Category Archives: Cycling

Chris Froome denies Ruta del Sol is mental escape from fight to clear name

• Team Sky rider claims media has hyped up story of failed drug test
• Wout Poels retains lead with Froome 28sec adrift after stage three

Chris Froome bristled at the suggestion his first race of the season was providing a mental escape from the fight to clear his name as he maintained seventh place in the Ruta del Sol.

The 32-year-old insisted it was business as usual and confirmed he will do a warm-up race in March as he continues his preparation for the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.

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Rapha founder: 'Cycling now is a bit dull … there's all this doping stuff'

Simon Mottram, who recently sold his British bike wear brand to the Walmart heirs for £200m, bemoans the state of the sport he loves

It was the classic case of a frustrated customer who is so foolish they think they can do it better. I travelled the world consulting, I’m a bike rider and love the sport, so I would visit shops and meet cyclists. I realised there were enough people like me who wanted better quality. Then it was endless nights at the kitchen table and every conversation was about this idea. A friend of mine gave me a book of photographs of old racing and I saw an aesthetic I liked. It was all about human beings and not technology.

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Women to get equal prize money in Tour Down Under cycling event

South Australian government’s announcement hailed by this year’s winner Amanda Spratt as ‘a huge step forward for equality’

Riders in the Women’s Tour Down Under will receive the same pay as their male counterparts for the first time, the South Australian government has announced.

On Monday the state government announced that from 2019 it would increase the prize pool in the women’s cycling event by about $90,000, putting the competition’s prize pool on par with the male event.

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Chris Froome’s failed test will be the end of Team Sky, warns Floyd Landis

• Doper turned informant Floyd Landis calls marginal gains ‘just great PR’
• Former US Postal rider says ‘zero tolerance’ policy has crumbled

Floyd Landis has launched a stinging attack on Team Sky, claiming the idea of marginal gains and a zero tolerance policy is a facade and “just great PR”. The former American rider who turned informant after testing positive for drugs himself scoffed at possible explanations for Chris Froome’s failed test and expects the fallout to be a death knell for Team Sky after eight years at the top.

Former US Postal Service rider Landis, who won the Tour de France in 2006 before being told of a positive test for testosterone 72 hours later, contributed to the downfall of Lance Armstrong with his testimony of widespread doping in cycling.

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‘The feeling of freedom’: empowering Berlin’s refugee women through cycling

When NGO Bikeygees set out to teach female refugees how to ride a bike they were shocked by the demand. Now hundreds have benefitted from the scheme

Emily is a 21-year-old Afghan refugee living in Berlin, and her best experience in Germany so far has been, without a doubt, learning to ride a bike.

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The sporting year ahead: 18 dates for your diary in 2018

Russia’s ethical World Cup adventure, Nigeria’s bobsleigh stars at the Winter Olympics, and a welcome helping of London 2012 nostalgia

Russia 14 June – 15 July

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