Record-Breaking Yellow for Froome

Chris FroomeTeam Sky’s Chris Froome has taken the TdF yellow jersey for a British record 15th time after moving into first place on a day of carnage on the tour.


Earlier an upping of pace ahead of the Cote de Bohissau had caused an extraordinary crash which saw a number of riders hitting the road hard – amongst them was leader Fabian Cancellara (Trek). Despite finishing the stage, Cancellara has now confirmed his withdrawal from this year’s edition with a CT scan shortly after he crossed the finish line confirming two vertebrae fractures of the lower back. ‘This is incredibly disappointing for me,’ said Cancellara, ‘The team was on a high with the yellow jersey and were very motivated to defend it. We have had a lot of crashes and injuries since the start of the season, and we finally had a great 24 hours but now it’s back to bad luck. One day you win, one day you lose.’


For his part Froome was never out of the front positions during the 159.5km leg – which saw the TdF move from Holland to Belgium – and he took the win (and jersey) by edging out Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez thanks to four bonus seconds. Commenting on the day Froome said, ‘It’s an amazing feeling to be back in yellow. If you’d have told me this morning I’d be in the jersey, I wouldn’t have believed you, but it’s amazing. Especially on a day like this which had a punchy climb in the final. That isn’t normally my kind of thing – I’m better on longer climbs – so I was really surprised to see the gaps open up like they did.’


Team Sky Vuelta Squad

Team Sky Vuelta SquadTeam Sky has announced its nine man line-up for the 69th edition of the Vuelta a España, which starts on August, 23. Chris Froome, who was forced to abandon the Tour de France last month, will lead the team, which will comprise Kanstantsin Siutsou, Luke Rowe (the team’s youngest rider, 24), Mikel Nieve, Christian Knees, Philip Deignan, Vasil Kiryienka, Peter Kennaugh and Dario Cataldo.


Confirming the Vuelta a España line-up, Team Sky Principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: ‘This year’s Vuelta is a great opportunity for us to get back to Grand Tour racing and I’m delighted that we’ll go there with a strong team that’s very capable of performing well… Chris Froome will be our team leader and it’s great to have him back on the bike and focused on the challenge ahead. He was obviously very disappointed after having to withdraw from the Tour de France but Chris has recovered and trained well since the injury. He’s now more determined than ever to get back to what he does best – riding Grand Tours.’


Froome adds: ‘This is exactly the sort of challenge that I need after the disappointment of withdrawing from the Tour de France. You can’t dwell on disappointment, you have to move on quickly to next thing and the Vuelta has become the perfect race for me to focus on. I’ve always really enjoyed racing at the Vuelta, it’s a tough race but a great opportunity for the whole team.’


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Chris Froome out of the Tour de France

Chris FroomeChris Froome is out of the Tour de France. The Team Sky defending TdF champion has withdrawn after multiple crashes during horrendous weather conditions on Stage 5, 152.5km Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut. On his third fall of the day, still short of the much feared first cobbled sections, the clearly brutalised Froome, already with braced wrists from a fall on Stage 4, could clearly take no more; climbing in tears into the team car. Although it wasn’t the cobbles that finished his race directly, the sheer pace in wet conditions set by the teams to reach them in quick order clearly played a part. Following Mark Cavedish’s failure to start Stage 2 after dislocating his shoulder in a fall on day 1, there now remains only two British riders in the 2014 Tour de France: Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates of ORICA-GreenEDGE.

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Brits of the Tour de France 2014

With David Millar now dropped from Garmin-Sharp and Alex Dowsett a substitute rider for Movistar, this year’s British contingent of riders for the Tour de France is a mere four…


Chris FroomeChris Froome - Reigning Tour de France champion and Team Sky’s not-at-all-secret weapon, Froome continues to demonstrate why he is arguably the best stage race rider in the world. Turning professional in 2007 when he joined Team Konica Minolta, Froome really came into the spotlight at the 2011 Vuelta a Espana just a year after moving to Team Sky. The historic one-two with Bradley Wiggins at the 2012 Tour de France and subsequent bronze for the Time Trial the London Olympics consolidated his reputation as one of the best riders of his generation.

