Medical investigation into former Team Sky Richard Freeman to be heard in October

Medical investigation into former Team Sky Richard Freeman to be heard in October

Joe Robinson 8 Oct 2019 Trial into Freeman's ordering of testosterone to Manchester velodrome had been adjourned in March The medical tribunal of former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman into the use of banned substance testosterone on athletes will reconvene this month, having been postponed since March. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, the body investigating the charges against Freeman, confirmed that the hearing had been relisted to start on Monday 28th October through to Friday 20th December. The hearing into Freeman will look into the allegation that he 'ordered for delivery from Fit4Sport Limited to the Manchester Velodrome 30 sachets of Testogel', a banned substance, in October 2011. It will also look into claimed false statements by Freeman who stated the order was for a non-athlete member of cycling and was subsequently returned to the Fit4Sport Limited company. The inquest is also alleging that Freeman attempted to ...

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Julian Alaphilippe to skip Il Lombardia bringing end to successful season

Julian Alaphilippe to skip Il Lombardia bringing end to successful season

Joe Robinson 8 Oct 2019 Frenchman skips final Monument of the year after being nominated for Velo d'Or Julian Alaphilippe will bring an end to a successful season after pulling out Il Lombardia this Saturday. The Frenchman has been the stand out rider for 2019 and was expected to line up at the Italian Monument at the weekend as one of the favourites. However, a taxing year of racing has seen Alaphillipe to call time on his year. 'I am really sad to tell you that I will not be racing Milano-Torino and Il Lombardia this week and that my incredible 2019 season has come to an end. You know that I always give everything and have done ever since my year started in Argentina,' said Alaphilippe. 'I’ve worked really hard to try and be at my peak for a third time this year, having raced hard at the Classics ...

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Chris Froome on the road again

Chris Froome on the road again

Chris Froome is back out on the road again after his horror crash in recon at the Criterium du Dauphine in June.

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Froome will return to racing in at the Saitama Criterium

Supported by Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will take part in one of the events surrounding the Saitama Criterium in Japan in October, which would be his first race since a horror crash in June. Froome, who won the 2013 Saitama Criterium, had not been expected to be back in any sort of event until … The post Froome will return to racing in at the Saitama Criterium appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race

The 2019 Road World Championships conclude this Sunday with the elite men’s road race. It’s one of the biggest and most important days of racing on the men’s calendar and it’s the race that decides who will wear the rainbow bands for the next year. Ahead of Sunday’s race, here’s your guide to the course, … The post Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Who are the bookies backing for the World Championships men's race?

Joe Robinson 23 Sep 2019 A guide to the favourites for the men’s elite road race in Harrogate on Sunday 29th September The UCI World Championships is already underway in Harrogate, Yorkshire and the final event is the elite men’s road race on Sunday 29th September. At 285km, it will be the longest World Championships road race in recent history, almost matching the mammoth 298km tackled at Milan-San Remo , just with a mighty 3,645m of elevation. After a long 180km lap of the Yorkshire Dales - which includes ascents of Kidstones Pass, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor - the men will enter Harrogate for seven laps of a 14km finishing circuit. It’s technical, negotiating plenty of narrow roads, tight corners and a few rude gradients in a loop that will sap the energy reserves of every rider. Particularly watch out for the tight bridge on Penny Pot Lane followed by ...

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The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect

A gust of wind in southeast France, a patch of slippery pavement in Andorra, a touch of wheels in Italy, and three grand tour winners who might never have been. The Vuelta a España is over and the 2019 Grand Tour season is finished. As I look back, I’ve been playing the what-if game. What … The post The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Chris Froome targetting 2019 return to racing despite still walking on crutches

Chris Froome targetting 2019 return to racing despite still walking on crutches

Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2019 Fifth Tour de France remains main goal for Froome as he continues recovery from horror crash Chris Froome plans to return to bike racing by the end of 2019 despite still being unable to walk without crutches. The Team Ineos rider is on a long road to recovery following a major crash at the Criterium du Dauphine in June. Froome crashed while riding a recon of the Stage 4 individual time trial in Roanne leaving him with major breaks to his femur, elbow, ribs and neck . After a significant amount of time in intensive care, Froome then returned to him home in Monaco to begin his recovery with surgeons speculating a six-month recovery process. However, last month Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford confirmed Froome's recovery was ahead of schedule and now in an interview with The Telegraph , Froome confirmed his aspirations of racing ...

