Chris Froome to be named winner of 2011 Vuelta a Espana

Juan José Cobo shakes Braley Wiggins' hand on the podium

Chris Froome ( Team Ineos ) will now be named as the winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España , according to reports from Spanish newspaper AS , after Juan José Cobo – who was crowned the winner of the race in September 2011 – apparently chose not to appeal against cycling governing body the UCI's announcement last month that Cobo was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation". The now-retired Spanish rider, riding then for Geox-TMC, beat Froome by just 13 seconds, with Froome's then Team Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins taking third place, 1:39 down on Cobo. But on June 13, 2019, the UCI announced that Cobo was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (use of a prohibited substance) based on abnormalities from 2009 and 2011 detected in his Biological Passport and [the UCI has] imposed a three-year period of ineligibility on the rider". Cobo was given a month to ...

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Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Tour de France

With 10 stages in the rearview mirror at what has already been a compelling Tour de France, the action should heat up even more as the race rolls on this week. The Tour is bound for the Pyrenees over the next few days, and that will mean fireworks out on the road during ‘week two’ … The post Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The winners and losers of the 2019 Tour de France, so far

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2019 In every walk of life there will be your winners and losers and the Tour de France is no different From Brussels to Albi with La Planche de Belles Filles in between, the Tour de France has navigated Belgium and France for the past 10 days and the excitement has been palpable. We had Eddy Merckx at the start in Belgium, we have had three wearers of the yellow jersey, 10 different winners in 10 days and five riders waved goodbye to the race. It’s looking increasingly likely that Team Ineos/Sky/Deathstar will be wearing yellow in Paris once again and it looks just as likely that French hearts may be broken for a 34th year in a row. Obviously, this is all guesswork but the last 10 days has produced as many winners and losers as a day at the races. Below, Cyclist looks at ...

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Geraint Thomas: We have just one goal and it's winning the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas at the Team Ineos Tour de France rest day press conference

There was an unmistakable sense of déjà vu at Team Ineos ' first rest day press conference, in the Tour de France , as the British team settled back in their chairs to face the assembled media in a crowded and slightly sweaty conference room in their team hotel. For the seventh time in eight years, the overall classification tide is swimming strongly in favour of Ineos, albeit in the team's previous incarnation as Sky, with Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal are second and third overall, with all of their pre-race GC competitors now trailing them time-wise. When asked whether Team Ineos, and formerly Sky, were better prepared than other teams to take on the Tour, and if that explained stages like Monday's where a number of rivals were dropped on theoretically inoffensive terrain, Thomas answered that Ineos' single focus, on winning the race rather than dividing their energies, was ...

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Brailsford: This is the most positive start we have ever had

Supported by Castres, France, July 16, 2019 (AFP) – Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford said Tuesday his riders were perfectly poised for another Tour de France win at the halfway stage after 10 rollercoaster stages so far. Reigning champion Geraint Thomas, backed up by team co-captain Egan Bernal, said that victory was within his grasp and all … The post Brailsford: This is the most positive start we have ever had appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Ketone supplements used at Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma celebrate winning the team time trial at the Tour de France

Jumbo-Visma are the latest team linked to the use of the dietary supplement ketones that are thought to improve recovery for endurance athletes. Team manager Richard Plugge confirmed that his riders use the supplement in a report published in De Telegraaf on Monday. "Ketones are a dietary supplement. You can use them just like vitamins. The substance is not on the prohibited list, and it's also known that other teams use ketones," Plugge told the Dutch news outlet. The Dutch team have had 38 victories this year, with their most recent string of success at the Tour de France , where Mike Teunissen won stage 1. They then won the stage 2 team time trial, sprinter Dylan Groenewegen won stage 7, and Wout van Aert won stage 10 on Monday. Ketones are produced by the liver once there are no carbohydrates to burn, and fat stores begin to burn. Synthetic ...

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Sean Yates says Chris Froome went "back on his word" when he attacked Bradley Wiggins on 2012 Tour de France

Wiggins and Froome (pic Bettini Photo, courtesy Pinarello)

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Is Team Ineos’s Tour squad as strong as previous Sky teams? We asked the experts

Is Team Ineos's 2019 Tour de France lineup as strong as the Team Sky squads that won pro cycling's biggest race six of the last seven years? We asked riders, managers, and team directors Read the full article at Is Team Ineos’s Tour squad as strong as previous Sky teams? We asked the experts on VeloNews.com .

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Team Ineos races on £5k Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels

Team Ineos Lightweight wheels

Team Ineos riders spotted swapping their sponsor-correct Shimano Dura-Ace wheels in favour of handmade German specials

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Team Ineos reveal Ben Swift’s British national champion’s jersey

Team Ineos reveal Ben Swift’s British national champion’s jersey

George Smith 11 Jul 2019 2014 runner-up to finally don national colours during upcoming season Team Ineos took to Twitter yesterday to reveal the British national championship jersey that will be worn by Ben Swift this season. Swift, 31, claimed his maiden victory in the British National Road Championships earlier this month following a well-timed counter attack that saw the Team Ineos rider sail past his teammate Ian Stannard in the final kilometer of the race. Besides coming second in this race five years ago, Swift has come agonisingly close many times before in his long career. The Rotherham man has finished in the top 10 six times, putting him in very select company alongside five-time champion Scott Thwaites, and Ian Stannard and Peter Kennaugh, who have both also only won the race once so far. We're loving @swiftybswift 's new British national champion's jersey! You can hear from the ...

