Chris Froome describes latest reports on salbutamol case as ‘fake news’

Chris Froome at the Tirreno-Adriatico press conference

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) described reports that his salbutamol case has been sent to the UCI’s Anti-Doping Tribunal as ‘fake news’ on Friday evening, only to delete the twitter message a few hours later. The French newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday that Froome’s case had been transferred from the UCI Legal Anti-Doping Services (LADS) to its Anti-Doping Tribunal, suggesting that the UCI LADS had rejected Froome’s explanations as to why his level of salbutamol was double the 1000ng/ml permitted level. Froome's urine sample from an anti-doping control, taken after stage 18 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, was found to have exceeded the permitted limit of the asthma drug salbutamol. The 32-year-old has always denied any wrongdoing and says he is a long-term asthma sufferer. He insists that he knows the rules and has never taken more salbutamol than he is allowed. A few hours after the ...

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The race you forgot about: Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco!

Wonderful race. Ridiculous hats.

Tl;dr – Same as normal, but the time trial’s flatter I like to start my previews with an angle. This time, the angle was handed to me, but boy was it dispiriting. When we were divvying up writing, I offered to cover the Tour of the Basque Country. Chris’ response, in full: “I can’t even think about Spain right now.” Ah, cobbles fever. The boss contracted a terminal case back when PdC still ran on punch cards and a steam-powered server, but anyone who hangs around here long enough will be feeling that way as March rolls into April. Who can think about Spanish cycling when there are two monuments away to the north? So, here’s the deal. I’m not going to try and convince you this is the best race of the next ten days. I won’t harp on about any of these things, though they are all true ...

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Kwiatkowski names Quick-Step Floors as the favourite for Tour of Flanders

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

Michal Kwiatkowski 's build-up to the Tour of Flanders took place a long way south of the grey steeples and low skies of the Flemish Ardennes, but even from the remove of his training base on the Côte d'Azur, the lie of the land was clear. The road to victory in Oudenaarde on Sunday runs through his old teammates at Quick-Step Floors . "Maybe you can't name one guy as a main favourite, but I would give five stars to Quick-Step instead of to any one surname," Kwiatkowski told reporters in Kortrijk on Friday evening. "But there are plenty of other strong guys, like [Tiesj] Benoot or [Peter] Sagan, and it wouldn't be a surprise if they won the race. If you just make the right move, it might be your day. "For sure, Quick-Step play a really big role and have won so many Classics by using the team's ...

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Kwiatkowski joins Sky for Tour of Flanders

Michal Kwiatkowski wins the final stage and the overall at Volta ao Algarve

Team Sky is bringing in Tirreno-Adriatico and Volta ao Algarve winner Michal Kwiatkowski for its team in the Tour of Flanders . Kwiatkowski's palmares are full of victories in all manner of races - Milan-San Remo (2017), the Amstel Gold Race (2015), E3 Harelbeke (2016), Strade Bianche (2014, 2017) and the World Championships, but his record in the Tour of Flanders has been less successful. Out of three starts, his best result was 27th place in 2016 and Sunday will be his first cobbled race of the season. But Kwiatkowski is only one of a handful of possibilities for Team Sky, says directeur sportif Servais Knaven. "It's one of the biggest races of the year so of course everyone is really up for it," Knaven said in a press release. The team also includes 23-year-old Gianni Moscon, who has been there or thereabouts in this week's build-up races and last ...

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Ronde Van Vlaanderen Preview: Who, Where and a Dash of Why

How does this day sneak up on me even though I’ve been waiting for it to come for, oh, about the last nine months? Anyway, the wait is over, the warm-ups have been applied to whatever purpose, and there will never be a better time to tap all those kegs of Kwaremont and Jupiler, for people who actually want to drink it. The Ronde van Vlaanderen is upon us. But before getting down to business, let me digress a moment... You already know, probably, that Vlaanderens Mooiste means Flanders’ most beautiful -- the nickname of the Ronde van Vlaanderen that also pretty well captures how a lot of people feel about it. More than a few of us consider it wielrennens mooiste , the most beautiful race in the sport. That’s a subjective opinion and you aren’t required to share it. You probably don’t if high mountain environments are more ...

