Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage 3 highlights - Video

Primoz Roglic after his stage 17 victory at the Tour de France

The third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico shook off the sprint formula and put a carrot in front of the GC men, with a short, sharp uphill finish into Trevi a test for the pure climbers. It was Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo) who chose the right moment to attack, hitting out of an already select group with just over a kilometre to go. Although there was a furtive chase first from Chris Froome's Team Sky, and then a punch attack out of the group by Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), all efforts were too late to reel in the Slovenian. Roglic shot one arm up with forefinger raised, number one on the day as Yates scrambled to the line three seconds in arrears, while Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) held off the chasers - who were led to the line by Sky's Geraint Thomas - for third. All was not lost for Team Sky, however, as ...

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Paris-Nice: Molard surprises on stage 6 in Vence

Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ)

Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) surprised with a hard-fought solo victory during stage 6 of Paris-Nice on the climb in Vence. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) finished second in the chase ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors). Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), raced in for fourth place, and kept his lead in the overall classification after a challenging finale that saw second placed Wout Poels (Team Sky) crash and break his collarbone . Alaphilippe moved into second place overall, now 22 seconds behind Sanchez while Marc Soler (Movistar) is third at 26 seconds. It was only the second win of Molard's career, but a prestigious one ahead of some big names. "It's fantastic, Groupama-FDJ's second victory Paris-Nice, and my first WorldTour victory," Molard said, adding he had some extra motivation and knowledge. "I live in Antibes nearby, I knew the final climb - I've done it a dozen times - and when the route ...

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A whole new weld: The Allez Sprint, the young guns and the aluminum revival

Supported by With the groundbreaking Allez Sprint, there's a convincing case for the return of an aluminum frame to the peloton – and in partnership with arguably the world's best development squad, Hagens-Berman Axeon, Specialized are making it happen. The post A whole new weld: The Allez Sprint, the young guns and the aluminum revival appeared first on CyclingTips .

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11spd: This week's best new bike gear

11spd: This week's best new bike gear

Here in the UK the snow may now have thawed and bread and milk is once again on our shelves, but there are still stock issues at our local KFC. In more relevant news, we were delighted to learn that B’Twin is continuing to create very good B’Twin bikes at very reasonable prices , although it also became apparent that we won’t be calling them B’Twin for much longer . We also got a leg over Canyon’s feisty new electrified Spectral and learned just what it takes to win a Zwift national championship . But that’s not why you’re here. Here’s the shiny stuff… Pirelli PZero Velo 4S tyre Pirelli made an impressive return to cycling tyres last year with its three model PZero Velo range.We quickly fell for the regular PZero Velo tyre , which went on to score a full 4.5/5 stars thanks to its supple casing and ...

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Comment: Whatever happens now, cycling in the UK will always be indebted to Sir Bradley Wiggins

Jack Elton-Walters 12 Mar 2018 Clouds are gathering over Bradley Wiggins, but cycling in the UK will always owe him for its growth since 2012 For some time now, questions have been piling up about the practices of Team Sky with regards to the career and victories of Sir Bradley Wiggins . Ever since the story about the infamous jiffy bag was first broken by Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail back in September 2016 the saga has rumbled on with no end in sight. Since then, there have been questions, rumours, denials, corrections and Parliamentary hearings. Despite all that, and claims from Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford about the package's contents - he says it was the decongestant Fluimicil - in truth we are little the wiser and most people are far from satisfied. The news bubbled back to the surface recently, making the front covers of a ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Roglic wins stage 3 in Trevi

Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo)

Primoz Roglic ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) won stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico after attacking on the steep slopes of the climb to Trevi. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) desperately tried to bridge the gap but finished three seconds back while Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) was third an additional three seconds behind. "I have already lost some sprints in my career, and I knew I shouldn't wait until the end, and I would go earlier. I just went all out, and it was enough," said Roglic, who was caught up in a crash on the previous stage and lost all prospects for the overall classification. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) moved into the overall lead with the same time as runner-up Greg Van Avermaet (BMC). Team Sky showed their overall strength in the general classification as Chris Froome now sits in third place at three seconds back and Michal Kwiatkowski is fifth, nine seconds down. "A ...

