Team Sky/Wiggins case could bring welcome – and powerful – changes to UK law

Buried in last week’s scathing report into Bradley Wiggins’s use of triamcinolone and the so-called ‘jiffy bag affair’ was a recommendation that could have a broad-reaching effect on UK Sport and, in theory, potentially act as a catalyst for change elsewhere: Criminalise the supply of banned substances to athletes. The World Anti Doping Agency has … The post Team Sky/Wiggins case could bring welcome – and powerful – changes to UK law appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Milan-San Remo

With Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice now behind us, it’s time for the first Monument of the season: Milan-San Remo. At nearly 300km long it’s the longest one-day race of the year and a true test of early season fitness. In this preview we bring you up to speed on the course, the riders to watch, and … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Milan-San Remo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lizzie Deignan pregnancy puts cycling career on hold

Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans)

Former world champion Lizzie Deignan announced on Wednesday that she is expecting her first child in September with husband and Team Sky pro Philip Deignan. The Boels Dolmans rider had already declined a spot on Great Britain's team for the Commonwealth Games, where she won the road race four years ago, and had not yet started racing this season. She made the announcement of her pregnancy via Instagram. "Philip and I are delighted to announce that we are expecting our first child in September," Lizzie Deignan said. "We both feel incredibly lucky and grateful that we are going to become parents. We are excited and full of anticipation for how our lives are going to change." Deignan aims to follow in the footsteps of numerous fellow professionals who have returned to the top level of the sport after becoming parents, with an aim at the 2019 World Championships in Yorkshire ...

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Kristoff takes aim at Milan-San Remo repeat

Alexander Kristoff celebrates with his UAE Team Emirates teammates

With all eyes on Tirreno-Adriatico winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) ahead of his Milan-San Remo defence, and on another top contender Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), betting types could well be kicking themselves on Sunday if they hadn't put a wager on Alexander Kristoff . The European champion made history in Milan-San Remo in 2014 as the first Norwegian winner. Kristoff also came a close second to John Degenkolb the following year after a somewhat premature lead-out. The 30-year-old has a passion for the race, and aiming to be a "major player" on Saturday. "I've always really liked the Milano-Sanremo and this appeal only increased once I'd won it," Kristoff said in a team press release. The UAE Team Emirates sprinter has showed himself to be back to his best during his trio of races in the Middle East, where he racked up two wins including one at the end of a ...

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Kwiatkowski: It doesn't matter if I'm the favourite or not

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) in the leader's jersey in Tirreno-Adriatico

Milan-San Remo is the easiest Monument to finish, but the hardest to win, so said Mark Cavendish. But what about winning it twice? After beating Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a dramatic finale last year, Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) is targeting a second this weekend. Only 14 riders have won the Italian Monument on more than one occasion – Eddy Merckx is the undoubted champion with seven wins. The number of those that have won the race in consecutive seasons is even fewer - eight to be exact – and the Polish former world champion is also looking to become the first back to back winner since Erik Zabel in 1998. Kwiatkowski has shown that he is in great form heading into the race by winning Tirreno-Adriatico ahead of Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing), but says that he's not putting pressure on himself as he looks to defend his La Primavera title. ...

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Tirreno time trial win stokes Dennis' confidence for May

Rohan Dennis celebrates his win in the final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico

Despite finishing well below his second place overall at Tirreno-Adriatico last year, Rohan Dennis ( BMC Racing ) said his win in the final time trial will give him a confidence boost as he makes his final preparations for a general classification run at the Giro d'Italia in May. Dennis was never supposed to be BMC's go-to GC guy at Tirreno this year, choosing instead to tailor his training toward the Italian Grand Tour in less than two months. The leadership role at Tirreno started with Richie Porte, who then had to withdraw before the start due to illness. "Once he was out, obviously, Damiano [Caruso] was called up as the leader for GC," Dennis said during the post-race press conference. "I was hopeful that I could try and repeat what I did last year or go a little bit better, but sometimes it just doesn't happen like that." Dennis ...

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VN podcast, ep. 74: What would Sky do without Froome? Paris-Nice and Tirreno analysis

VN podcast, ep. 74: What would Sky do without Froome? Paris-Nice and Tirreno analysis

This week's Tirreno-Adriatico race got us thinking: What would Team Sky do without Chris Froome? Read the full article at VN podcast, ep. 74: What would Sky do without Froome? Paris-Nice and Tirreno analysis on VeloNews.com .

