Chris Froome’s Tour de France dominance ‘has to be discouraging for the other guys’

With Team Sky possessing one of the strongest squads at the Tour de France, Chris Froome admits it must be demoralising for his rivals to see their strength in depth Chris Froome on stage 16 of the 2016 Tour de France (Watson) Team Sky 1 s Tour de France dominance with yellow jersey Chris Froome 2 has to be discouraging for rivals with four mountain stages to race after Tuesday s rest in Bern, Switzerland.

Froome leads with 1-47 minutes over Dutchman Bauke Mollema ( Trek-Segafredo 3 ) and 2-45 over Brit Adam Yates 4 (Orica-BikeExchange) with some of the hardest days to come.

So far, though, Sky showed no weakness and in fact, had numbers for the summit finishes to Arcal s and Mont Ventoux.

Could BMC halt sponsorship at the end of 2017?

Reports suggest that BMC Switzerland will only remain the title sponsor until the end of the 2017 season Bicycle manufacturer BMC Switzerland is trying to find a new sponsor for its American WorldTour team so that it can step out of the title sponsor role.

Reports at the Tour de France 1 , where BMC Racing are competing with Richie Porte 2 and Tejay van Garderen 3 this month, say that the owner Andy Rihs wants to leave as early as the end of the 2017 season.

French newspaper L Equipe reported this morning that Rihs told those close to him that his company will end title sponsorship at the end of 2017 and become just the bike supplier.

The most advanced turbo trainer yet?

CycleOps unleashes the ‘Hammer’

Wisconsin-based indoor bike trainer manufacturer, CycleOps, has just launched the latest direct drive turbo trainer the Hammer.

Direct drive turbo trainers are becoming increasingly popular and are especially attractive for those wanting to take part in virtual reality training games, such as Zwift 1 .

Direct drive units differ from traditional trainers in that you remove your rear wheel and attach your bike directly to the unit.

Sky’s Danny van Poppel wins Tour de Yorkshire stage two

Dylan Groenewegen retains overall lead in Tour de Yorkshire after Danny van Poppel sprints to victory in Doncaster – Photos by Andy Jones Danny van Poppel wins stage two, Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage two Danny van Poppel ( Team Sky 1 ) won stage two of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire 2 on Saturday.

Yorkshire seems to be a happy hunting ground for the Dutch after van Poppel won a chaotic sprint.