Froome extends with Team Sky – Tour de France news shorts

Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome will stay with Team Sky through the 2020 season, the team confirmed today.

As first reported by Cyclingnews during the Critérium du Dauphiné, Froome had been rumoured to be in negotiations but said that he had no contact with BMC manager Jim Ochowicz and intended to remain with Team Sky. He said earlier this week that he was close to signing a contract.

The British rider has been with the team since its inception in 2010.

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No formal risk assessments for Tour de France finishes until 2018

The UCI recently rolled out a slew of safety enhancements for its rule book after more than a year of discussions with the riders’ union (Cyclistes Professionnels Associés, CPA). The officials will continue a test of a new rule for assigning time gaps on sprint stages in the Tour de France, but the final kilometers of this year’s Tour de France stages will not undergo the formal risk assessment that is required for WorldTour races from 2018 on, the UCI confirmed today.

The time gap rule, which was tested during the Tour de Suisse, extends the limit from one second or less between groups to three seconds for assigning riders the same time toward the general classification.

The aim is to make the final three kilometers of sprint stages safer, allowing riders fighting for the overall classification to sit up out of the way of the sprinters’ lead-out trains without worrying about losing time.

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