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Poels keen to lead Sky if Chris Froome is sidelined by ban

Wout Poels leads Chris Froom up the Angliru during stage 20 at  the Vuelta

Wout Poels ’ off-hand confirmation, after his victory in Wednesday’s time trial stage of Paris-Nice, that he is riding this year’s Giro d’Italia came as a surprise to many. But the possibility – if Chris Froome is subject to a ban following his Adverse Analytical Finding for Salbutamol – of leading Team Sky at the corsa rosa fails to unnerve him. "I am just focused on my training and racing,” Poels said in St Etienne. "I'm ready to lead the team, but I hope Chris and I start the Giro together." Poels already has good memories of the Giro, based on his performance in the 2014 edition of the Italian race, in which his team leader, Rigoberto Urán, then with Omega Pharma-Quick Step, finished second behind Nairo Quintana. "I was Uran’s key helper in the mountains,” Poels said on Thursday. "I know the Zoncolan from that Giro because I worked ...

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Eisel: I'm more concerned with losing Cavendish than a Team Sky story from years ago

Bernhard Eisel (Dimension Data)

Bernhard Eisel ( Dimension Data ) has offered his opinion on his former squad, Team Sky , and denied that he was part of a group within the squad that allegedly took corticosteroids in a bid to lean up for the Tour de France in 2012. The allegation was made by an anonymous source cited in the British parliament select committee's report , 'Combatting Doping in Sport.' The allegation has been denied by Bradley Wiggins , who rode for Team Sky and won the Tour de France in 2012, Team Sky and now Eisel. The Austrian rider rode for Team Sky between 2012 and 2015, before moving to Dimension Data the following season. Speaking at Tirreno-Adriatico , Eisel told Cyclingnews : "I'm not in a position to make my statement about the whole situation about Team Sky, and what was going on. I can talk about myself but there's a ...

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Chris Froome survives late scare after stage 2 crash at Tirreno-Adriatico

Chris Froome at the start of stage 2 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) came through unscathed in a late scare on stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatic o after a crash in the bunch threatened to ruin the British rider's GC prospects. Several riders hit the deck in a high-speed fall inside the final seven kilometres, and although Froome was not taken down he was held up by the fall. Froome and the chase group eventually made it back to the leaders before Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) won the stage ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo). "I wasn't involved but I was held up," Froome told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on the rollers outside the Team Sky bus. "The road was blocked with riders, and it was big, big pile up. It took a couple of kilometres to come back to the front, but I was with Jonathan [Castroviejo] and Gianni [Moscon]. They helped me get ...

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Geraint Thomas: We've never even joked about corticosteroid use at Team Sky

Geraint Thomas  and Chris Froome at the back of the Team Sky train

Geraint Thomas strenuously denies that he and other Team Sky riders have used corticosteroids in order to lose weight. The assertion comes after the British parliament select committee published their report , 'Combatting Doping in Sport.' The parliamentary report included testimony from an anonymous source who indicated that Bradley Wiggins and other Team Sky riders were treated with corticosteroids out of competition in order to shed weight ahead of the 2012 Tour de France. Thomas was not part of the Tour de France group that year due the fact that he concentrated his efforts around the team pursuit at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He has raced the Tour de France several times with Team Sky, having joined them in 2010 for their inaugural season. Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins have refuted the claims made by the anonymous source. Wiggins, as revealed through the Fancy Bears hackers, was treated with ...

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Paris-Nice: Cousin wins stage 5 in Sisteron

Direct Energie's Jerome Cousin claimed a cagey victory in stage 5 of Paris-Nice

Direct Energie 's Jerome Cousin claimed a cagey victory in stage 5 of Paris-Nice, playing a smart strategic finale with breakaway companion Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin). With the peloton charging behind, Cousin calmly waited until the final 200 metres to make his move, powering to the line well ahead of the German. The sprint was led home just four seconds later, with André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) taking third. Race leader Luis Leon Sánchez (Astana) maintained his position on the stage, while Cousin's day-long efforts in the breakaway also earned him the polka dot jersey for taking the mountains classification lead. Sánchez leads Wout Poels (Team Sky) in the overall by 15 seconds, with Quick-Step Floors' Julian Alaphilippe and Movistar's Marc Soler another 11 seconds back. "I had cramps towards the end," Cousin said. "The goal was to go for the breakaway and take the KOM jersey. I did not spare my ...

