David Millar is riding for the Commonwealth games time trial individual on Thursday with racing on road on Sunday. The jersey has been paid much lip-service too. David Millar has sincerely expressed the meaning of the jersey sincerely than any other player.
Both the races are going to be the final race and the deciding factor. Vuelta is going to be the last stop in his completion of the 17th year career. The event is one of the greatest in his life and career as far as Commonwealth is concerned. Being 37, now he wishes for a storybook end to the covetous title. Millar has spent time in Glasgow, he has its roots there but he was convicted and banned for doping, titles stripped off so eventually, he found shelter in Glasgow.
It is Scotland to where he relates most to. The Scottish understood him and when he was down he found and nestled there. People would behave normally with him, shaking hands and everything which made him at ease in Glasgow. He feels so proud of the Scottish people that he puts on the jersey even now. No professional team can give him such proud feeling as the jersey of Scotland gives him. He does not want to get carried away with the crowd who supports him so much.
In 2010, in Delhi he won the bronze medal but is not sure whether he would be able to defend the title but hopes that he will not be an embarrassment to the crowd. He is ready for the road race. His biggest disappointment was when Garmin-Sharp did not take him into the Tour de France and would have been once in a lifetime opportunity and these are the races which matter.
Geraint Thomas of Team Sky described the selfies as an annoying and disturbing element on the tour of cycling. With Barrack Obama to David Cameroon, all engrossed in the selfie zone the cycling world too could not lag behind.
The popularity of selfies has gone up to an unlimited plethora of multitude selfies on twitter itself and it is largely due to Ellen Degeneres who took a picture of herself at the Oscars. But coming to cycling taking pictures can be quite dangerous and that is what is happening in the ongoing Tour de France tournament. It is the crowds who have thronged England for the first stage that are causing trouble for themselves as well as for the riders and despite of a warning given to them the crowds are seeming to be unstoppable as they are progressing far and encroaching upon the rider’s space by taking their picture along with their favourites. Some more have been identified as taking pictures by placing their back to the peloton. Complaints have been registered.
Tejay van Garderen the American rider called it as a combination of stupidity and vanity. Taking selfie by standing in the centre of the road with more than 170 cyclists caught him like a bolt from the blue. However, he is grateful for the love and support that has been showered on him yet he adds that there needs to be some regulation. Injuries also happen due to unforeseen excitement of taking selfies. It is hailed as the latest problem on tour. The cyclists need the road and they utilise every part of it so most of the times it becomes dodgy. Many a times the cyclist can run over the fans as they cannot see the back when standing on the peloton. Such incidents are not professional.
Because of injured knee Thomas Voeckler was not chosen for Tour de France a week before. Two days prior to the start he was hurt emotionally when he was accused of doping by his French squad. The crowd-lover Frenchman gave his answer by winning the 10th phase.
This rider entered the Alps Mountain on Wednesday along with Bradley Wiggins who still has his yellow jersey. His mood was very upset before the 120.9 mile journey that included three most difficult climbs because on previous Tuesday he was accused and arrested by the French cop for a Marseille doping investigation. He has always been casted by the shadow of doping both in past and in present.
Just two days prior to the commencement of the tour, a newspaper in France brought forward earlier news regarding his Europcar team with the accusations of illegal and improper use of a prohibited corticoid by the riders of his team in the last tour. This claim is strongly refused by the entire team. This team was laughed at by some of the fans in Belgium where the Tour had stated.
It is said that Voeckler’s victory was an important key that could prove his loyalty because he had a grave accusation against him. He said that his victory was not a part of his revenge but a part of his answer. Wiggins along with his team had sent out a message that letting the yellow jersey go would not be an easy task. Wiggins had on many occasions had come under severe attack by his rivals but all accusations rarely were proved to be true. Nibali, who won the Spanish Vuelta in the year 2010, mentioned explicitly that Wiggins should have decency for his fellow competitors.
The year 2013 was a very prosperous year for Mark Cavendish and his team as he raced ahead of the others in Tour de France and had a time gap of nearly four hours. This is one rider who has something special to offer to the fans every year and this year too he has some plans but he has not let out the secret yet.
With the season of 2014 still to start the fans are very eager to know what Cavendish has in store for them. Cavendish is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable riders and the feats he have achieved proves that. In a press conference he was asked about his achievements and the secret behind all these feats. His answer was pretty simple. He said proper practice on a daily basis, hard work and focus are the three most important things that can lead a rider to a victory and they have to link these three things perfectly. Apart from this he also talked about the mental strength because in this sport you have to travel miles at a stretch and mental strength is extremely important in this case.
Cavendish also faced questions about his plans for the upcoming season in 2014 to which he said that he will be focusing on the Giro d Italia and most importantly on Tour de France. Cavendish has been a very consistent rider till now in Tour de France where he has been in the red jersey for five stages and has also finished in the first place once. This record is yet to be broken by a sprinter and this year he will be aiming for more. His advisor and trainer Rob Hayles has high regards for him and he said that he was very pleased with the training he is going through and the team is expecting a lot from him. The coach is happy with the form Mark is in and hopes that he will be able to continue with the same form this year.
Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome is strongly determined to grab a back-to-back win at the coming Tour championship in 2014. The 28-year-old British cycling maestro was the celebrated Tour France winner from Team Sky in 2013.
Froome has already adjusted to the notion that there would always be some to question his success at the Tours & that of Sir Wiggins, his fellow team-mate at Sky. The 2013 Tour France champion feels that a repeat win at the world’s most prestigious cycling tournament might seal up all such doubts about his caliber on bike.
