Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 12, 2016

Greipel gallops to stage honours on Giro d’Italia stage five; Brian Cookson indicates possible sanctions for Van den Driessche’s entourage; Canadian downhill champ Steve Smith dies at 26; Teams selected for 27th Giro Rosa; Dutch Giro d’Italia start heralded as ‘best ever’; 2018 Giro starting in Japan?; Hamburg Cyclassics in dire need of sponsorship; Froome behind mysterious ‘Luke Skywalker’ Strava account?; World Naked Bike Ride returns to the UK; Twilight at the velodrome; Waiting for the podium

Froome behind mysterious ‘Luke Skywalker’ Strava account?

by CyclingTips

Team sky teammates Chris Froome and Ian Boswell trained together in South Africa in March. At the same time a Strava user named ‘Luke Skywalker’ was uploading data along the same rides as Boswell. A month later when the account was made public it was quickly deleted.

stage 8 - Criterium du Dauphine Libere 2015

“He was asking me about Strava while we were there. I was using it, but I don’t if he was actually using it or not,” Boswell said about Froome to Cycling Weekly.

“I was telling [Froome] the times we did up climbs compared to the GreenEdge guys. It’s fun to compare like that especially when you go training where there’s only really us and maybe GreenEdge.”

“I’ll always use it because it doesn’t say anything. The files from Strava are just a time up a climb, it doesn’t share any secret information.”

Boswell pointed out that Strava data is not the best way for scientific analysis, as there are many differing variables between riders, along with inconsistencies in signal tracking that can occur.

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