutes. This is going to be an effort of 45 or maybe 50 minutes, so that's totally different. It's less explosive, but it's also something that suits Primo really well." If anything, Rogliseems more comfortable over longer distances. He claimed the corresponding stage in Chianti on his Giro debut in 2016 and he warmed up for this year's race with a decisive victory over Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) in the 17km-long final time trial at the Tour de Romandie. Small wonder then, that Campenaerts himself has picked Rogli as the unbackable favourite for Sunday's time trial.ADVERTISEMENT Into the mountains While the Giro's three individual time trials provided the three compelling reasons that convinced Jumbo-Visma's to deploy him in Italy rather than at the Tour de France this season, Engels maintained that his tilt at overall victory here does not depend wholly on the gains he makes against the watch. Indeed, Rogli lost his place on the podium of last year's Tour in the final time trial, while his climbing has been the equal of his time trialling through his remarkable sequence of three stage race victories so far this season. "Primo has shown so far this year that he's really strong in the big mountains," Engels said. In that case does he really need to gain time tomorrow? Maybe not. But is it more comfortable if he gains time? Of course. "Every day is going to be tricky, but if we can go into the mountains with a bigger gap, it's always better. Though at the end, you have to stay at your level for the whole Giro. If you collapse, you collapse, and then it doesn't matter if you have a gap a half a minute gap or of five minutes." Even so, Jumbo-Visma would appreciate any additional breathing room given the loss of Rogli's key climbing domestique Laurens De Plus, but the impact of the Belgian's abandon will not be felt until the race hits the Alps at the end of next week. For now, the onus is on Rogli in the race of truth. "There's no playing, no tactics. It's just a case of doing it as well as possible," said Engels, who added that Rogli had no ill effects from his crash on stage 6. "He's really good, he doesn't feel any pain." Earlier in the spring, Rogli reconnoitred the stage 9 time trial and came away pleased with what he saw. The route tackles a long false flat for the first 22km before climbing more sharply into San Marino in the finale. It is, in short, a strongman's course, even if the softly-spoken Rogli would never go so far as to trumpet himself as such. "A recon is one thing, but after these eight hard stages it will be different," Roglic said on Saturday. "We will see tomorrow after the finish line." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Jim Ratcliffe: Ineos will leave cycling if team caught doping
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jim Ratcliffe has told the BBC that Ineos will pull its backing of Dave Braislford's squad if they are ever caught cheating or doping. Ratcliffe, who acquired the team from Sky and unveiled the new kit on Wednesday in Yorkshire, stated that he and Ineos had done their due diligence before investing in cyclings biggest and most successful team in recent years. "We did our due diligence. I have absolutely no interest in cheating or drugs," Ratcliffe told BBC Sport. "The day that any of that enters our world, well be exiting that world."ADVERTISEMENT Ratcliffe has invested heavily in sport in recent months, first moving into sailing and now cycling. There are reports he has looked at buying English Premier League club Chelsea, while there has also been speculation of a possible takeover of Nice football club. On Wednesday, Ratcliffe was asked by the media whether he was concerned with some of the controversy Team Sky had courted in recent years. Their incredible success in Grand Tours has also come at a time in which UKAD launched a 14-month investigation into a suspect package delivered to Team Sky during the 2011 Critrium du Dauphin. There was an accusation that that the package contained the corticosteroid triamcinolone - banned in-competition without a Therapeutic Use Exemption - a claim that the team denied. The UKAD investigation was closed without any anti-doping charges issued but a UK Parliamentary Select Committee later declared that "the credibility of Team Sky and British Cycling is in tatters - they are in a terrible position." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski: I've been waiting for Liege-Bastogne-Liege all winter
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Micha Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) is keen to pull down the curtain on his Classics campaign in style, with the former Milan-San Remo winner saying that Sunday'sLige-Bastogne-Lige is the race he has been "waiting for all winter." Third in 2017 and in 2014 in Lige, the 28-year-old claimed a podium finish in Milan-San Remo this spring, as well as leading Paris-Nice. But whilst his Ardennes campaign in 2018 never really took flight, at Amstel Gold Race last Sunday, he came close to disputing the win. A week further on and Kwiatkowski is determined to go all out for the victory. "It's a day I've been waiting for so long, that now it's finally here, I'm pretty excited," Kwiatkowski told Cyclingnews early this week. "I've done the recon. and finally as the name says it's Lige-Bastogne-Lige, not Lige-Bastogne-Ans.ADVERTISEMENT "For me it's a more beautiful finale, maybe not as selective as when we were climbing San Nicolas, but it's still a very challenging race as well." Kwiatkowski agreed with the majority of predictions that the race could start to heat up much earlier. "And the famous La Redoute will be famous once again, whilst La Roche aux Faucons, which was always one of the most decisive climbs, will be the most important of all of them this time," he said. "Either way, it's going to be a super tough race, right the way from the Cote de Wanne or even the one before that [Mont-le-Soie] particularly with the weather forecast." Currently the forecast is for six degrees or even lower at the start on Sunday, with rain also likely. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sivakov confirms next generation pedigree with Tour of the Alps victory
