The 2010 Tour De France racer Andy Schleck retired from the racing field in 2014.
He has such a huge fan following and has a lot of friends in the cycling industry. Now, he has a full-time job that he is very proud of. He opened a bike shop in Itzig last year and is now busy looking after the shop. He opened the bike shop along with his father-in-law JeannotDelvaux by renovating a barn in Itzig.
There are three bike brands that feature in Schleck’s shop and they are Focus, Trek, and Cervelo. Trek is his former employer. Apart, from the bikes, Schleck also sells three clothing brands in the bike shop. The brands are Castelli, Craft, and Bontrager. This is not all. The bike shop also runs a small exhibition space that has souvenirs of Schleck’s cycling career. There is also a café in the bike shop. So, all in all, this is a very good bike shop where one can check out bikes, cycle wear and also get a peep into the cycling career of Schleck.
Schleck said that he is happy to share his love for the bikes and everything that he has gained in his illustrious career with his bike clients.
He is there full-time at the store and looks forward to welcoming all the bike lovers that visit his shop. Schleck said that he has opened the shop targeting the bike lovers. This is why his shop sells electric bikes, city bikes for children, racing bikes and mountain bikes. His shop also offers three year payment facilities for high-performance bicycle enthusiasts who do not have all the money to pay upfront for the bike.
It was his persistent knee injury that made him retire in 2014 at the age of 29. Now, he is happy to be engaged full time in the bike shop.
For the Tour de France Grand Depart holding in 2019, it seems like Brussels is the only city left out of the cities who have stated their ambition of hosting the competition publicly.
In the run-up for the host of the Tour, Portsmouth and Copenhagen have all pulled out of the race to host the event. This has thus seemed to pave the way for the start of the competition to be awarded to France in 2019.
The capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen withdrew their ambition to host the 2019 race and instead will focus on the Grande Boucle, so as to secure the beginning of the event in one of the following two years.
Every alternate year, the Tour prefers having a home start, which makes the year 2021 most likely.
Also, Portsmouth has withdrawn their candidacy for the event in 2019, and now hopes that before 2025, the Tour would have arrived England’s south coast.
What this means essentially is that Brussels, the capital city of Belgium is the city with the only public bid still in the running to host the event. It is however still likely that somewhere, there could be a bid not in the public domain.
2019 will mark 50 years since a first Tour win by Eddy Merckx’s. Hosting a Grand Depart in the same year would be a fitting commemoration of such a milestone.
On ten different occasions, Brussels has staged the tour. However, the last time they hosted the start was since 1958. The race last visited Brussels in 2010 where the stage one was won by Alessandro Petacchi, with stage two also beginning there as well.
According to British Cycling, four regions in the UK had expressed serious intentions of hosting a “major cycling event like the Grand Depart.
Former world champion Marianne Vos has made quite an impressive comeback in her cyclocross career at scheldecross.
Vos who had not raced in a while got off to a good start in her return. Despite being put at a disadvantage by a back row start position, Vos had gained enough momentum to feature in the front line placing at the finish line.
In the fifth round of the ijsboerkr ladies competition, she had started the race at a position behind the front line, yet the seven time world champion of the cyclo cross made her way gracefully to the front of the race held in Antwerp Belgium. The race had a surprisingly fast pace despite the generous distributions of sand sections and the riders seemed unhampered as they pedaled on to the finish line.
As the race progressed steadily, Vos seem to have encountered some difficulties as halfway through it, she had begun to slow down and fade back. However, the 29-year-old rider did not disappoint, as she was able to finish at fourth position, the Dutch cyclist had finished in just under a minute behind the race winner sane cant.
Back in January 2007, Vos had won the scheldecross without much difficulty. This was her first cyclocross race ever since the 2015 UCL world championship held in Czech Republic where she had ended in the third position. Vos currently holds no position in the UCL cyclocross ranking seeing, as she had not participated in a cyclocross race for over a year.
This was the reason why she had started with a back row position in Antwerp because the ranking is used to determine start positions in subsequent races. It was apparent that she had given her best.
She said” “I’m satisfied but I feel really tired now.”
This was a few minutes after the race in an interview with Sporza. The start had seemed easy for her to overcome and she is happy with her performance at the outing.
Trayser appears like a cross between an Ikea lampshade and a Meccano, but this is the newest e-bike from ETT, the well known New Zealand firm.