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Caruso takes heart from holding second overall at Tirreno-Adriatico

Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing)

Damiano Caruso ( BMC Racing ) dug deep to try to gain three seconds on Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) in the final 10km time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico , but when the clock was stopped and the final classification confirmed, the 30-year-old Sicilian had to be content with second place, having held off Geraint Thomas to stop a Team Sky one-two. Caruso set a time of 11:55, but Kwiatkowski was significantly faster in 11:34, ensuring the overall victory and the winner's trident trophy by 24 seconds. Caruso could take heart from holding off Thomas, who moved past Mikel Landa (Movistar) to complete the 2018 podium, eight seconds down on Caruso. "I think this is a really good result for me. Everyone knows the story of this week and how the race went. I'm happy," Caruso said. "I know that Michal Kwiatkowski is really strong in time trials; I knew ...

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Geraint Thomas: If I was lifting up a cobble I'd forget about this race

Damiano Caruso, Michal Kwiatkowski and Geraint Thomas on the final Tirreno-Adriatico podium

Geraint Thomas ( Team Sky ) made up for the crushing disappointment of a mechanical spoiling his chance to win the Tirreno-Adriatico overall, moving himself up onto the podium in third place behind teammate Michal Kwiatkowski and BMC's Damiano Caruso. In the final stage time trial, he unseated former teammate Mikel Landa, but the result was little consolation, however, for the latest in a string of bad luck events that has plagued the Welshman's career lately. Thomas had a slim hold on the leader's jersey heading into the queen stage to Sarnano Sassotetto, but was in a good position when Landa kicked off the attacks, surrounded by Sky teammates. But a mechanical stopped him with 1km to go on the climb. He had none other than Chris Froome at his side to pace him to the finish, but even a five-time Grand Tour champion couldn't save the day. He ended ...

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Peter Sagan and Kwiatkowski in a war of words before Milan-San Remo

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) leads the breakaway onto the Via Roma in Milan-San Remo

Tirreno-Adriatico has only just ended and Milan-San Remo is still four days away, but Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) and Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) have already begun to square off like prize fighters, using their battle in last year's race to raise the stakes for Saturday. Last year Kwiatkowski beat Sagan and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) in a shoulder-to-shoulder sprint after they got away on the Poggio following Sagan's powerful attack. Kwiatkowski played mind games and bluffed with Sagan in the final kilometres to save his strength for the sprint. Sagan generously led out the sprint in Via Roma thinking he was the strongest, only for Kwiatkowski to beat him at the line. Sagan often says that 'the show' is more important that winning but revealed that he has never wanted to watch the video of last year's race. He is clearly still smarting from that defeat, despite ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 highlights - Video

Michał Kwiatkowski in the Team Sky white jersey

Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) secured overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday, finishing 12th in the 10km individual time trial, 20 seconds behind stage winner Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing). The Pole took the general classification win by 24 seconds over Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) and 32 over Team Sky's Geraint Thomas, who moved onto the final podium with a 13th-place finish. Dennis took the stage win after covering the pancake-flat course in dry conditions with a time of 11:14. Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) came closest to toppling the Australian national champion but was four seconds shy and had to settle for second place. Team Sky's Jonathan Castroviejo was a further four seconds back for third. Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) set an early best time of 11:22, a mark that had him sitting for more than half an hour in the hot seat before Dennis came along and knocked him from ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Dennis delivers in final TT; Kwiatkowski wins GC

Tirreno-Adriatico: Dennis delivers in final TT; Kwiatkowski wins GC

Australian time trial ace Rohan Dennis (BMC) won stage 7 of Tirreno-Adriatico Tuesday, and Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski defended Read the full article at Tirreno-Adriatico: Dennis delivers in final TT; Kwiatkowski wins GC on VeloNews.com .

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Kwiatkowski holds on to win the overall

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing)

Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) took the overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico after extending his race lead in a wet time trial. Kwiatkowski went into the final stage with a three-second advantage over Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing), but put time into the Italian over the 10-kilometre course. In the blue skinsuit of race leader, victory never looked in doubt for Kwiatkowski, who posted a time of 11:34, just 20 seconds shy of the day's winner Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing). Caruso gave away 21 seconds to Kwiatkowski, but held onto second place in the overall standings, despite a strong ride from Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) that saw him leapfrog Mikel Landa (Movistar) into the final podium spot. "When I was warming up it started raining so I was scared something might go wrong. I had to go with lower tyre pressure. It was tricky, I don't know if there were crashes ...