Follow Chris Froome on Twitter @chrisfroome



Geraint ThomasGeraint Thomas - With Team Sky also boasting Geraint Thomas they account for 50% of the Brits at this year’s Tour de France. A member of British Cycling’s Olympic Academy, Thomas won the Junior Paris–Roubaix in 2004 continuing to make headway through to his victory at the British National Road Race Championships in 2010. After gold medal success at London 2012, Thomas was an integral part of Team Sky’s second Tour de France victory and will act as Froome’s wingman for this year’s Tour de France. Our money’s on him as a future Grand Tour winner too.

Follow Geraint Thomas on Twitter @GeraintThomas86



Mark CavendishMark Cavendish - The Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish is the sprinter’s sprinter and Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s one to watch. Cavendish already has 25 Tour de France stage wins to his name, putting him in third position; although he might claim enough wins in the 2014 TdF to nudge France’s Bernard Hinault off of the second spot (28 wins) he still has a way to go to reach the dizzying heights of Eddy Merckx with 34 victories. Before a pedal has even been cranked in anger at the Tour de France Cavendish has already clocked up over 7,000km of competitive cycling this year.

Follow Mark Cavendish on Twitter @markcavendish



Simon YatesSimon Yates - Twin brother of Adam Yates, also of ORICA-GreenEDGE, Simon’s inclusion in the 2014 Tour de France line-up was something of a surprise; not yet his time to shine we think, but this will give him some invaluable Grand Tour experience miles. Not yet 22 years old Yates took gold in the Points Race at the 2013 Track World Championships and has more than proven his worth on the road with solid work at the Tour de l’Avenir and a win over both Wiggins and Nairo Quintana on stage six of the Tour of Britain. Plenty of good years ahead of him…

Follow Simon Yates on Twitter @SimonYatess






Team Sky Announce Tour de France Line-up

froomeTeam Sky has announced its nine-man line-up for the 101st edition of the Tour de France, which starts with the Grand Départ in Yorkshire on Saturday July 5. Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome will lead the nine-man team and will be joined by: Richie Porte, Geraint Thomas, Mikel Nieve, Bernhard Eisel, Vasil Kiryienka, David López, Danny Pate and Xabier Zandio.


Confirming the final selection for the Tour de France team, Team Sky Principal Dave Brailsford said: ‘Team Sky returns to the Tour de France with the reigning champion and we are looking to win the yellow jersey for the third time in three years and a second consecutive time for Chris Froome. Defending champion Chris Froome is an exceptional talent, a brilliant stage racer, and he’ll lead the team…. We know how hard it is to win this race and that it takes a totally focused and carefully constructed team, with the right blend of riders, to give us the best chance of victory. Each rider has been selected to play a specific role which will involve total sacrifice and commitment to the team’s ambition of reaching the Champs Élysées in yellow.’


Chris Froome, Team Sky leader and 2013 Tour de France champion, adds: ‘Everyone in the team is hugely excited about the Tour de France starting in the UK and racing in front of home fans as defending champion will be an incredible honour. We did a recce of the Yorkshire stages a few weeks ago and the excitement was already starting to build and the support that we have received has been fantastic.’



Team Sky Split Wiggins and Froome

CrieriumduDauphinegeneric45_3152209Could Dave Brailsford be trying to keep the squabbling kids apart for as long as possible? Team Sky have announced that Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome will be taking different paths ahead of this year’s Tour de France with Wiggins riding in the Tour of Switzerland (June 14-22) and Froome set for the Criterium du Dauphine (June 8-15).


Froome will be defending his title at the Dauphine (an event Wiggins won in both 2011 and 2012) after a block of training at altitude in Tenerife. Given the increased difficulty of this year’s mountainous route he will be joined by a climbing-focused line-up: Richie Porte, runner-up last year, returns alongside Vasil Kiryienka, David Lopez, Mikel Nieve, Danny Pate, Bayern Rundfahrt winner Geraint Thomas and Xabier Zandio.


Wiggins rides the Tour de Suisse off the back of his impressive win at the Tour of California, which was a key target for his season. Supporting him will be three team-mates from his recent success: Joe Dombrowski, Christian Knees and Luke Rowe, three of the Sky Giro d’Italia team – Dario Cataldo, Philip Deignan and Ben Swift – and Pete Kennaugh, part of last year’s Tour-winning team.


