Alberto Contador To Test Froome At Tour de France

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, July 01, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador's return to top form this year has sparked hopes that the Tour de France yellow jersey battle against Chris Froome will go down to the wire. The last two years have seen Team Sky dominate the race with their leader securing a comfortable victory that almost never looked in doubt. In 2012 it was Bradley … [Read more...]

UCI Accused Of Giving Chris Froome Unfair Advantage

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PARIS, June 15, 2014 (AFP) - World cycling's governing body has been accused of giving British rider Chris Froome an unfair advantage in the Tour of Romandie in April by allowing him to use a steroid-based drug. According to the French Sunday newspaper, Le Journal du Dimanche, Froome, who went on to win the race in Switzerland, was suffering from a chill and was granted permission to use … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Grabs Dauphine Lead For Froome

FINHAUT EMOSSON, Switzerland, June 14, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador grabbed the lead in the Criterium du Dauphine on Saturday with a desperate attack on the final climb of stage seven that leaves Britain's Chris Froome trailing by eight seconds. The double Tour de France winner, laid down a psychological marker for this year's race, as he attacked Froome with 2km to run on a … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Suffers Nasty Crash At Dauphine

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POISY, France, June 13, 2014 (AFP) - Belgian Jan Bakelants, riding for Omega Pharma-Quick Step, won the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Friday while overall leader Chris Froome recovered from a nasty crash to keep the yellow jersey. Froome, the defending Tour de France champion, came home with his jersey and shorts shredded after crashing with 7.5km to race. He lost … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Defends Inhaler Use At Dauphine

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LE TEIL, France, June 10, 2014 (AFP) - Race leader Chris Froome defended his use of an inhaler as Germany's Nikias Arndt won a sprint finish to claim the third stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Tuesday. Giant team rider Arndt, 22, crossed ahead of Belgian Kris Boeckmans and South African teammate Reinardt Janse van Rensburg after the 194km run under the sun. Team Sky rider … [Read more...]

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...]