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Chris Froome: Lappartient should raise his concerns in person – not through the media

Chris Froome at the Tirreno-Adriatico press conference

Chris Froome has responded to David Lappartient's assertion that it would be a "disaster" if he were to race the this year's Tour de France with his doping case unresolved, telling Cyclingnews that the UCI president should voice his concerns directly instead of through the media. Lappartient was hard hitting in an interview with the BBC on Wednesday. As well as calling for a UCI anti-doping investigation into TUE use by Bradley Wiggins and Team Sk y, he said that if Froome competed in the world's biggest race with the possibility of a ban hanging over him, it would be harmful to the sport's reputation. A verdict is still pending on Froome's adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at last year's Vuelta España. Since the asthma drug is a 'specified' substance on WADA's prohibited list, the Team Sky rider was not provisionally suspended, but will be banned unless he can convince ...

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UCI chief calls for Team Sky investigation

UCI chief calls for Team Sky investigation

World cycling's governing body should investigate whether Britain's Team Sky broke anti-doping rules, says UCI President David Lappartient.

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Lappartient calls for Team Sky investigation, team will 'welcome any review'

Lappartient calls for Team Sky investigation, team will 'welcome any review'

Joe Robinson 8 Mar 2018 Head of UCI calls for Sutton to explain his comments and for a new investigation to be launched Team Sky have responded to calls by UCI president David Lappartient for a new investigation into the Bradley Wiggins jiffy bag scandal by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, saying they 'welcome any review'. In an interview with the BBC yesterday, Lappartient expressed his disappointment at the findings of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's 'Doping in Sport' report, suggesting this new information could lead to a fresh inquiry. 'It's sad to see that when Team Sky was launched, I remember they say 'we will be clean, we will win races and be clean, more white than white'. We can see in this report that it seems to be a little bit different,' said Lappartient. "We have the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, they have the power of investigation. I ...

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BMC start Tirreno-Adriatico on a high note

BMC start Tirreno-Adriatico on a high note

For the third year running, BMC Racing Team won the inaugural team time trial of Tirreno-Adriatico with an advantage of four seconds over Mitchelton - Scott and nine seconds over Team Sky. For the second year in a row, Italy’s Damiano Caruso crossed the line in first position to take the overall lead.

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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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Tirreno TTT featuring Froome, Bardet, Dumoulin & Kittel – Podcast

Chris Froome draws a crowd at the Tirreno-Adriatico press conference

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to by Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville – we analyse the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico . In Italy, BMC Racing won the stage , with Mitchelton Scott and Team Sky completing the podium. In the podcast, we hear from Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) with his thoughts on his team's current status after the Select Committee's report and his own case . We hear from Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet on their form, their Grand Tour ambitions and Froome's participation in the race, while Marcel Kittel talks about teething problems since his move to Katusha-Alpecin and how he is trying to get back to winning ways here in Italy – a country he's not competed in since 2016. European Editor Stephen Farrand talks about the history and relevance of the race, and we also discuss ...

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Lappartient wants CADF to investigate Team Sky

UCI president David Lappartient faced questions from the media

UCI President David Lappartient wants to have the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, the UCI's independent testing and adjudication body, investigate Team Sky in the wake of the publication of the report summarising the findings of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on combating doping in sport. Although UKAD last year declined to find Team Sky violated anti-doping rules and has kept their inquiry closed after the publication of the report, the Select Committee highlighted behaviour from the team that, while technically not in violation of the rules, pushed ethical boundaries. "Contrary to the testimony of David Brailsford in front of the Committee, we believe that drugs were being used by Team Sky, within the WADA rules, to enhance the performance of riders, and not just to treat medical need," the report stated. In an interview with the BBC , Lappartient noted the report and suggested that the CADF should ...

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UCI President Lappartient wants investigation into Team Sky

Supported by UCI President David Lappartient has called for the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, an independent arm of the UCI, to open an investigation into the medical practices at Team Sky half a decade ago. The Frenchman described the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system of the time as “a little bit simple,” and called into question the legitimacy … The post UCI President Lappartient wants investigation into Team Sky appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Mitchelton-Scott set up Adam Yates' GC run with TTT performance

Mitchelton-Scott ride to second place at the Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial

Mitchelton-Scott director Matt White was convinced that the Australian WorldTour team were on course to win the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico , but he could only watch in disappointment as BMC Racing came home four seconds faster to push his team down to second place on the day. "It's always disappointing when you don't win, but it was so close, and overall we are happy with the result and how that sets us up for the rest of the week," White said. "What we saw today was a really selfless ride from the team. Our goal was to go out hard, and that meant that we had to sacrifice a couple of guys, our sprinter Caleb [Ewan], Luka [Mezgec] and Jack [Bauer] all did what they could and kept the speed high, which enabled us to have a very good ride today." Luke Durbridge crossed the line first ...

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