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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Defying Pressure, Froome Expected to Start Tour of Alps Before Giro

Chris Froome is expected to race Tour of the Alps in preparation for the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele/Getty Images

Chris Froome (Sky) is expected to race the Tour of the Alps next month as he continues on his sometimes-bumpy road toward the Giro d’Italia.

Froome, 32, has raced twice this season under the cloud of his pending Salbutamol case, and will likely start the five-day Tour of the Alps in northern Italy from April 16-20, sources told VeloNews. Team Sky officials Wednesday would not confirm Froome’s schedule.

The Sky captain continues to target the Giro in May and Tour de France in 2018 despite calls from many inside the peloton for him to step aside until his Salbutamol case is finalized.

“It’s not a good situation for the sport, and I am working as hard as I can to get this resolved as fast as possible,” Froome said during Tirreno-Adriatico. “I’ve had to learn how to compartmentalize things, and I am here to race. I’m focused on that, and building toward the Giro d’Italia.”

Froome’s expected start at the Tour of the Alps confirms he’s serious about winning the Giro. It also hints that he knows he needs to improve his form ahead of the season’s first grand tour. He debuted his season with a highly anticipated appearance at the Ruta del Sol in Spain in February.

The four-time Tour de France winner was discreet during the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico, finishing a distant 33rd overall at 13:31 back. He played a helping hand in supporting teammate Michal Kwiatkowski win the overall title, but Froome was far from his typical sharpness. He was gapped on the decisive climbing stage and was 11th in Tuesday’s final time trial.

“It’s tough racing, but that’s what I needed at this point of the season,” Froome said over the weekend. “I feel all right in the first big test. I’m not up there yet, but I know that there’s work to do before the Giro. I’m more or less content with my condition. It’s OK, we are in March.”

The Tour of the Alps (formerly the Giro del Trentino) is a favored honing ground for Giro-bound contenders. Sky has won the race three years in a row, with Geraint Thomas last year, Mikel Landa in 2016, and Richie Porte in 2015.

This year’s route once again serves up plenty of climbing kilometers for riders heading toward the Giro, which starts May 4 in Israel. There are two summit finales plus two passages on the 2018 world championship finishing circuit in Innsbruck in the final stage.

Other likely starters include Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates), Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), Miguel Angel López (Astana), Louis Meintjes (Dimension Data), and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), all Giro contenders looking to sharpen their form.

While Froome presses forward with his racing calendar, political pressure continues to mount. Last week, UCI president David Lappartient revived calls that Froome should not race until his case is decided.

Rules allow Froome to compete during the review of his case and he has not been provisionally suspended after testing high for asthma treatments en route to winning the Vuelta a España last year. A leak in December blew open what should have been a confidential process, and Froome insists he did not break WADA rules last year.

That hasn’t stopped many of his rivals from saying it would be better for Froome to wait on the sidelines. The latest to join the chorus of riders was George Bennett, who told a New Zealand newspaper that Froome’s presence in the peloton is a “distraction.”

“It’s a strange situation. I think most people, just for cycling’s sake, would prefer it without it,” he told the New Zealand Herald. “If he sat out the big races, just because you come to a race like this, the main race is going on and the attention is focused on Froome and should he be here and now we’re talking about it when we should be talking about Rohan Dennis and how fast he went today. It just distracts from the racing.

“I think for cycling it’s just not good at all. Everyone is saying, ‘The quicker we get a resolution the better.’ I really hope we have a decision soon especially before the Giro … It’s just not good for our sport.”

It’s unclear where Froome case stands. There have been unconfirmed reports that the case is poised to be decided by a panel. Froome could face a two-year ban and disqualification of his 2018 Vuelta victory. In the meantime, it’s full steam ahead toward the Giro d’Italia.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018

7 Ways To Improve Your Average Speed On A Road Bike

Almost every cyclist wants to go faster at some point. Your average speed is a pretty good measure of your ability, and so a great way to measure your improving fitness. So we've got some tips on how to improve your all important average speed.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tour de Suisse 2018 to Open with Team Time Trial

Riders face more than 16,000 metres of climbing

Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) with the Tour de Suisse trophy (Bettini Photo)

The route of the 2018 Tour de Suisse has been announced and will feature 1,194 kilometres of racing, 16,797 metres of altitude gain and an opening team time trial. After detailing the start and finish towns last September, the Tour de Suisse organisers have unveiled the complete route of the nine-day race.

