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The world of cycling ahs been taken by storm due to the crowds affinity with selfies. From actors to common people to bureaucrats all are engrossed in selfies which is driving the riders crazy in Tour de France.
Taking selfies on a sporting event of cycling is annoying as well as risky but the current lot is adamant in taking the pictures. Many riders have complained to the officials regarding the disturbance caused due to people coming in and requesting for selfies. Geraint Thomas of Team Sky is fed up with selfies. It is just the first stage in England that is creating an uproar on the streets, and also creating a course similar to a downhill mountain bike track!
The people have been already warned of the dangers associated with selfies. Such has been the fanfare that the crowds are leaving no stone unturned for taking a picture with their favourites. The problem that they are facing is that some people come crashing in and it makes the riders lose momentum of their ride and they are crashing. Injuries are also becoming part of the race.
The American cyclist Tejay Van Garderen described the act as a nuisance. The support of the fans is always welcome but not at the cost of injury or mishap. Stringent measures are being taken by the officials in England to put a curfew line so that the people cannot cross the line and enter the restricted area with their cameras and mobile phones. More so many a times the riders have their backs turned so they are unable to see the crowd coming hence what happens is crash out. In the next stages the ride is going to be further tough so if it is not checked properly from before then it can cause loss to life and property in the upcoming rides.
In a two-man sprint, Jan Bakelants of Omega Pharma-Quickstep went ahead of Lieuwe westra and took over the title at stage 6. It was at the last bit with a few kilometres left when the duo left the others back and went ahead dumping Pim Ligthart of lotto just before the finish.
Despite the several attacks when Westra tried to attack, he was not able to defeat Bakelants finally. The Astana rider led the sprint out at 300 meters to go only for everyone to see Bakelants who had a lot in his reserve only to come forward and take the win in spite of the tight angle that he was in along with Zdenek Stybar of Omega Pharma-Quickstep at the third position.
Chris Froome of Team Sky might have hoped to enjoy a quite and calm weekend but met with a crash in the closing of 10 km at the Tour de France. Though he managed to be back in his feet then, he was seen nursing a lot of bruises at the end. Even with the fall he managed to keep Alberto Contador of Tinkoff Saxo and Wilco Keldeman of Team Belkin.
After roughly an hour of racing the stage seemed to have sixteen-man group broken free from the peloton. Both Astana and Tinkoff had their men posted in the break, with Europcar, FDJ, Katusha, Garmin, and the leader’s team missing the move.
The break that got a buffer of four minutes quickly made up with only Bakelants at less than seven minutes off the race, made Sky assure about the break not posing GC threat. The British team surely allowed the move to crawl out to nearly six minutes but with help from FDJ and Katusha, they chipped away at the leader’s advantage.
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Sir Bradley Wiggins completed the end of race time trail at the Tirreno-Adriatico on the day that Alberto Contador completed an overall victory at the event. Bradley Wiggins’s performance was the best of the season so far for him as he successfully navigated a flat course of 9.1 km in San Benedetto del Tronto on Italy’s east coast in a recorded time of 10min 24sec. The time was just 11 seconds later than the winner of the stage Adriano Malori (10min 13sec) and merely 5 seconds more than the second placed Fabian Cancellara, but he was successful to beat fourth placed Tony Martin by one second.
Alberto Contador was the 29th fastest cyclist of this stage, but still managed to seal an overall victory of almost 2 minutes 5 seconds which guaranteed his first victory at the Vuelta A Espana since 2012. The stage was not easy for him, but he held his nerve and capitalized on his initial lead to grab the podium finish. This is a great turn in a altogether mediocre season for the Spanish cyclist and it will surely help him to work hard for the races to come in the near future.
Alberto Contador is an exceptional Spanish cyclist who has succeeded in making a name for him in the sport and is also the part of the special club of athletes who have managed to win all the grand races of cycling. Contador will be taking part in the next race of the season when he competes at the Volta a Catalunya on Monday in the Italian circuit. This will be also be a significant race for the rider as he will be keen to carry on his winning streak and to claim the golden trio once again in one great season.
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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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