No, Not Tirreno. You Know, the Other One

I’m going to start this with a confession. When I made the decision of which race I’d write about over the coming week, I was fairly ignorant about who was riding where. I picked Paris-Nice over Tirreno-Adriatico because, as I assumed parity of startlists, I prefer the idea of the French race. The “Race to the Sun” idea it has going on, in addition to the close finishes in recent years, has endeared it to me, perhaps more than its Italian counterpart. It was with a heavy heart then, that I read the startlist and sighed “Oh Christ, this is bloody weak.” And weak it is. It was Alberto Contador who forced those close finishes, don’t forget, and he’s as likely to do that again as Seán Kelly is. And so, this year Paris-Nice gets the B-listers. Sergio Henao won last year, taking the official title of King B-lister, but ...

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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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Report: British Cycling testosterone shipment may not have been an accident

Supported by The box of testosterone patches that landed at British Cycling headquarters seven years ago may not have been ordered in error, according to a new report in the Daily Mail. The report suggests that Britain’s General Medical Council (GMC), which has been investigating British Cycling, may have found evidence that the testosterone was ordered purposefully … The post Report: British Cycling testosterone shipment may not have been an accident appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tirreno-Adriatico attracts stellar start list for 2018

Chris Froome finished 10th overall at the Ruta del Sol

This year's Tirreno-Adriatico has attracted a star-studded line-up with Grand Tour winners Chris Froome (Sky), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) set to ride, along with world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and former rainbow jersey winners Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep-Floors) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). The battle for the overall victory will be intensified by the addition of Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Drapac), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte (BMC), Mikel Landa (Movistar), Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), and Geraint Thomas (Sky). Movistar's Nairo Quintana will not defend his overall title while Nibali and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) are the only former winners on the start list. The sprinter's field is equally as packed with Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep-Floors), Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott), Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida), Sacha Modolo (EF Education-Drapac), Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Giacomo ...

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Chris Froome dealt blow by UKAD data

Chris Froome dealt blow by UKAD data

Joe Robinson 1 Mar 2018 Latest information from UKAD contradicts Dave Brailsford claims, dealing blow to Froome's potential defence New information surrounding the on-going Chris Froome salbutamol case could deal a major blow to his expected defence. A Freedom of Information request by the Press Association revealed that all three adverse analytical findings for salbutamol dealt with by UK Anti-Doping between January 2015 and December 2017 led to anti-doping rule violation cases. It also showed that within this 36 month period, salbutamol cases counted for just three of all 109 adverse analytical findings with all cases for the asthma drug leading to subsequent cases. The data also told that bans had been handed in other sports of the presence of salbutamol in their urine. These facts contradict the words of Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford at last month's Ruta del Sol and will likely land a blow to expected defence ...

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Sergio Henao and Poels joint leaders for Team Sky at Paris-Nice

Sergio Henao (Team Sky) celebrates 2017 Paris-Nice victory

Defending champion Sergio Henao will share leadership at Team Sky with Wout Poels at Paris-Nice . The pair will be backed by a strong climbing line-up of David de la Cruz, Sebastian Henao and Diego Rosa, with Ian Stannard and Dylan van Baarle providing the manpower for the flatter stages. Henao won last year’s Paris-Nice by just two seconds over Alberto Contador, who made a concerted effort to break the Colombian on the final stage. Henao was 40 seconds back on Contador at one point, but a determined chase into Nice helped him to retain his race lead by a slender margin. De la Cruz, riding for Quick-Step Floors at the time, won the stage and denied Contador the vital seconds he needed to win the overall classification. This season, Henao has got off to a good start with victory at the Colombian national championships and fourth place overall at ...

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Team Sky reveal line-up for Paris-Nice: Sergio Henao and Wout Poels joint leaders

Team Sky reveal line-up for Paris-Nice: Sergio Henao and Wout Poels joint leaders

British WorldTour squad Team Sky goes into Paris-Nice with two options for the general classification, backed up by a strong team Sergio Henao in 2017 Paris-Nice. British WorldTour squad Team Sky goes into Paris-Nice with two options for the general classification, backed up by a strong team

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Ochowicz: No one's running out of the door

Jim Ochowicz is back as general manager

Jim Ochowicz insists he doesn't feel under any time pressure to secure the future of the BMC Racing team and, despite key riders starting to think about 2019 contracts, he hasn't set a deadline for acquiring the requisite funds to run the team next season. BMC Racing don't make the lengths of their contracts with riders or sponsors public, but Ochowicz, speaking to a small group of reporters at the opening weekend in Belgium, said he has partners 'in the pocket' for 2019. However, with BMC multi-millionaire team owner Andy Rihs not guaranteeing his backing, Ochowicz admitted he is engaged in a daily search for additional funding. "We've had this team for 10 years now, and this kind of question seems to come up every year. Every year we come back and we sit here and we get asked the question again," he said "We have a policy of not ...

