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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...
Poels upbeat about securing a place in Team Skys Tour de France squad
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Wout Poels is optimistic about securing a place in Team Skys Tour de France squad after returning to racing at the Route du Sud in the Pyrenees following a knee injury. The Dutchman had not raced since the Ruta del Sol in early February. His knee pain meant he was unable to defend his 2016 victory at Lige-Bastogne-Lige, and his chances of riding in support of Chris Froome initially seemed slim. However, Poels is considered one of Froomes key support riders in the mountains after helping him win the Tour in 2015 and 2016. Poels has now been back in full training for several weeks and is hoping the Team Sky management will trust him to come good in the mountain stages of the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT "I confident that Im in [the Tour de France squad]. The progression Ive made in recent weeks is clear to see. As a domestique for Froome, I dont need to be good from the first day. I need to be fresh to work in the third week, in the Alps, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf report Poels as saying after he finished 41st overall at the Route de Sud. Competition for the nine places in Team Skys squad for the Tour de France is intense, with 13 riders on a long list. Chris Froome is targeting a fourth victory and will need strong support as he competes against Richie Porte (BMC), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Geraint Thomas and Michal Kwiatkowski are expected to play key supporting roles for Froome, with Peter Kennaugh, Sergio Henao and Mikel Landa all under consideration as mountain domestiques. Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Christian Knees, Vasil Kiryienkaand several other riders are in line for domestique duty on the flatter stages. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Beginner's guide to the 2017 Tour de France - Video
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 2017 Tour de France Grand Depart in Dusseldorf is just a few weeks away. The race is the 103rd edition and it will be the first time in 30 years that it has visited Germany. Chris Froome (Team Sky) will be aiming to take his fourth overall title, with riders such as Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) all looking to stop his run of victories. There are other classifications up for grabs including the points and mountains competitions, while the top team will also be honoured in Paris.ADVERTISEMENT Whether youre new to the sport or you would like to brush up on some of the finer details, Cyclingnews has put together a beginners guide to the Tour de France. Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Will Team Sky wear new white kit at Tour de France?
May 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews has learned that Team Sky is set to wear a special edition white jersey for the 2017 edition of the Tour de France. An official announcement from the team is expected on 31st May, a few days after the Giro d'Italia comes to an end. Castelli would not confirm the exact design of the jersey to Cyclingnews, but they did confirm that it will feature a 'small detail change'. It is expected that the line and dot design of the standard issue black and blue jersey for the season will remain, with a simple reversal of the black and white colour ways. Team Sky would not comment when contacted by Cyclingnews. There is a possibility that the minimalist design of the jersey will clash with the Maillot Blanc, which is worn by the best young rider on the general classification. Historically, teams have altered their regular jersey so as not to clash with the leader's jersey at the Tour de France, whilst it seems that this will not deter the British super team. In 2011, the team wore a custom green 'Rainforest Rescue kit' at the Tour de France when Adidas provided apparel.ADVERTISEMENT ONCE, Mercatone Uno and KAS were all known to alter their kits for the Grand Tour so as not to clash with the yellow overall leader's jersey. More recently, Tinkoff-Saxo swapped out their yellow and blue kit for a grey and fluo camouflage kit in 2015. Special edition jerseys at the Tour de France have also become precursors for new sponsorship announcements for the following season. The blurred lines of transfer windows, contract negotiations and sponsorships deals begin in earnest during the biggest race on the calendar. Orica-GreenEdge, Giant-Alpecin and Cannondale-Drapac all released new jerseys for the Tour de France last year. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Talansky climbs to Stage 5 win in Tour of California
May 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) " Andrew Talansky's consolation prize was merely a signature victory on arguably the most famous climb in North America, the grueling ascent of Mount Baldy during the Tour of California.The American rider... More...
