Fuglsang Hangs Tight In Romandie After Punishing Ardennes Campaign

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) ahead of stage 1 at Ruta del Sol.

A few hours after finishing tenth in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Jakob Fuglsang ( Astana ) began his second race of the day as he rushed from Belgium to Switzerland for the Tour de Romandie . Barely 48-hours separated the two races, with the Dane eventually finishing 60th in the prologue. Three days into the race, the 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné winner has started to find his race rhythm. On stage 2, he finished 20th in the main bunch behind Thomas de Gendt's solo win, and on Wednesday he made the first group on stage 1 and was part of the Astana team that helped set up Omar Fraile for the stage win. "Yesterday was a hard day. With the wind and the climbs, it wasn't easy, especially with Liège still in my legs. In the end, I felt a little bit better, so that's something and it was a nice victory for ...

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Porte Recharged And Relaxed Ahead Of Romandie Defence

Richie Porte was smiling pre-race

Riche Porte ( BMC Racing ) will look to kick-start his season at the Tour de Romandie this week. The Australian has only picked up one win this season - a stage of the Tour Down Under - and has been short of his usual week-long racing prowess, especially in comparison to last year. Illness has certainly hampered his spring, and he was forced to sit out Tirreno-Adriatico with flu . He returned in time for the Vuelta al Pais Vasco but, by his own admission, took 'an absolute kicking' on his way to abandoning on stage 6. Romandie provides the Australian with a clean slate, and the chance to defend his crown against a strong field that includes Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo). "I really don't know where I'm at form-wise. I got sick, and then I missed Tirreno. Then I went to Pais Vasco and ...

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Adam Yates To Return To Racing At Tour Of California After Catalunya Crash

Adam Yates celebrates his stage 5 win at Tirreno-Adriatico

Two months after he crashed out of the Volta a Catalunya, fracturing his pelvis, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) will make his return to racing at the Tour of California. “He’s missed Catalunya, of course, and Pais Vasco, but California was where he was supposed to get back to racing anyway for the Tour, so it’s good news,” Mitchelton-Scot t directeur sportif Matt White told Cyclingnews. Yates crashed heavily at the end of stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya, leaving the race in an ambulance and heading to a nearby hospital for a check-up. He was diagnosed with a fractured pelvis, although the fracture was later reported to be stable. His team said after the accident he would spend 10 days off the bike before getting back to training. Meanwhile, Yates’ brother and teammate Simon won the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya and took fourth overall. As April comes ...

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No. 9, No. 9, No. 9 Team Of The Week No. 9 No. 9 No. 9...

Races of the week: Four tasty races: Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the 4th Monument, a grand lady a bit down on her luck La Fleche Wallone, the George W Bush of the spring classics Tour of the Alps, a star is born Tour of Croatia, spunky 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. First, the four winners 1. Julian Alaphilippe. Normally I put the Monument winner first but this time, its got to be Ala. Won La Fleche Wallone over Valverde and it was his presence that caused the final pack to hesitate when his teammate Jungels attacked, never to be seen again. Still got 4th at LBL. In addition for the whole Ardennes week he finished the best: ...

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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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Dauphine To Feature 110km Mountain Stage, Ttt

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ASO lays out parcours for the 70th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Read the full article at Dauphine to feature 110km mountain stage, TTT on VeloNews.com .

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Team Time Trial Features On 2018 Criterium Du Dauphine Route

2018 Criterium du Dauphine

The Critérium du Dauphiné has always positioned itself as a dress rehearsal for the Tour de France and the 2018 edition of the race continues that tradition with a team time trial and short, explosive mountain stages that provide a taste of what will follow in July. Stage 3 of the 2018 Dauphiné is a 35km team time trial, which is precisely the same distance as the Cholet team time trial on stage 3 of the Tour de France. The 110km penultimate stage, meanwhile, is a virtual replica of stage 11 of this year’s Tour de France to La Rosière, and is the prelude to a tough final leg to Saint-Gervais, where Romain Bardet soloed to victory in La Grande Boucle two years ago. Jakub Fuglsang (Astana) won the Dauphiné in 2017, taking the lead from Richie Porte (BMC Racing) on the final day of racing by soloing to victory ...

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Zdenek Stybar's Specialized S-Works Tarmac Sl6 Disc Gallery

Zdenek Stybar's Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc gallery

Specialized’s S-Works Tarmac SL6 was first seen in a race at the 2017 Criterium du Dauphine, and both a rim and disc brake version were also spotted on the UCI’s approved frames list for racing at the same time. Several Quick-Step Floors riders have been seen racing on the S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc since then, most notably Elia Viviani during the Dubai Tour and Abu Dhabi Tour, but despite this, Specialized has only officially launched the bike for consumers this week. Most likely to ensure supply meets demand in the first few months of sales worldwide. We caught up with Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) and Julien Vermote ( Team Dimension Data ) for a training ride the Monday after ‘opening weekend’ and ahead of Strade Bianche, where Stybar rode the S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc to a top-ten finish. Quick-Step Floors has the Specialized Tarmac, Venge and Roubaix models to choose ...