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Peter Sagan to lead Bora-Hansgrohe at Milan-San Remo

Peter Sagan waves to the crowds

Peter Sagan will head up Bora-Hansgrohe 's team at this weekend's Milan-San Remo as he looks to win the Italian Monument for the first time. Backing the world champion will be key support riders Marcus Burghardt, Daniel Oss, and Maciej Bodnar, who are racing with him at Tirreno-Adriatico this week. His brother Juraj Sagan is part of the seven-man team, having raced at Paris-Nice last week, with Andreas Schillinger and Cesare Benedetti completing the line-up. Sagan has raced Milan-San Remo every year since making his debut in 2011 and has never been outside the top 20. He has twice been on the podium, finishing second in 2013 and 2017, but has not yet taken to the top step. In 2013, he was widely seen as the favourite to win alongside Fabian Cancellara. However, with the pair watching each other, Gerald Ciolek was able to take advantage and claimed a surprise ...

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Three radical steps to derail doping in elite sport

Three radical steps to derail doping in elite sport

Elite British cycling outfit Team Sky “crossed an ethical line” by giving medicines to squad members which could be used to enhance performance, according to the new UK parliamentary committee report into doping in British cycling and athletics.

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Pinotti: It's against all odds but Tirreno is not over until the fat lady sings

Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) back in blue at Tirreno-Adriatico

Logic and consensus all point to Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) sealing the Tirreno-Adriatico victory in Tuesday's 10km time trial but the history books will provide his chief rival Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) with more than a shred of hope. The Team Sky rider will set off last in the San Benedetto time trial , rolling down the start ramp at 15:48 CET, two minutes after Caruso. The Pole holds a slim three-second lead over his BMC Racing rival, with Mikel Landa, Geraint Thomas, and Rigoberto Uran set to fight it out for the final step on the podium. To illustrate just how close the battle between Caruso and Kwiatkowski could be, the Team Sky rider attempted to pinch a two-second time bonus on stage 6. He was shut down by two BMC riders in Greg Van Avermaet and Patrick Bevin. Every second counts. Caruso, who has raced Tirreno-Adriatico ...

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Phinney up for Tirreno-Adriatico TT and full Classics campaign

Taylor Phinney and Alberto Bettiol joke around

Taylor Phinney ( EF Education First-Drapac ) will test his time trial form in the final 10km stage at Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday but is also eyeing a successful cobbled Classics campaign and even a ride at the Tour de France , using his personal 'mindfulness' skills to survive life on the road and the peloton. Phinney has struggled to get back to his very best since his career-threatening crash at the 2014 US national road race championships. The incident left him with severe injuries to his left knee and leg muscles and he missed most of the 2015 season to undergo rehabilitation and rebalance his muscle strength. He fought to return to the peloton but the difficult journey back to fitness changed him as a person. He was close to quitting the sport in the spring of 2016 and opted to move from BMC to Cannondale-Drapac. He enjoyed riding the ...

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Geraint Thomas: I don't do quiet days

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas ' eventful Tirreno-Adriatico continued on stage 6 when the Welshman was hit by a late puncture with around 10 kilometres to go. A frantic chase ensued before he regained contact with the peloton and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) won the stage. Thomas finished safely in the bunch to keep his hopes of a podium alive. The race ends on Tuesday with a 10.5km time trial, and Thomas is six seconds off Mikel Landa's (Movistar) third place. "There's no such thing as a quiet day for me," Thomas told Cyclingnews as he warmed down outside the Team Sky bus. Thomas held the leader's jersey after the first uphill finish in the race but saw his chances of victory evaporate on the race's queen stage when an untimely mechanical saw him lose contact with his rivals. Stage 6 was destined to end in a sprint but first a puncture and then ...

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Peloton is mum as Team Sky weathers political storm

Peloton is mum as Team Sky weathers political storm

Team Sky is facing criticism from all angles, yet its riders are finding ways to succeed at the races, despite persistent questions. Read the full article at Peloton is mum as Team Sky weathers political storm on VeloNews.com .

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Peloton is mum as clouds swirl around Team Sky

Peloton is mum as clouds swirl around Team Sky

Team Sky is facing criticism from all angles, yet its riders are finding ways to succeed at the races, despite persistent questions. Read the full article at Peloton is mum as clouds swirl around Team Sky on VeloNews.com .

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