Wiggins: If Thomas takes yellow, Sky has a real problem

Wiggins: If Thomas takes yellow, Sky has a real problem

LONDON (AFP) — Bradley Wiggins has warned Team Sky will have a “real problem” if Geraint Thomas takes the leader’s Read the full article at Wiggins: If Thomas takes yellow, Sky has a real problem on VeloNews.com .

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Emerging from the shadows in Roubaix: Degenkolb proves a point

It’s been a long and winding road for John Degenkolb since his last success in Roubaix. On an April day in 2015 he stood atop the podium at the end of the toughest of the spring Classics, celebrating a huge win just weeks after taking Milan-San Remo. Two victories in one Classics season? That’s rare … The post Emerging from the shadows in Roubaix: Degenkolb proves a point appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Emotional win confirms Degenkolb’s return

Emotional win confirms Degenkolb’s return

After three seasons of injuries and setbacks, John Degenkolb finally won a WorldTour race Read the full article at Emotional win confirms Degenkolb’s return on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France: Degenkolb wins much-feared stage in Roubaix

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) wins the stage in Roubaix

John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) won stage 9 of the Tour de France in Roubaix, outsprinting yellow jersey Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Yves Lampaert (Quick Step Floors) after a tough day over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. The win marks the end of Degenkolb’s long road back to the big stage after he and five other Giant-Alpecin riders were hospitalised after a training camp accident in Spain in January 2016. The riders were hit by an driver on the wrong side of the road, with Degenkolb almost losing a finger as a result. A crash-heavy day ended with Degenkolb, Van Avermaet and Lampaert escaping on the Camphin-en-Pévèle sector, 17km from the line. In the peloton, there was no answer to the trio of specialists going up the road, though Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) did try a move later on. While the Slovak would end up taking fifth behind Philippe Gilbert (Quick ...

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Tour de France: Degenkolb scared off by Gaviria in stage 8 sprint

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)

Trek-Segafredo 's John Degenkolb scored his best result of this year's Tour de France so far in a chaotic sprint at the end of stage 8 to Amiens , won by Dutch ace Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo). But Degenkolb's third place behind Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan came at the expense of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal), who were relegated from their podium positions for head-butting . Degenkolb told Cyclingnews that he was finding his sprinter's instinct again, which he didn't expect two months ago. But, that meant he had a front-row seat to witness the headbutting from Gaviria, and he wasn't liking what he saw. "It was a very fast approach again to the sprint. Behind Greipel was Gaviria, and he was trying to squeeze himself through a gap that… There was actually no gap. It was pretty dangerous and I was scared behind them, and couldn't really ...

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So far so good for Tour debutants Haga and Boswell

So far so good for Tour debutants Haga and Boswell

Chad Haga and Ian Boswell have made it into the second week at the Tour de France, and it's so far so good for the pair of American Tour Read the full article at So far so good for Tour debutants Haga and Boswell on VeloNews.com .

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Today at the Tour: Okay, that was boring

Two hours before the finish of Stage 7, Daam Van Reeth, a Belgian professor of economics and business, shared some information on the TV ratings of the first six stages of the Tour de France. The numbers were not encouraging. Ratings are down across several major cycling markets compared to the first week of the … The post Today at the Tour: Okay, that was boring appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’

Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’

In the 2014 Tour, Vincenzo Nibali took time on the cobblestone stage. This year, his team is ready to support another raid. Read the full article at Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’ on VeloNews.com .

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Analysis: WADA appears to contradict UCI over Froome case decision

The World Anti-Doping Agency has apparently moved to distance itself from the UCI’s statement last week that it followed that Agency’s lead in dropping the case against Chris Froome. Releasing a statement on Wednesday, the agency repeatedly said that the UCI was the body which came to the decision to end the enquiry. This appears … The post Analysis: WADA appears to contradict UCI over Froome case decision appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Today at the Tour: Winners and losers of the Stage 3 TTT

Tom Dumoulin’s Sunweb team finished fifth, and he now sits seventh overall, but he was very much a winner. Lawson Craddock, riding with a fractured scapula, was dropped by his EF Education First-Drapac teammates 3km from the finish line, but he was a big, big winner. Greg Van Avermaet, of course, was Monday’s biggest winner, … The post Today at the Tour: Winners and losers of the Stage 3 TTT appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Today at the Tour: Chavanel says goodbye with panache

Sylvain Chavanel went out in style. No, the 39-year-old Frenchman didn’t win Stage 2 of the Tour de France Sunday; that honor went to world champion Peter Sagan, who dodged a late-race pileup and held off a surging Sonny Colbrelli. But the Direct Energie rider, riding in his 18th and final Tour, spent much of … The post Today at the Tour: Chavanel says goodbye with panache appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Brailsford: The quicker Lappartient can learn his responsibilities, the better

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

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford has criticised UCI President David Lappartient, accusing the Frenchman of a nationalistic bias and a failure to grasp the responsibilities of his role, instead being stuck in a "local French mayor kind of mentality". Lappartient was elected as the head of the sport's governing body in September, a fortnight after Chris Froome had returned a positive test for salbutamol at the Vuelta a España. A nine-month procedure ensued, played out in public after the news was leaked to the press, and on the evidence so far at the Tour de France , the controversy hasn't cleared despite Froome being absolved on Monday . The UCI issued a statement this week setting out a few more details of the Froome case – though a thorough view of the reasons behind the decision remains absent – and Lappartient has spoken to media at the Tour de France, ...

