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Sky star Geraint Thomas was expecting to continue with his winning stints at Flanders Tour but he unfortunately faded at the race finale. The Welshman had to end the race with a disappointing 14th place.
The Welshman impressed everybody this season with his spectacular victory at E3 Harelbeke & he also came 3rd at Ghent-Wevelgem- but unfortunately fell short of strength & tactics at the Flanders Tour in Belgium last Sunday. The Welshman visibly lacked energy while he reached at the last Paterberg climb.
“It is mostly tiredness but certainly I am gutted too”, explained Thomas post a shower.
“I was going through a pretty good form & was hopeful for more, it is only down to legs. I fell short of that 5 percent which I had the previous week.”
While competing at E3 Harelbeke, the Welshman formed a 3-men move on Kwaremont climb & then rode away from rivals Zdenek Stybar & Peter Sagan with 4.3 kms remaining.
The Sky captain finished at 3rd a couple of days later at Ghent-Wevelgem.
At Flanders too, Thomas attacked on same Kwaremont climb & had Stybar as rival. But this time, Stybar’s team mate Terpstra (Niki) was riding up narrow lanes along with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)- who emerged as the eventual winner of the race.
Stybar did not help Geraint to get closer to Niki & the move petered out quickly. Continue reading ‘Geraint Thomas Expected More At Flanders Tourrgb’
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The Angus cycling Festival that was held last September near the Forfar’s Reid Park, saw many visitors and the participants who took part in many events covered over 5000 miles. Plans have already been formed to bring out another festival in 2015 and the new idea has got a place on the Sport Business Innovation Awards.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Glasgow science Centre next month and there will be many celebrated people who will be present there.
The ceremony will have a few events and Scott Francis has said that the fact that the event has been so recognized has been the icing on the cake. He also said that the nominated people were all startled and happy when they achieved the goal of reaching the category for the final five. The success that the festival saw was beyond anyone’s expectation. Continue reading ‘Angus Cycling Festival Prepares For The Nest Festivalrgb’
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Mark Cavendish & his Omega Pharma mate Iljo Keisse have secured the 2nd place at the prestigious Ghent 6-Day championship that finished last November.
The famous 29-year-old rider & his Belgian fellow were closely defeated by leading Baloise Insurance pair Kenny Ketele & Jasper Buyst.
“I am definitely disappointed but the fact is that we’re beaten here by a fantastic team”, Cavendish remarked.
“End of the day, I am really happy with our performance here. I had my best partner & Iljo is one of my greatest friends. It’s like an honor for me to be able to compete with him.” Continue reading ‘Cavendish & partner Keisse bags 2nd place at Ghentrgb’
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The night before 1st February is going to be a tough night for Cadel Evans as he prepares to bid farewell to the sport of cycling. When he saw the video of the Prime Minister, Tony Abbot which was recorded, he got emotional. He has three races to complete in Australia before going for retirement.
His career will be best remembered for the tour of 2011 where he gained victory. He is wrestling with his emotions as he himself stated that he will continue to be a sponsor for the team of the BMC. He is confident however that he has made the correct decision. It was a tough decision to make but his results certainly show that he did put in lot of effort into his career.
Before he even became a star of the road he was a champion of the mountain bike. It takes motivation to move on and even in his career he had toiled hard to achieve it. He showed to the world what he is capable of and there is no matching the class. It is important for an athlete to have the hunger and the desire to keep on shining but he knows that where he has to draw the line. The dominance in the sport of cycling is what he spoke about .He has even got a name of the tour Cadel Evans Road Race under his name which is an achievement.
He wants to complete the season of January on a high. He is never satisfied with what he has achieved but he stated that it is important to look back at your high points and low points as a learning experience and the memories of the sport is what will get him through on the day of his farewell.
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Lance Armstrong couldn’t participate in this weekend’s Gran Fondo Hincapie event that took place in Greenville South Carolina. He was invited by George Hincapie to take part in the event. This event was a non competitive one but as it was sanctioned by USA Cycling, he was prohibited from participating due to his lifetime ban.
His former USPS teammates Michael Barry, Kevin Livingston, Christian Vande Velde and Tom Danielson, including Hincapie, participated in the event.
Last year Armstrong admitted to doping on a TV Show. Three months before that he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. He was banned from participating in the sport for life.
Bill Kellick, spokesman for USA Cycling said USADA was informed by them that the event was sanctioned by USA Cycling as a cycling activity thereby prohibiting any banned athlete from participating in the event.
He said that USADA after getting information about Armstrong’s intention of participating in the event requested USA Cycling to check if he could participate. Armstrong said that he intends to participate in the event as Hincapie, a good friend, had asked him to.
Hincapie said that he just wanted his friends to see Greenville and ride there and it was not their intention to make a drama out of the situation.
Hincapie testified against Armstrong in 2012 but said that he still has high regards for his friend. He also said in 2012 that he considers Armstrong to be an extraordinary cyclist and he is proud about being friends with him. He said about his using banned drugs that he had made mistakes including a few other riders but he still believes that everyone should get a second chance. He was suspended for six months which he spent in retirement.
For over ten years, Armstrong denied that he used performance enhancing drugs and resorted to bullying those who brought the allegation against him.