Geraint Thomas reacts to news of Team Sky becoming Team Ineos

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) racing the 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico

Geraint Thomas carefully avoided confirming that Team Sky will become Team Ineos in 2020 but seemed confident and pleased that the team will continue under new backing, securing his future as a team leader of the British WorldTour team. Cyclingnews was told by multiple sources on Thursday that the multinational chemical company owned by Britain's richest person, Jim Ratcliffe, will take over from Team Sky for 2020, perhaps even increasing the team's reported current budget of £34 million. Thomas signed a new contract with Team Sky after winning the Tour de France in 2018 and seemed happy that his future is now secured. "If it's true, then yeah, but I don't know, I'm just concentrating on racing," Thomas said after stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico , carefully avoiding any confirmation of the news. "You'd hope to think that we'd find something. We are in the best position to; we are one ...

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Team Sky expected to be saved by Britain's richest person

Team Sky expected to be saved by Britain's richest person

Joe Robinson 15 Mar 2019 Sir Jim Ratcliffe's chemical company Ineos expected to take over Team Sky sponsorship Britain's richest person and keen cyclist Sir Jim Ratcliffe looks set to save Team Sky through his chemical company Ineos, which is expected to take control of the British WorldTour team in 2020. The Daily Mail reported earlier this month that Ratcliffe was in talks with Sir Dave Brailsford about the possibilty of a potential takeover – one of several buyers reported as being interested in purchasing the team. This was seemingly backed up by Team Sky sport director Matteo Tossato who told Spanish newspaper Marca at the UAE Tour that a new sponsor had been secured and would be announced before the Giro d'Italia. The Italian also confirmed that the replacement for Team Sky would be from Europe. This after Brailsford denied that meetings with Colombian president Ivan Duque were in ...

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Simon Yates: I've been working on my time trial quite a lot

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at Ruta del Sol stage 4

Mitchelton-Scott 's Simon Yates scored his first-ever time trial victory on stage 5 of Paris-Nice on Thursday, beating Katusha-Alpecin's Nils Politt and Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, who extended his overall lead at the race. Yates started the day down in 70th place on the GC, almost 20 minutes down on Kwiatkowski. And while the Briton's challenge for the overall is clearly over – in a race he finished second at 12 months ago – his focus remains on May's Giro d'Italia . The time trial win bodes well for the 26-year-old, who will face three individual time trial tests at this year's Giro: an 8.2km opening stage, with a tough uphill finish to the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca, followed on stage 9 by 34.7km effort, which again is mainly all uphill from the halfway mark, and then a final, flatter 15.6km test in Verona, which is also the ...

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Team Sky expected to become Team Ineos

Salvatore Puccio drives the Team Sky line at Tirreno-Adriatico

Team Sky is widely expected to become Team Ineos in 2020, with Ineos - a multinational chemical company controlled by Britain’s richest person, Jim Ratcliffe - set to step in and save the British WorldTour team. Ineos has been reported to be in talks with Team Sky in recent weeks, but several sources at Tirreno-Adriatico told Cyclingnews on Thursday that the team’s future has been assured, with Ineos the preferred option rather than a more complex Colombian solution with support from state-controlled oil and gas company Ecopetrol. During the recent UAE Tour, directeur sportif Matteo Tosatto told Spanish newspaper Marca that the team had secured a new sponsor with an announcement expected before the Tour de France or even sooner. He said the sponsor would be European. Team Sky declined to comment for this story when contacted by Cyclingnews . Last year, Ratcliffe and Ineos invested a reported £110 million ...

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“I was on my hands and knees” — The pro’s most miserable days on a bike

To try to make sense of cycling's suffering, we asked a handful of pros about their hardest day on the bike, and what kept them pushing through. The post “I was on my hands and knees” — The pro’s most miserable days on a bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Poels shares leadership with Thomas for Team Sky at Tirreno

Wout Poels (Team Sky)

Team Sky 's Wout Poels starts Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday in a joint leadership role with Geraint Thomas , and is relishing racing there again for the first time since 2016. The previous year, at the 2015 Tirreno, Poels won a stage, which was his first win for Sky having joined them that season, and the Dutchman hopes that this year's 'punchier' route – which only takes in central Italy's muri , rather than any high mountains – will suit him as the winner of the 2016 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. "They say it's more for the Classics guys, but I won a Classic," Poels said of this year's Tirreno route and his victory at Liège. "I really like Tirreno. I've done it quite a lot of times, and at Vaconsoleil I won the white jersey as best young rider [in 2012]. "I've been in the top 10 three times" – eighth in 2012, ...

