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The Rapha Extreme Rain Jacket has been developed for Team Sky’s cyclists to wear on days when the weather makes riding truly miserable. Once a domestique’s job is done for…
Want to know how non-climbers survive when the race hits the mountains? With 17 Grand Tours to his name, and as one of the most respected road captains in the…
Team Sky’s Ian Boswell cools down on the trainer after a Tour of California stage patiently. As if pedalling for five hours wasn’t enough. The 24-year-old from Bend, Oregon hasn’t been home to the United States since last year’s Tour of California and is now calling Nice, France, “home” in conversation. Rapha caught up with the American for a quick chat.
SAN JOSE, California — Most of the others had gone to sign in, but Pete Kennaugh stayed behind for a word with Team Sky’s Head of Performance Operations Rod Ellingworth, who leaned in and said something to the lean British champ no one could hear.
Elia Viviani’s sprint victory on stage 2 of the Giro was a masterclass in slipstreaming, executed while wearing a prototype Rapha speedsuit. The Italian jumped from wheel to wheel in the lead up to the sprint, showing perfect decision-making at speeds of up to 60km/h to stay near the front. Following Lotto NL-Jumbo’s Moreno Hofland up the final 500m drag, Viviani then made his burst for the line, winning by half a wheel.
Team Sky go into battle in Italy this month with Australian Richie Porte a contender for the pink jersey. Chris Froome’s most trusted lieutenant has turned general this year, leading Team Sky from the front to take several stage race wins since the start of the season. Rapha sat down with the Tasmanian, who was wearing Rapha’s newly launched Italian Country Jersey, to talk leadership, the sweet taste of victory and war stories from the road.