The brave Welsh rider Geraint Thomas who showed up a gallant fight in Tour France despite pelvic fracture is now back to rigorous training to make it big in World Championships. The 27-year-old Team Sky rider has confirmed good health lately and is prepping high to support Chris Froome in achieving the coveted rainbow jersey in the Florence championship.
Recently the British PM hosted a cycling event around the country with an intention to promote cycling. The increased number of cars and vehicles are creating much pollution and traffic in the cities of London now.
The Omega Pharma team seems to be in a powered up state these days. Alessandro Petacchi, has joined up with Mark Cavendish’s team post retirement. The Italian cycling pro is a 6-times stage winner in Tour de France and has reported to stay with Omega Pharma till the end of coming year.
Petacchi would be starting his second innings post retirement on August 8 at the Kortrijk criterium which would be followed by his participation in the Eneco Tour (7-stage) which is scheduled for August 12 to 18.
The world of sports had been hit by the biggest case of doping with Lance Amstrong scandal. The sandal shook every nook and corner of the sports world and not just the professional cycling world. It was expected that the UCI will act very firmly now and deal with strictness each and every pending doping case. But the scenario is completely adverse with the UCI taking no action. Seven months have passed since it last acted on the US postal and Amstrong case. This has really offended the head of US Anti-doping agency, Travis Tygart.
Beginning in Corsica on June 29 and finishing in Paris on July 21 this will be the hundredth anniversary of the Tour do France, making it an even more special event than usual.
One thing that you can bet on is the fact that there will be more money wagered on the Tour de France this year than ever before. It is a fun event to bet on, and as there are 22 individual stages there are plenty of opportunities for doing so.
There is absolutely no doubt in anybody’s mind that this year is Cadel Evan’s best chance to win his second Tour de France title. The 100th edition of the world’s most popular cycling event is being held this year and Evans would certainly want to take home the second yellow jersey now.
The champion of 2011 has indicated that he is tracking pretty well this year with a third position at the Tour of Oman behind rival general classification riders, the 27 year old Chris Froome of Team Sky and Alberto Contador, the star of Saxo-Tinkoff.
Elinor Barker, the new cycling sensation from Cardiff has stated that she is strongly focused on world domination with the Minsk Track World Championships dated to start off from 20th of February, 2013. Barker is in the place of Jo Rowsell, who has currently decided to concentrate on road.
After the Middle East got chosen for the cycling tours, the leading cyclists are very happy about the change. According to them, the excitement of cycling would reach a new height altogether. This opinion had been placed by Alberto Contador in particular.
Alberto Contador will start off paddling at the Tour de San Luis in the year 2013 to start off afresh in the professional field after making a stylish comeback at the Vuelta a Espana last September 2012. He also hopes that his team can make it to Tour de France, the coveted tour for every pro cyclist He was flooded by journalists when he came to launch a brand new watch form the Time Force Watches Company in Madrid.
Anne Gripper, an ex-anti doping chief of International Cycling Union (UCI), says that she is happy with the investigations made by USADA regarding Lance Armstrong’s case and supports the ban on him.
Gripper played a crucial role in introducing the blood passport system. She also took some major steps to protect the sport of cycling from going into wrong direction, as you would remember.