This is really eye-catching, but all the design expands also hide a outstandingly forward-thinking bike. The wraparound shell made of plastic hides a 42V lithium ion battery that offers a range of sixty miles at up to 15.5 mile per hour. It takes three-hundred minutes to totally charge.
To ride, this is magnificently comfortable as well as the electric pedal boost is responsive and instant. But where Trayser really slips a march on the oppo is that it is the 1st bike for which one could 3D-print substitute parts. You need to visit shapeways.com, and the click and place an order. If you are feeling inventive you can even 3D print your very own accessories and make your own unique conception.
Here is another beauty – The Light Blue. It started life back in the year 1895 when John Townsend began making bikes for the Cambridge University students. He used to built around 6 a week in a changed over dairy in the city.
Lloyd, John’s great-grandson, now operates the company, and most of its array is all about retro and heritage. But not each these bikes carry that old-school theme. Have a look at the Darwin – this is the modern evolution of the long distance traveling bike. You can choose gears between a derailleur or reliable hub. It is fitted with disc brakes.
Anton Cooper, the world under-23 champ, just trained two times this week but still won elite men’s cross country honor at Oceania Mountain Bike Championships in Queenstown.
The Cannondale pro from North Canterbury sprang back on Sunday after being well crushed by fellow New Zealand young gun Sam Gaze in New Zealand Championships previous weekend.
He knocked out world No 8 Dan McConnell from Queenstown, Australia, after the duo pushed clear of Gaze midway via the race on spectacular Skyline course. Gaze had to stay in for 4th place.
Earlier, Australia’s Rebecca Henderson, world ranking No. 19, showed her bike-dealing skills to good consequence to beat off the dispute from New Zealand Kate Fluker and fight back the women’s title she won in Queensland previous year.
The leading riders would now get refreshed before concentrating on the opening round of UCI World Cup at Cairns in 4 weeks. It was really a race-within-a-race for the New Zealand cyclists as both men and women vie for a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with Rio qualification period ending after 2nd world cup in Germany.
Cooper told that he just trained two times this week and freshened up and that was everything. He was not very sure what to anticipate after last week but he is very really happy with that. A rest made all the difference. He added that it was a very tactical race and they all had a turn at the front. He wanted to be in front before the last downhill as he sensed he was stronger there. He had to dig deep for that one so he is very happy.
Tinkoff-Saxo owner Tinkov is now on the lookout of a “boring & meticulous” manager such as Brailsford for his squad.
The Russian team has just fired its long-standing manager & former owner Bjarne Riis and hence the search for an able suitor & Tinkov is eyeing on somebody like the Sky manager.
The new manager would be disclosed the following week. A few days back, a statement from Tinkoff confirmed that the squad had parted with Bjarne based on mutual agreement.
Riis and Tinkov had serious arguments over Tinkoff’s failure at Tirreno-Adriatico. Afterwards, Bjarne came back to his home rather than guiding Peter Sagan at Milan-San Remo & Contador at Volta Catalunya.
“Team management isn’t just about issuance of instructions from car radio & casting spell over riders where Riis was unparallel”, stated Tinkov over social media.
“Team management is a monotonous boring office work. It is urgently needed to get a boring & meticulous manager such as Dave Brailsford.”
Omar Piscina, the former sports director of Tinkoff Credit squad, could be a probable replacement. Another Italian, Tinkoff’s CEO Stefano Feltrin, has been noted as well.
Post winning 1996 Tour, Riis managed Home-Jack & Jones back in 1999 & took charge as it evolved into CSC & Saxo Bank. He sold his squad to Russian Oleg Tinkov in 2013 December for 6 million Euros. The 50-year-old Danish became the team manager instead on a contract of 1 million Euros annually.
Over time, Riis mentored stars such as Alberto Contador, Fränk & Andy Schleck, Fabian Cancellara & Carlos Sastre
He also had his quarter of doping issues. He admitted of taking to drugs during his own Tour title & the case is still under investigation.
However, Riis has stayed tight-lipped regarding his departure from former team.
In comparison to other riders such as Victoria Pendleton, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy, Joanna Roswell has not been able to create as much sensation as them.
She is hailed as the star which is unsung of the cycling track of Britain yet she has claimed victory in almost every track which is an achievement in itself. She is a Commonwealth Champion, European Champion and Olympic Champion.
Last year, the team of British track did not perform in as expected in Cali but amidst all the chaos Roswell was lost but she did get two gold medals. Everybody criticised for the bad performance but she performed well.
