Geraint Thomas 'on track' for Tour de France defense

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas ( Team Sky ) says he is on track to defend his 2018 Tour de France title when the race rolls out of Brussels on July 6 despite a relative lack of race days so far this season and his high-speed crash last week at Tour of the Basque Country. In an interview with the BBC 's BeSpoke podcast , Thomas said he's not far off the form he had last year at this time, and he knows what he's got to do to reach Tour de France fitness. Thomas has raced rather anonymously in the peloton over his 16 race days of far this season, starting the Volta a Valenciana in February. He finished 12th in Strade Bianche, but a stomach bug forced him out of Tirreno-Adriatico on stage 4 last month. Thomas most recently rode Tour of the Basque Country, where he emerged relatively unscathed from ...

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Giro d'Italia to be broadcast with Welsh commentary for the first time

Giro d'Italia to be broadcast with Welsh commentary for the first time

Jack Elton-Walters 18 Apr 2019 S4C will be showing live footage and highlights of the 2019 Giro d'Italia with Welsh-language commentary and analysis With a commentary team that includes the guitarist from the band Pendulum, S4C will be showing the Giro d'Italia in Welsh for the first time. Coverage will include live stages, highlights and analysis all in Welsh and will be available across the entire UK for Welsh speakers outside of the their home nation. This is an extension of the channel's current offering. Seiclo, S4C’s cycling series, has been showing free-to-air coverage of the Tour de France and the Spring Classics since 2014 and will now bring coverage of the season's first Grand Tour. Two and a half to three hours of live coverage will be shown of each stage of the Giro, along with a 30 minute highlights package each evening. Following the race from its start ...

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Team Sky to become Team Ineos at Romandie but new kit saved for Yorkshire

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky will officially become Team Ineos on April 30, a day earlier than planned, with the new name to debut at the Tour de Romandie but their new kit to be held back for the Tour de Yorkshire . Dave Brailsford had planned to launch the new sponsorship and new colours in the UK, home turf for the British-registered team and the petrochemical company run by Britain’s richest man, Jim Ratcliffe. When the replacement for long-term sponsor Sky was announced, it was stated that Ineos would become the sole owners of Tour Racing Limited (the team’s holding company) from May 1, with the Tour de Yorkshire to start in Doncaster on May 2. However, practical problems emerged with the new registration due to the overlap with the Tour de Romandie, which starts two days earlier on April 30. Under UCI regulations, the team were not able to compete in ...

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Rowe gutted after yet another frustrating outing in Paris-Roubaix

Luke Rowe (team Sky)

Luke Rowe (Team Sky) was once again left cursing his luck after a second mechanical in the space of two weeks scuppered his chances of a top-10 in a Monument. In last week's Tour of Flanders , Rowe was forced to change bikes just before a key climb, and in Sunday's Paris-Roubaix the Welshman was left behind by a group competing for the top-10 when he encountered a problem with his chain just before the key sector of cobbles at Carrefour de l'Arbre. Rowe would eventually cross the line in 32nd place, well down on winner Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep). Rowe's performance epitomized Team Sky 's lackluster spring on the cobbles, with moments of promise - such as when Rowe attacked with around 80km to go - but ultimate disappointment. Dylan Van Baarle was the team's best-placed finisher in Paris-Roubaix with 21st. "Dylan and I were in the front most of ...

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Luke Rowe looking to turn Team Sky's classics fortunes around at Paris-Roubaix

Luke Rowe (team Sky)

On the eve of the final race of the 2019 cobbled Classics, Luke Rowe told reporters that Team Sky ’s campaign had not lived up to expectations. However, the Welshman is still determined to turn things around for himself and the team with Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix . Rowe came into the spring classics in strong form with a good showing in the crosswinds of Paris-Nice, but had a difficult return to the cobbles getting his ‘head kicked in’ at E3 BinckBank Classic. There was a promising sixth at Dwars door Vlaanderen but the Tour of Flanders did not go to plan. He decided to skip Scheldeprijs while he got himself ready for Paris-Roubaix. “I’ve been in Belgium now for two and a half weeks it has been a long few weeks. We’ve said that we’ve got a strong team and we are looking to come to these races to compete for ...

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Ridden and rated: The full suspension road bike system used by Team Sky

A small fleet of full suspension road bikes will line up for Paris-Roubaix under Team Sky on Sunday, each featuring a fully automatic lockout function developed by Italian firm HiRide. The technology was launched to the public this week on the back of the new Pinarello Dogma FS, but that’s simply the first bike to … The post Ridden and rated: The full suspension road bike system used by Team Sky appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Hell’s Bells! The Paris-Roubaix Preview

The best race day of the season is upon us. I’m of course talking about the Hell on the Schelde [looks at calendar, then looks at assignment.] Oh, never mind, it looks like the best race day of the season is already behind us. So, I guess we’ll talk about Roubaix, instead. I don’t think I’d be exaggerating in calling Roubaix the most anticipated race day of the season. Sure, it might not have the prestige of the Tour de France or the beer-soaked reverence of Flanders, but what it does have is a penchant for bringing the pain to the peloton like no other race. Its currency is suffering, and we are the sadists that are buying. And the riders are the masochists that enjoy it. I don’t have to remind most of you about the interview that Theo de Rooij gave to John Tesh (who knows a thing ...