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Geraint Thomas: La Planche des Belles Filles will be 100 per cent racing

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) ahead of stage 4 at the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas ( Team Ineos ) warned that Thursday's finish at La Planche des Belles Filles will be a moment of "100 per cent racing" at this year's Tour de France , with the first mountain stage in the Vosges set to finally reveal the form of the overall contenders and perhaps create significant time gaps. Thomas lost five seconds to teammate Egan Bernal and French rival Thibaut Pinot on the uphill finish to Epernay on Monday and Team Inoes is hoping it was just a brief moment of distraction rather than an indication of the Welshman's form after his Tour de Suisse crash. Thomas and Bernal started the Tour de France on equal footing and the 8.7 per cent climb to La Planche des Belle Filles is likely to show who is the stronger, with Bernal free to follow any attacks and ride his own race, even if Thomas ...

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Thomas: I'm looking forward to La Planche des Belles Filles

Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas in the Team Ineos bubble at the Tour de France

No alarms and no surprises, please. It was the kind of day every Tour de France contender just wanted to be over. On the long, flat run from Reims to Nancy on stage 4 , there was nothing to prove and everything to lose for men like the Team Ineos pairing of Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal . Both riders came through the day safely in the main peloton and they might well have breathed Fernando Escartin's old mantra from the Tours of the 1990s to themselves as they unclipped from their bikes outside the Ineos bus past the finish line: one day less. As ever, the Ineos riders warmed down on the turbo trainer after the stage, gazing into the middle distance while a forest of fans and television crews sprouted up around them. A British fan held up an image on a mobile phone screen and called out ...

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Photo gallery: The fastest (and slowest) 2019 Tour de France time trial tech

Sunday’s team trial wasn’t very technical, and mostly flat, which meant that everything was geared toward all-out speed — quite literally, in fact. The average speed of the winning team was a whopping 57.2 kilometers per hour. Whereas 56T and 58T outer chainrings are often the norm, 60T ones weren’t entirely uncommon today, plus heaps … The post Photo gallery: The fastest (and slowest) 2019 Tour de France time trial tech appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team Ineos silenced by Jumbo-Visma's dominant Tour de France TTT

Team Ineos during the team time trial at the Tour de France

The eight riders of Team Ineos started first in the 27.6km team time trial and so spent two hours in the hot seat as they waited for their Tour de France rivals to race and try to beat their time of 29:17, hoping they had done enough to win one of the most prestigious races of the season. And so when last-off team Jumbo-Visma beat them by 20 seconds, the disappointment was obvious as Geraint Thomas , Egan Bernal , Gianni Moscon and the others left the podium area beyond the Brussels Atomium and rode towards their team bus. The British team, then racing as Team Sky, finished second in 2018 and 2015 and third in 2013 and 2011 but have never won a Tour de France time trial in their 10-year history. If Team Inoes had beaten Jumbo-Visma by ten seconds then Moscon could even have pulled on the ...

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Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma dominate Stage 2 team TT to win comfortably

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma dominate Stage 2 team TT to win comfortably

Martin James 7 Jul 2019 Dutch team a massive 20 seconds quicker than Team Ineos to extend Mike Theunissen's overall lead Jumbo-Visma kept Mike Theunissen in the yellow jersey with a masterly performance to win Stage 2 of the 2019 Tour de France, a 27.2km team time-trial in Brussels. The bonus seconds from Theunissen’s stage win yesterday gave the Dutch team a buffer to play with over the likes of Team Ineos and Deceuninck-QuickStep, but in the end they didn’t need it. Jumbo-Visma were a full 20 seconds quicker than Team Ineos at the finish, to make it two out of two so far this year, and give an early boost to Steven Kruijswijk’s GC ambitions. Deceuninck-QuickStep were third, less than a second slower than Ineos, then came Katusha-Alpecin and Sunweb. See related Tour de France 2019: Route maps, riders, live TV guide and all you need to know Tour ...

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Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France

Pressure. The Tour de France presses down on everyone, but even more so if you have something to prove. From established veterans needing to prove they’ve still got the fire to riders making long-awaited Tour debuts, there are plenty of big names that head into this Tour de France with something to prove, for one … The post Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Viviani gutted to miss yellow-jersey opportunity at Tour de France

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on stage at the Tour de France presentation in Brussels

Elia Viviani and the Deceuninck-QuickStep team had been dreaming of a far better result in the opening sprint of the Tour de France in Brussels. The Belgian team wanted to add another prestigious win to their season tally and wanted to pull on the first yellow jersey of the race in their capital city. But a shuffle in the peloton in the final kilometres cost them dear, derailed their lead-out train and meant that Viviani could only finish ninth, well down on surprise winner Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma). Deceuninck-QuickStep helped Viviani bounce back and rebuild his moral after the frustrations of the Giro d'Italia. They selected as strong team to protect him and lead him out but in a split second his chances were lost. Viviani lost the wheel of his lead-out train and so had to fight single-handedly for position. Michael Morkov and Max Richeze could be seen on the ...

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Tour de France 2019: everything you need to know

Tour de France 2018 Paris Champs-Elysees finish

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Brailsford: No Ineos riders have TUE's for the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas with David Brailsford and Egan Bernal

Team Ineos manager Dave Brailsford sat centre stage between Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal as they faced questions from a packed hotel room in Brussels less than 24 hours from the start of the Tour de France. With Chris Froome unable to target a fifth Tour de France victory after his crash at the Criterium du Dauphine, Thomas and Bernal share team leadership and carry hopes of another overall victory for the British super-team, with Brailsford confident he can keep any internal rivalry under control. Brailsford updated the media on Froome's return home from the hospital but focused on the here and now, with little time for nostalgia at the start of the Tour de France. "It's a big disappointment not to have Chris Froome here but sport is sport. We have a new baseline and we move forward. With these two guys couldn't want for a better team. We're ...

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