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The Art of Racing Over 7 Days

What does it mean to be a one-week specialist? From 2014 to 2017, Alberto Contador was the undaunted master of week-long stage races. Having finished on the podium of WT one-week stage races (see the races I used for this analysis below) a whopping 10 times, including 3 wins. It would be easy for you to rush to interpret that this means that Grand Tour excellence translates to week-long results, until I tell you that over that time frame, Alberto Contador finished on a Grand Tour podium just once. In the twilight of his career, Contador was a shell of himself when it came to the big 3 week races, but was simply unparalleled when it came to the week-longs. [Full disclosure: Contador was also a week-long asskicker when he was a great GT rider as well… but we’ll get to that later.] You often hear the adage: “Rider X ...

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Geraint Thomas plays down Tour de France rivalry with Chris Froome

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome

Geraint Thomas kicked off a second block of early-season racing at Strade Bianche on Saturday, convinced he is back on track as he builds towards the defence of his Tour de France title. Thomas and Chris Froome will again be joint leaders for the Tour de France, with the Welshman keen to land a rare second consecutive victory, with Froome chasing a record-equalling fifth win. It seems the road will eventually decide who becomes Team Sky’s protected rider but Thomas played down any tension about team leadership. "We'll just treat it like we did last year - just be open and honest with each other," Thomas said as he prepared to roll out at Strade Bianche. "As long as one of wins, that's the goal. If we end up racing against each other and someone else won, when one of us could have won, that would be a disaster." Thomas ...

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Flying Too Close to the Sun: Paris - Nice Preview

Race to the sun, my ass.

There’s always a discussion around this time about which is the better race-- Paris - Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico-- as the peloton gets split between the two races. The consensus view is usually that TA is the better race-- it gets the better riders and has the better route. Here’s the thing, though. Anyone that still believes that has not been watching PN during the last three years. Each of the last three years has been a barn burner of a race, easily in contention for best week long stage race of the year as well as race day of the year and probably only losing out on those honors due to its placement on the calendar-- before the spring classics and all of the grand tours cloud our collective memories. 2016 saw Geraint Thomas take the GC victory over Alberto Contador by a mere 4 seconds and saw a vintage ...

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The weekly spin: The Giro d’Italia is better than the Tour de France

Leave it to Simon Yates to say out loud what many in the cycling community have quietly believed for years now — the Giro d’Italia is better than the Tour de France. How is it better? Let us count the ways. It’s harder. It’s more beautiful. It’s more complicated. It’s more festive, less corporate, more beloved … The post The weekly spin: The Giro d’Italia is better than the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Thursday Thoughts: Lessons from the Drafts

Number One... but not for Pablo

Looking across the four men’s FSA-DS drafts This is the last Thursday Thoughts to come out on a Thursday, but there’s a bonus final edition coming this weekend. Expect something shortly after the (men’s) FSA-DS deadline. Many of us have found the pressure of not submitting teams too much to cope with and have pushed the fateful button. Others are hanging on hoping to avoid injury to their chosen crew. However, some of you are still out there, paralysed with indecision and crippled by choice. Today, I’m joined by Shawn as the two of us try to make your lives even harder. What lessons can we take from the various draft leagues to inform the selection of our main teams? For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Shawn is running three draft leagues this year, as well as a young rider’s draft and a women’s draft. Thanks, Shawn! ...

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Chris Froome skips UAE Tour to recover from Colombia

Chris Froome (Team Sky) ahead of the final stage at Tour Colombia

Chris Froome will not compete in the upcoming UAE Tour as originally planned, citing the need to recover from his recent participation at the Tour Colombia 2.1. Team Sky made the announcement Wednesday. "I'm disappointed to miss UAE Tour, but I need to recover fully from Colombia, instead of going straight into such a big WorldTour race." Froome said in the team statement. "I wish the boys all the best for what I’m sure will be a great event." Froome's decision to not start the UAE Tour comes as a surprise. Organisers of the race announced in December that he would participate in the newly formed event, which combines the former Dubai and Abu Dhabi tours. In addition, Froome confirmed that he would participate in the UAE Tour in a post last week on Twitter during the Tour Colombia, where he finished 97th overall. Team Sky released the final roster ...

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2020 Giro d'Italia to visit Rivolto military base

The Frecce Tricolori over the Giro in Rivolto in 2009

The Rivolto Air Base will host a start of a stage of the 2020 Giro d'Italia , organisers announced on Tuesday. The start will honour the 60th anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori, an aerobatic squad also known as the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale. The Frecce Tricolori have twice decorated the Giro d'Italia with their aerobatic feats - first in 2009 when the race used a landing strip on the Rivolto base and again in 2014 when the race finished in Trieste, but Friuli Venezia Giulia is a frequent host of the race, with the Monte Zoncolan a notable oft-used feature in the region. RCS Sport CEO Paolo Bellino hopes the visual impact of the air show will help to expand the race's audience. "Next year we will have almost 200 television stations broadcasting to the five continents, enabling us to reach a potential audience of over 800 million people. High quality ...