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Watch: Quick-Step Floors react to heartbreaking loss at Gent-Wevelgem

Watch: Quick-Step Floors react to heartbreaking loss at Gent-Wevelgem

Joe Robinson 27 Mar 2018 Viviani has been on great form this season but fell just short of victory at Gent-Wevelgem The jubilation of Peter Sagan taking a record-equalling third Gent-Wevelgem win last weekend was beautifully juxtaposed with heart-breaking images of second placed Elia Viviani crying at missed opportunities. Released on the Quick-Step Floors Instagram page, three videos show the utter disappointment of Viviani, his team manger Patrick Lefevere and sports director Wilfried Peeters. Go behind the scenes at Gent-Wevelgem with this video showing the pure emotion of the last kilometer, see how our team lived the finale and what were @eliaviviani %u2019s thoughts after concluding second. #GWE18 #TheWolfpack A post shared by Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team (@quickstep_team) on Mar 27, 2018 at 3:42am PDT Since joining the Quick-Step Floors team at the beginning of the season, Viviani has been on stellar form and already has six victories to his ...

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Rowe, Moscon, Wisniowski in Team Sky's Dwars door Vlaanderen line-up

Luke Rowe (Team Sky)

Team Sky has named their Dwars door Vlaanderen line-up with Gianni Moscon, Luke Rowe, Lukasz Wisniowski and Chris Lawless among their seven starters for Wednesday's race. The quartet will be joined by sprinter Kristoffer Halvorsen, Jon Dibben and Ian Stannard. For Rowe, it will be his second stint on the cobbles after fearing he would miss the Classics altogether following an accident that resulted in a broken leg. He rode his first cobbled race at Nokere Koerse two weeks ago, before riding Milan-San Remo and the recent Coppi e Bartali stage race in Italy. The Welshman has defied expectations in his recovery after breaking his leg in a white water rafting incident last August. Several days after the accident, Rowe said that it was more than likely he would have to miss out the Classics, predicting that he would probably not return to racing until the middle of the season. ...

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Mark Cavendish to ride 2018 Six Day London

Mark Cavendish to ride 2018 Six Day London

Joe Robinson 27 Mar 2018 Manxman to return to velodrome for third consecutive season Mark Cavendish will ride the 2018 Six Day London for the third consecutive year looking to be the first Brit to win the event since 1972. Taking place from 23rd to 28th October, the Manxman will take to the boards again after having competed in the event in 2016 with Sir Bradley Wiggins and 2017 with Pete Kennaugh. The Dimension Data rider's partner for the event is yet to be confirmed although speculation would lead us to believe he will partner with Geraint Thomas (Team Sky). The Manxman has expressed interest in racing the Madison with Thomas at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Talking about the event, Cavendish spoke about how he will be keeping to his 2017 promise. 'I said last year that if people bought tickets I'd come back - well I’m coming! The ...

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Bernal diagnosed with shoulder fractures after Catalunya crash

Egan Bernal (Team Sky) moved into the young rider's jersey

Team Sky have confirmed that Egan Bernal has suffered clavicular and scapular fractures when he crashed during the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Sunday. Bernal fell heavily at speed, six kilometres from the finish line in Montjuic Park on a sweeping downhill left hand bend. The crash happened when Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) slipped on a patch of oil on the road. Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) was also caught up in the crash, although both Martin and Rojas got up to finish the stage. Bernal was more seriously hurt and was taken to hospital, meaning he lost his second place overall behind Alejandro Valverde at the Volta a Catalunya after challenging the Movistar rider all week. Despite crashing out of the race and not knowing how long he will be away from racing, Bernal tried to stay upbeat, focusing on his breakthrough performance in the WorldTour ...

