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Team Sky’s Chris Froome tells the story of his glorious win atop Mont Ventoux at the 2013 Tour de France.
Ian Stannard tells the story of how he beat the odds to take a masterful win – his second in a row – at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in February 2015.
Ian Boswell at the Giro d’Italia Team Sky rider Ian Boswell concludes his Giro diaries in a reflective mood following a special visit from loved ones. The young American fulfilled…
Team Sky rider Ian Boswell is providing Rapha with dispatches from the frontline of racing at the Giro d’Italia. The fourth diary entry sees the American reflect on the sport’s cruel nature, following leader Mikel Landa’s departure; a situation which leaves him free of his domestique duties and able to hunt for his own stage wins.
Team Sky rider Ian Boswell is providing Rapha with dispatches from the frontline of racing at the Giro d’Italia. His third diary entry, written the day before team leader Mikel Landa was forced to withdraw with illness on Stage 10, proves that in the sport of cycling, even the best laid plans can unravel in an instant.
Team Sky rider Ian Boswell is providing Rapha with dispatches from the front line of racing at the Giro d’Italia. His second diary entry follows the first three stage of the race
With January only just gone, Team Sky’s riders have already notched 4 victories and 13 podium placings on this year’s palmarès. Kitted out in Rapha Pro Team racewear, the team has won on three different continents in the last 36 hours alone. While they make it look easy, we explain the intense levels of preparation that go into starting the season in such sensational form.
The sun was shining and the Mediterranean stretched to the horizon as, suddenly, there they were: bullets of black and blue, spiralling up the switchbacks one by one, each rider a minute apart. It was the team’s fabled off-season mountain time trial, taking place before our very eyes. Rumour has it that Colombian climber Sergio Henao had set the fastest time during his final preparations for the Tour Down Under. He’s already shown that form on Stage 3 of the race up Corkscrew Hill.
It’s time once more where, as road riders, we prepare for the approaching season and set goals for the New Year. My goal in 2016 is 50 momentous rides, to celebrate my 50th year. Here at Rapha I encourage all employees to set riding targets, to have one or more things in the crosshairs to help better their riding and racing. Every New Year I also like to look ahead to what Rapha as a company has in its sights; the products we will launch, the events we will host and the places we will travel to. Back in 2008 it was easier, I thought, to compile such a list. I supposed this year it would be much tougher, but it wasn’t. We have some amazing things in store for 2016, from new Cycle Clubs to watching the Tour on Mt. Ventoux. Everyone is, of course, invited to join the ride. From all of us at Rapha, happy New Year and strong riding in 2016.
Team Sky’s Ian Boswell has just completed his first-ever Grand Tour, the Vuelta a España. The 24-year-old American rode to distinction in Spain, beyond the call of his team duties as ever, with a highlight third place on the so-called ‘hardest ever Grand Tour stage’ in Andorra.
In 2012 Rapha announced the beginning of a four-year Partnership with the world’s number-one professional racing team, Team Sky. Rapha has been a part of Team Sky’s countless achievements since then, including two Tour de France victories and success on all types of terrain and in all conditions. Together, we have redefined performance and style in the peloton, both on and off the bike. It’s been an amazing ride so far and the success of the Partnership has been beyond expectations.
On Sunday 26th July 2015, Team Sky rode victoriously onto the cobbles of the Champs-Élysées, having won one of the greatest and toughest Tour de France’s in the last decade. Finishing three weeks of incredible toil and sacrifice on Europe’s most prestigious boulevard, the riders rode in formation in a distinctive, yellow detailed kit change-out. Christopher Froome, his teammates, colleagues and friends, celebrated in style. But there was a lot of work done behind the scenes to get the kit and vehicles ready and waiting for riders and staff in Paris.
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 peloton, Team Sky’s Bernie Eisel takes us behind the wheel of the ‘autobus’.