Wiggins told by Sutton to follow Sky’s Tour de France plan
Bradley Wiggins must ‘get behind the team’ and support Chris Froome for Sky’s Tour de France bid, according to coach Shane Sutton.
“At this moment in time, you base it on the evidence before you, and Froome will be the nominated rider. Bradley will just have to settle for a support role,” Britain’s top coach, Sutton told the Daily Mail over the weekend.
“Froome has won continually this year. I think just about every race he has ridden he has won. Brad hasn’t had a win since last August so I think the team will very much be getting behind Chris, as Chris did with Brad last year.”
Wiggins pulled out of the Giro d’Italia midway with a chest infection. During the race, the team issued a press release that underlined Froome would be Sky leader for Le Tour.
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2014 Giro route rumours continue
The 2014 Giro d’Italia, according to Tutto Sport, will continue in Bari after starting in Ireland and will include climbs to Mortirolo and Zoncolan. The Italian newspaper reported the details yesterday, just two days after Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) won the 2013 edition.
The race organiser, RCS Sport already announced the race will depart from Belfast and make its way to Dublin in the first three days. According to Tutto Sport, the riders will transfer to Bari in Italy’s heel for the fourth stage, likely a team time trial.
The race is due to finish in Ponte a Ema on the outskirts of Florence to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gino Bartali’s birth and feature a time trial between famous wine producing towns, Barolo and Barbaresco.
In addition to the Mortirolo, the newspaper reported that the race could take on the Jafferau and Zoncolan climbs.
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Fränk Schleck hit by car
Fränk Schleck (Radioshack-Leopard) suffered road rash after a car hit him while training on Monday.
It will never get boring! Car running me over in early training ride. Outsch that hurts. twitter.com/schleckfrank/s…
— fränkschleck (@schleckfrank) May 27, 2013
Schleck is building for his return from a doping-related suspension. At the Tour de France last year, he tested positive for banned diuretic, Xipamide. His ban ends in mid-July.
Florence Worlds course revealed
The Florence World Championships organiser unveiled its courses yesterday, including the men’s route which features 3000 metres of climbing over 272.5km.
“It’ll be one of the hardest circuits in recent years,” Angelo Zomegnan, head of the organisation said.
The other categories will use the same circuit, but arrive from different start towns. The men’s race starts in Lucca.
Betancur rests after Giro success, reloads for Vuelta
Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) will return home to Colombia after winning the Giro d’Italia young rider classification and reload for the Vuelta a España in late summer.
“It’s been three very intense months in Europe. I’m a little tired, to tell the truth. I’ll be happy to get home and think about the second half of the season,” Betancur told Spanish daily, Marca.
Betancur explained that he will race the Vuelta a Burgos and the Vuelta a España before the Florence World Championship.
In the Giro d’Italia, he scored top fives in all the major mountain stages and earned the white jersey.
“I said from the start that I had two goals: the white jersey and a stage win. I was close to winning a stage, with three second places. The most important thing was to get the white jersey.”
Another Colombian, Rigoberto Urán (Sky) won the white jersey last year. He placed second overall this year ahead of Cadel Evans (BMC Racing).
Morabito rode the last week of the Giro with a broken hand
Steve Morabito (BMC) crashed heavily on stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia, breaking a bone in his hand as a result. But rather than withdrawing from the race, Morabito soldiered on, riding the remaining 1,000km and five stages in support of Cadel Evans.
“I had a lot of pain, but I was focused on staying in the race because I knew that Cadel needed my help,” Morabito told Radsport-news at the end of the Giro.
Morabito was in the BMC squad that helped Evans win the 2011 Tour de France but missed last year’s Tour.
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Rick Zabel linked to BMC Racing
Erik Zabel’s son, Rick is due to turn professional with BMC Racing, according to De Telegraaf. The Dutch daily reported the 19-year-old inked a deal with BMC Racing since current team, Rabobank is uncertain about its 2014 pro team.
Last month, the German won the Under 23 Tour of Flanders.
Rabobank pulled its pro team sponsorship over the winter in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal. The team continues as Blanco and searches for a replacement sponsor, but riders are making 2014 plans.
Lars Boom is rumoured to leave for Sky, while Tour Down Under winner, Tom Jelte Slagter may join Orica-GreenEDGE.
Nike cuts Livestrong products, keeps funding
Nike has decided to end its sponsorship deal with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s cancer charity Livestrong, but will still support it financially, the sports products giant said Tuesday.
Nike will stop making products with the Livestrong name beyond 2013, the global brand said, a few hours after the Livestrong Foundation announced the end of their partnership.
“Nike has made the decision to stop producing new Livestrong products after its Holiday 2013 line,” it said in a statement, noting that it has distributed some 87 million distinctive yellow Livestrong wristbands.
But Nike added: “We will continue to support the Livestrong Foundation by funding them directly as they continue their work serving and improving outcomes for people facing cancer.”
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Armstrong tweets about his new bike
And in other Lance Armstrong non-news, the Texan recently tweeted out this photo of a bike that’s being built for him:
— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) May 27, 2013
Bianchi Lotto Arbitrage joins Australia National Team at Tour of Korea
The Western Australian Bianchi Lotto Arbitrage team will take to the start line for the 2013 Tour of Korea alongside the Australian National Team.
Following a strong performance at the OCBC Pro Criterium in Singapore in April, Bianchi Lotto Arbitrage was invited by the Tour of Korea event organisers to participate in this years tour and will join other teams from around the world for the 8 stage race which covers 1077km.
The team is currently based in Belgium until September, where they are participating in various European races.
The Tour of Korea departs the South Korean city of Cheonan on Sunday 9th June, and finishes in Hanam on Sunday 16th June.
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Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate — Episode 4
Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate is an online documentary all about the stunt rider’s recovery from a serious injury and his push to film his greatest video yet. Episode 4 of the documentary is now online and it’s well worth a look.
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The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed: