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Froome frustrated by lack of testing

Chris Froome says that cyclists are determined to put the dark days of doping in the sport behind them, but are frustrated by a lack of testing.

The

Tour de France holder

has spoken out

following his claims that he was not tested

at a recent training camp.

“I’m trying to show people that the sport has turned around, that it’s not the Lance Armstrong era anymore,” Froome told BBC Radio 5 live.

The UCI, cycling’s governing body, are investigating Froome’s comments.

Armstrong was

stripped of his seven Tour de France victories

by the UCI after what was called, “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen”.

We need to be tested to be able to say to people, ‘Listen, we’re being tested all the time, there’s no way anything untoward is happening here.’

Chris Froome

Froome had revealed on Twitter that he, Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali had not been tested while training on Tenerife ahead of the the Criterium du Dauphine in June and the Tour de France, which

starts in Yorkshire on 5 July.

The UCI has responsibility for anti-doping tests. Riders are obliged to provide the UCI with their whereabouts at all times to allow random anti-doping tests as part of the scheme which provides a biological passport.

The Team Sky rider added, “Something that’s been quite frustrating for us is that when we go up to Tenerife and do the really hard training rides to get ourselves ready for the Tour, we come down and journalists ask, ‘We’re you tested up there?’

“We can’t lie and say, ‘yes we were’ when we weren’t. We need to be tested to be able to say to people, ‘Listen, we’re being tested all the time, there’s no way anything untoward is happening here.'”


Disgraced former cyclist Lance Armstrong

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I’ve not been treated fairly – Armstrong

If Froome wins this year’s the Tour de France, he will be the first rider since Spaniard Miguel Indurain in 1995 to retain his title without being tarnished by a drugs association.

“I definitely feel they could do more testing when we’re away at altitude,” added the 29-year-old.

“Every day we have to log onto an internet site and put our address of where we’re sleeping 365 days a year so that we are open to being tested, so authorities know exactly where we are every day of the year, and authorities know we’re open to those tests.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/27635263

Quintana closes in on Giro victory

Nairo Quintana tightened his grip on the Giro d’Italia by claiming the mountain time trial stage 19 from Bassano de Grappa to Cima Grappa.

He extended his lead over fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran to over three minutes with two stages remaining.

What to expect on Saturday’s stage 20

“I’ve never ridden up Zoncolan but I’ve heard the horror stories. It’s steep, with gradients of more than 20%, long and narrow.

“The Zoncolan is where the smaller climbers can try and claw back any time they may have lost on the time trial.

“Colombian Nairo Quintana is the guy to watch out for on the ascent.”

Movistar rider Quintana was 17 seconds faster than Italian Fabio Aru over the 26.8km route.

Aru’s excellent ride saw him leapfrog Pierre Rolland of France to move into third place behind Uran.

It was Quintana’s second stage win of the Giro, following

his victory in stage 16

that put the 24-year-old into the race lead.

Italian rider Aru gave hope of a home victory for the local fans, but Quintana was relentless over the steep closing stages.

“I had a great feeling and I took full advantage of it, I was really well prepared,” said Quintana, who changed both his bike, as the gradient increased, and his helmet during the time trial.

“Tomorrow, I have a strong team to control the stage. I’ll try to attack when we get towards the top. Why not?

With the penultimate day of the Giro another testing mountain stage, a 167km route from Maniago to Monte Zoncolan, Quintana is well placed to be in the pink jersey when the race finishes in Trieste on Sunday.