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Should Chris Froome Be Worried About Form Ahead Of Giro-Tour Double Attempt?

Should Chris Froome be worried about form ahead of Giro-Tour double attempt?

Joe Robinson 12 Mar 2018 As he continues to lose time at Tirreno-Adriatico, the sheer size of Froome's 2018 season could be At 31st on General Classification and 9 minutes adrift of race leader and teammate Michal Kwiatkowski with two stages remaining, the 2018 Tirreno-Adriatico has been one to forget for Chris Froome (Team Sky). Whether it be bad form, a matter of pacing himself or the mental fatigue of an ongoing doping investigation, Froome has looked far from his world-beating best rolling around Italy. This would not have been a worry for the Froome of yesteryear. Tirreno sits a whole four months before the big goal, the Tour de France , which leaves ample time to refine form at subsequent races such as the Criterium du Dauphine, get his team in to order and find the legs that have taken him to four yellow jerseys in five years. However, ...

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Comment: Whatever Happens Now, Cycling In The Uk Will Always Be Indebted To Sir Bradley Wiggins

Jack Elton-Walters 12 Mar 2018 Clouds are gathering over Bradley Wiggins, but cycling in the UK will always owe him for its growth since 2012 For some time now, questions have been piling up about the practices of Team Sky with regards to the career and victories of Sir Bradley Wiggins . Ever since the story about the infamous jiffy bag was first broken by Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail back in September 2016 the saga has rumbled on with no end in sight. Since then, there have been questions, rumours, denials, corrections and Parliamentary hearings. Despite all that, and claims from Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford about the package's contents - he says it was the decongestant Fluimicil - in truth we are little the wiser and most people are far from satisfied. The news bubbled back to the surface recently, making the front covers of a ...

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Lappartient Calls For Team Sky Investigation, Team Will 'Welcome Any Review'

Lappartient calls for Team Sky investigation, team will 'welcome any review'

Joe Robinson 8 Mar 2018 Head of UCI calls for Sutton to explain his comments and for a new investigation to be launched Team Sky have responded to calls by UCI president David Lappartient for a new investigation into the Bradley Wiggins jiffy bag scandal by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, saying they 'welcome any review'. In an interview with the BBC yesterday, Lappartient expressed his disappointment at the findings of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's 'Doping in Sport' report, suggesting this new information could lead to a fresh inquiry. 'It's sad to see that when Team Sky was launched, I remember they say 'we will be clean, we will win races and be clean, more white than white'. We can see in this report that it seems to be a little bit different,' said Lappartient. "We have the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, they have the power of investigation. I ...

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'Your Guess Was As Good As Mine': Wiggins On Jiffy Bag Contents

'Your guess was as good as mine': Wiggins on jiffy bag contents

Joe Robinson 6 Mar 2018 Wiggins speaks out after damning report while Brailsford stays silent After long-promising to have his say once the department of culture, media and sport committee released its report, Sir Bradley Wiggins has again asserted he '100% did not cheat' yet failed to shed any more light onto the contents of the jiffy bag at the 2011 Criterium de Dauphine. In an exclusive hour-long interview with the BBC , Wiggins broached many topics surrounding yesterday's damning DCMS report yet claimed 'your guess was as good as mine' when questioned about the jiffy bag that is alleged to have contained decongestive drug Fluimicil. 'I was doing the Dauphine, I was leading the Dauphine, I won the Dauphine. The first time I became aware of a package was when the Daily Mail contacted me in October 2016,' said Wiggins. 'But the way it has been reported is as ...

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‘We Never Crossed The Ethical Line’: Bradley Wiggins Responds To Doping In Sport Report

‘We never crossed the ethical line’: Bradley Wiggins responds to doping in sport report

Wiggins goes on the record to respond to 'Combatting Doping in Sport' report which claimed Team Sky used the corticosteroid triamcinolone was “to enhance the performance of riders, and not just to treat medical need” Wiggins prepares for the fifth stage of the 2012 Paris-Nice. He'd take victory in the prestigious week long race, along with the Tour de Romandie and Critérium du Dauphiné ahead of the Tour de France. Wiggins goes on the record to respond to 'Combatting Doping in Sport' report which claimed Team Sky used the corticosteroid triamcinolone was “to enhance the performance of riders, and not just to treat medical need”

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Wiggins Responds To Critical Report: ‘I’D Have More Rights If I’D Murdered Someone’

Supported by Bradley Wiggins has broken his silence over the three TUEs he received and used for the potent corticosteroid triamcinolone, describing Monday’s parliamentary committee report as a ‘witch hunt.’ Speaking to the BBC, Wiggins insisted that he always played by the rules and complained that his life has been made ‘a living hell’ by the saga. … The post Wiggins responds to critical report: ‘I’d have more rights if I’d murdered someone’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Ukad: Jiffy Bag Investigation Remains Closed Following Select Committee Report