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Froome happy to be alive as he targets fifth Tour title

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Supported by Chris Froome admits he is “grateful to be alive” after a horrific high speed crash into a wall in June that left the four-time Tour de France winner with multiple fractures. However, despite still needing crutches to walk, Froome is targeting a record-equalling fifth Tour title and Olympic gold in Tokyo next year. The 34-year-old … The post Froome happy to be alive as he targets fifth Tour title appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta

It was at the 2016 Redlands Cycling Classic that Americans Sepp Kuss and Neilson Powless first made their presence known at the elite level of road racing. It was there, in Southern California’s Inland Empire, that Kuss won the queen stage on Oak Glen, while Powless won the time trial and finished second overall. Forty-one … The post The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta appeared first on CyclingTips .

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More surgery for Chris Froome after kitchen knife accident

Team Ineos Chris Froome Pinarello Dogma F12 (picture credit SWPix.com (17)

"This is not my year," says 34-year-old who is still recovering from Dauphiné crash

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Bradley Wiggins enrols in degree to train as social worker

Bradley Wiggins enrols in degree to train as social worker

Joe Robinson 27 Aug 2019 Tour de France hero takes up degree Open University to move away from cycling achievements Bradley Wiggins has announced his next venture outside of cycling, deciding to enrol for a degree in social care. In an extensive interview with The Big Issue , the 2012 Tour de France champion cited the want to be known for something beyond his sporting success as the reason for pursuing a career as a social worker. The 39-year-old stated he no longer wanted to 'live off the back of' his cycling career before adding that 'when people say, "Oh, you're that cyclist", I'll say, 'No, that was a few years ago. I'm a social worker now.' The five-time Olympic champion also suggested the 'mental toughness' gained during his childhood growing up in North London would help with this new venture. 'Those horrific things I saw when I was growing ...

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Bradley Wiggins to train as social worker as he 'detaches' from cycling career

Bradley Wiggins at the 6 Days of Gent in 2016

Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins says that he doesn't "give a shit about my cycling career now" and is moving on with a new phase in his life, instead enjoying watching bike racing "as a fan now" and training as a social worker. In an interview published in this week's Big Issue , Wiggins also addresses the scrutiny he was put under following the 'Fancy Bears' hack that revealed his use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to allow intramuscular injections of the corticosteroid Triamcinolone Acetonide to treat his allergies ahead of the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France – the latter won by Wiggins – and the 2013 Giro d'Italia. The contents of a Jiffy bag delivered to his Team Sky bus at the conclusion of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, later said by team manager Dave Brailsford to contain the decongestant Fluimucil, was also a key part ...

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Bradley Wiggins: “I don’t give a shit about my cycling career now”

Supported by London, Aug 26, 2019 (AFP) – Bradley Wiggins has revealed plans to become a social worker, as the 2012 Tour de France winner moves onto a new life after his remarkable cycling career. Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour de France, a memorable feat he followed with an Olympic time trial gold medal at … The post Bradley Wiggins: “I don’t give a shit about my cycling career now” appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sam Bennett wins stage 3 at Vuelta a Espana – Video highlights

