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Former Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is aiming to earn his 3rd Tour France title this July. The Tink-Saxoff rider was the winner of Tour France 2007 & 2009.
Contador aso won the 2010 Tour France session but was ripped off the triumph given his doping antics. He was tested positive with the banned performance enhancing drug clenbuterol. Last year, he could only manage the 4th position just 6 & ½ minutes behind Chris Froome, the defending Tour France champion this year.
The 31-year-old is also focused on double Grand Tour with Vuelta Espana as one of the most preferred on his wish list.
“Primarily my goal is Tour France”, stated Contador. “Then I would look forward to race at Vuelta come August. I am feeling good. The body and head are working pretty well and as a unified team we are heading towards a great direction. If we can keep on working this hard, we would see whatever happens.”
‘The ambience is really good. We’ve a fantastic feeling. We are a very close squad and everybody is clear regarding main objectives.”
Contador would be commencing his 2014 season with Volta Algarve this February which would be followed by Tirreno-Adriatico, Volta Catalunva & Vuelta Pais Vasco. Post Vasco, the leading Spanish rider would take break from peloton prior to returning for Criterium Dauphine in the month of June & then Tour France & Vuelta.
Bjarne Riis, the former owner of Contador’s team Saxo Tinkoff, believes that the squad leader would be able to ride his best this year. “He is looking very strong”, stressed on Riis. “Definitely stronger than he was a year back. We have got a really powerful squad around him & we are on the hope of a truly memorable year.”
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Bradley Wiggins has reportedly signed up with XIX Entertainment- the star management company which works for the elite sports personnel like David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton & Andy Murray. The high profile management firm is an endeavor by Simon Fuller, erstwhile Spice Girls’ manager.
Fuller is also renowned as the man behind Pop Idol & American Idol.
The 2012 Tour France champion & 4 times gold winner at the Olympics has joined with XIX “to reap the benefits of growing participation in global cycling & utilize Wiggin’s own distinct stature as one among the most iconic sports figures in creating innovative business scopes worldwide”.
Wiggin had a comparative quite season in 2013 than his supremely successful tenure in 2012. He was the first even Brit rider to achieve the crowning glory at the world’s most prestigious cycling championship- Tour de France. The 2012 Tour France win was further followed by his amazing gold wins at the London Olympic time trial. But last year’s celebrated Tour France winner was compelled to quit from Giro in May and Tour France in 2013 given serious injuries. Besides, he was even replaced by Chris Froome from his team Team Sky this year which created serious cold war between the two riders. Froome is the 2013 Tour France winner.
However, Wiggins managed to overcome his injuries by mid 2013 and amazed everybody once again with his fantastic win at Tour Britain this September.
The 2013 Tour of Britain in September, which he won, drew in record-breaking numbers of spectators.
Fuller seemed super excited while speaking about his new partnership with Wiggins. “Sir Wiggins is a man of huge inspiration & its his remarkable successes that have earned him a vast follower base worldwide”, remarked Fuller. “He relished both an incredible past & an ambitious and clear view of future.”
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Bradley Wiggins of Britain is aiming to return to the track to win a fifth title in the next Olympics. The Tour de France winner of 2012 already has four Olympic medals under his belt and says that he will aim for a fifth. He also admitted after he lost the Tour de France title to a better rider, Chris Froome and said that he would support him for the 2014 because he is a better Grand Tour rider and is a much better climber and does the time trials better. He further said that age is with Chris and at 28 and having no kids gives him the potential to win five tours if he wants to.
Injury prevented him from winning the France 2013 title but wished to have a go at it one more time. He however admitted that returning back to the GB track team won’t be that easy. He said that having lost a considerable amount of muscles and weight getting an entry into the pursuit squad cannot be taken for granted. But he is doing his best to achieve that and would also like to take a crack at the 2014 tour-he earlier indicated that he would never take part in it- if Team Sky selects him.
However Sir Bradley Wiggins’ future in Team Sky is in doubt after he failed to defend his 2012 Tour de France title and also the claim of Richie Porte that he would lead the team in Giro d’ Italia next year. Failure of Wiggins at the Tour was attributed to the knee injury and a chest infection that interrupted with his preparations but he claimed the break from the WorldTour allowed him to refocus. After recovering Wiggins have won the final day time trial earlier this month at the Tour of Poland and it is his first win of the season.
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