Pro kit what? In defence of wearing pro kit

Rob Whittle 13 Feb 2019 One fan of wearing pro team kit asks: Does wearing pro kit really make me a w*nker? Pro kit fan Rob Whittle ponders when an outfit moves from unwearable to retro cool, and argues the case for those who choose to ride out in the latest replica kit from the WorldTour ... I was called ‘team kit w*nker’ at the weekend. Waiting at a roundabout, another cyclist came alongside and clocked my Lotto Belisol jersey. I said 'Morning' and he left me with those three words and the sight of his Rapha-clad backside disappearing up the road. Why is wearing team kit such a no-no? I’ve also been called Andre Greipel ('F**k me! It’s Andre Greipel!') which, as slurs go, is not quite as bad, although I like to think of myself as more Teisj Benoot. Even then, there are marked differences: he invariably has ...

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Team Sky's Brailsford meets Colombian government to discuss team's future

Team Sky's Brailsford meets Colombian government to discuss team's future

Joe Robinson 13 Feb 2019 Local reports suggest Colombian government could offer sponsorship for team The government of Colombia is the latest in a long line of rumoured saviours to Team Sky as reports suggest Sir Dave Brailsford has recently met the country's president Ivan Duque to discuss potential sponsorship. Reported by Colombian newspaper El Espectador , the Team Sky boss travelled to Colombia ahead of the ongoing Tour Colombia stage race to explore potential sponsorship with President Duque and director of Coldeportes - the government department for sport and recreation - Ernesto Lucena. The meeting is believed to have been facilitated by Colombian former Team Sky rider Rigoberto Uran. The current team budget is £34 million, the highest in the WorldTour, with a rumoured 10 riders on contracts worth more than £1 million per year. Team Sky have recently been on a public relations offensive in Colombia ahead of ...

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Colombian petrol company latest to be linked with Team Sky

Colombian petrol company latest to be linked with Team Sky

Joe Robinson 14 Feb 2019 Ecopetrol latest rumoured saviour of Team Sky as Colombian WorldTour team looks increasingly likely Rumours of Team Sky being backed by Colombian investment have been pushed further as reports suggest major state-backed oil company Ecopetrol will step in as the main financier. Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that the oil company will come on board as a major sponsor although is unlikely to cover the team's £34million annual budget, with the option for secondary sponsors. Ecopetrol would certainly have the capital to cover the demands of Dave Brailsford's team considering its estimated $27 billion revenue. This sees it ranked 346th from 500 in the Fortune Global 500 list and as one of the world's 25 biggest petroleum exporters. The company is also partially funded by the state which links to rumours yesterday that Brailsford met with Colombian president Ivan Duque in regards to sponsorship for ...

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Brailsford discusses possibility of Colombian backing for Team Sky

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

Rumours have abounded as to the future of Team Sky ever since it was announced that the broadcaster Sky would end their sponsorship at the end of the 2019 season. Another potential saviour for the team has been added into the mix with reports that team manager Dave Brailsford met with the Colombian President Ivan Duque and Coldeportes [sports ministry -ed] director Ernesto Lucena to discuss the possibility of turning Team Sky into the first ever Colombian WorldTour team. According to Colombian publication El Espectador , the meeting was organised by former Team Sky rider Rigoberto Uran, who has previously expressed his desire for a top-level team from the country. The report said that Brailsford, who is in the region for the Colombia 2.1 race , went to the President’s home, the Casa de Nariño, in Bogota. "It is the dream and the hope that we have," Coldeportes director Ernesto ...

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Team Sky partner with F1 aero specialists Swiss Side

Gianni Moscon tests the instrumented bike on-road measurements

Team Sky and Swiss Side have announced a partnership for the 2019 season, focusing on aerodynamics and performance strategy around racing, including equipment choice, environmental conditions, road conditions, landscapes and physiological capabilities at the individual and team level. Swiss Side has over 50 years of experience working in Formula 1, calling itself the 'one-stop shop for performance engineering.' The Swiss brand has more recently made an entry into the cycling market with a specific focus on aerodynamics and offer a range of carbon wheels for cycling. Swiss Side describes a '4-Arm' process in approaching aerodynamic development. Performance simulation, computational fluid dynamics, wind tunnel testing and instrumented bike on-road measurements are combined together to provide a race strategy simulation tool allowing the best possible preparation for time trials and team time trials, as well as road racing. Dubbing the '4-Arm' approach as a 'virtual pitwall,' Team Sky's Head of Technical Operations, ...

