Wiggins Vows To Earn Team Sky Tour De France Spot

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN ROUBAIX, France, April 14, 2014 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins vowed to earn his place on the Sky team to support defending champion Chris Froome in July after finishing ninth at Paris-Roubaix. Wiggins put in an impressive showing at Sunday's 'Hell of the North' by coming home in a 10-strong group 20 seconds behind winner Niki … [Read more...]

British Boss Dave Brailsford Quits To Focus On Team Sky

LONDON, April 11, 2014 (AFP) - Dave Brailsford, the man behind British Cycling's Olympic success, is leaving the national set-up to concentrate solely on his role as principal of the Sky team, it was announced Friday. As performance director of British Cycling he oversaw eight gold medals at both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. The 50-year-old Welshman was also … [Read more...]

Team Sky Sidelines Sergio Henao Over Blood Value Concerns

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LONDON, March 19, 2014 (AFP) - British-based cycling team Sky said Wednesday it was withdrawing Colombian rider Sergio Henao from competition after an internal review led to questions over his blood values. The 26-year-old was born at altitude in Rionegro and still lives and trains in the region. Now Sky have said Henao will be subject to an "altitude research program". It may … [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...]

Bradley Wiggins Foresees Team Sky Women’s Team In Future

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LONDON, March 06, 2014 (AFP) - Former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins believes that Team Sky will look to launch a women's team in the near future. Wiggins currently funds the Wiggle Honda team, home to Britain's current or former world champions Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker. Lotto-Belisol and Orica-GreenEDGE have already set up stand-alone … [Read more...]

Team Sky To Compete At Tour du Haut-Var Despite Bike Thefts

LE CANNET-DES-MAURES, France, Feb 22, 2014 - Team Sky awoke on Saturday morning to find that 16 bikes had been stolen from a support vehicle as they prepared to compete in this weekend's Tour du Haut-Var in France. The vehicle was parked at the team's hotel in Trans-en-Provence, but replacements were found in time for them to participate in the opening stage at Le Cannet-des-Maures. … [Read more...]

Tour of Trentino Lure Sky, BMC With TTT

MILAN, Jan 29, 2014 (AFP) - Tour of Trentino organizers said they are hoping for an opening day battle between cycling's team time trial giants Sky and BMC when a "pancake-flat" race in the event opens this year's edition in late April. The four-day race, held on April 22-25, is considered one of several crucial warm-ups for the three-week Giro d'Italia (May 9-June 1). The … [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...]

UCI Launches Doping Case Against Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

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GENEVA, Dec 17, 2013 (AFP) - World cycling's governing body has started disciplinary proceedings against Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke for a doping violation, the UCI said on Tuesday. "The analysis of the biological passport of Mr Jonathan Tiernan-Locke by the Experts Panel has demonstrated an anti-doping rule violation (use of prohibited substances and/or methods)," the UCI said … [Read more...]

Bradley Wiggins To Lead Team Sky In Tour of Britain

LONDON, Sept 05, 2013 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins will lead Team Sky's challenge in the Tour of Britain later this month, the British team announced on Thursday. Wiggins, 33, revealed last month that he will turn his back on the road at the end of next season to focus on the track in the build-up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He was unable to defend his Tour de France … [Read more...]