Brailsford: No Ineos riders have TUE's for the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas with David Brailsford and Egan Bernal

Team Ineos manager Dave Brailsford sat centre stage between Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal as they faced questions from a packed hotel room in Brussels less than 24 hours from the start of the Tour de France. With Chris Froome unable to target a fifth Tour de France victory after his crash at the Criterium du Dauphine, Thomas and Bernal share team leadership and carry hopes of another overall victory for the British super-team, with Brailsford confident he can keep any internal rivalry under control. Brailsford updated the media on Froome's return home from the hospital but focused on the here and now, with little time for nostalgia at the start of the Tour de France. "It's a big disappointment not to have Chris Froome here but sport is sport. We have a new baseline and we move forward. With these two guys couldn't want for a better team. We're ...

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Dave Brailsford: 'To my knowledge nobody has a TUE'

Dave Brailsford: 'To my knowledge nobody has a TUE'

Peter Stuart 5 Jul 2019 Brailsford says that to his knowledge no Ineos athlete enters the Tour with a TUE, as he discusses prospects for joint leaders Sir Dave Brailsford has claimed that to his knowledge no Team Ineos riders enter the Tour de France with a Therapeutic Use Exemption for substances that would otherwise be prohibited. 'To knowledge nobody has a TUE. To my knowledge,' Brailsford said in a press conference today ahead of the Tour's Grand Depart in Brussels tomorrow. He clarified that he was willing to seek clarification from Team Ineos medical staff. 'We can ask the doctor afterward if you like,’ he added. The use of TUEs has become increasingly important for Team Ineos' public image, after the DCMS Select Committee determined that Team Sky ' crossed an ethical line ' by using potentially performance-enhancing drugs as permitted treatments for medical conditions. At the Team Ineos ...

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Trek-Segafredo show off new white jersey design at Tour de France teams presentation

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) at the team presentation at the Tour de France

After Bora-Hansgrohe revealed their special white and green jerseys for this year's Tour de France , and Lotto Soudal announced their slightly changed Soudal Lotto jerseys, Trek-Segafredo displayed their one-off white jerseys at the Tour teams presentation in Brussels on Thursday. As a number of other teams have in the past, Trek-Segafredo have opted for a predominantly white design for their riders to wear during the heat of July's race. While the team's all-black shorts remain unchanged, kit manufacturer Santini are also providing the team with special white-and-red track mitts and cotton caps to complete the look, with the replica kit also being made available for the public to buy. "Competing in the Tour de France is always special for any athlete, but being part of a team as tight-knit as ours makes it even more so," team leader and GC hopeful Richie Porte said in a press release. "I ...

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Leadership question lingers for Quintana and Landa at Tour de France

Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, and Mikel Landa all smiles in Brussels

It was all smiles at the Movistar press conference on Thursday but, in a huge conference room at the Crowne Plaza hotel near Brussels airport, the big elephant in the room was the simple but also complex question: who will be team leader for the Spanish squad at the Tour de France? In 2018, Movistar presented their three tenors - Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa - putting them on an equal footing and insisting they had the combined strength to take on Team Sky and anyone else. That plan failed miserably, with Landa finishing 7th, Quintana 10th and Valverde 14th. Movistar changed their plans for 2019. Quintana claimed he was team leader and built his season around the Tour de France, while Landa and Valverde were supposed to target the Giro d’Italia. Crashes, injuries and destiny have thrown them all together yet again for July. Valverde has taken ...

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Peter Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe reveal new white jersey for Tour de France

Peter Sagan and Daniel Oss model the new kit

Peter Sagan and his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates will race in white at the Tour de France , with a special-edition new kit revealed on Thursday. Bora-Hansgrohe's standard 2019 kit is black, with green chevrons on the front. The green remains, but the black top half of the jersey has been replaced by white. It follows similar changes from Team Sky and Trek-Segafredo two years ago, both of whom went white for the three weeks of the Tour. Under UCI rules, teams are allowed one change of kit per season. Bora-Hansgrohe have only changed their jersey, with the riders continuing to wear black shorts with green trim. It means Peter Sagan's spell in non-standard jerseys will last another three weeks. Since June 2011, he has either worn the jersey of Slovakian road race champion, or world road race champion, only ever wearing team-issue kit in time trials or Slovakian road race championships ...

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Neon Velo Pro Fit Aero Jersey, Pro Fit Bib Shorts and Lightweight Gilet review

James Spender Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:34 Perfectly fine race-level kit, but the price isn’t justified 3.5 / 5 Neon Velo Pro Fit Aero Jersey: £120 / Neon Velo Pro Fit Bib Shorts: £170 / Neon Velo Lightweight Gilet: £99 British-based Neon Velo has been offering clothing since 2014, using input from a variety of riders from its sponsored teams in road and cyclocross , including multiple 'cross national champ Ian Field. It is, in its own words, ‘A boutique cycling brand… with a strong race heritage and ongoing race programme.’ As such, this UK designed, Italian made kit has a true race fit. The Aero Jersey is compressive bordering tight (although admittedly I’m much chunkier than your average whippet), with long, sharply finished sleeves cut by laser and finished on the underside with silicone bands. The bibshorts are slightly more relaxed, with a lightweight seatpad that also speaks ...

