Chris Froome to continue season at Tour of the Alps

Chris Froome to continue season at Tour of the Alps

Joe Robinson 11 Apr 2018 With a month until the Giro d'Italia, the under fire rider continues his Giro-Tour preparation Chris Froome (Team Sky) will continue his preperation ahead of next month's Giro d'Italia by lining up at the Tour of the Alps stage race next Monday. Formerly named the Giro del Trentino, the Tour of the Alps will be the last race for the four time Tour de France champion before he embarks on his ambitious Giro-Tour double attempt. The race will take place over five stages racing through the mountainous Alpine regions of Italy and Austria making it perfect preperation for the Giro, hence the presence of Froome as well as Fabio Aru ( UAE-Team Emirates ) and Miguel Angel Lopez ( Astana ). Froome will enter the race as Team Sky leader hoping to secure overall victory and more importantly race in to good form ahead of ...

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Chris Froome to face tough competition at Tour of the Alps

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) have confirmed they will take on Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) at the Tour of the Alps , as all three use the mountainous stage race to prepare for the rapidly approaching Giro d'Italia that starts in Israel on May 4. This year's Tour of the Alps starts in Arco on Monday, April 16 and ends in Innsbruck on Friday, April 20, covering much of the hilly circuit that will be used in this year's World Championships in late September. The five stages include 13,100 metres of climbing and a mountain finish to Alpe di Pampeago on stage 2. While Froome's racing has been overshadowed by his on-going salbutamol case , he is determined to race on as he tries to prove his innocence to the UCI anti-doping authorities. Team Sky have often used the Tour of the Alps to ...

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Poels, Kwiatkowski and Henao lead Team Sky at Amstel Gold Race

Michal Kwiatkowski wins the final stage and the overall at Volta ao Algarve

Team Sky have named Wout Poels , Michal Kwiatkowski and Sergio Henao in its squad for Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race , confirming a three-pronged attack for the first of the Ardennes Classics. Completing the seven-rider line up are Michal Golas, an on-form Tao Geoghegan Hart, Lukasz Wisniowski and key domestique Vasil Kiryienka. Chris Froome will not ride the Ardennes Classics but despite his on-going salbutamol case, is expected to be in action at the Tour of Alps stage race in Italy and Austria as he prepares for the Giro d’Italia . Gianni Moscon will not ride the Ardennes Classics, instead, he will take time off after a full cobbled Classics programme. Kwiatkowski won the Amstel Gold race in 2015 and finished second last year, beaten by Philippe Gilbert in a two-rider sprint after they got away in the aggressive finale of the race. The Polish rider won Tirreno-Adriatico in March ...

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Despite unfulfilled potential, Van Garderen still keeping the faith

Six years ago, Tejay van Garderen won the Tour de France’s white jersey as best young rider, and finished fifth overall. Amid ups and downs, he’s yet to fully deliver on that early potential. But he – and his team – are convinced that more is to come. For anyone who has ever raced a … The post Despite unfulfilled potential, Van Garderen still keeping the faith appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Thomas dreams of Tour de France yellow jersey again

Thomas dreams of Tour de France yellow jersey again

Geraint Thomas could become Team Sky's leader at the Tour de France if Chris Froome is banned. Read the full article at Thomas dreams of Tour de France yellow jersey again on VeloNews.com .

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Boonen defends Froome, says calling salbutamol doping is "ridiculous"

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“You would be surprised to know how many athletes with respiratory problems need salbutamol to do their sport”

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Geraint Thomas keen on Classics cameo at Paris-Roubaix

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas ' Classics ambitions have been put to one side in recent years as he makes bids to transform himself into a Grand Tour contender, but when the 2018 Tour de France route was unveiled last October, the presence of the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix on stage 9 seemed as good a pretext as any to make a cameo appearance at the Hell of the North this Sunday. "I sat down at the start of the year with Tim [Kerrison, his coach – ed.] and tried to figure out the best run-up to the Tour," Thomas said in Kortrijk on Friday evening. "The cobbles in the Tour were a nice excuse, and I could use that as a bargaining chip really with Tim." Thomas has been cloistered away at Team Sky's preferred training site of Mount Teide in the weeks since his third-place finish at Tirreno-Adriatico last month, and, by ...

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Tom Boonen defends Chris Froome and Team Sky

Chris Froome answers questions at the Tirreno-Adriatico press ocnference

Tom Boonen has defended Chris Froome , saying it is ridiculous to describe salbutamol as doping and wrong to compare salbutamol users with those who used EPO. In an interview with the weekly Humo magazine in Belgium, and reported widely by the Flemish media, Boonen reveals one of his daughters uses an inhaler every day. He also reveals that he decided to retire after the spring Classics of 2017 so he could spend more time with his twin daughters. Never afraid to speak his mind, Boonen recently said Peter Sagan should " keep his mouth shut " over a lack of cooperation from rivals. Froome's urine sample from an anti-doping control taken after stage 18 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana was found to have twice the allowed limit of salbutamol. The 32-year-old says he is a life-long asthma sufferer, and insisted that he knows the rules and has never ...

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Geraint Thomas would 'love' to lead Team Sky at Tour de France if Chris Froome doesn't race

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“I'll have a couple more years stage racing and go back into a full-blown classics season hopefully”

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Commentary: A partially subjective ranking of cycling’s dopers, loved and hated

Since I started following pro bike racing in the 1980s, I have marveled at the marvelously complicated calculus that cycling fans employ to forgive or slam racers who’ve been ensnared in doping allegations, positive tests, and long sanctions. Why is one alleged doper a pariah and another previously banned rider quietly tolerated or even loved? … The post Commentary: A partially subjective ranking of cycling’s dopers, loved and hated appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Check out Wout van Aert's custom Paris-Roubaix bike

Joe Robinson 4 Apr 2018 A cobbled-inspired paint-job and a few personal touches make this a special bike for the young Belgian Chris Froome has his rhino-inspired Pinarello Dogma F8. Vincenzo Nibali went for a shark-emblazoned Specialized S-Works Tarmac and Alberto Contador had his 'Grand Tour celebrating' Trek Emonda SLR. Custom-painted bikes have very much become the en vogue thing for cycling's very best and the latest rider to receive this luxury is Wout van Aert. Posting on twitter ahead of his Paris-Roubaix debut this Sunday, the young Belgian showcased his special Stevens Xenon road bike covered in a custom paint job with a strong Roubaix theme. The glossy black paintjob may seem a little understated but when you have a closer look you will notice some pretty extravagant details most notably on the headtube. See related Paris-Roubaix 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing? Paris-Roubaix ...

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Chris Froome case unlikely to be resolved in time for Tour de France

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Team Sky could question Salbutamol test or permitted limit

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Chris Froome describes latest reports on salbutamol case as ‘fake news’

Chris Froome at the Tirreno-Adriatico press conference

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) described reports that his salbutamol case has been sent to the UCI’s Anti-Doping Tribunal as ‘fake news’ on Friday evening, only to delete the twitter message a few hours later. The French newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday that Froome’s case had been transferred from the UCI Legal Anti-Doping Services (LADS) to its Anti-Doping Tribunal, suggesting that the UCI LADS had rejected Froome’s explanations as to why his level of salbutamol was double the 1000ng/ml permitted level. Froome's urine sample from an anti-doping control, taken after stage 18 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, was found to have exceeded the permitted limit of the asthma drug salbutamol. The 32-year-old has always denied any wrongdoing and says he is a long-term asthma sufferer. He insists that he knows the rules and has never taken more salbutamol than he is allowed. A few hours after the ...

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Froome Salbutamol case moves forward - reports

Froome Salbutamol case moves forward - reports

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has reportedly advanced Chris Froome's defence for having excessive levels of the asthma medication Salbutamol in his system during the 2017 Vuelta a España to the next level.

