How are the Tour de France riders preparing for the cobbles?

Joe Robinson 22 Mar 2018 The overall favourites for yellow have been preparing for the cobbles of Stage 9 in different ways With Stage 9 of this year's Tour de France tackling 15 of the dreaded cobblestone roads from Paris-Roubaix , the pre-race favourites have been taking to the roads of northern France and Belgium in preparation. Chief among the favourites is defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky). While he is unlikely to line up at any of the Spring Classics , the four-time Tour champion has been spotted riding the cobbles of Roubaix. Froome was joined by Spanish teammate Jonathan Castroviejo and former Paris-Roubaix top 10 finisher Geraint Thomas to perform vital reconnaissance of the pave. Froome has also previously ridden the cobbles the last time they made an appearance in the Tour in 2015. The cobbles cannot be that hard. Froome managed them while filming himself on Instagram ...

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Chris Froome in danger of being blocked from Tour de France

Podium hostesses stand on either side of Chris Froome on the final Tour de France podium

Chris Froome ’s hopes of winning a fifth Tour de France are reportedly under threat, with race organiser ASO ready to try to block the Team Sky rider from starting this year’s race due to his on-going salbutamol case . The Press Association Sport news agency has claimed that ASO will refuse to let Froome line up in the Vendee region on July 7 if his case has not been resolved. PA sport cited “two senior cycling sources”. Two sources have also confirmed the possibility to Cyclingnews . Froome exceeded the allowed levels for salbutamol en route to victory at last year's Vuelta a España, but because salbutamol is considered a specified substance, the Team Sky rider remains free to race pending the resolution of the case. Froome has always denied any wrongdoing , saying that he respected medical guidelines for the use of his salbutamol asthma inhaler. He began ...

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ASO said to be considering blocking Froome from Tour

Chris Froome flanked by Podium Girls

Supported by Chris Froome has made clear that he believes any results gained prior to a final verdict in his salbutamol case will stand. In that light, his aim to go for the win in both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France depend on no sanction being handed down prior to those events. UCI President … The post ASO said to be considering blocking Froome from Tour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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ASO moving to block Chris Froome's Tour de France defence

ASO moving to block Chris Froome's Tour de France defence

Joe Robinson 22 Mar 2018 Tour organisers are considering preventing the defending champion from riding as salbutamol case rumbles on Organisers of the Tour de France say they are willing to prevent Chris Froome from defending his title if the ongoing salbutamol case is left unresolved by July. According to Press Association reports, Tour organiser ASO will be willing to refuse Chris Froome a place in the race, confident that the move would would resist any legal challenge presented by Team Sky. Froome's participation at both the Tour and the Giro d'Italia this year has been under scrutiny since news of his adverse analytical finding (AAF) for asthma drug salbutamol at last year's Vuelta a Espana was leaked last December. Both the ASO and Giro organiser RCS have stressed continued concerns over Froome's participation at the two Grand Tours while the case remains unsolved, saying their chief concern is that ...

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Lappartient: It would be difficult for Froome to ride the Tour de France without a verdict

UCI president David Lappartient faced questions from the media

UCI president David Lappartient admitted on Tuesday that Chris Froome 's salbutamol case is unlikely to be resolved before the Giro d'Italia but has reiterated calls for a verdict or some kind of decision before the start of the Tour de France on July 7. "I hope the decision can arrive before the Tour de France, even for Chris Froome. Can you imagine if he rides the Tour de France without a decision? It would also be difficult for him," Lappartient in Geneva said after presenting the UCI's new strategy to combat mechanical doping. "We need it before the Tour de France. But due to the fact this case is really specific, it takes more times than we were expecting." The UCI press office had warned that Lappartient would only speak about the new mobile X-ray cabinet created to scan bikes and other aspects of the UCI technological fraud strategy. ...

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UCI introduces tougher laws against motor doping

Vivax Assist motor

Joe Robinson 21 Mar 2018 New X-ray method to be introduced alongside tougher sanctions against guilty riders The UCI announced today a new blueprint for detecting motorised doping in professional cycling. Among several new methods cycling's governing body will employ for detecting mechanical fraud are the use of thermal imaging cameras, magnometer tagging and a state-of-the-art X-ray machine. Revealed in a presentation by UCI president David Lappartient and UCI equipment manager Jean-Christophe Peraud in Geneva, these latest protocols for mechanical doping seem to add substance to Lappartient's promise to clamp down on supposed motor doping in the professional peloton. Key to the UCI's new approach to detecting mechanical fraud will be a state-of-the-art X-ray machine that will be big enough to contain bikes directly after the finish of a race, scanning the entire machine for prohibited components. The UCI also confirmed that the unit would be lined with lead in ...

