Monthly Archives: April 2019

Chris Froome: Team Sky’s Tenerife training on Mount Teide

BBC Sport’s Tom Fordyce speaks to four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome in Tenerife, as the British rider plots his attempt to regain the title from team-mate Geraint Thomas.

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Geoghegan Hart claims first senior victory in Tour of the Alps

Tao Geoghegan Hart

Tao Geoghegan Hart joined Team Sky in 2017

Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart claimed the first senior win of his career at the opening stage of the Tour of the Alps, while his Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome came sixth.

Geoghegan Hart, 24, edged out Alexander Aranburu of Spain and Switzerland’s Roland Thalmann at the end of the 144km ride around Kufstein in Austria.

“I’m really happy to take my first professional win,” he said.

This was the first of five stages in the event, which finishes on 26 April.

Froome, who finished fourth in this race last year, is trying to hit top form in time for the start of his bid for a fifth Tour de France title on July 6 in Brussels.

The 33-year-old had raced only twice previously this season, finishing 91st and 94th at the Tour of Colombia and Tour of Catalonia respectively and withdrew from February’s UAE Tour.

This will be the final stage race for Team Sky with their current sponsor. Ineos, a chemicals firm owned by Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, takes over on 1 May.

Tour of the Alps – stage one result

1. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB/Team Sky) 3hrs 30mins 48secs

2. Alexander Aranburu (Spa/Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) same time

3. Roland Thalmann (Swi/Team Vorarlberg Santic)

4. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana)

5. Nikita Stalnov (Kaz/Astana)

6. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)

7. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus/Gazprom-Rusvelo)

8. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe)

9. Giovanni Carboni (Ita/Bardiani CSF)

10. Dayer Quintana (Col/Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM)

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Niewiadoma wins Amstel Gold Race on Deignan’s return

Lizzie Deignan competing at the 2019 Amstel Gold Race

Lizzie Deignan was competing for the first time since the 2017 world championships

Britain’s Lizzie Deignan returned to cycling at the Amstel Gold Race seven months after giving birth to her first child.

The former world champion, 30, was racing with her new team Trek-Segafredo as Kasia Niewiadoma, 24, won the first of this year’s Ardennes Classics.

The Polish Canyon-SRAM rider held off two-time time trial world champion Annemiek van Vleuten in a close finish.

A superb men’s race was won by Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands.

The 24-year-old, competing in his maiden Amstel race, emulated his father Adri’s win of 1990 and is the first Dutch winner of the event since Eric Dekker in 2001.

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe broke away with Danish Astana rider Jakob Fuglsang with a little more than 35 kilometres to go and with three kilometres left, the two had a lead of 38 seconds, but Van der Poel produced a remarkable burst on the finishing straight.

Earlier Deignan pushed the leaders hard throughout the race and broke out to lead herself with around 40km to go.

However, she was unable to sustain her challenge in her first race for almost two years and finished among the chasing pack.

Multiple world champion Marianne Vos, 31, completed the podium in Limburg.

Deignan is now set to race in the other Ardennes Classics – La Fleche Wallonne Feminine and Liege-Bastogne-Liege – later this month.

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Kristina Vogel: ‘I’m in a wheelchair, but it’s not the end of my life’

Double Olympic cycling champion Kristina Vogel speaks to Sir Chris Hoy about life following a high-speed collision during training that left her paralysed.

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Team Sky to race as Team Ineos in April

Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas on a climb during the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race

Geraint Thomas will lead Team Ineos at the Tour de Romandie

Team Sky will race as Team Ineos for the first time earlier than planned at the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland.

The new team were set to launch at the Tour de Yorkshire from 2-5 May.

Under the rules of cycling’s governing body, the UCI, teams cannot compete in separate races under different names or change their name mid-race, with the Tour de Romandie running from 30 April until 5 May.

The British team will still reveal their new kit and colours in Yorkshire.

At Romandie, where Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas is competing, they will wear a one-off black kit with a white logo of Ineos, according to race organisers.

The chemicals firm, owned by Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, confirmed its takeover of the team last month.

Broadcaster Sky said in December it would end its decade-long commitment at the end of 2019, during which time Team Sky have won eight Grand Tours.

Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will race in Team Sky colours for the final time at the Tour of the Alps from 22-26 April.

The team’s final race as Team Sky will be the one-day ‘monument’ classic Liege-Bastogne-Liege on 28 April.

Meanwhile, performance director Rod Ellingworth will leave Team Sky at the end of the season to join Bahrain Merida, who are backed by McLaren.

Former British Cycling coach Ellingworth has been with Team Sky since their inception in 2010.

“Everyone at the team thanks Rod for his immense service and contribution during his time with us,” read a Team Sky statement.

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