Team Sky Team Principal Dave Brailsford said: ‘Both the Criterium du Dauphine and Tour de Suisse are WorldTour events and we are looking to perform in both races… Both of these races will form part of our selection for the Tour. We have to name 13 riders in a long list during June and we’ll do that from across the squad, including riders at the Route du Sud, not only those in the Dauphine and Tour de Suisse groups.’



Froome Wins Tour of Oman

Tour of Oman 2014Team Sky’s Chris Froome has kick-started his 2014 season in magnificent style with a second successive win at the Tour of Oman. The 2013 Tour de France winner took the lead on Saturday’s penultimate stage with a summit finish and did more than enough on the final day – finishing safely in the bunch to maintain his 26-second advantage – to take overall victory, despite André Greipel flying to his third stage success on the Matrah Corniche. The overall time for Froome in Oman was 22h 02’ 26”; BMC Racing’s Tejay van Garderen took the second overall podium spot (+26) with Rigoberto Urán Urán (omega Pharma-Quick Step) taking third on +31 seconds.


Commenting after the race Froome said: ‘It was flat out from the gun today and really tough racing. There were GC guys attacking and sprint teams also trying to get someone in the break, which meant they didn’t have to work as hard later in the race… Even at the end it was really tricky because we knew we had to be in a good position and not risk any significant time splits, but we achieved what we set out to achieve.’


However, even this early in the season, Froome clearly has his sites on an historic second TdF win, commenting: ‘I still feel like I’ve got a lot of work to do – a lot of room for improvement – but at this stage in the season, I’m where I need to be. This has been a really good experience for me as it’s the start of my build up to the Tour de France…’


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Tour de France 2014 Route

CYCLING TOUR DE FRANCE 2007Details of the Tour de France 2014 route have been unveiled at the Palais des Congres in Paris. Starting in Leeds on Saturday July 5 – the fourth time the race has visited the UK and the first time since 2007 – it proceeds to run York to Sheffield then day three Cambridge to London before heading to France and the coastal town on Le Touquet.


Stage 5 will commemorate the First World War by taking the riders over the cobbles usually seen at the spring Classics, on a 156km leg from Ypres in Belgium to Arenberg, a prospect that defending champion Chris Froome has already confessed gives him cause for concern. However the 3,656km route certainly looks climber-friendly with the Alps featuring three summit finishes – La Planches des Belles Filles (Stage 10), Chamrousse (Stage 13) and Risoul (Stage 14) and the Pyrenees a further two at the ski stations of Plat d’Adet (Stage 17) and Hautacam (Stage 18).


Stage 20, Saturday, July 26, will see the Individual Time Trial run 54km from Bergerac to Perigueux.


The full Tour de France 20414 route is:


Stage 1: Saturday, July 5 – Leeds – Harrogate, 191km

Stage 2: Sunday, July 6 – York – Sheffield, 198km

Stage 3: Monday, July 7 – Cambridge – London, 159km

Stage 4: Tuesday, July 8 – Le Touquet Paris-Plage – Lille, 164km

Stage 5: Wednesday, July 9 – Ypres – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 156km

Stage 6: Thursday, July 10 – Arras – Reims, 194km

Stage 7: Friday, July 11 – Epernay – Nancy, 233km

Stage 8: Saturday, July 12 – Tomblaine – Gerardmer, 161km

Stage 9: Sunday, July 13 – Gerardmer – Mulhouse, 166km

Stage 10: Monday, July 14 – Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles, 161km

Tuesday, July 15 – Rest Day

Stage 11: Wednesday, July 16 – Besancon – Oyonnax, 186km

Stage 12: Thursday, July 17 – Bourg-en-Bresse – Saint-Etienne, 183km

Stage 13: Friday, July 18 – Saint-Etienne – Chamrousse, 200km

Stage 14: Saturday, July 19 – Grenoble – Risoul, 177km

Stage 15: Sunday, July 20 – Tallard – Nimes, 222km

Monday, July 21 – Rest Day

Stage 16: Tuesday, July 22 – Carcassone – Bagneres-de-Luchon, 237km

Stage 17: Wednesday, July 23 – Saint-Gaudens – Saint-Lary-Soulan Plat d’Adet, 125km

Stage 18: Thursday, July 24 – Pau – Hautacam, 145km

Stage 19: Friday, July 25 -Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour – Bergerac, 208km

Stage 20: Saturday, July 26 – Bergerac – Perigueux,  54km ITT

Stage 21: Sunday, July 27 – Evry – Paris, 136km