Having finished second overall at the Vuelta a Espa a twice before, Chris Froome is going all out to win it this year
Chris Froome wins stage 11 of the 2016 Vuelta a Espa a (Watson)
Team Sky1 boss David Brailsford says that Chris Froome2, winner of Wednesday s Pe a Cabarga stage, does not want to finish second overall again in the Vuelta a Espa a and that he is confident he can beat Nairo Quintana3 (Movistar). Froome marked Quintana s attack in the final kilometre of the Pe a Cabarga climb this afternoon and on his second acceleration, rode ahead to the stage victory4 with Quintana on his wheel.
Chris is now confident he can beat him, Brailsford said while waiting for his star to arrive at the team bus. Yeah, Chris doesn t want to come second here again. It s all in for the win. Quintana maintained the red leader s jersey by 54 seconds on Froome.
His Movistar5 team-mate Alejandro Valverde is in third at 1-05 minutes and Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange6) sits fourth at 2-34. Froome has won the Tour de France7 three times already, so he has experience leading a Grand Tour. He also has experience just missing out in the Vuelta, twice finishing second in 2011 and in 2014.
From experience, when you re leading and you have a 54-second lead, it feels like nothing and when you re chasing that 54 second lead, it seems like quite a lot. It s funny what it does to you mentally, Brailsford added. Whenever you re leading a Grand Tour you always think that the gap was never big enough and you are never quite comfortable. Nairo doesn t have that comfort factor.
Sky won the opening team time trial8, but since then Froome has appeared to suffer on some mountain stages while Quintana gained momentum. The stage win on Wednesday9, should boost Froome s confidence with a week and a half to race.
It lifts his morale and the team s morale, said Brailsford. It gives you that extra bit of energy for the next few days, everything s just a bit rosier and everybody just feels better.
In Chris s mind, he doesn t think Quintana is unbeatable. Froome returned to the place where his Grand Tour star was born on stage 11. In 2011, he dislodged Juan Jos Cobo to win the Pe a Cabarga stage by one second his first professional and Grand Tour win. It marked him as a future star. Cobo held on to the overall by a slim 13-second lead over Froome and Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins10 in third.
You can never measure the psychological component really, but for sure it was a climb that Chris remembered well. Even when we looked at how we raced it before and he saw himself winning, that was a very positive thing, Brailsford said.
Tim Kerrison and I were chatting about yesterday when we were out on our bikes. It s funny how life goes and what happens and the routes that people take.
You think, I wonder what would have happened if X or Y had never happened.
When Chris first came here he was riding for Bradley, who probably wouldn t have been riding here had he not broke his collarbone in the Tour.
And the way Bradley smoothed that all was fantastic and I think Chris learned a big lesson there.
- ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ rode ahead to the stage victory (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Movistar (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Orica-BikeExchange (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Sky won the opening team time trial (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ The stage win on Wednesday (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Bradley Wiggins (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
New York is said the be one of the most photographed destinations in the world but one man has managed to take a picture of the city like you’ve never seen before. Thanks to a 360-degree camera, the British tourist, currently living in Vancouver, took a vertigo-inducing shot from the top of the 1,250ft (381metre) building. In the image, the young man smiles at the lens with his hand poked through the railings holding the camera.
A British tourist took this vertigo-inducing shot from the top of the Empire State Building using a 360 degree camera
The technology of the 360-degree camera allows the viewer to then see all of the surrounding area, including the huge drop to the floor below. Thanks to the rainy weather, there are also several clouds surrounding the top of the tower, which adds to the surreal effect of the picture, that was posted on Reddit1 by BritInBC.
360-degree cameras create completely panoramic images, using either one or multiple lenses. The picture can be taken with just one snap, instead of the traditional method of moving slowly along a straight horizon line to capture the footage.
The Empire State Building is one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the world
Areas in the Home Counties, as well as places like Bristol and Cambridge, have seen a boost in popularity with home buyers because of their cycling routes
While it was once golf that tempted people to move out1 of the cities into the countryside, nowadays access to good cycling routes is a key factor in buying a house, according to estate agents. The spike in cycling s popularity in recent years, coupled with the increase in bike shops2, cycling cafes and cycling clubs, finding some good places to ride a bike has become much sought after by house hunters.
A remarkable number of my clients have really expensive bits of cycling gear in their garages. Where 20 years ago golf drew buyers to leave London and move to the Home Counties, now it s cycling, Nick Mead, partner at The Buying Solution, told the Telegraph.3
It s not just about the exercise but the social aspect too. Bike shops are becoming community hubs. Areas around London in particular have seen increased interest from keen cyclists, with Surrey and the Chilterns offering plentiful routes as well as easy access to the capital for work.
The growing trend for cycling has definitely introduced a new type of buyer to the patch and added a premium to homes with the Surrey Hills right on the doorstep, says Charles Davenport, of Knight Frank.
The challenging terrain, plus the cycle shop Lovelo and trendy caf The Cog are making Berkhamsted and Tring desirable cycling hubs, said Knight Frank s Oliver Beales, adding that unlike golf, cycling doesn t require on to live near a specific course.
Simply to be in an area such as the Chilterns or Surrey Hills is now a significant draw.
And it s not just the areas around London that are feeling the boost, with areas such as Cambridge4 and Bristol also among the areas where cycling is a factor in a buyer s decision making, according to the Telegraph.