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Froome keeps the boss happy

The Tour de Romandie was not too kind to Chris Froome. In the past years, Froome started fairly well but this year when he crossed the finish line, he finished 38th. But, luckily, Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford is not worried one bit. These late struggles seem to be a part of a master plan for longer and sustained success further down the road. To say that Froome has a “full plate” is an understatem ...

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Paris-Roubaix 2015 – a whiff of sulphur….

Photos by Author So what is it about this patch of northern Europe that leads young men to pain, bloodshed, suffering and toil? Fatuous, obviously, but one cannot quite dispel the neat rows of white headstones from the mind when mentally approaching the famous “Hell of the North.” Let’s remember it is not the famous cobbles, fearsome though they are, that gave the race that tag, but the devastation brought ...

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Wiggins to pound the pavé

It has been reaffirmed that Bradley Wiggins is concentrating on his training for Paris-Roubaix and the hour record before he returns to the track in 2015. For now, the world time trial champion is competing at the track World Cup in London this weekend in order to focus on training with Team Sky for his final races. He has made no effort to hide his wish to win the Paris-Roubaix in 2015. It was confirmed by ...

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Contador crashes, cracks and leaves Le Tour

Alberto Contador is the latest victim of what is turning out to be one of the most brutal Tour de France years we've known for a while.  We were horrified to hear that Mark Cavendish had borked his shoulder, we sighed with sad disappointment when Chris Froome was forced to bailout before the cobblestone sections of the Paris-Roubaix stage.  Now we're feeling bad for yet another fella what could have won Le ...

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Lars Booms, Vicenzo Nibbles

At the end of the fifth stage of the Tour, the Italian rider, Vicenzo Nibali, took a lead over Alberto Contador. The fifth stage was defined by a number of crashes and horrible conditions. Jonathan Vaughters, the Garmin-Sharp team manager, acknowledged the brutal, wet, and slippery stage. The defending champion, Chris Froome suffered two spills. Though two sectors of the feared cobbles were removed before t ...

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Froome crunches horribly out of Le Tour

That's it, it's all over, time to go home boyo.  Nobody likes to see anyone leave Le Tour this way, especially not when it's our very own Chris Froome. After suffering a suspected fracture earned by going down mid-peleton Froome visited the race doctor for some x-rays, and despite leaving the medical van with a cautious smile (and an even more cautious thumbs up) things were not looking good.  The doctor ca ...

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Froome fights on

Being a defending champion does not grant immunity from misfortune. Chris Froome found out first-hand how quickly luck can change. Doubts are swirling around regarding Team Sky’s Chris Froome following his quick yet potentially title threatening crash on the roads between Le Touquet to Lille. Up towards the front, a slight shift in position between Stef Clement and Jens Keukeleire caused contact with Froome ...

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Contador expects rumble in Roubaix

Always a game-changer, the vicious cobblestone streets Paris-Roubaix promise to be a pivotal point in the Tour de France. With the help of the Tinkoff-Saxo team, rider Alberto Contador hopes for solace in the expected brutal conditions. And with projected weather forecasts including harsh rain and high winds, every rider will be looking for any edge-up they can get. Rewind four years back to 2010 and the wo ...

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