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Pavel Sivakov always seemed destined for great things after winning so much and so well as an under-23 rider but he confirmed he can win as a professional at the Tour of the Alps. In doing so, he addedhis name alongside Mathieu van der Poel, Wout Van Aert, Egan Bernal, Bjorn Lambrecht and Tadej Pogacar in the list of next generation riders seemingly destined to dominate racing in the next decade. Sivakov stands out because of his height, his similarities to Chris Froome and his pedigree, and also because he is already successful even though he is still only 21 years old. He is three years younger than van der Poel and six months younger than Bernal. Only Ivan Sosa is a few months younger on the Team Sky roster. Sivakov is destined to go down in Team Sky's record book as their last stage race winner and follows in the footstep of Riche Porte, Mikel Landa and Geraint Thomas as a Team Sky winner of the Tour of the Alps. Like them, he will surely go on to be a Grand Tour contender, quietly nudging Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas towards retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Sivakov's pedigree indicates greatness He races under a Russian flag but is very European and extrovert. He was born in Italy and was raised near Toulouse, France, because his father Andrei raced the Tour de France three times for BigMat-Auber 93 and his mother, Aleksandra Kolisseva, twice finished second in the Giro Rosa. He is a powerful time triallist, solid in the mountains, skilled on descents, and is pretty fast in small group sprints. His power and maturity perhaps gave him an edge against his younger peers but he has matured. He captured the Junior Tour of Flanders in 2015, finished second in the 2016 under-23 Lige-Bastogne-Lige and was 15th in that year's under-23 Paris-Roubaix. In 2017, Sivakov won the under-23 Giro d'Italia, the prestigious Ronde de l'Isard and the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc. He was the jewel in the crown of the BMC Development team but then Team Sky convinced him to join them instead of stepping up to the BMC WorldTour squad. Sivakov seems capable of doing it all and has now experienced success, even if it meant a final day of stress at the Tour of the Alps. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Arches of new Whanganui bridge soar skyward
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
People passing on State Highway 4 are swivelling their eyes westward towards cranes and the arch of a new bridge rising up in a paddock on Papaiti Rd.The arch of the bridge is complete but still needs stiffeners, Whanganui District... More...
Brailsford: Team Sky riders will be 'appropriately' looked after if no sponsor is found
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dave Brailsford has assured the entire Team Sky roster and staff that they will be paid as normal throughout the 2019 season and that if a new backer is not found for the 2020 season then they will be 'looked after appropriately'. This comes after a report in the Sunday Times suggested that Sky were willing to honour contracts in 2020 if riders were unable to find teams beyond next season. Brailsford's assurances came in a letter addressed to all Team Sky staff and sent out a day after the news of Sky's withdrawal from the sport was announced internally. Cyclingnews has obtained a copy of the letter, which was issued in English, Italian and Spanish, from a source close to Team Sky. "You will continue to be paid as normal throughout 2019 and if the Team is unable to continue after that, you will be looked after appropriately," Brailsford writes.ADVERTISEMENT "The accompanying note from Sky reiterates this message. I know that they will deliver on their promise." Sky's letter comes from Jeremey Darroch, the Group Chief Executive at the corporation. "As Dave has already told you, Sky will be ending its involvement with cycling and our association with Team Sky at the end of next year. After a decade of unprecedented success, I couldn't be prouder of what we've achieved together. It's been an amazing journey, but now is the right time for us to move on as we open a new chapter in Sky's story and turn our focus to different things," Darroch says. Sky to end sponsorship after 2019 Brailsford: I'm sure we've got a future beyond Sky UCI to closely follow Team Sky sponsorship search New Chinese WorldTour team open to talking to Team Sky Pinarello to support Team Sky beyond 2019 Luke Rowe: Sky have spoilt us over the last 10 years You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome "surprised" at Team Sky announcement and sets goal to secure new sponsor
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The four-time Tour de France winner is grateful for the broadcaster's investment and great success over eight years More...
