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Froome Disappointed by Lack of Drug Tests Ahead of 2014 Tour de France

Last year’s race winner has revealed his disappointment that he and his rivals were not on the receiving end of out-of-competition dope tests during recent training sessions in Tenerife. Froome stated on Twitter that: ‘Three major TDF contenders staying on Mt Teide and no out of competition tests for the past 2 weeks. Very disappointing.’ He also said that ‘to clarify I am one of those 3 and I think it’s in all our best interests to be able to prove we are clean no matter where we train.’ His comments have raised an interesting debate; and have also showed that Froome is not afraid of upsetting fellow competitors with his comments.

Sir Dave Brailsford – Team Sky Boss – Talks up Stage 2 Challenge (Also on Sky Sports)

The second stage of the 2014 Tour de France has been dubbed a ‘real challenge’ by the boss of Team Sky. The route – which will see the peloton travel from York to Sheffield over 201km – includes five categorized climbs in the last third of the race. Brailsford told Sky Sports News that ‘a lot of people have gone down to look at the key stages at the start of the race because they are trickier than they look on paper. They have narrow roads, they are difficult stages that you are not going to gain a lot of time on, but could quite easily lose it if you are not attentive.’ The stage has been widely discussed as a section of the race that will be the key for not losing time on other riders.

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Classic Holme Moss Climb Sure to be Tour de France Highlight (Wheelie Good Guys Site)

The Holme Moss climb section of the race will not only be a highlight of Stage 2; but also of the entire event itself. The rush that spectators choosing to view the race there will get will be unrivalled. It will simply be a magnificent sight to behold as the peloton scales the slopes to reach the summit of the 2nd highest point during the Tour’s visit to England. The crowds are set to be massive; but with the climb being on such a grand scale, there should still be plenty of places for everyone who wishes to base themselves here for the 2014 Tour. The climb has a reputation as one of the most daunting in the UK, so it only seems fair to give it the coverage it commands. Read the full story here.

 

Brailsford Says Bradley Wiggins is not Tour de France Plan B (Also in Guardian)

Sir Dave Brailsford has rubbished suggestions that Sir Bradley Wiggins will ride the 2014 Tour de France as back up to Chris Froome. With less than 6 weeks to go until the race; fans are eagerly anticipating the Tour squad announcement. In 2013 it was made just 3 days before the start of the race. Wiggins has said that he is happy to support Froome at this year’s event; and accepts that he is the leader of Sky’s Tour team. Recent extracts from Froome’s autobiography have raised questions marks over the two working together. In the book, Froome said of Wiggins that ‘we rode around him and his moods like he was a traffic island’; and in reference to the 2012 race stated that ‘I felt that the team weren’t prepared to recognize that I was a potential winner.’ Questions marks remain over the functionality of Team Sky pairing the two athletes together.

Sky Riders Take Traffic-Free Tour of Leeds City Centre (Also in Yorkshire Post)

Countless cyclists are gearing up to ride a traffic free section of the Tour de France route on Father’s Day. The Leeds Sky Ride will be the second annual event of its kind this year; allowing locals to take to the streets that will be cycled by the world’s greatest cyclists less than a month later. The 6.5km route will be completely traffic free; with an alternative shorter route for younger children and families. The event is one of 14 similar ones that will be held nationally and is part of a drive encouraging more interest in cycling. A whole series of 50 free guided Sky Rides will take place over the summer around Leeds.

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Enhanced Stagecoach Supertram Service to Run during Tour de France in Sheffield

On Sunday the 6th July; Stage 2 of the Grand Depart will pass directly through Sheffield. Supertram services will not be directly affected by any planned road closures; but they will provide a service that runs to the heart of the action in the Lower Don Valley area – near to one of the official spectator hubs for the event. Throughout the Sunday, an enhanced tram service will run to provide fans with the best possible chance of catching a glimpse of the riders. Enhanced services will include services running as frequently as every 4 minutes on certain sections of the network. Family tickets can be pre-booked on line prior to the arrival of the Tour de France.

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