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UCI says no reasoned decision will be released for Froome case, elaborates on related topics

Supported by Addressing the outcome of the Chris Froome case and also responding to related criticism and debate arising from that, the UCI has said that it doesn’t envisage the reasoned decision being released in relation to the matter. On Monday, the World Anti-Doping Agency and cycling’s governing body both announced the dropping of the case against … The post UCI says no reasoned decision will be released for Froome case, elaborates on related topics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Chris Froome speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France - Gallery

Chris Froome (Team Sky) speaks to the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome and Team Sky assembled in front of journalists and photographers in what was a jam-packed official team press conference ahead of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France on Wednesday. Held just outside the Vendée town of Saint-Mars-la-Réorthe, Froome and team manager Dave Brailsford spoke to members of the media and addressed questions about Froome's recently-closed salbutamol case as well as the upcoming race set to begin on Saturday in Noirmoutier-en-L'Île. On Monday, the UCI, with advice from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), closed a ninth-month case against Froome, after the Briton had produced an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for salbutamol at the Vuelta a España last year. Froome is now clear to attempt to win a fifth Tour de France title, and a fourth consecutive Grand Tour after he won last year's Tour and Vuelta, and the Giro d'Italia in May. Tour de France organisers ASO ...

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Bardet to approach the Tour de France with 'humility'

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine

Romain Bardet heads into this Tour de France as the host nation's favourite for overall success. Twice on the podium in last two editions of the French Grand Tour, his AG2R La Mondiale team fields a roster expected to fully support his bid for another podium finish in Paris. "I have had the honor of climbing on the final podium twice before, so I will be ambitious again, and am surrounded by a great team," Bardet said in a team press release three days ahead of the Grand Depart. "The Tour is the race for which we prepare all year long, and we approach it with humility. It is a sporting and human adventure that validates a year of work." In the last two editions of the Tour de France, both won by Chris Froome (Team Sky), Bardet has placed second in 2016 and third in 2017. He has also ...

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Dumoulin criticises handling of Chris Froome salbutamol case

The final podium of the 2018 Giro d'Italia: winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) is flanked by Sunweb's To

Tom Dumoulin ( Sunweb ) has criticised the handling of the Chris Froome salbutamol case and expressed concern at how the affair has damaged the reputation of cycling. The Dutchman was speaking at his pre- Tour de France press conference in La Mothe-Achard on Wednesday. On Monday, the UCI announced that it had dropped its proceedings against Froome, who returned a urine sample containing twice the permitted threshold of salbutamol en route to overall victory at last year’s Vuelta a España. News of Froome's positive test first broke in December of last year, but the Team Sky rider was free to race pending the resolution of the case, and won the Giro d'Italia ahead of Dumoulin in May. On Sunday, it was reported that Tour organiser ASO was seeking to block Froome’s participation on the race, but on Monday, the UCI announced that it had dropped its case against Froome, ...

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Opinion: Why WADA and the UCI’s handling of the Froome case is damaging to sport

It was the final paragraph that really jarred. “The UCI understands that there will be significant discussion of this decision, but wishes to reassure all those involved in or interested in cycling that its decision is based on expert opinions, WADA’s advice, and a full assessment of the facts of the case. The UCI hopes … The post Opinion: Why WADA and the UCI’s handling of the Froome case is damaging to sport appeared first on CyclingTips .

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WADA deny giving Chris Froome a legal loophole by avoiding pharmacokinetic study

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has told Cyclingnews that Chris Froome has been treated like any other athlete, with WADA carefully adhering to its own rules in a unique case, despite Froome not undergoing a controlled pharmacokinetic study (CPKS) to try to replicate his high level of salbutamol. WADA's science director Dr Oliver Rabin insisted that Froome's verdict does not undermine the fight against specific substances such as salbutamol. However, he admitted that there should perhaps be a review of the medical guidelines on the amount of salbutamol that is legally allowed as asthma medication, to help reduce any possible grey areas of abuse. Froome's urine sample from stage 18 of the Vuelta a España was over WADA's threshold limit for the controlled drug used to treat asthma. Under new rules introduced during the winter, the amount of salbutamol in Froome's sample was corrected for specific gravity to counter the ...

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Team Sky will not release further information on Chris Froome salbutamol case

Chris Froome (Team Sky) shows off the new jersey for the Tour de France

Team Sky have stated that they will not release any further information explaining how Chris Froome was cleared of an anti-doping violation in his salbutamol case, despite Froome’s claim on Monday that full details of the process would be divulged to the media. In an interview with Sky Sports News on Monday, shortly after the UCI had announced that it had dropped anti-doping proceedings against him, Froome said: "It is a very complicated process. It has taken nine months of dealing with the UCI, going back and forth on this point. It's not something I've got my head around fully. It's very technical data. All of that will be fully communicated in the media in the next few days about how we got to this point." A spokesperson for Team Sky has since contacted Cyclingnews to correct Froome's remarks, stating that the onus was on the UCI and WADA to ...

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I’ve Got It! I’ve Got the Solution to the Froome Mess!

Nobody seems to know what to do, except me For the last 24 hours or so the world of cycling has been thrashing around like a Brazilian striker who just got breathed on when the referee wasn’t looking, aimlessly lashing out at itself over what to do with Chris Froome. In case you haven’t noticed, Chris Froome is the guy who has won the Tour de France four times so far, but has been living under the shadow of an adverse finding that he had taken twice the amount of salbutamol during last year’s Vuelta a España. Since that finding became known, the cycling world has been divided over the question of whether he should be allowed to continue racing while his case is resolved, between those who think he shouldn’t be allowed to race during this interregnum, and those who think he should be put to death, in case ...

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