Fit-Again Froome Ready For Contador In Tour Catalonia

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by Kieran CANNING MADRID, March 23, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France winner Chris Froome will race against Alberto Contador for the first time this season when the seven-stage Tour of Catalonia gets under way on Monday. Both men have been in fine early season form as Froome eased to victory in the Tour of Oman, whilst Contador won the Tirreno-Adriatico 'Race of the Two Seas' last … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Absence Makes Tirreno-Adriatico Wide Open

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MILAN, March 11, 2014 (AFP) - This year's edition of the Tirreno-Adriatico which gets underway on Wednesday promises to be an open and exciting race, not least due to the absence of the dominant Chris Froome. The Tour de France champion pulled out at the last moment at the end of last week due to a back injury that has kept him sidelined since winning the Tour of Oman in late … [Read more...]

Paris-Nice In Turmoil From Champion Richie Porte’s Withdrawal

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, March 08, 2014 (AFP) - The Paris-Nice week-long stage race begins on Sunday in turmoil following the last-gasp withdrawal of reigning champion Richie Porte. The Tasmanian was shifted at the last moment to the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy next week after his Sky teammate, Tour de France champion Chris Froome was forced out of that with a back … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Replaced By Richie Porte In Tirreno-Adriatico

PARIS, March 07, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's Tour de France winner Chris Froome has pulled out of next week's Tirreno-Adriatico week-long stage race in Italy with his Sky team replacing the Kenyan-born rider with Australian Richie Porte. But that move was met by anger from Paris-Nice organizers, Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) as Porte had been due to begin the defense of his 'Race to the … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Retains The Tour of Oman Crown

MUSCAT, Feb 23, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's Tour de France champion Chris Froome successfully defended his Tour of Oman title on Sunday following the sixth and final stage in Muscat. The 28-year-old Kenyan-born Team Sky rider topped the overall classification ahead of American Tejay Van Garderen and Colombian Rigoberto Uran. The sixth stage was won by German sprinter Andre Greipel, his … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Sweeps Through To Take Tour of Oman Lead

JABAL AL AKHDAR, Oman, Feb 22, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's Tour de France champion Christopher Froome moved a step closer to retaining his Tour of Oman crown on Saturday when he took the overall lead after winning the fifth stage. The 28-year-old Kenyan-born rider took over from Friday's fourth-stage winner, Slovakia's Peter Sagan, at the head of the overall standings. Froome came home … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Pulls Out Of Milan-San Remo

MUSCAT, Feb 17, 2014 - British reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome said Monday he will not take part in next month's Milan-San Remo classic after plans to change the route fell through. "I thought I might try my luck because the organisers had decided to make the race more difficult by adding a climb in the final," Froome told reporters on the eve of the Tour of Oman, where he … [Read more...]

Tour de France Champ Chris Froome Eyes Tour of Oman Win

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by BenoĆ®t NOEL MUSCAT, Feb 17, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Christopher Froome says he wants to show last year's success was no fluke as he kicks off his 2014 campaign in the Tour of Oman that starts Tuesday. The 28-year-old Kenyan-born Briton built up the momentum to take cycling's most prestigious title with a victory last year in Oman and hopes to put down a marker in a … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Signs With Team Sky Again For 2014

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LONDON, Dec 23, 2013 (AFP) - Chris Froome has signed a new contract with Team Sky for 2014 and will have the nucleus of the team which helped him win the Tour de France at his side again. Froome heads a list of 10 riders who have signed on again, including Peter Kennaugh, David Lopez and Ian Stannard, who were part of the line-up that helped him succeed Bradley Wiggins as Britain's … [Read more...]

Armstrong Admission Overshadows Froome Dominance

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Dec 19, 2013 (AFP) - Almost every year cycling reaches peak interest at the end of July with the culmination of the Tour de France, but 2013 was the year in which Lance Armstrong ensured mid-January saw the sport's defining moment. Armstrong took to the US airwaves to finally admit what everyone already knew, that he had been a drugs cheat … [Read more...]