Stage 19 result:

1. Nairo Quintana (Colombia/Movistar) 1:05:37″

2. Fabio Aru (Italy/Astana) +17″

3. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia/Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) +1:26″

4. Pierre Rolland (France/Europcar) +1:57″

5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy/AG2R) +2:24″

6. Franco Pellizotti (Italy/Androni Giocattoli) +3:22″

7. Rafal Majka (Poland/Tinkoff-Saxo) +3:28″

8. Sebastian Henao (Colombia/Team Sky) +3:48″

9. Tim Wellens (Belgium/Lotto) +4:00″

10. Dario Cataldo (Italy/Team Sky) +4:10″

General classification:

1. Nairo Quintana (Colombia/Movistar) 79:03:45″

2. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia/Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) +3:07″

3. Fabio Aru (Italy/Astana) +3:48″

4. Pierre Rolland (France/Europcar) +5:26″

5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy/AG2R) +6:16″

6. Rafal Majka (Poland/Tinkoff-Saxo) +6:59″

7. Cadel Evans (Australia/BMC Racing) +9:25″

8. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands/Belkin) +9:29″

9. Ryder Hesjedal (Canada/Garmin) +10:11″

10. Robert Kiserlovski (Croatia/Trek) +13:59″

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/27640878

UCI to investigate Froome test claims

The UCI is investigating claims by defending champion Chris Froome that he has not been drug-tested at a Tour de France training camp.

The Briton, 29, also claimed there had been no tests for leading riders Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali.

“We’re looking into the matter with the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation,” the sport’s governing body told BBC Sport.

If we’re not getting tested, that doesn’t look good on any of us

Chris Froome

Froome said it was “very disappointing” not to have been tested while training in Tenerife during the last two weeks.

He wrote on Twitter: “Three major TDF contenders staying on Mount Teide and no out of competition tests for the past two weeks.”

Froome has been high-altitude training with Sky team-mates in the area around Mount Teide ahead of the Criterium du Dauphine in June and the Tour de France,

which starts in Yorkshire on 5, July.

Froome,

the 2013 winner of France’s annual race,

later followed up with a further tweet, which said: “To clarify, I am one of those three and I think it’s in all our best interests to be able to prove we are clean no matter where we train.”

The UCI has responsibility for anti-doping tests. Riders are obliged to provide the UCI with their whereabouts at all times to allow random anti-doping tests as part of the scheme which provides a biological passport.

The UCI responded on Thursday by insisting Froome’s allegations would be investigated.

“The UCI has seen the comment by Tour de France winner Chris Froome regarding a lack of out of competition testing at Mount Teide, Tenerife,” a spokesman said.

“Out-of-competition testing is clearly an essential component of any effective anti-doping programme and we are looking into the matter with the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, which is responsible for planning and executing anti doping tests in cycling.”

After his initial tweets, Froome then expanded on his comments in an interview with

Cycling News, 

claiming that leading riders and potential Tour rivals Nibali and Contador ad also not been tested while on the island.

Contador

was banned for two years in 2012,

backdated to January 2011 and stripped of his 2010 Tour de France victory after testing positive for clenbuterol.

The Spaniard has maintained that the failed test was a result of eating contaminated meat.

“I’ve asked around with other teams just out of interest, because we’ve been up here before and not been tested,” Froome said.

“So, I just wanted to see if it was the same case for everyone, but none of them, from what I could gather, had been tested either.”

He said that whoever won the Tour de France would have to justify their performances, adding: “If we’re not getting tested, that doesn’t look good on any of us.”

Froome has never failed a doping test but

repeatedly had to answer questions

about the subject on his way to winning the Tour de France for the first time last summer.

He claims he has only been tested once during his visits to Tenerife despite Sky and other professional teams regularly using the area for high-altitude training.

“I’ve been tested once and I’ve been up here maybe four or five times,” the Kenyan-born rider added.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/27616069

Arredondo leads Colombia Giro charge

Colombia’s Julian Arredondo secured the first Grand Tour win of his career as he powered to victory on stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia.

Arredondo attacked with about 4km to go and made the move count as compatriot Fabio Duarte had to settle for second.

Leader Nairo Quintana was yet another Colombian rider to enjoy a good day as he kept control of the pink jersey.

But Cadel Evans was the day’s big loser as the Australian dropped from third to ninth in the general classification.

