It’s hopefully a good few years until Geraint Thomas thinks about retiring, but the Team Sky rider already seems to be thinking about a future broadcasting career – and here, in his latest video uploaded to YouTube, he interviews team principal Sir Dave Brailsford.
Given this week’s events, with defending champion Chris Froome crashing out of the race forcing Sky to rethink their strategy and focus around Richie Porte as the new team leader, the pair seem in remarkably good spirits.
Team Sky have confirmed that Chris Froome sustained fractures to his left wrist and right hand prior to abandoning the Tour de France on Wednesday’s Stage 5 of the race.
Froome, who had injured his hand after crashing early on in the previous day’s Stage 4, fell twice on wet roads on Wednesday and withdrew from the race with 70 kilometres still to ride.
He flew home to Monaco that evening, and Team Sky say they have been working with the Monaco Institute of Sport to fully diagnose the extent of his injuries.
This may just be one of our favourite pieces of bike-cam footage yet – on-board with Team Sky on Monday’s Tour de France Stage 3 from Cambridge into the heart of London.
The film is shot with Shimano CM-1000 Sport Cameras attached to the bikes of Geraint Thomas (front facing) and Bernie Eisel. There’s some glimpses of Chris Froome, with the number 1 on his back –now missing from the race following his abandonment yesterday.
Few will miss Chris Froome at the rest of this year’s Tour de France following his crash yesterday more than Rusty Morris. Dubbed ‘Team Sky’s Superfan,’ he contacted the rider’s mentor in Kenya, David Kinjah, to help him with the wording for a banner acknowledging the star’s African roots.
Richie Porte has the full confidence of Team Sky as its aim of winning a third consecutive Tour de France falls on the Tasmanian’s shoulders following the exit of Chris Froome today after the defending champion, carrying injuries from a fall yesterday, crashed twice on today’s Stage 5.
Could this Pinarello Dogma F8 be the bike that crosses the line first in Paris? Well it probably won’t be this one if Chris Froome does win, it’ll be a yellow version. This bike though is one of three identical machines that may earn him that yellow bike - rivals, form, and crashes permitting. This is his number two bike - he was out riding his number one bike at the time we swung by the Sky team hotel last week.
Sir Dave Brailsford has said that he wants to follow up Team Sky’s achievement in winning the Tour with a British rider by following that up with a victory by one from the race’s home country – saying that it would be “enormous.” He has also outlined a vision of using the race’s Grand Départ as a platform for fighting the nation’s obesity epidemic and improving safety of all cyclists.
Kask has unveiled a new top-level road helmet called the Protone that Team Sky have started to use in the Tour de France.
Chris Froome has become the first person to ride a bike through the Channel Tunnel from England to France.