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French climber Kenny Elissonde set to sign for Team Sky?

Reports suggest Elissonde has signed a two year deal with the British team from FDJ

French Climber Kenny Elissonde Set To Sign For Team Sky?

Kenny Elissonde at the 2016 Vuelta a Espa a (Yuzuru Sunada)

Team Sky1 inked a two-year deal with French climber Kenny Elissonde that will allow him to ride in with the British squad starting in 2017, according to VeloPro website.

>>> Chris Froome not writing off Giro d Italia ride in 20172

Elissonde, 25, won the Angliru summit finish stage3 in the 2013 Vuelta a Espa a4 and in this year s race, placed second in the Col d Aubisque stage5. He carried the mountains jersey through the final mountain stage, where he was edged to second in the classification by Spaniard Omar Fraile (Dimension Data). He closed the Vuelta, 20th overall at 42-26 behind Nairo Quintana6 (Movistar). Last year, he placed 16th. Since turning professional in 2012, the five-foot-six 52kg rider from Paris raced in FDJ s white colours.

Over the last five years, he raced five Grand Tours. He moved his base to the C te d Azur in Nice, where he trains with others including Sky s riders.

He has yet to race the Tour de France7, and Sky may not change that. Instead, he could support Sky in the steep and high-mountain stages in the 2017 Giro d Italia8 next year. In his first Grand Tour, he rode clear of a breakaway group on the 23.5% ramps of the Alto de L Angliru. Neither Sky nor Elissonde confirmed the deal.

If it goes through, he would be the first Frenchman on the team since the British team s debut in 2010. Then, it had Nicolas Portal and Sylvain Calzati. Portal is now one of Sky s sports directors.

Elissonde had been in contact with team principal David Brailsford in the last days of the Vuelta so it would not be a surprise if he made the switch to the WorldTour team.


  1. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ >>> Chris Froome not writing off Giro d Italia ride in 2017 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Angliru summit finish stage (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ second in the Col d Aubisque stage (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Inside story on Bahrain’s new WorldTour team: Vincenzo Nibali to head roster

Details emerge of the new WorldTour cycling team based in Bahrain that plans to debut in the 2017 season with Vincenzo Nibali as its Grand Tour star

Inside Story On Bahrain’s New WorldTour Team: Vincenzo Nibali To Head Roster

The Middle East s first WorldTour1 team is quietly preparing to debut in 2017 with Italian star Vincenzo Nibali2 with the funding of Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The prince plans to present the Bahraini team at the Tour de France3 in July. Bahrain boasts a 22.5 billion gross domestic product, but Prince Nasser s debut will not be a big splash. Instead, the budget will be around 11.5 to 13.7 million ( ‘ 15 to ‘ 18m), according to an insider. For comparison, Sky s is around 24 million.

Once the budget is confirmed, the team will ask for a WorldTour licence from the UCI. The team will be completely Bahrain-based, but with European headquarters likely to be in Bergamo, Italy.

>>> Who will take Tinkoff and IAM Cycling s WorldTour licences in 2017?4

Nibali is currently racing the Giro d Italia5, but already told those close to him to be ready for the switch from team Astana at the end of 2016. Nibali should take along team-mates Alessandro Vanotti and Valerio Agnoli, masseur Michele Pallini, trainer Paolo Slongo and team manager Giuseppe Martinelli. Cycling Weekly understands that Nibali asked Sky s Nicolas Roche about joining him in the Middle East s first top team. Specialized bicycles will not continue with Nibali. The American bicycle manufacturer will back only one or two teams in 2017: Etixx-QuickStep6 and Peter Sagan s team, which will not be in Bahrain. Bianchi, which does not have a deal with LottoNL-Jumbo for next year, could help the team roll into the season. Sportful will outfit the team, assuming team Tinkoff closes.

The prince, apart from his initial Instagram post7, has been quiet and spending his time racing horses and in triathlons. Earlier this month, he competed at a horse show England s Windsor Endurance Race. Instead, he is putting faith in those close to the sport.

Watch: Men s WorldTour contenders for 2016

Italian Alex Carera should be involved in the team and would leave the agency business to his brother Johnny to avoid conflicts. The two have been speaking to potential riders to support Nibali and lead the team in other races. To make sure it can afford enough stars to lead it in other races, a smaller second sponsor could join, perhaps British sports nutrition company Multipower or a Swiss backer.

Some insiders spoke about a deal between Ralph Denk s Bora-Argon 18 team and Giuseppe Saronni s Lampre-Merida8 team. Denk said no such merger will take place as he is building a super German team for the WorldTour. Lampre, Italy s only WorldTour team, also appears unlikely at this point.

One insider told Cycling Weekly this morning, The prince can do it on his own.


  1. ^ WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Vincenzo Nibali (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Who will take Tinkoff and IAM Cycling s WorldTour licences in 2017? (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Etixx-QuickStep (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Instagram post (www.instagram.com)
  8. ^ Lampre-Merida (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Review: Just an Odd Job Girl

Review: Just An Odd Job GirlClick on cover to order1

Vacation time is my favorite time for reading no distractions, no housework, no responsibilities that count. I had a glorious week on a Hawaiian beach, pretending it was summer. If not for the sun s glare on my iPad, my adventure in reading would have been perfect.

Note to summer readers: stock up on paperbacks!

One of the books that flew west with me was Sally Cronin s Just an Odd Job Girl. In more ways than one, it s a great summer story. A quick read at 156 pages, the book begins with an older Imogen.

At 50, she s on her own, traded-in by her husband for a younger fast-tracker.

After 25 years of raising children and keeping house, she feels frumpy and bored, and decides to find a job.

The temp agency asks for a resume of her work experience, and all she has is


  1. ^ Click on cover to order (www.amazon.com)