Team Sky future in doubt after owner withdraws from cycling
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " The future of the most successful cycling team of the last decade was put in doubt Wednesday when Sky announced its withdrawal from the sport following the European pay TV giant's takeover by American company Comcast.Team... More...
Geraint Thomas "always believed" in Chris Froome's integrity as Team Sky end sponsorship
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Tour de France champion has also backed Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford More...
Team Sky: Sky to end involvement in cycling after 2019 season
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The broadcasting giants joined forces with British cycling in 2008 and has achieved a total of 322 wins in its time More...
Philip Deignan: Becoming a father changed my perspective
December 02, 2018 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After announcing his retirement from professional cycling earlier this week, Philip Deignan has said that becoming a father changed his perspective. The Irishman drew his 14-year career to a close on Tuesday, adding that it was something hed been considering since the birth of his child, Orla. Having spent the last five seasons with Team Sky, Deignan said it was the right time to hang up the bike with his wife Lizzie Deignan set to return to the pro ranks next year with the newly-formed Trek-Segafredo Women's team. "Its something Ive been considering for the last few months and it wasnt a decision I took lightly, he told teamsky.com. Becoming a father two months ago definitely added a different perspective to things. I had to factor that in when considering whether to continue racing next year, especially with Lizzie making a comeback now."ADVERTISEMENT The 2015 road world champion has raced for Boels-Dolmans from 2013 until her departure at the start of this season. She took the 2018 season off due to her pregnancy. She is aiming to return to racing next year and is likely to continue racing until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. "I didnt want to continue half-heartedly so Im happy to give my full support to Lizzie now to work towards some great things. Things that I would never have been able to achieve," he said. "Theres plenty of fathers out there racing and its a fantastic thing if you can continue racing as a father. But I think in our unique position where were both racing it would have been really hard with the amount of days wed both be away. "The unpredictable nature of race programmes is another thing I had to factor in. It would have been really hard, but we would never have compromised Orla, so it would have been the bike and the training that would have suffered." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Thomas hits back at Wiggins comments on Armstrong
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas has hit back at Bradley Wiggins recent comments and emotively-driven support for Lance Armstrong, suggesting that his former Team Sky teammate is simply seeking publicity to help sell his latest book. Wiggins described Armstrong as the perfect Tour de France winner in his book called Icons, explaining that the Texan was perhaps the sort of winner that Tour de France founder Henri Desgrange had in mind 120 years ago when he created the race. Wiggins suggested that a Tour de France winner is on occasion, borderline sociopathic and always a very special, very driven human being. "I'm not saying he's an icon. He's iconic, for good and bad reasons now. I can't change the way it made me feel when I was 13. It changed my life," Wiggins explained in subsequent interviews revealing there was a "mutual respect in terms of what we've been through, racing against each other.ADVERTISEMENT Thomas " speaking in China while riding the Shanghai Tour de France criterium, made it clear to the AFP news agency that he did not agree with Wiggins. "Brad's got a book to sell," AFP reported Thomas as saying. "He does not have to worry about anything, either. He does not have to race his bike and deal with journalists. "He can just say what he wants and do any interview he wants so he can say something like that and get a load of publicity." Getting back into training camp Going for a second consecutive Tour de France victory You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Freeman to face medical tribunal over testosterone patch delivery