She beat Sarah Hammer in a marvellous way which was precisely by 1.2 seconds. Lizzie came into the team and both Lizzie and Roswell are close knit friends and shockingly Lizzie also stated that Roswell does not get the kind of attention she should have got. Her incredible performance over the short distance, determination and work ethics of her as well as of the team are worth noticing. It is a myth that is surrounded over her age which is that people consider her to be old but in reality she is just 26 years of age.
Every time she tried to compete in the team she has always won. She grew up in London but she does not remember whether she rode on the bikes. In the BMX event which was her first race she came last when everybody else was crashing out of the bike and coming for the second time but then there was the second race in which as well she came last. She was highly inspired by Wiggins when he procured gold in Athens. The year is a special one for her as she is going to get married.
The launch of Axeon Cycling Team was announced by the retired professional cyclist Axel Merckx on Wednesday.
The 2014’s results of the U23 program stood out among all the results till date as it was the strongest. The stage wins of Ruben Zepuntke and the GC podium of the Tour of Alberta as well as the second position finish of Greg Daniels in stage 4 of Tour of California is what gave the team such a strong report.
Axel Merckx said that his only aim is to create a legacy for the team and start the program with a strong name which will stay for a long time. He believes that they have the riders for 2015 that are the best in the world. If the hard work they are continuing is kept up and the attention used in the right way, the team will become a team that the young riders would want to join and the alumni will consist of the pros.
The Axeon is a UCI Continental team for the year 2015 and was founded in 2009 originally. It’s the then goal was to turn the young talents into professionals. Till the day the program began and today, the team has sent 18 such riders to ProTour ranks. Among them are Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale Garmin),Lawson Craddock (Giant-Shimano),Ben King (Garmin-Sharp),Jasper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing) and Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing).
The next races to come up on 2015 for Axeon Cycling are USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Tour of California,U23 Paris Roubaix and the Tour of Utah. The 60% of riders would have to be citizens of America as the team will still be registered in USA. There will 10 riders from all over the world and only two newcomers from junior ranks.
For the 21st time Tour de France will start outside of it. It is the city of Utrecht in Netherlands where the race will begin. Going stage by stage- the first stage is going to take place in at the time trial of individual level but is a short journey with 13.7 km. Then it is going to go to Belgium for two days.
Then finally it will take place in France. It will be the successive year of second when the tour is going to mark a return. There will be seven sectors in stage four which will include France and Belgium. In 2014 the wet weather made it risky for the riders to ride on and they will be hoping to change things around this time. As far as the first week is concerned it is a classy affair which also includes a climb ending at La Fleche Wallonne. Stage eight will lead to a finish of uphill. Stage nine will see a late entry of the time trial with the season finishing it off atop the La Pierre Saint Martin.
From July 16 to 19th the event will be held at Pyrennes and then there will be a transition to Massif Central from July 17th to 19th. The finishes are going to take place at the hill top where memorable finishes had taken place. There will also be a short stage encompassing 110 km at the penultimate stage of the event. The culmination will be in Paris itself where there will be a show down amidst the sprinters. Almost all the significant landmarks of France will be covered in the tour which is so breathtaking. The riders are looking forward to it with equal zeal and nerve. All will compete to grab the top position.
The license commission of the International Cycling Union is all set to evaluate the anti-doping policies and management of Astana cycling team. The UCI has requested the commission to do so because of the three recent doping cases involving Astana team riders which have caused a lot of controversy in the world of cycling.
Two riders of Astana Team- Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy were both tested for the blood booster called erythropoietin (abbreviated as EPO) which is officially banned and the test results for both of them were positive. Due to this, Astana team had been warned by the UCI that the team would face scrutiny in the future.
However, UCI was forced into action after giving this warning because of another doping case related to another Astana team rider- llya Davidenok. During the 2014 Tour de l’Avenir in the month of August, llya Davidenok was tested for certain kind of steroids and he was notified this week that his results were positive as well.
Davidenok can ask for his sample ‘B’ to be tested. However, UCI has provisionally suspended Davidenok according to its Anti-doping Rules. Anti-doping practices of Astana team have raised several concerns among the authorities because of the three doping cases and the UCI’s license commission is going to review all of these practices.
On 10th of October, 2014 Astana team had released a statement that the team will absolutely not tolerate any unethical activity or instances of doping. The team also confirmed that no other rider or official was aware of the events and an internal inquiry is also being carried out.
UCI statement made it clear that the team officials have to meet the officials of the license commission within say about one month so that the assessment can be done and decisions can be taken in relation to the three doping cases.