BBC to release documentary on Thomas's Tour de France defence

BBC to release documentary on Thomas's Tour de France defence

Joe Robinson 3 Apr 2019 Hour-long show to be released later this year and will follow Geraint Thomas in lead up to Tour de France this July The BBC has announced an hour-long documentary on Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas's title defence preparations will be shown later this year. BBC Two and BBC Cymru Wales confirmed the documentary will be called ' Geraint Thomas: Easy Rider' and will look partly at his journey to Tour de France victory, upbringing in Cardiff while also following Thomas as he prepares to defend his Tour title this July. The documentary will follow Thomas to Tenerife as he undertakes altitude camps while also joining him and Team Sky - soon to be Team Ineos - at the Tour de Romandie and Tour de Suisse in his final preparations ahead of July. Part of the documentary will also be self-shot by the Welshman to ...

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Winners and Losers from the Pre-Cobbled Monuments Cobbled Classics

Besides Dwars on Wednesday, all the big lead up cobbled races to Flanders and Roubaix are finished. If you haven’t made your mark on the cobbled classics yet, there are only two more chances at the big shows during the next two weekends to try to make something out of your spring season. At the same time, it’s not all about the big two. Winning the lead up races is a huge mark on the palmares of the riders in its own right. Let’s take a look at who has won and lost the cobbled season thus far. WINNERS 1. Alexander Kristoff Even though we often call Kristoff the White Whale and make quips about his girth, the truth of the matter is that Kristoff has a physique that most if not all of the men reading this site would die for. Just take a look at his Instagram here ...

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Chris Froome: Valverde's Worlds win shows age not as big a factor as people think

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has said that Alejandro Valverde’s victory in the 2018 World Championships has shown him that age does not have to matter in professional cycling. Valverde’s World Championship victory made him the second oldest rider to capture the rainbow jersey after Joop Zoetemelk, who was roughly six months older than Valverde when he won it in 1985. Froome will be 34 by the time he tackles the Tour de France - which, if he wins, would make him the fourth oldest winner of the Tour after Firmin Lambot, Henri Pelissier and Cadel Evans. He has previously been reported as saying he wants to retire at 38. “I still want to carry on for another few years that’s for sure, and seeing Valverde perform at the World Champs like he did last year can only give me motivation that age is not as big a factor as some ...

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Chaves to support Simon Yates at Giro d'Italia

Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)

Mitchelton-Scott have confirmed that Esteban Chaves will return to the Giro d’Italia this season. Chaves will be riding in support of Simon Yates , who is set to lead the team following his overall victory at the Vuelta a Espana last September. Chaves rode last year’s edition of the Corsa Rosa, along with Yates, and won stage 6 to Mt Etna. Yates moved into the leader’s maglia rosa on the same day and would take three stage victories in pink before cracking dramatically on the penultimate mountain stage, with Chris Froome going on to win in Rome. The Giro d'Italia was Chaves’ final race of the 2018 after he was diagnosed with mononucleosis and ordered to rest. The Colombian made his long-awaited return to racing at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February and has since completed 25 days of racing, with his most recent race the Volta a ...

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Lopez raises his GC game with Volta a Catalunya win

Miguel Angel Lopez on the Catalunta podium

If there had been any doubts as to whether Miguel Angel Lopez ( Astana ) will be a serious contender at the upcoming Giro d’Italia, the Colombian laid them to rest with a stunning victory at the Volta a Catalunya against some ferociously tough competition on Sunday. The Volta's line-up this year was exceptional – even for a race that traditionally garners a stellar start-list. There was Chris Froome (Team Sky) and double defending champion and pre-race favourite Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), along with recent Paris-Nice winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Valverde's Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana, who were expected to be two key GC challengers, plus Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), who arrived following his strong Tirreno-Adriatico performance. But Lopez managed to beat them all. While Valverde's aspirations took a major knock on the first day in the Pyrenees, Bernal and Quintana both proved to be major threats, and Yates looked ready ...