It was following the defame cycling God Lance Armstrong’s confession of dope consumption that resulted in 7 of his high profile Tour France titles, there’s always an inevitable question mark on cyclists’ élan whenever there is some grand win, especially in case of the illustrious French tour.
Post Armstrong’s disgrace & stripping of 2010 Tour France title off Alberto Contador, the 28-year-old Froome could be the 1st rider to retain a clean Tour France title after Miguel Indurain who set a record by winning on 5 Tours straight.
“The opportunity to showcase our fans that we have come out of that era is a huge motivation for me”, noted Froome stressing on a drug-free cycling ambience among the running cyclists in the recent times.
“I wish to win the title again to prove that we are away from that era. I would like to see people believing in our results as I know that some were dubious regarding my win in 2013 and that of Bradley’s a year back in 2012. I would like to feel that if I am able to get it again, I would be able to bring back the credibility quotient to cycling.”
Froome’s celebrated success in 2013 Tour France has placed the defending champion in the coveted list of BBC Sports Personality of 2013 award nominations.
Cadel Evans is devastated regarding his massacre performance in the latest Tour de France and has declared to meet up with his team management shortly. The distinguished American rider is soon to sit in a consultation with BMC management regarding the upcoming Grand Tours.
The leading BMC rider who had a celebrated win in Tour de France in 2011 seemingly disappointed all his fans this time with a mere 39th overall position in the 2013 France Tour. The thirty-six year old rider is frustrated with his own performance which is giving him second thoughts on sticking on as BMC Tour leader. “I need to meet up with the team & so on…..(regarding) what the team management desires to focus on”, Evans stated post the Tour de France at the end of July. There were speculations that young American rider Tejay Garderen would succeed as the BMC Tour leader replacing Evans from this year, especially after Garderen (24) bagged the honorary title of best young rider in the 2012 Tour. However, BMC management has always stressed upon the fact that presently they don’t want anybody else other than Evans to don the hat of Tour Leader in the team.
Despite BMC’s constant emphasis on Evans as the Tour leader, Evans seems little apprehensive about his deserved status in the team post the horror of Tour de France. “The France Tour isn’t something that you would be able to win on all by yourself. We would see what the team management plans & see whether BMC is confident enough in me & so on. I am trying hard to move on and presently I require good support from many to help me in my testing phase. It’s not a very good time for me to dwell on the past issues”, commented Evans while discussing about his decision to meet up with BMC management.
The Department of Transport has handed money to the National Park authority to rejuvenate cycling throughout the South Downs. Over £ 5 million will be placed towards its plan for a network of core cycling paths in and around South Downs National Park.
Cycling for all abilities is an important theme with improvements designed to existing roads in Hampshire, elongations to long established paths in West Sussex as well as extensions to long established paths and creation of new recreational paths out of Brighton as well as around East Sussex. One of the actual targets of the investment will be to meliorate cycling paths to and from railway stops so that the community has better accession to sustainable transport connections. Continue reading →
Sir Bradley Wiggins is now planning a come back to the track cycling so that he could claim a 5th Olympic gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games in the year 2016. The thirty three year old cycle rider from Britain has all but given up his expectations of winning a 2nd Tour de France title and instead he would look to crown his glittering cycling career with Great Britain team pursuit squad.
Recently, in an interview with a leading UK based newspaper, Wiggins gave no specific indication of when he would make the transition. But earlier, Chris Newton, the British Cycling team pursuit coach, has stated that candidates for the Olympic selection must train with the team for 2 years before to the Games. if this is true, then it means next season would be Bradley’s last season on the road.
Wiggins started building his legend in track pursuit games and snatched 3 Olympic as well as 5 world championship crowns in this discipline, but he would be thirty six years old at the time of Rio Olympics in the year 2016.
Sir Bradley Wiggins told that he would continue to the next Olympics and try for a 5th gold on the track. Wiggins relished an unprecedented year of success in the year 2012, when he won a series of stage races and after that achieving an historic Tour de France and Olympic Games time trial double within the gap of eleven days.
In the interview, he also added that Chris Froome is probably a better Grand Tour rider than him. He is a better climber, he could time trial as well and he has age on his side.
The dark clouds of injuries looming over the sky of cycling can disappoint any cycling fan. Two of the most amazing road racers have pulled out of the Giro d’italia and created uncertainties about the grand Tour de France 2013 coming ahead next month. Ryder Hesjedal who is the defending champion at Giro has withdrawn from the event due to severe physical weakness and his condition was deteriorating each day. The reason for his health condition has not been identified precisely but it is guessed that a virus The Canadian was very grief stricken as he had worked so much for the tour. Last year he created a new record by being the first Canadian who won a Grand Tour event.
Another champion cyclist Bradley Wiggins has also withdrawn from the Giro d’italia owing to infection in chest. He is also hoping to be fit before Tour de France. Without the superstars the glamour of the 100th edition of Tour de France 2013 will be absolutely diminished. The cycling world has already faced so much uncertainties and shock after the Lance Amstrong doping scandal. The next half of the season will also be very crucial for David Milar who has got to prove a point after getting entrapped in the doping scandal with Amstrong. Millar was banned for two years but he agreed to provide evidence against team mate Lance and this helped him to come out with a clear name.
The cycling world is also waiting to see some more classic performance by the 10 times individual stages winner at Tour de France, Thor Hushovd of Norway. He was struggling with injuries and bad form in 2012 but after winning at the Tour de Haut Var 2013 he is sent the message that he is back to make a mark at the Tour de France. Now it’s only a matter of time to see what the second half of the season has in store for the racers and the fans.