Chris Froome fell out of contention for the Tour of Catalonia after ceding over 25 minutes to leader Alejandro Valverde during the sixth stage on Saturday. A group attack that included Valverde's Movistar broke away early and left Froome behind in the peloton. The three-time Tour de France winner, who entered the stage second in the classification at 21 seconds behind Valverde, was unable to close the gap and faded the rest of the way.
Team Sky have come under the microscope in recent months after a UK Anti-Doping investigation was launched into a package ordered by former team doctor Richard Freeman and delivered to Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine race. Wiggins, a five-time Olympic champion and the 2012 Tour de France winner, welcomed the investigation in an interview with Sky Sports' Soccer AM program. "It's the worst thing to be accused of as a man of my integrity given what I believe and what I've done to get to where I am today," said Wiggins, who retired from cycling in December.
A favorite topic this NASCAR season has been Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s adventures as he takes up cycling – partially because it seems to be the newest cross-training fad among drivers, but mostly because Junior’s stories (read: struggles) tend to be incredibly entertaining and relatable. It actually left the No. 88 Chevrolet driver with a new skill on two wheels: riding with only one eye open. The weather in the desert last weekend was north of 90 degrees, but that didn’t stop the Hendrick Motorsports teammates – Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott – from setting out on a 30-mile ride between practice and the qualifier, Earnhardt detailed on his weekly Dale Jr. Download podcast.