The route will take a largely anti-clockwise route around Switzerland, as has been the case in the past seasons, with the opening two stages taking place in Frauenfeld in the northeast of the country, and the final two in Bellinzona in the Ticino canton in the south of the country. There will be little on offer for the pure sprinters with rolling terrain throughout the entire race.

Since 2009, the Tour de Suisse has opened with an individual time trial, which often proved a chance for home hero Fabian Cancellara to earn an early stint in the leader’s jersey. This year will be a bit different, with a team time trial around the picturesque German-speaking Frauenfeld. It is the first time since 2000 that the race has featured a team time trial, when Telekom won the opening 25km test against the clock.

This year’s offering is a little shorter, but still a stern enough test, at 18 kilometres in length on an undulating route to the north of the city. Stage 2 also keeps to the north side of the city, taking the riders around four loops of a hilly course that includes the climb of Herdern. The stage is just 155 kilometres long but manages 2,136 metres of climbing to make for a potentially explosive opening road stage.

Day three brings the riders out of Frauenfeld and northwest to Oberstammheim. Keeping with the theme set down by the previous day’s racing, stage 3 will feature two circuits which do their best to pick out the hillier sections on offer from the local surrounds. The first will be a rolling loop around Oberstammheim before the race travels west to the finish town of Gansingen. Another local lap ensues as the riders cross the finish line two times before they contest the stage win. The lengthy lap brings the riders over two climbs, the Hagenfirst and Burersteig and makes for another day of more than 2,000 metres of climbing.

Stage 4 from Gansingen to Gstaad includes the Saanenmoser climb, which crests with 10km to go, before a descent towards the line.

The following day, the peloton takes a 155km route towards the French border before turning back to the finish line in Leukerbad. The Col du Pillon is the first difficulty, but there is a long, flat run through Martigny and Sion before the HC ascent of Montana Village, which, after a fast descent, is immediately followed by a 22-kilometre ascent to the finish line in Leukerbad.

The queen stage comes on day six with a 186km ride from Fiesch to Gommiswald. The stage, which features a mammoth 3,328 metres of total climbing, is dedicated to Ferdi Kubler, with both of the day’s ascents linked to Switzerland’s first ever Tour de France champion. The Furkapass, where Kubler took the mountains prize in 1947, is the day's first ascent, and after a long run into the valley, the road rises upwards once again for the Klausen Pass, Kubler’s ‘local’ mountain. Dropped riders will have a chance to return to the fray with another long, sweeping descent before a sharp third category climb to the finish line.

Stage 7 is another tough mountain leg, from Eschenbach/Atzmännig to Arosa. After a rolling start, the route flattens out ahead of the hors category summit finish in Arosa. The 30-kilometre ascent first featured in 1946 and last held a summit finish in 2012 when Michael Albasini took a surprise solo victory after distancing his three breakaway companions.

Albasini would doubtless prefer the terrain on offer for the penultimate day of racing, which is a 123.3km circuit around Bellinzona. It is an undulating course but could be a rare opportunity for the sprinters that brave the race.

Rounding out the week will be a 34-kilometre individual time trial in Bellinzona. After over a week of racing in the mountains, the flat chrono could still prove crucial in deciding who comes out on top of the podium.

Simon Spilak will be the defending champion at the Tour de Suisse after beating Damiano Caruso by 48 seconds a year ago. The 2018 Tour de Suisse will take place from June 9 to 17.