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The Outer Line: Can science rescue Chris Froome?

The Outer Line: Can science rescue Chris Froome?

Chris Froome faces a hors categorie legal battle and his defense strategy will be very difficult based on scientific data. Read the full article at The Outer Line: Can science rescue Chris Froome? on VeloNews.com .

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Froome case to be a long one says Lappartient

Froome case to be a long one says Lappartient

The head of world cycling believes the complexity of Chris Froome's salbutamol case means a resolution is unlikely prior to the start of the Giro d'Italia on 4 May.

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Marginal Gain? A computer mount designed specifically for Team Sky

Joe Robinson 20 Mar 2018 K-Edge and Pro teamed up to create a mount that fits on just one bar and Cyclist have given it a first-hand look We all know that Team Sky love to mention their marginal gains. It could be that they take their own pillows to races. Or that they had riders warm-up and down at races (although that's hardly a new thing). Or the fact that they use colour coded water bottles. Together, it was said that all these little things helped give them an edge over their competition. Recent revelations have alleged that some of these marginal gains weren't within 'ethical lines' but there is no denying their attention to detail which is no better personified than in the development of the K-Edge Pro Vibe Garmin mount. Until last year, Team Sky used components from Pro, a subsidiary brand of groupset giants Shimano. The ...

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Lappartient: Froome’s Salbutamol case likely won’t be resolved before Giro

Lappartient: Froome’s Salbutamol case likely won’t be resolved before Giro

The UCI president said Chris Froome's anti-doping case is still ongoing as authorities sort through details. Read the full article at Lappartient: Froome’s Salbutamol case likely won’t be resolved before Giro on VeloNews.com .

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Lappartient: Chris Froome's case unlikely to be resolved before Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome answers questions at the Tirreno-Adriatico press ocnference

UCI President David Lappartient has admitted that the complex nature of Chris Froome's salbutamol case means a verdict is unlikely to be reached before the Giro d’Italia starts, meaning the Team Sky leader will almost certainly be in Israel for the start on May 4. Froome returned a positive test for salbutamo l en route to victory at last year's Vuelta a España, but as salbutamol is considered a specified substance, the Team Sky rider remains free to race pending the resolution of the case. Froome has always denied any wrongdoing , saying he respected medical guidelines for the use of his salbutamol asthma inhaler. He began his season at the Ruta del Sol and recently rode Tirreno-Adriatico, determined to push on with his plans to target the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 2018. Lappartient has previously pressured Team Sky to suspend Froome from racing. He acknowledges that ...

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Poels back in training after collarbone surgery

Wout Poels on the Paris-Nice podium after winning the stage 4 time trial

Only nine days after breaking his collarbone in Paris-Nice, Wout Poels is back on the home trainer and hopes to be back in the Team Sky line-up for Amstel Gold Race in April. The Dutchman had gone into Paris-Nice as co-leader with Sergio Henao. Poels won the stage 4 individual time trial, which moved him from 17th to second in GC, only 15 seconds behind race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana). Only two stages later, however, he crashed on a high-speed descent, leaving the race with the fractured collarbone, cuts to his left knee and chest trauma. He flew to England where he underwent surgery, and now has started his training again. "The operation went well and now I'm back on the bike," he tweeted, along with a photo of himself on the trainer indoors. The 30-year-old is said to be aiming to join the team for altitude training on ...

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The stats don't lie, Vincenzo Nibali is the greatest rider of his generation

Joe Robinson 19 Mar 2018 Victory at Milan-San Remo means the shark of Messina has joined an exclusive club within cycling Victory at Milan-San Remo last Saturday confirmed Vincenzo Nibali as one of the great all-time cyclists. Some, like myself, had already afforded him this plaudit but this latest win on the Via Roma should quash any remaining doubters. Seizing his moment as the race climbed the Poggio, Nibali attacked alongside the young Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy). Catching the bunch napping, a gap grew before the Sicilian crested the climb. In his most natural habitat, Nibali descended down onto the coastal road, not affording himself a second to look back. It looked as 33-year-old's dream was going to be crushed as the peloton began to bear down in the last few kilometres. However, a heroic effort saw the Shark of Messina cross the line, arms aloft, holding off a ...