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New Colombia-backed Team Sky very unlikely, says Dave Brailsford

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford out for a ride next to Christopher Froome on the second rest day at

According to a report in Marca , Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford has told Colombian journalists that any agreement between him and a Colombian backer for 2020 is "very unlikely". Team Sky will lose their major sponsor at the end of this season, with rumours swirling at the recent Tour Colombia 2.1 stage race – which Brailsford attended – that Colombian oil and gas company Ecopetrol could be a potential new backer for the team next year. Brailsford also met with Colombian president Ivan Duque and Coldeportes [sports ministry] director Ernesto Lucena – allegedly to discuss the possibility of Colombia establishing its first WorldTour team , with Pro Continental-level team Manzana Postobon having already taken part in the 2017 Vuelta a España. However, as things stand – and despite Brailsford's enthusiasm for the South American country and in turn its enthusiasm for cycling – the search for a new main ...

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At Tour Colombia, proof that exciting stage racing still exists

Supported by The impromptu near-trackstand competition with less than one kilometer to go was the icing on the cake. Superman Lopez and his arch-nemesis, Ivan “The Terrible” Sosa, stared each other down, weaving across the final climb to Alto de Palmas in a tiny-man match sprint played out at 8,500 feet. Around the corner came Nairoman and … The post At Tour Colombia, proof that exciting stage racing still exists appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team Sky with options to play on final day in Colombia

Egan Bernal (Team Sky)

Egan Bernal appeared slightly upset when he arrived at the Team Sky van following stage 5 at the Tour Colombia 2.1 , where he slipped from sixth overall to ninth and lost another 43 seconds to the current race leader and is now 1:05 behind. The 22-year-old Colombian's family was waiting for him and appeared to offer condolences as his hopes for repeating his 2018 Oro y Paz title looked quite a bit dimmer. His younger brother crying, and Bernal provided a hug and wiped away the tears from his face. But appearances can be deceiving, and all is not lost for Team Sky. Ivan Sosa made the dangerous breakaway on stage 5 and finished fifth, six seconds behind stage winner and new race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). He is currently fourth overall at 29 seconds with the final summit finish to Las Palmas remaining. Even with Sosa up the ...

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Geraint Thomas insists he's not racing the Giro d'Italia despite Pinarello speculation

High fives for Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas ( Team Sky ) has confirmed to Cyclingnews that the Giro d'Italia is not on his race programme. The confirmation comes after bike brand Pinarello announced that the 2018 Tour de France winner would take part in the Italian Grand Tour. Pinarello has a long, rich history in the sport, and have supported Team Sky since the British team's inception in 2010. At the CoBismoBikeShow in Italy, Fausto Pinarello told onlookers and La Gazzetta dello Sport that Thomas would line up at the Giro alongside teammates Egan Bernal and Gianni Moscon. However, on Sunday morning, with Cyclingnews contacting Thomas for a comment, the Welshman insisted that the race was not part of his plans. He will, as he has stated for the last few months, return to the Tour de France in July to defend his crown . Bernal will lead Team Sky at the Giro. Currently training ...

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Crash knocks Chris Froome from Colombia contention

Chris Froome (Team Sky) warming up for the TTT

Chris Froome 's hopes of adding a Tour Colombia 2.1 title to his palmares came crashing down Saturday just 2km into stage 5 when he was caught behind a melee on an opening descent. The four-time Tour de France winner, racing for Team Sky , initially tried to catch back on with the quickly disappearing peloton. Information about the incident was hard to come by at the race, but Froome eventually started ceding large blocks of time to the massively reduced peloton and at last count was more than 13 minutes behind the main bunch. Froome eventually finished the stage with a large group that came in more than half an hour behind the winner, and he appeared to be in good spirits when he arrived at the team van to cool down. Aevolo's Riley Sheehan was riding near Froome when the crash occurred and described it for Cyclingnews . ...

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Tour Colombia: Alaphilippe wins stage 5

Julian Alaphilippe wins stage 5 at Tour Colombia

Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) won stage 5 of the Tour Colombia 2.1 with a powerful sprint to beat Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Richard Carapaz (Movistar). The stage looked to be heading towards a two-man battle after Daniel Martinez (EF Education First) and Ivan Sosa (Team Sky) had attacked and gone clear inside the final 10 kilometres. At that point, Alaphilippe was unable to hold the pace set by the Colombian riders, but he came back to the duo, alongside Carapaz and Lopez inside the final kilometre. The Frenchman immediately hit the front once the juncture was made and showed no hesitation as he rounded the final corners and jumped a set of speed bumps as the line approached. His kick for the line was definitive, allowing him plenty of time to savour the win. Earlier in the stage Chris Froome (Team Sky) was held up in crash and ...

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Sitting down with Egan Bernal: Lessons learned, and what lies ahead

Supported by Last August, Egan Bernal opened his eyes and realized he was in a hospital bed. He looked around, unable to remember what happened to him. He knew he had finished the Tour de France. He wasn’t not sure if he had raced, or crashed out of, the Vuelta a España. It was not the Vuelta. … The post Sitting down with Egan Bernal: Lessons learned, and what lies ahead appeared first on CyclingTips .

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