Nairo Quintana

Quintana holds a commanding lead at the top of the general classification standings

The 2011 Tour de France winner cracked on the final climb of the day as he dropped off the back of the group containing all of the main overall race contenders.

Arredondo, who is also in the blue jersey as the race’s best climber, proved the strongest of the group which made the decisive break and ultimately won the stage by 17 seconds, with Team Sky’s Philip Deignan taking an impressive third place, an additional 20 seconds back.

Quintana gave a masterclass in staying out of trouble as he and his team covered any attempts by his main rivals to take a chunk out of his lead.

The 24-year-old Movistar rider leads another Colombian, Rigoberto Uran, by one minute 41 seconds, with France’s Pierre Roland earning the reward for several attacks as he moved up to third place, 3:29 behind Quintana.

Stage 18 result:

1. Julian Arredondo (Colombia/Trek) 4:49:51″

2. Fabio Duarte (Colombia/Colombia) +17″

3. Philip Deignan (Ireland/Team Sky) +37″

4. Franco Pellizotti (Italy/Androni Giocattoli) +1:20″

5. Edoardo Zardini (Italy/Bardiani Valvole) +1:24″

6. Thomas De Gendt (Belgium/Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) +1:38″

7. Ivan Basso (Italy/Cannondale) +1:43″

8. Dario Cataldo (Italy/Team Sky) +1:59″

9. Fabio Aru (Italy/Astana) +2:43″

10. Nairo Quintana (Colombia/Movistar) +2:46″

General classification:

1. Nairo Quintana (Colombia/Movistar) 77:58:08″

2. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia/Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) +1:41″

3. Pierre Rolland (France/Europcar) +3:29″

4. Fabio Aru (Italy/Astana) +3:31″

5. Rafal Majka (Poland/Tinkoff-Saxo)

6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy/AG2R) +3:52″

7. Ryder Hesjedal (Canada/Garmin) +4:32″

8. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands/Belkin) +4:37″

9. Cadel Evans (Australia/BMC Racing) +4:59″

10. Robert Kiserlovski (Croatia/Trek) +8:33″

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/27627319

Brailsford hails ‘world’s best’ bike

The Dogma F8The bike represents Jaguar’s first involvement in bike engineering, the company said

A £12,000 bike developed for Team Sky by Jaguar is the “best in the world”, according to team principal Sir Dave Brailsford.

Sky won the past two Tour de France races, with Sir Bradley Wiggins and current champion Chris Froome, and launched the Pinarello Dogma F8 at Jaguar’s site in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

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Built to win

Close-up of the bike

  • Jaguar engineers developed the frame to improve the aerodynamics and reduce the drag of components, including the forks and seat post
  • It was tested using the same methods used to optimise the aerodynamics of new Jaguar Land Rover cars
  • The company says wind tunnel tests suggest the bike is 26.1% more aerodynamic than the previous model

Sir Dave said the bike, developed at the car maker’s virtual innovation centre, is light, fast and aerodynamic.

The Tour starts in Leeds on 5 July.

‘The best shot’

Jaguar has previously supplied support cars for Team Sky but the company said this was its first involvement in bicycle engineering.

The model, which was a collaboration between Jaguar designers and Italian bicycle frame makers Pinarello, makes its competitive debut at the Critérium du Dauphiné race in France on 8 June.

Sir Dave said: “One of the challenges has been to try to create a bike that has the components of lightness, handling and aerodynamics all in one bike.

“That’s the trick with this bike – it’s the best on every level.

“I’m confident we will be able to give the Tour de France the best shot we can. We have the best bike and the best equipment.

The bike alongside a carThe bike was tested using the same methods to optimise the aerodynamics of new Jaguar Land Rover road cars

“It’s a three-week race and a lot of things can happen but we are going there confident we can defend our title.”

Jon Darlington, head of aerodynamics at Jaguar, said: “Taking our level of engineering capability and applying it to a bike project is something that has not been done before.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-27616040#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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