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Oh My Stars It’s Another Stage Race

Not a separatist Message. I haven’t a clue. It’s just a nice flag. With a star. Stars. Headline. Ged

Next off the wheel of stage races is the Volta a Catalunya. I know that I’ve been a bit grouchy about races recently. I don’t think that’s anything to do with how I feel about the races themselves. And I’m not, like, projecting or anything. A bit of ever-so-slightly tongue-in-cheek complaining is just a bit of fun, however. As are hyphens. However, here comes a race I don’t like to complain about — the Volta a Catalunya. I’m truly, every year, very enthusiastic about it. But maybe that’s because I’ve never been able to summon up the requisite amount of brimstone in my heart for Alejandro Valverde. Or maybe it’s because Dan Martin usually does well. Who knows? Anyway, over the last couple of years this race has waxed and waned in terms of the number of top names it’s brought to the region, and if anything, this is looking ...

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Week Four Team of the Week

Races of the week: The end of Tirreno-Adriatico, our first Monument in Milano-Sanremo and a few SSRs: Danilith Nokere Koerse, Handzame Classic and Grand Prix de Denain - Porte du Hainaut Team of the week: First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. Vincenzo Nibali. One hopes that this guy never has to pay for a drink in Italy for the rest of his life. Wow. Nibali is one of the great Grand Tour riders off all time but he tends to get unfavorably compared to Contador and Froome and that’s just not right. He’s a different kind of rider than those two. Duh. What we saw Saturday was similar to what we saw in his two Lombardy wins and his ...

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A ‘staggering report’ and the future of Sky

Last week’s publication of the parliamentary committee inquiry into Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky created a media firestorm. The furore has quietened down, but with Chris Froome’s anti-doping rule violation for salbutamol still in the works, as well as an ongoing General Medical Council investigation into Team Sky, the brushfire around the team could spark … The post A ‘staggering report’ and the future of Sky appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cyclist Track Day Focus: Your chance to ride the Look 785 Huez RS

Cyclist magazine 16 Mar 2018 One of the world's lightest bikes off of the peg will be on offer for you to ride at the Cyclist Track Days The best climber at the 2017 Tour de France was not Chris Froome (Team Sky). It wasn't his teammate Mikel Landa either or Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) or Rigoberto Uran (EF-Drapac). It was in fact Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Oscaro). Victory in two mountain stages and the King of the Mountain jersey proved that. He was unmatched at times. What's more, if he'd have been racing on his new team bike, the Look 785 Huez RS, he would have probably climbed even faster. Why? Well the Look Huez 785 Huez RS is one of the lightest bikes in the world. So light, it's actually not even legal in the professional peloton, and this is your chance to ride one. Buy Cyclist Track Days ...

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Milan-San Remo preview and Tirreno talking points – Podcast

Another Milan-San Remo podium for Peter Sagan

In this week’s episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you by Prendas Ciclismo , Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville – we have exclusive interviews with Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel, Michal Kwiatkowski and Filippo Pozzato. Recorded on the morning of the final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico, Stephen Farrand and Daniel Benson look back at the major talking points from the Italian WorldTour stage race and discuss the form of the main contenders for Saturday’s Milan-San Remo. At Tirreno-Adriatico, Kwiatkowski conquered all with a complete performance in the time trials, uphill finishes and in the mountains. We talked to him ahead of the final time trial about his Milan-San Remo defence and the growing debate as to whether he could, and should, switch to Grand Tour riding. It’s a quandary he could face this season given the uncertainty over Chris Froome’s future. The Polish all-rounder has now won back-to-back stages ...

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Kwiatkowski: It doesn't matter if I'm the favourite or not

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) in the leader's jersey in Tirreno-Adriatico

Milan-San Remo is the easiest Monument to finish, but the hardest to win, so said Mark Cavendish. But what about winning it twice? After beating Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a dramatic finale last year, Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) is targeting a second this weekend. Only 14 riders have won the Italian Monument on more than one occasion – Eddy Merckx is the undoubted champion with seven wins. The number of those that have won the race in consecutive seasons is even fewer - eight to be exact – and the Polish former world champion is also looking to become the first back to back winner since Erik Zabel in 1998. Kwiatkowski has shown that he is in great form heading into the race by winning Tirreno-Adriatico ahead of Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing), but says that he's not putting pressure on himself as he looks to defend his La Primavera title. ...

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Defying pressure, Froome expected to start Tour of Alps before Giro

Defying pressure, Froome expected to start Tour of Alps before Giro

Chris Froome (Sky) is expected to race the Tour of the Alps next month as he continues on his sometimes-bumpy road toward the Giro Read the full article at Defying pressure, Froome expected to start Tour of Alps before Giro on VeloNews.com .

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