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Tour de France: We've lost Froome but we have Thomas and Bernal, says Portal

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Team Ineos may have lost Chris Froome to a Critérium du Dauphiné crash but the powerful British team still head into the Tour de France with Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal as prospective candidates for the maillot jaune. That said, their directeur sportif, Nicolas Portal, has warned that the team must start strongly with several key stages dotted within the first week. Although the first stage in Brussels is likely to end in a bunch sprint the following day comprises of a 27.6km team time trial around the Belgian capital. The time gaps expected could be crucial over the three-week race and it's little wonder that Team Ineos arrive at the race with a team of individuals who race well against the clock. On stage 6 the race reaches the first summit finish of the 2019 edition of the race at La Planche Des Belles Filles and the gaps could ...

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The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France

Two of the most successful riders in professional cycling are headed to the Tour de France flying under the radar. My advice: Don’t sleep on Vincenzo Nibali or Alejandro Valverde as GC threats. While most lists of pre-race favorites look to Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Jakob Fuglsang, Adam Yates, and Richie Porte, there’s exactly one … The post The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team Ineos to use Muc-Off's '£6,000 chain' at Tour de France

Muc-Off say their nanotech-treated chains could save Team Ineos 10 Watts at this year's Tour de Fran

Team Ineos will be using Muc-Off’s specially treated Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 chains at this year’s Tour de France as the British squad mount their challenge for a seventh Tour de France victory. Muc-Off’s nanotube chain (NTC) was first developed by the British brand for Bradley Wiggins’ Hour Record attempt in 2015 and has subsequently been used by Team Sky, now Team Ineos, at the team’s biggest races since. Muc-Off first partnered with the team in 2014. Tour de France 2019: The Essential Guide The nine-step process to treat the Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 chains uses a process of cleaning, bedding in and treating the chains for the smoothest possible drivetrain. The initial process for Wiggins’ Hour Record cost the brand £6,000 in development, with Muc-Off claiming a gain of 337 metres in the attempt versus a standard chain with dry lube. The NTC chain was developed through Muc-Off MD Alex Trimnell ...

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Named after the Southern Hemisphere constellation of Ara, the Tour of Ara was a race ridden on pre-1999 South African-built steel racing bicycles in the proud tradition of the early Italian multi-day stage races. Held between 2014 and 2018, the six-day Tour followed a tough dirt-road route through the beautiful but harsh semi-desert of South … The post Vintage steel, African desert: Inside the weird and wonderful Tour of Ara appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Fran Millar becomes CEO of Team Ineos

Fran Millar becomes CEO of Team Ineos

Joseph Delves 27 Jun 2019 New role makes Millar one of the most powerful women in pro cycling Fran Millar has moved into one of the top jobs at Team Ineos. The development was reported by Tom Cary in The Telegraph . Formerly director of business operations, Millar has been with the team since its founding in 2009. Alongside her former role, she was also head of the team’s 'Winning Behaviours' programme. In the decade since the team’s launch, Millar has been a constant presence working behind the scenes. One of the earliest hires by general manager Sir David Brailsford, Millar was involved even before the squad’s launch and has been instrumental in their success since. Now head of Team Ineos 's operational and governance systems, she’d formerly been responsible for managing the team’s public relations operations, internal ethics and finances. See related Film Review: David Millar rages against the ...

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With less than two weeks until the start of the Tour de France, two riders have emerged as the bookmakers’ top favorites. One is the defending champion. The other is a 22-year-old, with a single, solitary Grand Tour start under his belt, who isn’t even the number-one GC rider on his team. Wait, what? Could … The post Can Egan Bernal win the Tour de France? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Some riders have long and illustrious careers, competing at the highest level for two decades. Others burn bright over a much shorter period, seemingly disappearing from the spotlight in just a few short years. Norway’s Oskar Svendsen is an example of the latter. From 2012 through to 2014 Svendsen was one of the promising riders … The post What the highest-ever VO2max tells us about genetics and cycling success appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Exactly how much do the pros eat during a Grand Tour?

A lot’s been made of the eating habits of pros during Grand Tours in recent years. The introduction of team chefs and kitchen trucks a decade or so ago drastically altered both the style and substance of what riders have available to them. Twitter, YouTube and Instagram have taken a hidden, mundane part of Grand … The post Exactly how much do the pros eat during a Grand Tour? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rapha Pro Team Aero Jersey and Pro Team Bib Shorts II review

James Spender Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:53 Well-made race fit jersey that promises free speed, twinned with superbly comfortable bibshorts. All at a price, mind 4.0 / 5 Jersey -£145, Bibshorts -£195 or £270 when bought together The direct spin-off from Rapha’s wind-tunnel tested Aerosuit that debuted with Team Sky (remember them?) a few years back, the Pro Team Aero Jersey is a fine addition to the Rapha range, which as per its name, promises to make you faster. The Aero Jersey isn’t just the top half cut off from the Aerosuit, mind, but it does borrow far more than just a name and an idea. Like for like – there is a new Aerosuit too (£230) – the Aero Jersey shares in the same golf-ball dimpled fabrics across the shoulders, smooth fabrics about the arms and textured fabric on the back panel as the all-in-one suit, and has ...

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The break is going to stay away. This much is certain with more than half the race to go. The two riders who escaped are Osman T. Kalokoh (Lunsar Cycling Team) and Ali Tholley (C2C Freetown) and they have been away since the race took the road for Port Loko. In West African amateur bike … The post Inside Sierra Leone’s richest race: A startling look at West African cycling appeared first on CyclingTips .

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