The weekly spin: The intersection of pro cycling and basic human rights

It’s always been difficult for me to embrace WorldTour racing in what amount to repressive, police states. And as the professional peloton heads to the Middle East this week, this annual conflict resurfaces anew. The tenth edition of the Tour of Oman begins Saturday and runs through February 21. A few days later, the six-stage … The post The weekly spin: The intersection of pro cycling and basic human rights appeared first on CyclingTips .

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WATCH: Team Sky ready for Tour Colombia with Froome and Bernal

WATCH: Team Sky ready for Tour Colombia with Froome and Bernal

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Chris Froome to start season at Tour Colombia after training at altitude

Chris Froome to start season at Tour Colombia after training at altitude

Joe Robinson 12 Feb 2019 Froome to be joined by Bernal and Sosa for second edition of Tour Colombia Chris Froome will begin his 2019 season at the Tour Colombia later today as he begins preparations for a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title in July. The six-time Grand Tour winner will co-lead Team Sky at the South American stage race with Egan Bernal, who enters the race as defending champion. The race will also offer a team debut for young South Americans Jhonatan Narvaez and Ivan Sosa, while Jonathan Castroviejo and Sebastian Henao complete the team. The Tour Colombia takes place from 12th to 17th February and begins with a 14km team time trial around Medellin. The race, which is only in its second edition, offers a stern early season test with four mountain stages and multiple days at altitude. This is much different to Froome's usual season race ...

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Jonny Brown flying stars and stripes in Colombia

US champion Jonny Brown rides in the bunch during stage 1 at the Tour of Utah

The Hagens Berman Axeon team and US road race champion Jonny Brown are starting their season at the Tour Colombia 2.1 – a race that has six stages contested above 2,000 metres of elevation. It will be a tough row to hoe for the U23 development team that has just finished a training camp in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which sits at 427 metres above sea level. "We all just came straight from our team camp in Arkansas, so everything is a bit different – the altitude and the weather. With that, we're a little unexpected, but we'll see how it goes," said Brown, who shocked the US cycling scene last year with a daring solo move to take a surprise victory at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee. "It's always tough coming into the first race," he said. "You never know quite where you're at compared with everyone, ...

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Colombia’s stars converge for coming-of-age week

Colombia’s stars converge for coming-of-age week

Colombia's vibrant cycling culture welcomes its home stars and Chris Froome alike for six-day stage race through Medellin mountains. Read the full article at Colombia’s stars converge for coming-of-age week on VeloNews.com .

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Chris Froome 'overwhelmed' by Tour Colombia reception

Team Sky's Chris Froome

As one might expect in an enthusiastic cycling country like Colombia, Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) was a big hit at the teams presentation ahead of the Tour Colombia at the Atanasio Girardot football stadium in downtown Medellin on Sunday. Standing on the podium next to Colombian riders Ivan Sosa, Sebastian Henao and 2018 Oro y Paz champion Egan Bernal , Froome received one of the biggest ovations of the night – except for EF Education First's Rigoberto Uran, whose status in his home country goes beyond that of a rock star. When the four-time Tour de France champion departed the field after the ceremony was over, he was surrounded by half a dozen armed police officers – not to protect him from violence, but to ensure the throngs of fans that wanted to get a close-up glimpse didn't overwhelm him. Later in the day at the pre-race press ...

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Offseason Capsule: Trek - Segafredo

The Battle Action Richie Porte (tm) now comes with a pre-broken collarbone!

Desperately seeking a GC star after a season in which they couldn’t even manage a Zubeldia-esque placing at any of the grand tours, Trek’s signing of Richie Porte got most of the attention during the offseason. What really deserves the attention, however, is the reinvigorated and reinforced classics squad that should be the centerpiece of 2019 for Trek. What we said last year Andrew’s general predictions -- that development of the retained riders would lead to a better 2018, that Trek was weak in the stage races, and that they would rely on Stuyven and Degenkolb-- were on the money, but praising Andrew for being right is boring. Let’s see if he correctly answered the multiple choice question he posed to himself regarding John Degenkolb. That multiple choice question was what was going on with Dege and what will 2018 show us with the following possible answers: Degenkolb is: a) ...