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Will the stars finally align for Team Sky in its last “Hell of the North”?

Will the stars finally align for Team Sky in its last “Hell of the North”?

Though Team Sky dominates the grand tours, it has struggled to shine in the northern classics. The team has never won a Paris-Roubaix title. Could this be the year? Read the full article at Will the stars finally align for Team Sky in its last “Hell of the North”? on VeloNews.com .

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Froome to race for Team Sky in Tour of the Alps

Froome to race for Team Sky in Tour of the Alps

Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the Tour of the Alps this month as he steps up preparations for the Tour de France, organizers said on Wednesday.

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Peloton prepares for dry and dusty Paris-Roubaix - Gallery

Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) gives a bottle hand-up to a young fan

Riders were out in force Thursday on the roads of the 2019 Paris-Roubaix and in press conferences around Belgium. Dry weather is expected for Sunday's 117th running of the 'Hell of the North', and riders who were testing their legs on the cobbles Thursday enjoyed clear blue skies and comfortable temperatures for their reconnaissance. After placing his winner's plaque in the outdoor shower of the Roubaix velodrome, defending champion Peter Sagan was out with his Bora-Hansgrohe team, joining other favourites like Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal), Andre Greipel (Area Samsic) and EF Education First with Sep Vanmarcke and Taylor Phinney. Nils Politt and Katusha-Alpecin shared a lap on the Roubaix velodrome with a group of local school-aged children, while Jumbo-Visma's Wout Van Aert pounded out some kilometres alone on the cobbles. Luke Rowe and Team Sky ventured onto the pavè for a day of training, as did Edvald Boasson Hagen and ...

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Castroviejo, Cummings out of Basque Country with fractures

Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky), Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Qu

Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky) and Steve Cummings (Team Dimension Data) have abandoned the Tour of the Basque Country with injuries suffered in crashes on the third stage . Castroviejo was the more seriously injured. He was involved in the large crash with only 6km to go, which also saw Sky teammates Geraint Thomas and Enric Mas hit the road. The Spaniard was initially diagnosed with a fractured collarbone, but further examinations turned up three addition fractures. "One of his ribs is fractured, he has a very small fracture on his left wrist, and he has a stable fracture of parts of his vertebra," Team Sky said on their website. None of these injuries should need any intervention but he will probably require surgery for the collarbone. Castroviejo was expected to leave hospital today and return home for further treatment. His teammate Thomas was luckier, and posted on Twitter, "I landed ...

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Pinarello launches Dogma FS 'full suspended' road bike

The forks have also been redesigned for the bike

Pinarello has launched the Dogma FS, which will be used by Team Sky on Sunday at Paris-Roubaix . The carbon frame features electronic front and rear suspension systems, as used previously on the rear shock of the Pinarello Dogma K10-S. A battery pack is located in the seat tube of the bike and powers the two suspension units, enabling them to adapt to the road surfaces as they change. The bike follows the launch of the new Specialized Roubaix on Wednesday, which also features front and rear suspension systems. Like the Specialized Roubaix, the Pinarello Dogma FS front suspension system uses 20mm of travel but positions it below the head tube on the fork crown. Pinarello's system also uses a metal coil combined with a hydraulic damper and can be adjusted on or off depending on the surface. At the rear of the Pinarello Dogma FS, the suspension unit sits ...

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Pinarello launches first electronic full suspension road bike, Dogma FS

Joe Robinson 11 Apr 2019 Team Sky set to race new front fork suspension endurance Pinarello at Paris-Roubaix this Sunday It has been four years since Pinarello launched its Dogma K8s to much fanfare at Paris-Roubaix in 2014, and it was the Italian brand's first bike to feature the rear suspension system, called DSS 1.0. Built into bikes carbon fibre flexible rear stays, it offered some vertical travel at the rear of the bike to provide a more comfortable ride for the professionals on the cobbles of northern Europe. For average consumers, it promised a smoother ride than Pinarello's stiff, racey F8. Fast forward three years and Pinarello had launched the Dogma K10s disc. A progression from the K8s, the DSS system had now become fully electronic, controlled via a button on the downtube, allowing the rider a degree of choice in the suspension from a full 20mm travel to ...

