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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Demol vows Trek-Segafredo will return to form at the Classics

Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo)

After a promising start to the season, Trek-Segafredo have seen a significant downturn in results, with little reward from either Paris-Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico. GC prospect Bauke Mollema , who almost won a stage in the Volta ao Algarve and finished fourth overall, was off the pace in Paris-Nice, while John Degenkolb was forced out through illness . Other than Giacomo Nizzolo's third place on stage 2 at Tirreno-Adriatico, the team have been virtually invisible over the last two weeks save for appearing in early breaks. Following six victories in January and the start the February, the team have failed to win since Mads Pedersen’s stage victory at the Herald Sun Tour. "It’s difficult to explain but we're all trying to do our best," Dirk Demol told Cyclingnews at Tirreno-Adriatico. "We had a successful start with six wins and that was unexpected. Then afterwards we had some good results, but no ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Bevin celebrates first WorldTour leader's jersey

Patrick Bevin (BMC) leads the overall after stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico

By finishing fifth in the stage 2 bunch sprint at Tirreno-Adriatico , Paddy Bevin moved into the blue leader's jersey. The New Zealander took the jersey off the shoulders of BMC Racing teammate Damiano Caruso and moved into the lead of a WorldTour race for the first time in his career. In the opening team time trial , BMC delivered Caruso over the line first for the second year running to ensure the Italian would pull on the first leader's jersey of the race. On Stage 2 of the race, the finale was better suited to the capabilities of Bevin than Caruso. However, Bevin explained that it was only mid-stage that the potential to ride for blue became open. A late crash almost derailed the opportunity for the New Zealander, who was held up by the mass fall. "It wasn't the plan coming into the stage for me to go ...

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Paris-Nice: Chaves rides into top-ten overall

Johan Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton - Scott)

Colombian Esteban Chaves delivered his first top-ten time trial result since 2016 on stage 4 of Paris-Nice to move into the top-ten overall. Chaves' tenth place, 33 seconds to stage winner Wout Poels (Team Sky), was the same time as teammate Simon Yates with the duo now tied overall at tenth and 11th overall. Paris-Nice is Chaves' first race on European soil in 2018 and first outing since winning the Herald Sun Tour overall last month. A strong climber, Chaves had previously only placed top-ten once before against the clock when he was sixth at the 2016 Giro d'Italia. "It was the first time I have caught someone in a time trial so it was a good feeling. This was really good today, I am happy and I felt really good. I think this is the second time trial I have done well in, in my life, the other was ...

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Trek-Segafredo name strong Strade Bianche squad

Jasper Stuyven and Daniel Oss

American WorldTour team Trek-Segafredo has named its team for the one-day Strade Bianche race with a number of riders capable of challenging for victory. The team won the race in 2016 with Fabian Cancellara and starts Saturday's race confident of further success. The team enjoyed a fluster of early season wins in late-January and early-February with six victories. Having animated the 'opening weekend' in Belgium with fourth place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad a highlight, Jasper Stuyven will be a leader for the race. The Belgian's capabilities suited to the parcours. New signing Gianluca Brambilla was third in 2016 at Strade Bianche and will look to again animate the finale. Fabio Felline is aiming for a strong classics campaign in 2018 with Strade Bianche a key spring race for the Italian. Dane Mads Pedersen is another rider Trek-Segafredo can look to for a leadership role. The Danish national champion won a ...

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Steele von Hoff Q&A: On breaking his back, recovering for Comm Games and more

On Tuesday afternoon Cycling Australia announced that Steele von Hoff would represent his country at the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. By that evening, von Hoff’s Comm Games debut was in jeopardy, thanks to a crash at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway. The 30-year-old was involved in a pile-up in the early stages of a … The post Steele von Hoff Q&A;: On breaking his back, recovering for Comm Games and more appeared first on CyclingTips .

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