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Brailsford remains tight-lipped about Team Sky sponsorship prospects

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford is in Colombia overseeing his team's effort this week in the Tour Colombia 2.1 , where the team's Egan Bernal is ready to defend his 2018 Oro y Paz title and where Chris Froome is starting his season. Although Brailsford had plenty of praise for the country, its people and its cyclists, he was tight-lipped when Cyclingnews asked about his hunt for a new sponsor after Sky announced in December that it was ending its partnership with the team after this season. Brailsford and the team have been linked to several options, including partnering with Israel Cycling Academy's owner, billionaire Sylvan Adams, but Brailsford declined to knock down any rumours when Cyclingnews asked him on Sunday at the teams presentation in Medellin. "When you're a team like Sky, you're going to get a lot of rumours, that's for sure," Brailsford said. "When you're having important ...

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Tour Colombia 2.1 teams presentation – Gallery

The crowd favourite is EF Education First's Rigoberto Uran

The teams set to compete at the 2019 Tour Colombia 2.1 (February 12-17) were presented to the public and the media at the Atanasio Girardot football stadium in downtown Medellin on Sunday. Loud pop music, mariachi bands and local youth choirs added to the party atmosphere as Colombia welcomed the likes of Team Sky 's Chris Froome and Egan Bernal , Movistar 's Nairo Quintana and EF Education First 's Rigoberto Uran , for whom the loudest cheers were saved for, with chants of "Rigo, Rigo, Rigo" echoing around the stadium. Check out our gallery of the teams presentation above. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Thomas, Tinkov, Cavendish and Evenepoel - Podcast

Tinkoff team owner Oleg Tinkov points to his Peter Sagan shirt after his rider won stage 2 and took

In this week's edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to in association with Sportful, Floyd's of Leadville and Pinarello we hear from Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet , Mark Cavendish and the latest WorldTour sensation Remco Evenepoel . We also discuss the recent headlines, including the news that Oleg Tinkov attempted to sponsor Team Sky but was rebuffed by Dave Brailsford, and the latest from GMC medical tribunal that centres around former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor, Richard Freeman. Geraint Thomas made his season debut this week and we catch up with Welshman as he lines out his race plans and schedule for the coming season. The 2018 Tour winner dismisses the chance of riding the Giro d'Italia and we debate how Team Sky will settle their leadership between Thomas and four-time Tour winner Chris Froome. With all the speculation and uncertainty surrounding ...

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Two roads to July: Froome, Thomas won’t cross paths until Tour

Two roads to July: Froome, Thomas won’t cross paths until Tour

The 2019 Tour de France will see an intriguing convergence of Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas's ambitions. But they won't race together before July. Read the full article at Two roads to July: Froome, Thomas won’t cross paths until Tour on VeloNews.com .

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Tinkov: I respect Brailsford but stories of me sponsoring Team Sky are bullshit

Oleg Tinkov has a message for his detractors

Oleg Tinkov has labelled reports that he tried to sponsor Team Sky as "bullshit", telling Cyclingnews that he is "not planning to come back to cycling in any format". In a series of text messages he also said "I am enjoying my life building www.latdatcha.com", his luxury holiday home business. News broke on Friday morning, with Spanish newspaper AS reporting that Tinkov had offered Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford in the region of 20 million Euros to sponsor the British WorldTour team. "I have been talking sometimes with Dave over messages, since my departure," Tinkov said. "I gave him my support during his 'tough times', he is an absolute star! I respect him a lot and still believe he was and is the best cycling manager, and [the] poor sport needs a few more Brailsfords. "After three years of being absent, I don’t change my opinion on cycling, Contador or ...

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Tinkoff's attempt to save Team Sky rejected by Brailsford

Tinkoff's attempt to save Team Sky rejected by Brailsford

Joe Robinson 8 Feb 2019 Russian billionaire offered £20 million but wanted control of the team Russian billionaire and former Tinkoff team boss Oleg Tinkov offered Sir Dave Brailsford £20 million to save Team Sky but the offer was rejected, according to reports in the Spanish press. Following the announcement that British broadcaster Sky would no longer continue its lucrative sponsorship of the British WorldTour team, Spanish newspaper AS suggests that Tinkov contacted Brailsford offering him £20 million per year. It is also reported that the 51-year-old businessman stipulated that with the funds ultimately came control of the team. This is why AS believes Brailsford turned down the offer. Tinkov's relationship with professional cycling is well documented and brought as much controversy as it did success. He was one of the biggest sole financiers of the sports for four years as he sponsored the Tinkoff-Saxo and Tinkoff teams between 2012 ...