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March edition of Procycling now on sale

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The March 2018 edition of Procycling is now available to buy in UK shops. The issue features Michał Kwiatkowski , one of the strongest riders of 2017 and already one of the most successful riders of 2018 on the cover and we travelled to his native Poland for an in-depth interview with the 27-year-old Sky rider. Last year, Kwiatkowski won Strade Bianche and his debut monument at Milan-San Remo, and as the cobbled Classics get underway and the first monument of 2018 rapidly approaches, the Team Sky rider goes into this season's spring campaign brimming with confidence. After becoming world champion in 2014 aged 24, Kwiatkowski is arguably now in the form of his life. Fresh from a win in Volta ao Algarve earlier in February, the Pole heads into the spring season aiming to go even better than he did last year. "I want to win more Classics. I ...

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Tom Dumoulin to attempt Giro-Tour double

Tom Dumoulin to attempt Giro-Tour double

Joe Robinson 27 Feb 2018 Giro Champion set to follow in footsteps of Chris Froome according to team sport director Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) looks set to tackle the Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double this season, according to his team sports director. Speaking on Dutch cycling podcast De Rode Lantaarn , Team Sunweb 's Aike Visbeek confirmed that Dumoulin would be heading to the Giro in May before attempting to win the Tour in July. 'At the moment we have a clear plan. Tom will go for the General Classification at the Giro and he will also go for the Tour,' said Visbeek before confirming that Wilco Kelderman would ride the Tour before going to the Vuelta a Espana in August. However, conflicting reports have been released suggesting the team and Dumoulin will not make a decision on the Tour until after he has raced the Giro. A reporter from ...

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Strade Bianche 2018: Route, riders and all you need to know

Joe Robinson 27 Feb 2018 Key information about the 2018 Strade Bianche, which takes place on Saturday 3rd March Despite the race only being in its 12th edition, Strade Bianche has quickly become one of the most prestigious one-day races outside of the five Monuments, so much so that it was made a WorldTour race in 2017. With its gravel roads and punchy climbs, the race has suited the Classics men with many who hold ambitions at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix shining brightly at this Italian race. However, more tradtional climbers like Alejandro Valverde and Damiano Cunego have also faired well in the past. The most successful rider at Strade Bianche is Fabian Cancellara with three victories - 2008, 2012 and 2016. The most recent champion is Michal Kwiatkowski whose victory in 2017 kickstarted an impressive Spring Classics campaign that also saw the Pole take his first Monument ...

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Van Avermaet chasing victory at Strade Bianche

Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet shows off his new colours

Greg Van Avermaet will lead the BMC Racing team at Saturday's Strade Bianche , hoping to finally win the Italian Classic after finishing second to Michel Kwiatkowski last year and second to Zdenek Stybar in 2015. Van Avermaet failed to secure a result at the opening weekend in Belgium but showed his early-season form by winning a stage at the Tour of Oman. He will have the support of Alberto Bettiol, Damiano Caruso, Stefan Küng, Michael Schär, Francisco Ventoso and Loïc Vliegen for the dirt road race in the steep hills south of Siena. His major rivals for the first Italian one-day WorldTour race of the 2018 season include world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Kwiatkowski and Gianni Moscon (Team Sky), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert (Verandas Willems-Crelan). After snow ...

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Boonen: Chris Froome salbutamol case 'not good for anything'

Tom Boonen retired after the 2017 Paris-Roubaix

Tom Boonen has added his voice to the number of riders publicly commenting on Chris Froome's salbutamol case. The Belgian suggested that despite recording twice the legal dose allowed of salbutamol, "it doesn't let you win the Vuelta or the Tour de France". Froome returned an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol during the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, a race he won overall, with a resolution of his case yet to be finalised. The Briton made his 2018 racing debut earlier in the month at the Ruta del Sol. Speaking at the Spanish race, Froome thanked his fellow riders for their support. Belgian's Tim Wellens and Oliver Naesen though were critical of Froome's presence in the race. A number of other riders have also expressed for a quick resolution to the case. Speaking to Sporza in Kortrijk over the 'opening weekend' in his first outing in his new official role with ...