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Where should your money be for the 2018 Tour of Flanders?

Joe Robinson 26 Mar 2018 Which riders should you back ahead of the Tour of Flanders this weekend? The Tour of Flanders is the second Monument of the year and tackles 266.5km of the toughest roads in the Flemish region of Belgium. The race is synonymous with the cobbled 'bergs' that pose the most challenging obstacle for the peloton. Among those are the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg which constitute the final two climbs of the day. While not the steepest climb within the parcour, the Oude Kwaremont is one of the longest at 2.2km long. This extended time climbing the cobbles often sees the peloton fragment as the strongest in the race begin to stretch their legs. What makes this climb even more dangerous is the kilometre or so of false flat cobbles that lie at the top of the hill, allowing riders no time to recover. The Paterberg is ...

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Peter Sagan and Valverde climb WorldTour rankings

Peter Sagan wins Gent-Wevelgem 2018

After a busy week of WorldTour racing, it is all change at the top of the men’s standings. Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) has jumped from sixth to the top of the individual men's WorldTour rankings after claiming his third Volta a Catalunya title, while Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) also surged up the rankings from 14th to second thanks to his win at Gent-Wevelgem . Valverde won two stages on his way to overall success at Catalunya, putting him to the top of the unofficial victory list too, with eight to his name already. Valverde went into the final stage with a slim 16-second advantage over Team Sky’s Egan Bernal, but his victory was all but sealed when Bernal crashed in the final kilometres. Movistar went on to dominate the podium, with Nairo Quintana taking second, while Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) edged out Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) for the ...

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Team of the Week: Week 5

Races of the week: Busiest week of the season so far: Two BIG cobbles races in E3 and Gent-Wevelgem One LITTLE cobbles race in Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde THREE French SSSRs in GP de Denain Porte du Hainaut, Classic Loire Atlantique, and Cholet Pays de Loire THREE Stage Races from little (Tour de Langkawi), to medium (Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali) to big (Volta Ciclista a Catalunya) 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. I gotta say that there’s three-four riders who are in contention for Rider of the Week Naturally they all make the team. In this case I order them by total FSA-DS points they’ve earned for the year. That means....wait for it! Alejandro ...

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Three Pete: Sagan holds off Viviani to take a third Gent-Wevelgem title

World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the 80th edition of the Belgian classic Gent-Wevelgem Sunday, holding off Italian Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) in a small bunch sprint. With the win, Sagan becomes one of six riders to win the Belgian race three times. He’s also become the most successful rider in … The post Three Pete: Sagan holds off Viviani to take a third Gent-Wevelgem title appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bernal crashes out of Volta a Catalunya

Egan Bernal goes on the attack

Egan Bernal 's superb Volta a Catalunya came to a dramatic halt on Sunday during the finale stage 7 as the young Colombian racer skidded and fell within sight of what would have been the biggest result of his career to date - second overall behind eventual winner Alejandro Valverde. Bernal fell heavily at speed, six kilometres from the finish line in Montjuic Park on a sweeping downhill left hand bend. The Volta website reported that Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) and Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) were also caught up in the crash, although both could finish the stage. Team Sky staff in the following car behind quickly stopped and rushed to his aid. The young Colombian was taken to hospital in Barcelona in an ambulance. The extent of his injuries are unknown. A technical, fast, urban circuit looping through a central Barcelona park that is used every year in ...

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Peter Sagan wins Gent-Wevelgem, coming to the front at the perfect moment

Peter Sagan wins Gent-Wevelgem, coming to the front at the perfect moment

Jack Elton-Walters 25 Mar 2018 Peter Sagan looked to have launched too early but held off all challengers to win the 2018 Gent-Wevelgem Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the 2018 Gent-Wevelgem with a powerful sprint from a reduced lead group of around 30 riders. It looked as though the World Champion had been forced into launching his sprint earlier than may have been ideal but no one could get on terms and he crossed the line first. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) crossed the line second after losing position in the group and getting boxed in. His team - in particular Philippe Gilbert - had done the majority of the work in the front group in the hope of setting up a win, but he couldn't finish the job. As the camera focused on Viviani as he sat down after the finish, his dejection at not winning was clear to see. Arnaud ...

