Michael Barry could be forgiven for feeling somewhat vindicated by the recent criticism of Team Sky’s ethics in the seasons that he rode for them. After all, two years ago, the team’s management effectively dismissed the Canadian cyclist as a liar when he said that Sir Dave Brailsford’s squad had raced unnecessarily on the painkiller Tramadol after he joined them in 2010. At the time Barry had no obvious reason to fabricate the claim, given that he was retired, far removed from the World Tour and not looking to rejoin it in any capacity.
(CNN)It's a race that proved a stepping stone for some riders to go on and win cycling's Grand Tours, so no wonder Ben Hermans reveled in "the most beautiful" win of his career after the Belgian secured overall victory in the Tour of Oman on Sunday. Having already won two stages of the race, Hermans finished comfortably in the peloton on the sixth and final stage, which took the riders 152km from the picturesque The Wave Muscat to Corniche Mutrah. Alexander Kristoff, meanwhile, claimed the stage win in style, holding off Romanian Eduard Grosu and Italy's Sacha Modolo to earn his third victory of this year's race.
Veteran Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde claimed his fifth Tour of Andalusia win in six years as he held off compatriot Alberto Contador to win by just one second on Sunday. Belgium's Tim Wellens won the 151.5km fifth stage from Setenil de las Bodegas to Coin in a breakaway group in a time of 3hrs 58min 31sec from Australia's Simon Clarke and another Belgian Victor Campenaerts. Both Valverde and Contador crossed the line as part of the peloton 1min 45sec back.