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford is on hand for Colombia oro y Paz

UK Anti-Doping has welcomed the publication of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee's report on 'Combating Doping in Sport ' but said that it has not re-opened its inquiry into the contents of the Jiffy bag delivered to Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman and then Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné. "In November 2017 we announced that our investigation into the package, sometimes referred to as the "Jiffy Bag", had concluded with no anti-doping rule violations issued as a result. As with all investigations, UKAD may revisit matters if new material and information were to come to light but we are no longer actively following any lines of enquiry in relation to this matter," UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said in a statement on Monday morning. Team Sky's failure to provide medical records to prove Dave Brailsford's claim that the Jiffy bag contained the ...

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Paris-Nice: Late Crash Dents Fuglsang's Gc Aspirations

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) ahead of stage 1 at Ruta del Sol.

With 2.6 kilometres to race on stage 1 of Paris-Nice , Astana 's Jakob Fuglsang found himself tangled up in a late crash. The Dane was able to remount and had teammate Magnus Cort for company, but at the conclusion of the day he conceded 1:38 minutes to stage winner Arnaud Demare (FDJ), all but ending his hopes for the GC. The late climb ensuring the three-kilometre rule was not enforced for the stage. The major group of GC favourites was two seconds behind Demare in Meudon, where the majority of the fast-finishing riders survived the late two-kilometre climb. Although Fuglsang was out of contention for the stage win, Luis Leon Sanchez and Michael Valgren both placed in the peloton to ensure the team still has cards to play for the overall with seven stages to come. Fuglsang, the 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné winner, has twice finished in the top ...

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Team Sky 'Crossed The Ethical Line' Says Select Committee In Anti-Doping Report

Team Sky 'crossed the ethical line' says select committee in anti-doping report

Joe Robinson 5 Mar 2018 Report could act as final blow for Team Sky suggesting Wiggins took performance-enhancing drugs to win Tour de France The much awaited government report into 'doping in sport' has suggested that Team Sky and Sie Bradley Wiggins abused Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) for performance enhancing drugs to win the 2012 Tour de France . The report that comes from the department of culture, media and sport select committee will be the biggest blow yet for Team Sky, Bradley Wiggins and British Cycling as it also suggests that the team misapplied the TUE system in order for Wiggins to take corticosteroids in the lead up to his Tour victory. It also contradicts the argument that these powerful drugs were acquired with the sole purpose of treating a medical condition of the now-retired rider. The report reads, ' From the evidence that has been received by the ...

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Wiggins, Brailsford And Sky Rocked By Report Into Tues And Corticosteroid Use

Supported by The reputations of Bradley Wiggins, Dave Brailsford and Team Sky have taken a serious knock after the parliamentary select committee looking into possible doping has concluded that the rider plus teammates deliberately misused triamcinolone for performance enhancement. The substance is a powerful corticosteroid which is normally banned, but which can be used in competition with … The post Wiggins, Brailsford and Sky rocked by report into TUEs and corticosteroid use appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Testosterone Order To British Cycling Could Have Been Intentional

British Cycling pursuit team 2007

Joe Robinson 2 Mar 2018 The Daily Mail reports that evidence from GMC investigation suggests banned drug was ordered by Dr Freeman The box of testosterone patches that was delivered to the Team Sky and British Cycling headquarters in 2011 could have been intentional, according to reports in the Daily Mail . It is reported that the General Medical Council independent investigation into British Cycling could have evidence to suggest that the testosterone patches were ordered purposefully by Dr Richard Freeman with a subsequent attempt at a cover-up taking place. It is later suggested that Freeman and British Cycling contacted the supplier of the testosterone patches, Fit 4 Sport Ltd, asking for them to send an email detailing that the package had been sent in error. See related Chris Froome dealt blow by UKAD data UKAD closes Wiggins jiffy bag investigation Into the detail: Looking deeper into the Froome salbutamol ...

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Questions Raised Over Whether Testosterone Was Ordered At Team Sky And British Cycling Hq

Team Sky's Dave Brailsford

A report in the Daily Mail suggests that the banned substance testosterone may have been ordered to British Cycling and Team Sky offices in Manchester in 2011. Matt Lawton from the Mail has reported that the General Medical Council’s ongoing investigation into former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman has revealed evidence that testosterone patches were ordered and that a request was then made to the medical supplier asking for an email to be sent to Freeman saying the package had been sent in error. The damning news comes almost a year after British Cycling claimed that the substance was only sent to them in error by their medical supplier . There is currently no evidence that the drug, banned under the WADA code, was supplied to or used by riders at British Cycling or Team Sky. On Friday, a spokesperson for Team Sky told Cyclingnews : "Whilst ...

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