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Egan Bernal and Chris Froome poised to strike at Tour Colombia 2.1

Team Sky raced to third in the TTT

Things didn't quite go to plan for Team Sky on the opening stage of the Tour Colombia 2.1 on Tuesday, where the squad of Chris Froome and defending champion Egan Bernal managed only third in the opening 14km team time trial. EF Education First took the top prize , followed by Deceuninck-QuickStep at eight seconds, with Sky another two seconds back. The result pushed EF Education First's Rigoberto Uran, third last year, into the overall lead, but Bernal said he was satisfied with his team's performance, and added that the result may work out in Team Sky's favour. "We're happy with the result," Bernal said in a statement released by the team. "We didn't lose much time to EF Education First, and we're now in a good position because we're not the leaders, so we don't have too much responsibility to control the race. At the same time, we gained ...

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Cold climate, big engines: Why do Scandinavians have such high VO2max scores?

Oskar Svendsen, Espen Harald Bjerke and Bjørn Dæhlie share something besides the fact they’re all Norwegian: they’re the three athletes (one cyclist, two cross country skiers) with the highest recorded VO2max scores of all time. Indeed, if you look at the VO2max records more closely, you’ll also notice that of the top 10 results, seven … The post Cold climate, big engines: Why do Scandinavians have such high VO2max scores? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Hokkaido as you’ve never seen it before

Hokkaido's best known for winter sports, but it has another side – one that includes rolling green hills and farmland, towering mountains waiting to be climbed, and beautiful seaside roads that are ripe for riding. The post Hokkaido as you’ve never seen it before appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Craddock embracing fatherhood and a return to the Tour de France

Nicolas Edet (Cofidis, Solutions Credits), Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Samsic), Lawson Craddock (EF Educa

Lawson Craddock 's 2019 season got underway in the best possible way Tuesday during stage 1 at the Tour Colombia 2.1 , where EF Education First won the opening team time trial and placed Rigoberto Uran in the first leader's jersey. The American team took the opening test ahead of Deceuninck-QuickStep and Team Sky, putting seven seconds into the Belgian team and 10 into defending champion Egan Bernal's squad. It was just the positive start to the season that Craddock had been hoping for after a rocky 2018. "Here it's a really relaxing start," Craddock said of the Colombian race. "Everyone just seems super mellow. It's beautiful weather, beautiful country and the people here are just so friendly. I think it's important to start the year on a good note and get some results here that give all of us a lot of confidence going forward. "A lot of cycling ...

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EF Education First win Tour Colombia team time trial

EF Education First won the opening stage

EF Education First team leader Dani Martinez in the driver's seat at the Tour Colombia 2.1 on Tuesday, winning the opening team time trial by eight seconds over Deceuninck-QuickStep and 10 seconds over the Team Sky squad of defending champion Egan Bernal. Rigoberto Uran, whose team said previously would be working for Martinez this week, got the honour of the first leader's jersey in the race, followed in GC by his teammates Martinez, Phinney and Craddock. "This win signifies a big responsibility, the most important thing as I have always told them is to enjoy doing things with passion. We are starting this time in the Tour of Colombia very happy to be here, at home," Uran said. The oddly shaped 14km course in downtown Medellin included long straight stretches, a short loop and one 180-degree turn. Little to no elevation gain made this one a pure power course in ...

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Amid sponsor woes, Sky riders go on offense

Amid sponsor woes, Sky riders go on offense

The British team is off to a strong start to the season, which the riders said is important in the sponsor search. Read the full article at Amid sponsor woes, Sky riders go on offense on VeloNews.com .

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Freeman tribunal risks being delayed until next year

Richard Freeman, former Team Sky doctor

The medical tribunal that will assess Dr. Richard Freeman’s fitness to practise could be delayed for several months or even until next year. The General Medical Council hearing of the former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor was due to begin last week but was adjourned at the request of his legal team. The GMC tribunal is due to examine a number of allegations against Dr. Freeman, including that he ordered the banned substance testosterone in 2011 to administer to a rider. Freeman did not appear at the tribunal in Manchester last week. The tribunal has resumed this week in private legal argument, but the start of the tribunal proper has been delayed by at least eight days. The BBC and other British media reported that the hearing could ultimately be delayed by several months or even until next year, citing sources from the GMC and the Medical Practitioners Tribunal ...

