Cummings will go to the Olympics after all, find out which team Froome really wants to ride for and save an endangered mullet in today's rest day roundup.
20 Jul 2016 - 8:11 AM  UPDATED 20 Jul 2016 - 8:39 AM

Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) has been called up to the British cycling team for the Olympic road races in Rio after Peter Kennaugh failed to recover in time from a broken collarbone.

British Cycling confirmed the change on Tuesday, saying the 27-year-old Kennaugh had volunteered to step down after struggling to recover from the injury. 

Cummings, 35, had been first reserve but created a clamour for his inclusion after a brilliant solo victory on the seventh stage of the Tour de France last week.

British Cycling programme's director Andy Harrison said: "I am disappointed for Pete but I respect his decision and I'm sure he can bounce back and finish his season strongly.

"Clearly Steve is in excellent form and I'm certain he will do Team GB proud."

Chris Froome will lead the team along with Team Sky colleagues Geraint Thomas and Ian Stannard. Adam Yates, currently enjoying an impressive Tour de France where, is also in the team.

Cummings, who rides for the Dimension Data team, had been controversially left out of the initial roster which (apart from Yates) consisted of all Team Sky riders. He said there was a conflict of interest for coach Rod Ellingworth because of his position at Team Sky.

The Olympics road race will be held on 6 August.

Wednesday 20 Jul 2016

Orica-BikeExchange rider Adam Yates may be having a breakthrough Tour, but he isn't feeling the pressure.

Yates is currently third on GC, as well as the leader of the best young rider competition.

"There's no pressure from the team," Yates told Cyclingnews. "If I lose a couple of minutes then it is what it is but it's about trying to give the max every day and if it works then it works, if not and we lose a couple of minutes then we can still put on a good performance.

"I came to the Tour de France without any ambitions for GC; I'm at the second rest day, and I'm in third place in the GC. Anything from here is a bonus."

 

Forget Froome vs Quintana. Forget the Tour. Forget the disc brake debate. Forget the structural and financial issues dogging the sport of professional cycling in the post-Lance era. This is the ONLY issue that matters in cycling right now.

Shane Archbold is thinking of cutting off his mullet.

Using our incredible investigative journalism skills, we discovered this secret message sent from Archbold via an underground network known only as 'Twitter':

THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN. His nickname is the Flying Mullet, fer crissakes! How will our august commentator team be able to identify him without his flowing party locks (in the back, of course. All business up front).

We implore all SBS Cycling Central fans to bad together and join the international campaign to Save The Flying Mullet now. Glory in its wonder, and rejoice.

Team Sky will ride Pinarello bikes until at least 2020.

The team confirmed that it had inked a contract extension with the venerable Italian bike company on the second rest day of the 2016 Tour de France.  

"Evolution never stops, and there is still a huge desire to grow together with Team Sky. We still have so many ideas on the shelf to help bring Team Sky higher and higher," said Fausto Pinarello. 

"We have been working closely with Fausto and his team since our World Tour debut in 2010, and together we have won three Tour de France yellow jerseys as well as 656 other podium places across the world," added team Sky boss Dave Brailsford. "Their love of our great sport, their attention to detail and continuous search for innovation is a perfect fit with our team."

Check out Chris Froome's custom-painted Pinarello Dogma below.

The Giant-Alpecin team has always maintained that they want their riders to lead full lives, and not simply be absorbed in the bubble of professional cycling. Well, it looks like the riders took that to heart on the second rest day of this year's Tour, supping something full-bodied during their recovery ride.

Almost as interesting was the response from Froome, who clearly had 'recovery beverage' envy:

Is it just us, or do you hear the sound of a hundred sport agents suddenly running for their phones as well?