British Cycling and UK Anti Doping join forces in new partnership

Joint project has been met with criticism and comments that regulators can’t “cosy up” with those they must investigate British Cycling (BC) has announced a partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in what they call a “fight against doping in the sport.” The partnership comes following damning conclusions in the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s report into ‘Combatting Doping in Sport’ – which stated that Team Sky “crossed an ethical line” with the use of corticosteroid. An initiative from the new chairs of BC and UKAD – Frank Slevin and…

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Chris Froome’s solo Giro d’Italia victory ingnites debate

As Chris Froome rode alone for over 80km, from the dirt roads of the Colle delle Finestre to the finish above Bardonecchia, there was a sense of astonishment amongst those watching the Giro d’Italia along the roadside, at the finish line and even amongst those at the team buses parked at the foot of the final climb. Related Articles From the moment Froome punched the air to win the stage, relegating Tom Dumoulin, who finished 3:23 down, again to second place 40 seconds down in the overall classification, the significance…

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Pinot: It was a day that will mark the history of the Giro d’Italia

Midway up the Colle delle Finestre, as the tarmac gave way to dirt road, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) braced himself for the inevitable. Team Sky’s startling forcing had already seen maglia rosa Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) jettisoned out the back of the leading group, and now Chris Froome was readying himself to attack. Related Articles Some 80 kilometres lay between this stretch of steep sterrato and the finish of stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia atop the Jafferau, but a seated Froome accelerated away as though the finish line were just around…

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Giro d’Italia: Tom Dumoulin left on the ropes by Chris Froome’s solo attack

Tom Dumoulin slumped on a stool in front of the Team Sunweb bus at the foot of the Jafferau climb near Bardonecchia, struggling to find something positive to say about his five hours in the saddle and his defeat to Chris Froome. Related Articles Dumoulin was expected to challenge Simon Yates for the maglia rosa after starting the mountain stage just 28 seconds back. Yates cracked and finished 38 minutes down, but Froome stepped up and enjoyed one of the biggest days of his career; taking the stage 19 victory,…

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Simon Yates: I was just really tired and exhausted

More than 38 minutes had ticked by on the clock beneath the Arrivo banner when Simon Yates finally reached the final ramps of the Jafferau and inched grimly towards the finish of stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia. The dream had died three hours previously on the slopes of the Colle delle Finestre, and the final 80 kilometres of the stage must have felt akin to a nightmare from which he was trying to awake. Yates crossed the line in 79th place on the stage in the company of his…

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Chris Froome explains how he turned the Giro d’Italia upside down

Chris Froome (Team Sky) turned the Giro d’Italia upside, winning stage 19 alone in Bardonecchia after an 80km solo attack, taking the leader’s maglia and scattering his rivals to the wind across Susa valley. Related Articles Froome’s performance seemed something from a bygone era, with Italian television showing images of Fausto Coppi before he had even reached the finish. Others compared it to Floyd Landis’ solo attack in the 2006 Tour de France, which was cancelled after he tested positive for testosterone. Froome is usually a man of logic, watts…

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Aru abandons Giro d’Italia | Cyclingnews.com

Fabio Aru‘s miserable Giro d’Italia came to an early end on Friday as the Italian abandoned the race just over an hour into stage 19.  Related Articles The UAE Team Emirates leader had lost time on almost every mountain stage and found himself down in 27th place overall at the start of Friday’s stage, more than 45 minutes down on race leader Simon Yates. Chris Froome (Team Sky) went on to win stage 19 and move into the overall lead. The team confirmed the exit on Friday, with no indication…

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Giro d'Italia: Stage 19 highlights – Video

The third week of a Grand Tour always holds the possibility of big changes to the GC, but rarely has a rider succeeded in turning around his chances like Chris Froome. The Team Sky rider attacked during stage 19 with 80 kilometres and three climbs to go, being launched by teammate Kenny Elissonde on the Colle delle Finestre. The acceleration shot a struggling race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) out the back, putting Froome quickly into a podium position as Yates tumbled down the virtual rankings. So too went Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), whose aspirations to land…

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Giro d’Italia: Stage 19 finish line quotes

Chris Froome (Team Sky) – stage winner, new race leader I don’t think I’ve ever attacked with 80k to go like that on my own and gone all the way to the finish but the team did such a fantastic job to set that up for me. It was going to take something really special today to try, and first of all, get rid of Simon [Yates] and get away from [Tom] Dumoulin and [Domenico] Pozzovivo. To go from fourth to first – I wasn’t going to do that on…

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New website offers free legal advice for cyclists who have been injured on the roads

Website offers free advice and can produce a letter for you, but is not a substitute for a lawyer A website has been set up to offer free legal advice for cyclists who have been injured on the roads in anything “from hit and runs to potholes”. ‘Litem is the brainchild of web developer, Alex Jeffcott, and cyclists simply need to complete an opening “triage” by answering questions about the incident they were involved in to receive advice, an evaluation of the likely payout, and a letter which can be sent to…

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