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Thursday Thoughts: Season-long predictions

Your consensus rider of the year

In which we make more nebulous predictions, and have another argument If you haven’t been following along with this series, a few signposts may help. I introduced this mini-series of articles here and the first half ran last week, in which we predicted winners of some of the biggest races. All of that preceded the opening of our unique season-long fantasy cycling game, FSA-DS , for which entries are now open. If you’re new to the site and truly desperate for help with fantasy cycling, do look back over our reviews of each of the World Tour teams this offseason, and my other offseason musings . This week we move onto predictions for the full season, and I should start with a point of explanation for the reader - I deliberately didn’t give the panel any supporting information in setting the questions above. I wanted to see some variety in ...

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Thomas confirms he will skip Giro d'Italia for Tour de France defence

Thomas confirms he will skip Giro d'Italia for Tour de France defence

Joe Robinson 6 Feb 2019 Rider thinks Giro course is 'attractive' but is unwilling to 'jeopardise' Tour title defence Geraint Thomas has quashed all rumours that he will be on the start line of the Giro d'Italia and confirmed that his season will be built around his Tour de France defence. The Team Sky man confirmed to BBC Wales that while the Italian Grand Tour's time-trial heavy route was 'attractive' he would not be on the Bologna startline come May. It had been suggested that the Welshman would head for the Giro in pursuit of the pink jersey before then providing mountain support at the Tour for teammate Chris Froome , who is aiming at a record-equalling fifth yellow jersey. Thomas, however, does not want to 'jeopardise' his chances of defending his Tour title by racing the gruelling three-week Italian race just two months before. 'The Giro feels like unfinished ...

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Yorkshire gold: Barry Hoban profile

Mark Bailey 5 Feb 2019 Cyclist talks to Barry Hoban, who half a century ago took a bit of Yorkshire grit to the glamour of the Tour This article was originally published in issue 21 (May 2014) of Cyclist magazine Words Mark Bailey Photography Joe McGorty More than 50 years before the Tour de France’s highly successful diversion to the fells and dales of Yorkshire in the summer of 2014, a young cyclist from Wakefield made an unlikely journey in the opposite direction back in 1962, with a head full of cycling dreams and a heart full of Yorkshire courage. Barry Hoban, famed for his indefatigable legs and endearing watermelon smile, would go on to win eight stages of the Tour between 1967 and 1975 – a British record until Mark Cavendish surpassed it in 2009. But at the age of 22 Hoban left England with £200 in his bag, ...

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Winter is the season for domestiques

Winter is the season for domestiques

Early season races in Australia and South America afford important opportunities for domestiques to win, and these results have a broader impact as well. Read the full article at Winter is the season for domestiques on VeloNews.com .

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Winter is the season for domestiques

Winter is the season for domestiques

Early season races in Australia and South America afford important opportunities for domestiques to win, and these results have a broader impact as well. Read the full article at Winter is the season for domestiques on VeloNews.com .

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Offseason Capsule: Astana

Another middling season for the pyjama-clad team We pretty well have a formula for Astana year on year these days. 2018 followed that formula, but with an unexpected injection of classics excellence early in the year. That bug has been fixed and normal service will resume in 2019. What we said last year I had a memory that the comments on my Astana capsule picked up on how little love I gave to a Valgren-led cobbles squad. Not so, that came with my first cobbles ranking . I was down on the cobbles team and missed Valgren’s great year (though he was on my list of potential hilly-classics winners, fortunately). I am pleased that I gave praise to Bilbao, who proved a valuable lieutenant in the hills, and that I was more positive about Lopez than Fuglsang, who performed in line with my luke-warm preparation. Was I overboard on Lopez? ...

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Chris Froome aims for fifth Tour de France title, says Giro d'Italia course "perfect" for Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome on Tour de France podium (via YouTube)

Team Sky is also targeting Tokyo 2020 Olympic road race as pasrt of leaving a "legacy" in cycling

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