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Bernal hitches a ride with Froome after mechanical in Catalunya stage 5

Bernal hitches a ride with Froome after mechanical in Catalunya stage 5

A late mechanical forces Egan Bernal to walk home to the finish line. Afterward, he gets a little lift from his teammate Chris Froome. Read the full article at Bernal hitches a ride with Froome after mechanical in Catalunya stage 5 on VeloNews.com .

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E3 BinckBank Classic Preview

A familiar sight in 2019

The best non-monument cobbled classic can’t stop getting in the way of itself. (There’s a saying that I’ve only heard used in West Virginia that seems oddly appropriate - The E3 organizers can’t stop stepping on their own dicks). The always-exciting racing is often overshadowed by the organizer’s sexist provocations in advertising the race. This year’s addition to their chauvinistic oeuvre was this: Honestly, the body paint thing standing alone is kinda neat. The message, though, is at best muddled— “Who will crown himself prince in Harelbeke?” First, in the Frog Prince fairy tale, it’s a princess that kisses a frog, which turns the frog into a prince. (And actually, in one of the original editions of the Frog Prince fairy tale, it wasn’t a kiss by the princess that turned the frog into a prince, but rather the princess smashing the frog against the wall in a fit of ...

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Chris Froome looking to add Tour of the Alps to race programme

Chris Froome (Team Sky) warming up for the TTT

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) has revealed he is considering adding the week-long Tour of the Alps to his race calendar as he looks to boost his form after a problematic start to the season. Froome is racing just his second event this week at the Volta a Catalunya , after deciding to skip the UAE Tour last month while he recovered from his high-altitude debut at the Tour Colombia 2.1. He crashed at speed during stage 2, losing 14 minutes but was not hurt and started stage 3 to the mountain finish of Vallter 2000. At present, Froome's next scheduled race following the Volta a Catalunya is the Tour de Yorkshire at the start of May. Froome rode the Tour of the Alps, which takes place between April 22 and 26, last season as part of his preparation for the Giro d'Italia but had not originally planned to ...

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Matthews takes Catalunya Stage 2 as Froome crashes

Matthews takes Catalunya Stage 2 as Froome crashes

Australian Michael Matthews returned to form after an early season crash to win Stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya.

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Volta a Catalunya: Valverde ready to pounce after second place on stage 2

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

At 38 years old – and turning 39 next month – Movistar 's Alejandro Valverde continues to demonstrate his diversity, sprinting to second place behind winner Michael Matthews (Sunweb) on the uphill finish to Tuesday's second stage at the Volta a Catalunya before now turning his attention to Wednesday's summit finish on the Vallter 2000 climb. Valverde also only narrowly missed the crash that brought down Team Sky's Chris Froome and Bora-Hansgrohe pair Jay McCarthy and Andreas Schillinger with 40km left of stage 2 to go. "It was a very dangerous, twisty finale," Valverde said of Tuesday's stage in a team press release. "After the first passage through the finish line, into a small descent before the final kilometre and the last straight, there was a crash with Froome and a Bora rider. "I was riding just behind Froome, and even though I didn't touch either him or the Bora ...

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Froome crashes in Volta a Catalunya stage 2

Froome crashes in Volta a Catalunya stage 2

Four-time Tour champ Chris Froome loses more than 14 minutes in stage 2 as Team Sky rallies to support Egan Bernal as its GC leader. Read the full article at Froome crashes in Volta a Catalunya stage 2 on VeloNews.com .

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Beat-up Froome expected to continue despite crash in Catalunya

Chris Froome finishes stage 2 at the Volta a Catalunya

Chris Froome 's return to WorldTour racing at the Volta a Catalunya this week suffered a significant setback when the Team Sky racer crashed hard in the finale of stage 2. Froome went down when the peloton was near the finish town of Sant Feliu de Guixols, close to the start of a final 36 kilometre lap and when the bunch was passing at speed through an area of deep shade into one of much brighter light, and several riders were reported to be half-blinded by the sudden glare. Team Sky sources said one rider swerved into Froome, although they were at pains to say that nobody could be to blame for such a move given the circumstances, causing the Briton and several other riders to crash. But despite having a badly scraped right hip, shoulder, arm and leg, Froome is expected to continue. "It was kind of dark and ...