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WATCH: Team Sky ready for Tour Colombia with Froome and Bernal

WATCH: Team Sky ready for Tour Colombia with Froome and Bernal

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Chris Froome to start season at Tour Colombia after training at altitude

Chris Froome to start season at Tour Colombia after training at altitude

Joe Robinson 12 Feb 2019 Froome to be joined by Bernal and Sosa for second edition of Tour Colombia Chris Froome will begin his 2019 season at the Tour Colombia later today as he begins preparations for a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title in July. The six-time Grand Tour winner will co-lead Team Sky at the South American stage race with Egan Bernal, who enters the race as defending champion. The race will also offer a team debut for young South Americans Jhonatan Narvaez and Ivan Sosa, while Jonathan Castroviejo and Sebastian Henao complete the team. The Tour Colombia takes place from 12th to 17th February and begins with a 14km team time trial around Medellin. The race, which is only in its second edition, offers a stern early season test with four mountain stages and multiple days at altitude. This is much different to Froome's usual season race ...

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Freeman medical tribunal could be delayed until next year

Freeman medical tribunal could be delayed until next year

Joe Robinson 12 Feb 2019 Concerns over anti-doping statute of limitations rise as case unlikely to be completed this month The medical tribunal investigating claims that former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman ordered banned substance testosterone to enhance athletes' performance could be delayed until next year. The hearing in Manchester was scheduled to start on Wednesday 6th February although was adjourned until Friday . The case resumed yesterday but in private to discuss legal matters with Freeman still absent from proceedings. This legal discussion is expected to continue until the end of the week which could potentially delay the start of the tribunal to the ninth day of the hearing. This is of concern to the General Medical Council, the body which filed the charges against Freeman, as the tribunal case is restricted to just 20 days to investigate the allegations. BBC Sport is now reporting that ...

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Dani Martinez: The Tour de France is my dream

Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale)

Fruit metaphors in sports can often be tricky, but EF Education First team CEO Jonathan Vaughters went there to describe the development of 22-year-old Dani Martínez – the Colombian climber who joined the team last year after two years on the Italian Pro Continental team Wilier Triestina. After spending an off-season working with his young rider's skills, especially his time-trialling ability, Vaughters saw Martínez go out on February 1 and beat Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Rodrigo Contreras (Astana) to take the Colombian national time trial title. Martínez has now been given the reins at EF Education First for the Tour Colombia 2.1 – a race where teammate and compatriot Rigoberto Uran finished third last year and Martínez was fifth. With Uran starting a slower build-up for the Tour de France , Martínez will get his opportunity – and the full support of his team – ...

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Jonny Brown flying stars and stripes in Colombia

US champion Jonny Brown rides in the bunch during stage 1 at the Tour of Utah

The Hagens Berman Axeon team and US road race champion Jonny Brown are starting their season at the Tour Colombia 2.1 – a race that has six stages contested above 2,000 metres of elevation. It will be a tough row to hoe for the U23 development team that has just finished a training camp in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which sits at 427 metres above sea level. "We all just came straight from our team camp in Arkansas, so everything is a bit different – the altitude and the weather. With that, we're a little unexpected, but we'll see how it goes," said Brown, who shocked the US cycling scene last year with a daring solo move to take a surprise victory at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee. "It's always tough coming into the first race," he said. "You never know quite where you're at compared with everyone, ...

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Brailsford mum on Sky’s future, talks culture and Colombians

Supported by Standing in a packed stadium in Medellín, Colombia, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford spoke of the development of young Colombian talents Ivan Sosa and Egan Bernal, the cycling culture in Colombia, and the success this nation has brought Sky. He would not comment, unsurprisingly, on his team’s uncertain future. Brailsford returned to South America for … The post Brailsford mum on Sky’s future, talks culture and Colombians appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro will be Bernal’s big chance to lead Sky

Giro will be Bernal’s big chance to lead Sky

Team Sky clears the way for young Egan Bernal to try his hand at leading the world's most formidable cycling team in the Giro d'Italia. Read the full article at Giro will be Bernal’s big chance to lead Sky on VeloNews.com .

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Chris Froome 'overwhelmed' by Tour Colombia reception

Team Sky's Chris Froome

As one might expect in an enthusiastic cycling country like Colombia, Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) was a big hit at the teams presentation ahead of the Tour Colombia at the Atanasio Girardot football stadium in downtown Medellin on Sunday. Standing on the podium next to Colombian riders Ivan Sosa, Sebastian Henao and 2018 Oro y Paz champion Egan Bernal , Froome received one of the biggest ovations of the night – except for EF Education First's Rigoberto Uran, whose status in his home country goes beyond that of a rock star. When the four-time Tour de France champion departed the field after the ceremony was over, he was surrounded by half a dozen armed police officers – not to protect him from violence, but to ensure the throngs of fans that wanted to get a close-up glimpse didn't overwhelm him. Later in the day at the pre-race press ...

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