Froome hit by car on training ride
May 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome was knocked off his bike by a motorist today, posting a photo of his mangled Team Sky Pinarello bike on his social media accounts. The Tour de France champion was continuing his training back at home in the south of France after riding the Tour de Romandie, but said he was hit on purpose by a driver, who then drove off. Unlike the damage caused to his bike, Froome said he suffered no physical injury.ADVERTISEMENT "Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement!" Froome wrote on Twitter. "Thankfully I'm okay. Bike totaled. Driver kept going!" Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I'm okay Bike totaled. Driver kept going! pic.twitter.com/o7FT4iXsAo " Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) May 9, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Thomas sees potential for full-on GC battle on Mount Etna
May 08, 2017 (07:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Many pundits are predicting that thestage 4 summit finish on Mount Etna " the first and one of the hardest of the 2017 Giro d'Italia " comes too early in the race to culminate in an all-out GC battle. But one significant voice in the peloton, at least, believes the complete opposite could well be true. "I think once you're on it [Etna], everybody will be going full gas," Team Sky's Geraint Thomas told a small group of reporters in Tortoli before stage 3. "If somebody's good then they're going to try and take time." Although the popular view is that it would be risky to take a firm hold of the GC so early, Thomas points out that at least one top Giro d'Italia contender has operated differently in the past. "Look at when [Vincenzo] Nibali took yellow [on stage 2] in the Tour de France in 2014, the race was still in the UK," the Welshman pointed out. "I don't think Tuesday will be about people not wanting to take the Giro lead too soon."ADVERTISEMENT Thomas does not think, in any case, that the Giro d'Italia organisers have made a mistake by putting in such a key moment so soon in the game. "It's different to have a climb so early on, but it'll be good to see where I'm at, hopefully get stuck in, and have a good day." Thomas has not ridden Etna before because, as he succinctly explains, "other things [recons] fitted around races - it was just a bit more of a logistical pain in the arse." However, he says he'll spend some of the rest day watching videos of past two-wheeled assaults on the Sicilian volcano. "Apparently the wind could be important. It'll be a good test." He did not get to check out the Blockhaus, the other big early summit finish on stage 9, because it was blocked with snow when he was in the area during Tirreno-Adriatico, but, as he sees it, "as long as you've got good legs, that's the main thing." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky suspend Gianni Moscon for six weeks after Italian racially abused FDJ's Kevin Reza
May 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The incident occurred after the finish of Friday's stage three of the Tour de Romandie, which was won by Sky's Elia Viviani More...
Former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke hit with 41-month driving ban for being twice the drink driving limit
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
A test showed he had 165mg of alcohol in his blood – the legal limit is just 80mg More...
Joel Stransky on bike crash: I landed face first
March 23, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Retired Springboks great Joel Stransky has opened up about a horror fall cycling accident that he suffered in South Africa this week. Stransky , who kicked a drop goal in extra time to help South Africa to a gripping World Cup final... More...
Joel Stransky suffers horror fall in cycling accident
March 19, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The man who broke the hearts of All Blacks rugby fans at the 1995 World Cup has suffered a horror fall in a cycling accident in South Africa.Retired Springbok flyhalf Joel Stransky, who kicked a drop goal in extra time to help South... More...
Team Sky celebrate first ever victory at Milan-San Remo after Michal Kwiatkowski pips Peter Sagan to the line
March 18, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Kwiatkowski came around favourite Sagan in the final 30 metres of the 291-kilometre race More...
Team Sky hit back at claims they covered up Josh Edmondson's prohibited use of vitamin injections
March 16, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
In a statement, Team Sky said there was no cover-up and that concerns about the rider's health impacted their decision to stay quiet More...
Josh Edmondson accuses Team Sky of covering up his prohibited use of vitamin injections and Tramadol
March 16, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Edmondson joined the team in 2013 after impressing as an amateur but left at the end of the 2014 season More...
Chris Froome praises Team Sky leader Dave Brailsford
March 13, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome praised Team Sky leader Dave Brailsford on Monday, saying he has learned from his mistakes.Brailsford has expressed a determination to retain his job as team principal... More...

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