Tour de Suisse 2018:

Stage 1, June 9: Frauenfeld-Frauenfeld, 18km (TTT)
Stage 2, June 10: Frauenfeld-Frauenfeld, 155km
Stage 3, June 11: Oberstammheim-Gansingen, 182km
Stage 4, June 12: Gansingen-Gstaad, 189km
Stage 5, June 13: Gstaad-Leukerbad, 155km
Stage 6, June 14: Fiesch-Gommiswald, 186km
Stage 7, June 15: Eschenbach/Atzmännig-Arosa, 170km
Stage 8, June 16: Bellinzona-Bellinzona, 123km
Stage 9, June 17: Bellinzona-Bellinzona, 34km (ITT)

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Sky, Wiggins Deny Doping Allegations After UK Government Report

Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins strongly denied some of the most damning allegations made in a high-profile report released overnight Sunday by a British parliamentary committee.

In a bombshell 54-page report that followed a months-long investigation into Team Sky and British athletics, one of the most serious charges is that the team’s use of the corticosteroid triamcinolone was “to enhance the performance of riders, and not just to treat medical need.” It was also accused of crossing an “ethical line” despite anti-doping rules allowing the use of the corticosteroid.

Team Sky came out on the defensive Monday with a strongly worded rebuttal.

“The report also makes the serious claim that medication has been used by the Team to enhance performance. We strongly refute this,” a Team Sky release stated. “The report also includes an allegation of widespread Triamcinolone use by Team Sky riders ahead of the 2012 Tour de France. Again, we strongly refute this allegation.”

The long-awaited report dropped late Sunday and was splashed on the front pages of Monday’s UK newspapers. It wasn’t all about Team Sky, however. The report also took aim at British athletics as well as general anti-doping rules with an equally searing view.

The report comes at the end of a long-running inquiry into therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) associated with Team Sky and Wiggins’s 2012 Tour de France victory prompted by leaks and other reporting into doping allegations leveled against the highest reaches of British sport.

The fallout could be serious. In the wake of other reports, including inquiries of a mysterious “Jiffy Bag,” both Sky’s and Wiggins’s public reputations have taken a beating both inside the UK and beyond.

Wiggins also refuted the report’s findings, posting a message Monday morning on Twitter saying, “I find it so sad that accusations can be made, where people can be accused of things they have never done which are then regarded as facts. I strongly refute the claim that any drug was used without medical need. I hope to have my say in the next few days & put my side across.”

The report comes as Team Sky star Chris Froome is fighting a possible racing ban after he tested for high levels of Salbutamol en route to winning last year’s Vuelta a España. Salbutamol is an approved asthma treatment, but Froome tested for double the allowed limits, triggering an adverse analytical finding.

Froome is set to race for the second time this season at Tirreno-Adriatico starting Wednesday. Though not directly related, the damning allegations made in the report and Froome’s pending case will only build pressure around Team Sky in the coming days and weeks.

And the strong indictments will likely add fuel to the fire among critics who are calling for Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford to step down. So far, Brailsford has shown no sign of that. On Monday, Team Sky promised to “take full responsibility for the mistakes that were made.”

“We wrote to the committee in March 2017 setting out in detail the steps we took in subsequent years to put them right, including, for example, the strengthening of our medical record keeping,” the Sky release said.

“We are surprised and disappointed that the committee has chosen to present an anonymous and potentially malicious claim in this way, without presenting any evidence or giving us an opportunity to respond. This is unfair both to the team and to the riders in question.”

The report also took aim at British Cycling for its record-keeping practices and its once-cozy link between the federation and the Team Sky infrastructure. Brailsford had already cut any links to the national governing body in 2014 before the inquiry reported its findings.

On Monday, British Cycling stated it would take steps “to ensure that failures identified in the committee’s inquiry will never happen again.”

Newspapers across the UK took a grim view of the report. The Daily Mail’s headline read, “Sir Bradley Wiggins DID take drug to win 2012 Tour.” The Guardian wrote, “Remarkable drugs report shatters Team Sky’s illusion of integrity.” The tabloid Sun put it this way in a front-page bold headline: “WIGGO DOPING SHOCK.”