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Rosa wins Coppi e Bartali

Diego Rosa (Team Sky) in the leader's jersey at Coppi e Bartali

Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi) won the finale stage 4 time trial at Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali on Sunday. He won the 12.5km course from Fiorano Modenese to Montegibbio in 19:22 beating race leader Diego Rosa (Team Sky) by 28 seconds and Victor de la Parte (Movistar) by 32 seconds. Rosa's time was enough to secure the overall title at the four-day, five-stage race beating nearest rival Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) by 20 seconds and third placed Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) by over a minute. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Volta a Catalunya: Simon Yates wins final stage, Valverde takes overall

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins the final stage of Volta a Catalunya

Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) had to fight every metre of the way to win his third Volta a Catalunya in a dramatic, crash-ridden finale that saw second-placed Egan Bernal (Team Sky) abandon the race injured, and Simon Yates (Michelton-Scott) take the stage win. The defending champion responded personally to several attacks by Bernal and Yates on a tumultuous series of multiple 6.6-kilometre laps of the slippery, hilly final circuit through the Montjuic Park in Barcelona. Yates went clear first with teammate Daryl Impey, then formed a four-rider attack with another Michelton-Scott rider, Carlos Verona. He finally dropped Valverde’s teammate Marc Soler - who had beaten the Briton recently in Paris-Nice - to claim the stage win alone. Valverde, however, remained the overall leader, taking the Volta a Catalunya ahead of Nairo Quintana - the overall winner in 2016 - and Pierre LaTour (AG2R La Mondiale). It was Valverde’s third ...

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Valverde describes freezing conditions at Volta a Catalunya

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) leading Volta a Catalunya overall and mountain classifications

It was a shortened but memorably tough Volta a Catalunya stage 6 where the peloton had to contend with freezing rain, high speeds, treacherous road surfaces, and crosswinds. Race leader Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ), however, quickly dismissed media suggestions this had been his easiest day so far. "Today? It's not been at all straightforward," the nonplussed Movistar racer responded after a short but telling silence in his post stage press conference. "Yes, there wasn't that much climbing, but the cold and rain made it really tough. "That was a point half-way through the stage, where I and the rest of the peloton were all absolutely frozen, chilled to the bone. It's true there weren't any attacks by my rivals, but that was because the weather conditions made the racing so hard. It was more than enough simply getting through the stage." By way of proof, Valverde pointed out that ...

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Froome ‘looks good’ on Roubaix cobbles

Froome ‘looks good’ on Roubaix cobbles

Chris Froome and Team Sky are confident after previewing the cobble sectors that will feature on the ninth stage of the Tour de France. Read the full article at Froome ‘looks good’ on Roubaix cobbles on VeloNews.com .

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Coppi e Bartali: Lawless wins stage 3

Chris Lawless (Team Sky)

Chris Lawless (Team Sky) won stage 3 at Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali from a reduced bunch sprint in Crevalcore on Saturday. He beat Italians Paolo Toto (Sangemini-MG.Kvis) and Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani CSF). Lawless' teammate Diego Rosa was in the front group and retained his lead in the overall classification heading into the final stage on Sunday, a 12.5km time trial from Fiorano Modenese to Montegibbio. Stage 3 at Coppi e Bartali was one for the sprinters, a pan flat 171km circuit in Crevalcore. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) won the uphill finish during the previous day's stage 2, however, Rosa placed a close second and moved into the overall race lead. An early breakaway emerged included Remy Di Gregorio (Delko Marseille), Michal Paluta (CCC), Dimitri Peyskens (WB Aqua Protect), Peter Williams (One Pro Cycling) and Christofer Jurado (Trevigiani), Marco Coledan and Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia). Bardiani CSF, along ...

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