REUS, Spain (AP) — 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. "On the first mountain the peloton broke apart, above all on the descent, and we caught Sky off guard," Valverde said. "They couldn't find a way to make up the ground." Froome's Sky team tweeted before the stage was finished that "It's game over
Sir Bradley Wiggins believes he is going to "shock a few people" when he has his say over the mystery package controversy and says doping is "the worst thing" he could have possibly been accused of. Wiggins is currently embroiled in a scandal, along with Team Sky and British Cycling, and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) are currently investigating the decorated Olympian over a mystery medical package he received during the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2011. Team Sky general manager Sir Dave Brailsford said the package contained Fluimucil, a decongestant used to treat colds, but it is alleged Wiggins was actually injected with the corticosteroid triamcinolone.
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.