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Froome loses 14 minutes in Catalunya crash, Green MP takes aim at new Team Sky owner Ineos over EU pollution rules threat, Jeremy Vine’s latest video sees him get some riding advice, Sagan’s ex-teammate backs him for Worlds + more

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Chris Froome loses time after Volta a Catalunya crash

Chris Froome (Team Sky) ahead of the final stage at Tour Colombia

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) has lost a considerable amount of time in the overall classification at the Volta a Catalunya , after crashing hard during stage 2 from Mataro to Sant Feliu De Guixols. Froome crossed the line over 13 minutes down on the stage winner Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb), ending any hopes he had in the GC. Froome crashed along with Bora-Hansgrohe riders Andres Schillinger and Jay McCarthy inside the final 40 kilometres of the stage. All three were quickly back on their bikes but they lost over a minute as the peloton drove hard to catch the day’s breakaway. Despite Froome trying to use his time trialling skills to make the juncture back to the main group. However, the gap only got larger and with 20 kilometres remaining Froome was already more than four minutes behind the peloton and the gap only continued to grow. Froome ...

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Froome will face Movistar at his European debut in Catalunya

Froome will face Movistar at his European debut in Catalunya

Hot off a top-10 result in Milano-Sanremo, Alejandro Valverde looks to defend Catalunya title as Chris Froome kicks off his European schedule. Read the full article at Froome will face Movistar at his European debut in Catalunya on VeloNews.com .

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What’s Going on in Catalunya?

I examine one of my favourite races, about a day later than I intended. Ladies and gentlemen, March is coming to a close and Milano-Sanremo is out of the way, so you know what that means: Yes, it’s time for World Tour stage racing in what most people will tell you is Spain. In a fortnight it’s time for the Euskal Herriko Itzulia but for now we’re in Catalunya for the Volta. Both of these races are clearly the standout cycling events of the next month and I will not hear anything to the contrary. I’m not sure of the reasons behind this, but it seems that Catalunya occupies a strange spot in the form graphs of riders where they can’t be on form to win the race if they’re going to win the Tour — hence Chris Froome would win an early season race, take a short break, then ...

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Valverde, Quintana, Porte, Froome headline deep Catalunya field

Valverde, Quintana, Porte, Froome headline deep Catalunya field

Watch last year's winner Alejandro Valverde and team mate Nairo Quintana do battle with Richie Porte and Chris Froome at the 99th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya on SBS VICELAND, live from super early in the morning, Tuesday 26 March.

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Welcome to Graubünden: Epic ascents and perfect asphalt

The Rhine is one of the most important waterways in Europe. Its two sources are connected by perfect asphalt. Over three days we will discover monumental alpine passes, culinary highlights and breathtaking scenery on quiet roads. The post Welcome to Graubünden: Epic ascents and perfect asphalt appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Anti-fracking group to protest at Tour de Yorkshire over Team Ineos 'greenwashing'

Anti-fracking group to protest at Tour de Yorkshire over Team Ineos 'greenwashing'

Joe Robinson 21 Mar 2019 Ineos holds the rights to frack for shale gas across multiple sites in Yorkshire The introduction of Team Ineos into the professional peloton at the Tour de Yorkshire is set to be greeted with protests by anti-fracking campaigners. Ineos announced its purchase of Tour Racing Limited , the holding company of Team Sky, on Tuesday with the team to appear in its new guise for the first time at Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire on May 2nd. The multi-billion pound chemical company, headed by Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, currently has a license to frack for shale gas across multiple sites in the county of Yorkshire. Ratcliffe is an ardent supporter of fracking and has vocally criticised government efforst to regulate the method of drilling for oil. Ineos is yet to start fracking operations due to planning disputes and protests. Anti-fracking group ...

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Why everyone should be sprinting like Caleb Ewan

It was a sight to behold. Caleb Ewan, his body perched precariously over the front of his bike, his head somehow below the line of his handlebars as he barrelled towards the finish line at more than 60kph. The Aussie speedster’s new sprint position looked as dangerous as it did unusual — one bump from … The post Why everyone should be sprinting like Caleb Ewan appeared first on CyclingTips .

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