Froome Battles Alberto Contador At Criterium du Dauphine

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COL DU BEAL, France, June 09, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's defending champion Chris Froome of Team Sky made it two wins in two days when he won Monday's second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine ahead of Spanish arch-rival Alberto Contador. After victory in Sunday's opening time-trial stage, Froome ensured himself of the race leader's yellow jersey on the 156km second stage that ended with … [Read more...]

I’m In Charge Says David Brailsford

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LONDON, June 08, 2014 (AFP) - Team Sky chief David Brailsford on Sunday insisted he has yet to decide on his Tour de France squad despite claims from former champion Bradley Wiggins that he will not be selected. Wiggins won the Tour in 2012 but doesn't expect to ride alongside team-mate and defending champion Chris Froome when the race gets underway in Yorkshire on July 5. The … [Read more...]

‘Surprised’ Chris Froome Wins First Dauphine Stage

LYON, June 08, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's defending champion Chris Froome won the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine, an individual time-trial in Lyon, on Sunday. Froome finished the 10.4km course in 13min 13sec, 8sec ahead of biggest rival Alberto Contador of Spain. Early pace setter Bob Jungels of Luxembourg finished third at 9sec ahead of American Andrew Talansky. "I'm a … [Read more...]

Bradley Wiggins Feels Gutted Missing Tour de France

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LONDON, June 06, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner, said Friday that he was "gutted" not to be selected for Team Sky to compete in this year's race. Wiggins told BBC television that he would not take part in the race he became the first British rider to win, with his team concentrating its efforts on last year's winner Chris Froome. "The team is … [Read more...]

Froome and Wiggins Separated Until Tour de France

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LONDON, June 02, 2014 (AFP) - Team Sky on Monday said star riders Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins have been selected in separate Tour de France warm-up races this month. Wiggins became the Tour's first British winner in 2012 and was succeeded a year later by Froome, who will lead Team Sky in the 101st Tour, which begins in Leeds on July 5, after establishing himself as the British … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Blasts Anti-Doping Authorities

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PARIS, May 29, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome has blasted anti-doping authorities for failing to test riders at altitude training in Tenerife. Froome, 28, is one of several Tour contenders who use Tenerife's Mount Teide to help prepare for the gruelling climbs in July's race. But the Team Sky rider said he was stunned not to have been tested there during a … [Read more...]

Chris Froome On Course For Tour de France Defence

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by Stéphanie PERTUISET NEUCHATEL, Switzerland, May 04, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome said he was bang on track to defend his Grand Boucle crown after retaining his Tour of Romandie title by winning Sunday's final stage time-trial. Froome began the 18.5km individual time-trial around Neuchatel just one second behind yellow jersey wearer Simon Spilak but the … [Read more...]

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...]