Vincenzo Nibali

Froome and Contador the big winners in early GC shake-up

ZEELAND, The Netherlands (CT) – The 2015 Tour de France is only into its second stage but already there’s more than 90 seconds between four big favourites for the general classification – Chris Froome (Sky), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar). On a stage that was dramatically affected by crosswinds and […]


Sean Kelly: Froome and Quintana may have had sleepless nights over possible tough weather conditions

UTRECHT, The Netherlands (CT) – With thunderstorms looking like a distinct possibility in the days ahead, Sean Kelly has said that some of the key race favourites will likely be unsettled by the prospect of slippery, tricky conditions and the realisation that this could greatly threaten their Tour chances. “If we get good weather, little […]


Kessiakoff on Astana’s pressurising of riders, team’s licence woes, Nibali’s panache and an improving sport

He’s been out of the peloton for six months now and, with his autobiography Mitt Eget Race [My Own Race] now on the market, Fredrik Kessikoff was in a reflective mood in recent days. The former Astana rider, who is known for his brilliant time trial win in the 2012 Vuelta a España ahead of […]


Impressive Nibali into yellow: “I didn’t get answers yesterday, that’s why I went on the offensive today”

Faulted by some after he sat up towards the finish of Thursday’s fourth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, slipping back and finishing in 29th place, Vincenzo Nibali wasted little time in bouncing back on Friday’s 183 kilometre mountain stage to Villard-de-Lans. The Tour de France champion attacked over 100 kilometres from the finish, opening […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Nacer Bouhanni takes a second stage win at the Dauphine, Dennis retains overall lead; Paddy Bevin wins stage 4 of the Tour de Korea, Ewan still in yellow; Annamiek van Vleuten wins Euskal Emakumeen Bira prologue; LottoNL-Jumbo becomes third team to quit MPCC over disagreement […]


Nibali pledges to ‘give it all I’ve got’ in Critérium du Dauphiné

Still chasing his first win of the year, Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali is returning to French soil eleven months after taking that race, and will begin the Critérium du Dauphiné on Sunday. “My ramping up programme for the Tour de France is going well, just like I want it to,” the Italian Astana […]


Froome: Contador is the benchmark, the guy to beat

Alberto Contador may just have done, and won, the Giro d’Italia, and will therefore be less fresh than his rivals for the Tour de France, but Chris Froome has nevertheless marked him out as his number one threat in the race. Speaking in advance of the campaign which he hopes will net him the second […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mark Cavendish wins a second consecutive stage at the Presidential Tour of Turkey; Froome, Nibali and Quintana to headline Tour de Romandie; Adam Hansen sets his sights on a new Grand Tour record; Michal Kwiatkowski keen to extend with Etixx-Quick-Step; Wiggins to face off against […]


Valverde, Gilbert and Froome ready for Flèche Wallonne but hold differing objectives

Second behind world champion Michal Kwiatkowski in Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race, Alejandro Valverde will be one of the big favourites in Wednesday’s Flèche Wallonne. The defending champion, who also won in 2006, is in strong form this season and his Movistar team manager Jose-Luis Arrieta is convinced he will be a major protagonist. Speaking on […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Michal Kwiatkowski wins the Amstel Gold Race; Kirsten Wild wins the Ronde van Gelderland; Fuglsang may sue UCI if Astana licence is blocked; Nibali will definitely skip the Giro to focus on Tour de France; Extra climb added to Fleche Wallonne finale; Research questionnaire on […]