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) took a career-first victory at the Vuelta a España on Monday, winning stage 3 in a bunch sprint from Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Mitchelton-Scott's Luka Mezgec. While it was Bennett's first Vuelta win, it was the Irish road race champion's fourth victory this month, following three wins at the BinckBank Tour ahead of the Spanish Grand Tour, and his 12th win in 2019, after stage victories at races including the UAE Tour, Paris-Nice, the Tour of Turkey and the Critérium du Dauphiné. "It means a lot to get another Grand Tour victory," said the 28-year-old, having also won three stages at last year's Giro d'Italia, "especially in the Irish champion's jersey. I'm very proud to wear it and win in this jersey." Watch how Bennett won his Vuelta stage in the video highlights below. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Fuglsang at Vuelta a Espana with an eye to Yorkshire Worlds

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) before the start of stage 15

Less than a month after dramatically crashing out of the Tour de France, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) is back on the Grand Tour trail at the Vuelta a España , but with very different objectives. A pre-race favourite in the Tour after winning the Critérium du Dauphiné for a second time, Fuglsang was injured in a crash on stage 16 , when he was lying ninth overall, suffering heavy contusions to his hand, arm and knees. Four weeks later, Fuglsang comes into the Vuelta with three different objectives, none of them GC. Instead, he’s aiming to support the team’s Vuelta and perhaps have a crack at some stage wins, all while building his race condition for the end-of-season Classics and the World Championships. "I don’t feel much from the crash anymore, all the wounds are more or less healed, although mentally it was a big blow and a bit difficult to ...

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Chris Froome handed red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana win

Chris Froome handed red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana win

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Rider eventually given jersey after original champion Juan Jose Cobo stripped for soping Chris Froome has been officially handed the red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana after retrospectively being awarded the title. Original winner Juan Jose Cobo was stripped of the Grand Tour by the UCI last month after Biological Passport Data showed an 'anti-doping rule violation'. Cobo had finished 13 seconds ahead of Froome seven years ago to take a shock victory in the Spanish Grand Tour. However, the UCI found that abnormalities in his bio passport between 2009 and 2011 warranted a back-dated suspension and stripping of his results. "Even though it is being handed to me in hindsight, this will be something I treasure for the rest of my life." Ahead of the 2019 edition, @ChrisFroome has officially accepted his red jersey from the 2011 @lavuelta %u2764 pic.twitter.com/J9Uh9Lsr07 — Team INEOS ...

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Chris Froome officially accepts 2011 Vuelta a Espana winner's jersey

Juan Jose Cobo with Brad Wiggins and Chris Froome on the 2011 Vuelta a Espana podium

Chris Froome has shown off the 2011 Vuelta España champion's red jersey he was awarded after being retrospectively declared the winner of the Spanish Grand Tour. Juan José Cobo – crowned the winner of the race in September 2011 – chose not to appeal against the UCI ruling last month that he was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation" related to Biological Passport data. Cobo, riding then for Geox-TMC, beat Froome by just 13 seconds, with his Team Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins taking third place, 1:39 down on Cobo. In June, the UCI announced that Cobo was guilty of an anti-doping rule violation based on abnormalities from 2009 and 2011 detected in his Biological Passport. He was banned for three years and lost his Vuelta victory. Froome is currently recovering from his serious Critérium du Dauphiné crash after spending a total of 22 days in hospital. He suffered a fractured ...

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Fuglsang opts to stay with Astana

Jakob Fuglsang with his first-placed trophy

Jakob Fuglsang has signed a new two-year contract with the Astana team, keen to continue as their Grand Tour leader despite considering his options elsewhere during the summer. The Dane turned 34 in March and has enjoyed his best ever season, winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Critérium du Dauphiné and taking a sting of placings in tough Classics such as Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne. Fuglsang's victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné and strong form made him a favourite for the Tour de France but he crashed hard on stage 1 and eventually crashed out of the race on stage 16 to Nimes, hurting his hand. That also hurt his contract options and meant he has still to truly confirm his Grand Tour credentials. Fuglsang has not raced since the Tour de France but was named in Astana's line-up for the Vuelta a España. He will support ...

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Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España

It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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