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Kwiatkowski braves the elements for Milan-San Remo recon

Michal Kwiatkowski took stage honours during stage 2 at Volta ao Algarve

Team Sky 's Michal Kwiatkowski is already preparing to defend his 2017 Milan-San Remo title when the race rolls out next month, even enduring a day of training in the snow on the route of the Italian Monument. The polish rider posted a video on Twitter of himself riding in a snowstorm with the frosty precipitation piling up on his brow and glasses. "San-Remo recon done," Kwiatkowski says in the video. "Lovely." The 291km race, which takes place March 17, has seen its snow days in the past, but Kwiatkowski - and the rest of the peloton, no doubt - will be hoping for a bit warner weather this year. Kwiatkowski won last year's race in a three-up sprint ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphlippe (Quick-Step Floors), two weeks after he won Strade Bianche. After San Remo he was second in Amstel Gold and third at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. So ...

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Hammer Series returns with second weekend for 2018

Joe Robinson 26 Feb 2018 Stavanger, Norway to kickstart series with Limburg, Netherlands the weekend after Launched in an attempt to rethink the way we view professional cycling racing, the Hammer Series will return in 2018 adding a second event in Stavanger, Norway. Kickstarting two back-to-back weekends of the Hammer Series this latest three days of racing will take place from 25th to 27th May with the original Limburg event taking place on the following weekend, 1st to 3rd June. Like last year's inaugural event, the Stavanger Hammer Series will be broken down into three days - the Hammer Climb, Hammer Sprint and Hammer Chase - in the search to find the best team over the entire event. Uniquely, this race does not crown an individual winner at its conclusion rather a winning team. The eventual winners will be those who cross the line first in day three's Hammer Chase, ...

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Watch: Kwiatkowski cycles through the snow on Milan-San Remo ride

Joe Robinson 26 Feb 2018 Preparing to defend his 2017 title, the Team Sky man shows off the heavy snowfall Milan-San Remo defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) has been out riding the roads of the first Monument of the year and it appears the weather in this coastal Italian town is no different to what we are experiencing here in the UK. Riding along, the Pole filmed himself alone in a heavy downfall of snow having to clear his glasses of the unrelenting flurry. San Remo recon, if anyone asked %uD83D%uDE02%uD83C%uDF28 #Kwiato #allezKwiato @TeamSky pic.twitter.com/g459rdLyCE — Micha%u0142 Kwiatkowski (@kwiato) February 26, 2018 With only two weekends remaining before the 2018 edition of the race, the 2014 road race World Champion is preparing to defend his title from last season in which he outsprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphillippe ( Quick-Step Floors ) in photo finish. See ...

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Surprise second place for Wisniowski at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Lukasz Wisniowski of Team Sky raced his Pinarello Dogma K10 to second place

Team Sky turned up for opening weekend with three debutants for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and despite four of the seven riders for the team not finishing the race in the freezing conditions, the British squad will be satisfied with second place on the day. Łukasz Wiśniowski chased back to a select group following Sep Vanmarcke ’s ( EF Education First-Drapac ) attack on the Muur van Gerardsbergen, and managed to win the bunch sprint to take second place to Michael Valgren ( Astana Pro Team ), whose late attack won the Dane the race. Owain Doull , who endured a far tougher start to the 2017 campaign following surgery on a burst appendix, sprinted to 11th in the finale and the result gives the Welshman promise for the upcoming season. “It was alright, I suffered a bit all day,” Owain Doull told Cyclingnews while cooling down after the race, “I ...

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Dennis: Valverde is the most threatening rider in Abu Dhabi Tour finale

Rohan Dennis takes the red leader's jersey

Rohan Dennis ( BMC Racing Team ) knows more than he could ever want to know about mechanical malfunctions in time trials, but while he was hardly unsympathetic to Tom Dumoulin’s plight on stage 4 of the Abu Dhabi Tour , he was just as relieved to have enjoyed a clear run himself. Saturday's 12.6km test on Al Maryah Island looked like coming down to the finest of margins between the two outstanding time triallists in the field when Dumoulin hurtled through the intermediate time check a mere second ahead of Dennis' provisional best mark. Dennis was already watching from the hot seat at the finish as Dumoulin looked to maintain his advantage over the back end of the course, but the world time trial champion's challenge came to an abrupt end when he was forced into a bike change due to a problem with the electronics in his rear ...

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Abu Dhabi Tour: Stage 4 highlights - Video

Rohan Dennis (BMC) in the green and gold

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) claimed stage 4 victory in the Abu Dhabi Tour time trial, moving himself into the overall lead ahead of the final day. The Australian champion had a tidy gap of 14 seconds over second place Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky), with BMC's Miles Scotson took third. Dennis was one of the favourites going into the stage, but his day was made a little bit easier when his biggest rival Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) suffered a puncture out on course. Dennis started the day in the middle of the pack, with a 13-second deficit to race leader Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). His time of 14:21 was more than enough to put him into the leader’s red jersey, but he faces a summit finish on the final stage if he wants to keep hold of the jersey on the final day. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click ...

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