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Chris Froome's defence team may question validity of salbutamol test

Chris Froome emerges from the Team Sky bus ahead of stage 1 at Ruta del Sol

The French newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday that Chris Froome 's salbutamol case has gone from the UCI Legal Anti-Doping Services (LADS) to its Anti-Doping Tribunal. It was reported in February that the case was headed to the Tribunal and that it was expected to start proceedings within the month. However, several sources close to the UCI have told Le Monde that the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal is already being utilized. The Tribunal handles disciplinary proceedings and renders decisions concerning anti-doping rules violations. Le Monde suggest that the UCI's Legal Service considered that there was no objective data to lead to a dismissal in Froome's case. A source close to the proceedings says the case will likely take some time to conclude. "It will not be done before the Giro. There is a small chance that this is the case before the Tour," Le Monde reports its source as saying. ...

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UCI rejects Froome’s defense, sends case to anti-doping court

UCI rejects Froome’s defense, sends case to anti-doping court

Chris Froome's Salbutamol case heads to an anti-doping tribunal after the UCI does not accept his explanation of Vuelta finding. Read the full article at UCI rejects Froome’s defense, sends case to anti-doping court on VeloNews.com .

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I Love Alejandro Valverde

Subtlety has left the building... Ha. Hahaha. Hahahahaha. Oh, I have a confession to make — I didn’t see Dwars live today, I had a few engagements, but there is always time to check Twitter. And so, when I tugged the lever on the Internet’s most popular slot machine, up it came: Valverde attacks on the Taaienberg. Five words. Short of “Go home and watch cycling,” I can’t think of five words that would have brightened my day more. Crossover efforts, you see, appeal to me — fair play to Romain Bardet and Nairo Quintana for just turning up in Flanders, and more than fair play to the only-improving Wout van Aert for what he’s already achieved this season, but for Alejandro Valverde — Valverde — lighter than Froome, Bardet, Pinot and a good few more than the subgroup we dub “skinny climbers,” to finish within a minute in a ...

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Fancy Bears hackers linked to failed cyber attack on UK Anti-Doping

UK Anti-Doping

The UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) has revealed that it suffered an attempted cyber attack over the weekend, but insist it foiled attempts to access confidential medical and athlete drug testing data, and that no data was lost or compromised. The Independent newspaper reported that staff at the agency’s London headquarters were called into a meeting on Monday morning, where they were informed of the breach and sent home. "The staff were just told: ‘There are no electronic systems live at the moment. We’re running through our internal processes to try and remedy the situation – to identify the source of the attack and deal with it,'" an agency source said. “It’s probably going to take 24 hours for the systems to back online, while they’re doing their appraisal of the systems. They’re telling staff the bare bones.” The UKAD cyber attackers have not been identified, but according to the Guardian ...

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Bernal crashes out of Volta a Catalunya

Egan Bernal goes on the attack

Egan Bernal 's superb Volta a Catalunya came to a dramatic halt on Sunday during the finale stage 7 as the young Colombian racer skidded and fell within sight of what would have been the biggest result of his career to date - second overall behind eventual winner Alejandro Valverde. Bernal fell heavily at speed, six kilometres from the finish line in Montjuic Park on a sweeping downhill left hand bend. The Volta website reported that Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) and Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) were also caught up in the crash, although both could finish the stage. Team Sky staff in the following car behind quickly stopped and rushed to his aid. The young Colombian was taken to hospital in Barcelona in an ambulance. The extent of his injuries are unknown. A technical, fast, urban circuit looping through a central Barcelona park that is used every year in ...

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Froome ‘looks good’ on Roubaix cobbles

Froome ‘looks good’ on Roubaix cobbles

Chris Froome and Team Sky are confident after previewing the cobble sectors that will feature on the ninth stage of the Tour de France. Read the full article at Froome ‘looks good’ on Roubaix cobbles on VeloNews.com .

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