Vincenzo Nibali Leads the Charge On Team Sky In 2014

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Dec 16, 2014 (AFP) - After two years of Sky dominance, 2014 was the season that the rest fought back and but for the Astana doping scandals, would have gone down as a vintage edition. Team Sky had in many eyes taken the drama out of the Tour de France by guiding Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome to dominant victories in 2012 and 2013 … [Read more...]

Chris Froome To Target The Win At 2015 Tour de France

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LONDON, Dec 02, 2014 - Former Tour de France champion Chris Froome scotched doubts about his commitment to the 2015 race on Tuesday by declaring that it will be the "main focus" of his season. The mountainous route for the 2015 Tour does not favour Froome, the 2013 champion, and he hinted in October that he could elect to skip it and focus instead on the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Reconsiders Stance On Tour de France Participation

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LONDON, Nov 11, 2014 (AFP) - Former Tour de France champion Chris Froome hinted on Tuesday that he may elect to compete in next year's race after previously suggesting he was considering sitting it out. The mountainous route for the 2015 Tour de France does not favour Froome, who won the race in 2013, and he said last month that he could decide to skip it and focus instead on the Giro … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Leads British Assault On Road World Championships

LONDON, Sept 17, 2014 (AFP) - Former Tour de France champions Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins were named in the Great Britain team for the Road World Championships in Spain that was announced on Wednesday. But while Froome, who recently came second in the Tour of Spain behind Alberto Contador, will spearhead a nine-man team in the men's road race, Wiggins will only feature in the … [Read more...]

Contador’s Vuelta Victory Sets Up Thrilling 2015 Tour

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Sept 15, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador's Vuelta a Espana victory was not just significant for this season but also helps to set up a potentially thrilling 2015 Tour de France. As long as no-one suffers any debilitating injuries, next season's Tour de France could see the three reigning Grand Tour winners lining up alongside … [Read more...]

Chris Froome and Alberto Contador Battle On Tour of Spain Stage 18

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MONTE CASTROVE, Spain, Sept 11, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's Fabio Aru sprinted to victory in Thursday's 18th stage of the Tour of Spain as Briton Chris Froome closed in on overall race leader Alberto Contador of Spain. Astana rider Aru, already winner at altitude on the 11th stage at San Miguel de Aralar, benefited on the final sprint from the support of Sky team leader Froome, who clawed … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Wins Stage 16, Extends Lead At Tour of Spain

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LA FARRAPONA , Spain, Sept 08, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador moved a huge step closer to his third Tour of Spain victory as he saw off Britain's Chris Froome to win a gruelling 160.5 km stage from San Martin del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona on Monday. Contador's first stage victory of the race in a time of 4hr 53min 35sec took his overall lead to 1min 36sec over compatriot Alejandro … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Back To Challenge Quintana In Spain

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by Kieran CANNING MADRID, Aug 22, 2014 (AFP) - Chris Froome will go head-to-head with in-form Colombian rider Nairo Quintana when the final Grand Tour of the season, the Tour of Spain, gets underway in Jerez on Saturday. Froome's defence of the Tour de France was ended by hand injuries after a series of nasty falls just five stages into the race last month, but he has recovered … [Read more...]

Chris Froome To Lead Team Sky at Vuelta

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MADRID, Aug 18, 2014 (AFP) - Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the Tour of Spain after overcoming the hand and wrist injuries which forced him to abandon his defence of the Tour de France last month. The 21-stage Tour gets under way on Saturday with a team time trial through Jerez de la Frontera. Froome was forced to retire from the Tour de France after just five stages following … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali A Tough Rival For Chris Froome

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CHAMROUSSE, France, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford said Friday that even if reigning champion Chris Froome had still been in the Tour de France, he would have struggled to beat Vincenzo Nibali. Italian Nibali won his third stage and extended his lead, while Sky's Richie Porte dropped from second overall to 16th after a disastrous day … [Read more...]