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Team Sky to ride full-suspension Pinarello Dogma at 2019 Paris-Roubaix

Team Sky to ride full-suspension Pinarello Dogma at 2019 Paris-Roubaix

Pinarello has just released a full suspension version of its Dogma race bike, based around HiRide’s fully-automated electronic suspension system. The bike has 20mm of travel at the fork and 11mm at the rear. It will be ridden by select Team Sky riders at Paris-Roubaix — the most notoriously gnarly race of the classics — this weekend. A version of the bike that had rear suspension only was previously available. Our Oli Woodman spent time on this bike last year and he was very impressed by the system. Riding HiRide’s semi-active suspension system for road bikes Best road bikes 2019: how to choose the right one for you What is Pinarello’s DSAS suspension system and how does it work? The previous version of the suspension-equipped Dogma, the K8-S , featured an elastomer-based rear suspension unit. The same unit is used on this bike but it’s complemented by a fork that ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2019 Paris-Roubaix

Paris-Roubaix. The Hell of the North. Arguably the biggest and most exciting one-day race of the year. The cobbles, the dust, the crashes, the legendary Roubaix velodrome — for the invested bike fan, Paris-Roubaix stands apart from all others. Ahead of Sunday’s 117th edition, we walk you through the Paris-Roubaix course, the cobbles, the contenders … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2019 Paris-Roubaix appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Geraint Thomas in high-speed crash at Basque Tour

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Team Sky 's ambitions for the overall classification in the Tour of the Basque Country took a major hit on Wednesday as Geraint Thomas and Michal Kwiatkowski each lost several minutes on stage 3 after being involved in a high speed crash. Jonathan Castroviejo dropped out of the race with a suspected broken collarbone in the same incident. Thomas was fastest to remount, finishing 5:56 down on stage winner and race leader Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), while Kwiatkowski took longer to get rolling, coming across with teammate Kenny Elissonde 9:38 down. Team Sky doctor Iñigo Sarriegui confirmed that Castroviejo was taken to hospital. "Jonathan is having a scan to check that there is no major injury, but I suspect he has fractured his right clavicle. The scan will show if there are any other associated injuries. We will know more after that," Sarriegui said. Gabriel Rasch, Team Sky's directeur sportif for ...

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Crash knocks Alaphilippe out of GC contention at Tour of the Basque Country

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in the Pais Vasco peloton during stage 3

Julian Alaphilippe is recovering at the Deceuninck-QuickStep team hotel after crashing heavily with 6km to go in stage 3 at the Tour of the Basque Country on Wednesday. "It doesn't look to be anything serious, but I have some abrasions and pain, so the team will continue to monitor me overnight," Alaphilippe said in a statement released by the team. "I really don't know what happened, just that it was a touch of wheels in front of me and in the next moment I was on the ground," he said. "It's the first time in my career that I crash at high speed, but at the end of the day I am happy I could finish the stage. The only thing that we can do now is see how things go and how I feel in the morning." Alaphilippe and teammate Enric Mas were part of a crash near the ...

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Lawless frustrated with third at Scheldeprijs

Christopher Lawless (Team Sky) on the Scheldeprijs podium

What a difference a year makes. Last season, Chris Lawless ( Team Sky ) had been delighted to make the podium at Scheldeprijs , but on Wednesday he finished frustrated with his third place. Another podium finish, after a tough race against some strong sprinters, was something to be happy about, but the Briton was disappointed he had not been able to convert better form into a better result. "It's always nice to be on the podium and third two years in a row sounds good but after getting third last year I wanted a bit more," Lawless told Cyclingnews after visiting the podium in Schoten. "Unfortunately, it was the same result. I'm going better than I was last year and I think I rode it technically a bit better than last year, and that's just the way of the sport. Sometimes you can do everything better in the race ...

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Tour of the Basque Country: Schachmann wins stage 3 in Estibaliz

Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 3 at Tour of the Basque Country

Maximilian Schachmann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) claimed a second stage victory and added to his overall lead in the Tour of the Basque Country on stage 3, sprinting up the final climb in Estibaliz to top Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and Enrico Battaglin (Katusha-Alpecin). A crash with 6km to go took down a large portion of the front of the peloton, including green jersey holder, stage 2 winner and second-placed overall Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and third-placed Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). As a result, Schachmann’s lead ballooned to 33 seconds over Ion Izagirre (Astana), with teammate Patrick Konrad now third on the same time. Now with more comfortable buffer in the rankings, Schachmann thanked his team but acknowledged that there are still some difficult stages to come. “I don’t know what to say. I have to say thank you to my team. I knew I didn’t come to the team as ...

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Jakobsen repeats in Scheldeprijs

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins Scheldeprijs for the second consecutive year

Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) punched his chest and then the air as he dashed across the finish line with the victory at the mid-week classic Scheldeprijs in Schoten. The 22-year-old Dutchman keyed off of a perfectly timed lead-out to take a repeat win ahead of Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) and Chris Lawless (Team Sky). Deceunink-QuickStep hit the front and dragged the field under the kilometre banner and through the final corners of the race. While Jakobsen surfed the front of top sprinters, his teammate Michael Mørkøv offered one last surge as his final lead-out man. Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin) jumped a little too early and was caught and passed by a faster Lawless, and then Walscheid. A patient Jakobsen bided his time and then accelerated off of Walscheid's wheel, with what was the fastest sprint, passing both the Sunweb rider and then Lawless to take a convincing victory. How it ...

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