Cycling: Froome leads the way for Team Sky
Tuesday 30 August 2011
Team Sky enjoyed a memorable day on the 11th stage of the Vuelta a España yesterday, with Chris Froome taking the leader's red jersey and Bradley Wiggins bursting into the top three.
HTC's Tony Martin was the winner of the 47km (29-mile) stage around Salamanca, recording a time of 55 minutes and 54 seconds. Froome was just 59 seconds behind him, though, with Wiggins a further 23 second back.
Yesterday's gains mean Froome has moved 13 places up the general classification, and he leads the race from Jakob Fuglsang by 12 seconds. Wiggins, his more illustrious team-mate, is only 20 seconds off the lead in third place, and will be viewing tomorrow's arduous 167km ride from Verin to Estacion de Montana Manzaneda as his chance to seize control.
Meanwhile, the final set of drug tests conducted at this year's Tour de France all produced negative results, cycling's world governing body, the UCI, has announced.
HTC rider Alexandr Kolobnev tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide after stage four of the event, but the sport's governing body said all subsequent samples had been given the all-clear.
A statement from the UCI said: "The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation has received the complete and final results of the tests carried out at the Tour de France 2011. The last samples received from the Chatenay-Malabry, Lausanne and Cologne laboratories all showed a negative result."
The UCI president, Pat McQuaid, believes the results indicate cycling's authorities are on course to eradicate the doping problems which have blighted the sport in recent years.
"This excellent news further highlights the quality of the various anti-doping measures brought in by the UCI in recent years, especially the introduction of the biological passport," McQuaid said.
Floyd Landis, Michael Rasmussen and the 2010 winner Alberto Contador are among those who have tested positive for banned substances.
Contador's case will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in November. He tested positive for clenbuterol in last year's event, but blamed contaminated meat and was acquitted by the Spanish Cycling Federation. The UCI and World Anti-Doping Agency are appealing.
Latest in Sport
Neil Warnock sacked: Crystal Palace confirm manager Warnock has been axed following the Boxing Day defeat to Southampton
Manchester United vs Newcastle match report: Brilliant Wayne Rooney scores twice to fire up United's unlikely title challenge
Manchester United injury news: Angel Di Maria unlikely to face Spurs as Marouane Fellaini's 'mystery illness' turns out to be rib injury
Arsenal vs QPR player ratings: Could anyone outshine new Gunners hero Alexis Sanchez and who was worse than villain Olivier Giroud?
Manchester United 3 Newcastle 1: 'I'm playing like Paul Scholes,' says Wayne Rooney
- 1 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 2 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 3 Sussex couple die in suspected Christmas Day 'suicide pact'
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...