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman is set to face a medical tribunal in connection with the 2011 delivery of testosterone patches to the national team's headquarters in Manchester. According to a report in The Sunday Telegraph, Freeman is likely to face the General Medical Council tribunal which could decide to punish him with a suspension or remove him from the medical register. In 2016, UK Anti-Doping launched an investigation into the delivery of a 'mystery package' from British Cycling headquarters to Team Sky during the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine for Bradley Wiggins. During their examination of the records at the Manchester National Cycling Centre, investigators found evidence of a delivery of banned testosterone patches, as well as 60 - 70 vials of triamcinolone.ADVERTISEMENT Freeman worked for both teams in 2011, and the medical equipment for the two programmes shared storage space at the National Cycling Centre. Steve Peters, Team Sky's former medical director, at the time said the testosterone delivery was made in error and the patches were returned to the supplier. Freeman also denied any wrongdoing, saying the patches were never intended for athletes. But the supplier, Fit 4 Sport, declined to cooperate with the UKAD inquiry and provide supporting documentation of the error. British Cycling is a co-complainant in the GMC inquiry, and a spokesman said they "referred concerns in relation to Dr Richard Freeman's fitness to practice" to the GMC and "continue to support its ongoing investigation". You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Sky face dilemma keeping Froome and Thomas happy - Kelly
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Froome will have his sights set on a record-equaling fifth Tour de France victory next July having had his domination ended by team mate and fellow Britain Thomas this year. Thomas burst out of Froome's shadow to claim a superb first Grand Tour title and the 32-year-old Welshman is unlikely to be More...
Chris Froome believes he can race for five more years
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome feels he can continue to race for at least five more years, by which point he would be 38. In an interview with Italian newspaperLa Gazzetta dello Sport, the Team Sky rider also claimed that very few riders - "maybe no one" - would be able to handle his training regime. I am convinced that I can keep going for another five years - so up to 38 years old," Froome said. The assertion did, however, come with a condition: "It must be at top level."ADVERTISEMENT Five more years would see Froome compete until then end of 2023 and would give him a career span of 16 years after turning professional in 2008. Froome's current contract with Team Sky runs out at the end of 2020. If he were to continue riding for five more seasons, he would likely have to battle rising star Egan Bernal for the leadership role within Team Sky, the Colombian having recently signed a five-year deal. Froome has already seen his position as sole Tour de France leader toppled by Geraint Thomas this season after the Welshman took his maiden Grand Tour victory at the French race. Froome has been the dominant Grand Tour rider in recent years, having won four Tours de France, a Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d'Italia. This season, he attempted to do the Giro-Tour double. He won the Giro in dramatic style with a long-range attack on the Colle delle Finestre on stage 19. However, he was unable to take a record-equalling fifth Tour de France and finished third overall. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome wants Tour win for Sky's 10th birthday gift
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome was coy Thursday over whether he or Geraint Thomas would lead Sky at the 2019 edition, but said it would make a great 10th birthday gift for the British team. Froome came third at the 2018 Tour de France as teammate Thomas emerged from his shadow to secure More...
Luke Rowe commits future to Team Sky
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Luke Rowe has agreed a new deal to stay at Team Sky, admitting he feels "part of the furniture" at the British-based outfit alongside Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome. The 28-year-old Welshman has spent his entire professional career with Sky, joining in 2012, and his new three-year contract More...
Tour de France trophy stolen at cycle show: Team Sky
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The Tour de France trophy won by Team Sky's Geraint Thomas earlier this year has been stolen during a cycle show in Birmingham, the British team said on Wednesday. The trophy, loaned to bike manufacturer Pinarello, had been on display at venues across the UK along with the team's other grand More...
Rising Colombian star Bernal signs new contract with Team Sky
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Highly-regarded young Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal has committed himself to Team Sky in the long term, signing a new five-year contract on Friday. The 21-year-old enjoyed a successful first season with the cycling powerhouse, winning the Tour of California and playing a key support role in Geraint More...
Cycling: 'Exceptional' Bernal signs five-year deal with Sky
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Young Colombian Egan Bernal, seen as a top prospect in road cycling, has signed a five-year deal that will keep him at Team Sky until the end of 2023, the Tour de France winners said on Friday. The 21-year-old has enjoyed a strong first year as a professional with Sky, winning in Colombia and California More...

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