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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...
Italy's Filippo Ganna joins Team Sky for 2019
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky have confirmed that Italy's Filippo Ganna will be part of the British WorldTour team for 2019, boosting their squad for the cobbled Classics and time trials. 22-year-old Ganna has ridden for UAE Team Emirates for the last two seasons. He won the under 23 Paris-Roubaix in 2016 and won the Individual Pursuit world title on the track in 2016 and 2018. He recently finished second to Gianni Moscon in the Italian national time trial championships and is currently competing with Italy in the track World Cup in Paris.ADVERTISEMENT "Its a dream to sign for Team Sky. Its a very impressive team and everyone in cycling is used to seeing them winning the big races," Ganna said. "I hope I can continue to develop and improve on my first two years on the road. Im excited to meet up with the team for the first training camp and to start to work together. The team is really impressive in how they approach time trials and team time trials and that is an area I feel I can develop, in addition to the one-day races and one-week stage races going forward. "In 2018 I started to experience the Classics races as a pro for the first time and that is another area I would like to learn and focus on, to one day be able to compete at the front of those races." Ganna is Team Skys second confirmed signing for 2019 after Jhonatan Narvaez's arrival from Quick-Step Floors was announced on Thursday. Team Sky are also expected to sign Colombian climber Ivan Sosa but his move has been delayed by a contractual dispute between his former and current agents. Irelands Eddie Dunbar joined Team Sky in September after the collapse of the Aqua Blue Sport team. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bernal shows flash of Classics potential at Il Lombardia
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Egan Bernal (Team Sky) confirmed his huge potential yet again at Il Lombardia with a brilliant move across to the break on the descent or the Sormano. However, the difficulties of the final 50km of racing showed that not even the most promising talent in the peloton can compete for victory after two months out of action due to injury. Bernal crashed hard at the Clasica San Sebastian in early August and needed nose and mouth surgery. He made a comeback at the Giro dellEmilia last Saturday but was not expected to have an impact at the far tougher Il Lombardia. But when team leader Gianni Moscon suffered a puncture on the descent of the Colma di Sormano, Bernal stepped up and dived down the descent and across to Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Nibali and Pinot. It would be the winning move of the race, but Bernal eventually paid the price for his solo effort and was distanced on the lower slopes of the Civiglio climb. He finished 12th, 1:31 behind Pinot but only one place behind Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and ahead of Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac).ADVERTISEMENT He had the courage to take on the race but just not the legs to finish it off. Im happy because I went two months without racing and I only began racing again one week ago, Bernal said at the finish area before heading to the Team Sky for a final post-race shower of the season. "I wanted to do a good result here and I finished 12th. Thats not great, but I need to be happy as its normal that I needed time to recover after the crash. Now Im happy and motivated for next season. On the second part of the Muro di Sormano, the race kicked off," he said. "I was suffering and didnt really have the legs. I focused on getting across to the first group on the descent because I knew on the last climb I wouldnt be with them. So I preferred to make a fast descent, but without taking risks. I was always under control. I was able to re-join the leaders, which was really nice. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nibali focused on Il Lombardia but considering his options beyond 2019
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vincenzo Nibali is focused on ending his season with a strong performance at Il Lombardia and possibly even a third victory but he is also looking much further down the road, to the final phase of his career, as he decides if he will stay beyond 2019 with Bahrain-Merida or look for a new challenge elsewhere, perhaps even with Team Sky. Nibali will start Il Lombardia wearing the number 1 as the 2017 winner. He also won the event known as, Race of the Falling Leaves, in 2015 and has won either a Grand Tour or a Monument Classic for the last six seasons. Nibali won Milan-San Remo in March and so considers his 2018 season a success despite the pain and suffering he endured after being knocked off his bike by a spectator on stage 12 of the Tour de France on Alpe d'Huez. He underwent vertebroplasty surgery to ease the pain and returned in time for the Vuelta a Espaa, in the hope of finding the form for the World Championships in Innsbruck but cracked before the decisive climb.ADVERTISEMENT Nibali's form is better now than in Innsbruck two weeks ago but he does not know if it will be good enough to allow him to win Il Lombardia for a third time. "My form is an incognito," Nibali said with pragmatism. "I can only do what I can, my legs are what they are. It'll be about grit and determination. I haven't trained specifically for il Lombardia, I'm using the form I got from Vuelta, the Worlds and Giro dellEmilia, where I was eighth. Considering his options beyond Bahrain-Merida and 2019 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Luke Rowe signs three-year contract extension with Team Sky
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Luke Rowe has agreed a contract extension that will keep him at Team Sky for the next three seasons. The Welshmans new deal will expire at the end of the 2021 campaign. Rowe has spent the entirety of his professional career with Team Sky since he stepped up to WorldTour level in 2012. He has established himself as one of the squads leaders in the cobbled Classics and has been on the Tour de France team in each of the past four years. "Ive been with Sky since the start of my career and I really feel a part of the furniture here," Rowe said in a statement released by the team.ADVERTISEMENT "Its been seven years and this deal will take me through to 10 years with Team Sky, so it was an easy decision. This is home." Rowes 2018 season seemed at risk when he broke both the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a water rafting accident in August 2017, but he made a remarkable recovery and returned to action at the Abu Dhabi Tour in February. The 28-year-old proceeded to line out in the cobbled Classics and was later part of the Sky team that helped his fellow Welshman Geraint Thomas to overall victory at the Tour de France. Rowe brought the curtain down on his season in August after sustaining a fractured scaphoid at the European Championships in Glasgow. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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