The Route De France Féminine is the stage race that acts as a descendant to the Tour de France Féminin, has been cancelled for the second year as well. This is the second time the race has been cancelled in a row after the removal of a department, which was about to host two staged of the race among the six stages.
After the race 2017 edition was cancelled in a row over dates and the decision of the UCI that is not to award World Tour status for this race, the organizers of the race have again been required to cancel the event. This cancellation is also because of withdrawal of Nievre department in central France from its hosting commitments.
David Millar was part of the British pro cycling world. Today he makes frank admittance that he did take Triamcinolone or Kenacort which had powerful effects on his mind and body.
He says that he had even resorted to the drug under a tendon issue that was a pretense. With much insight and reviews being made for use of drugs for cyclists, there have been historical findings and reviews being done on what past athletes have done. Millar for instance, has recently released an article in the New York Times where he has recounted how he got away with using Kenacort or Triamcinolone which is a banned drug. He admits that he had obtained clearance about the use of the drug on the therapeutic needs as part of a tendon treatment. This had been a false pretense. (more…)
As January came to an end, an announcement was made that the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic which is a UCI 1.1 event will not hold this year.
The reason for this decision was as a result of lack of sponsors and funds to organize the event.
The event which holds in the early days of June is famous for the 17 percent gradient climb of Manayunk Wall. Since 1985, the annual event has been run.
Lance Armstrong, Andre Greipel and Sean Yates are some of those that have emerged winners in the event.
The event costs no less than $1m to organize and where the paucity of willing sponsors keeps on, it is doubtful that the races will continue to grace the streets of Philadelphia.
The first edition of the women’s version of the event began in 2013. In 2015, the event was won by Lizzie Deignan. Just last year, it was awarded Women’s WorldTour status. (more…)
Geraint Thomas has explained that his commitment to Team Sky will not permit him to defend his Commonwealth Game title in 2018.
The 30-year old endured a puncture in Glasgow but persisted to win the gold medal, after a solo attack.
Thomas had won this year Paris-Nice with Team Sky, but would not be present to defend the title at the next game, which is scheduled to take place in 2018. He explained that he will miss the event due to his schedule with British World Tour outfit.
Owain Doull and Luke Rowe who are also part of the Team Sky squad would also be unavailable for selection due to engagement at the cobbled classic.
Thomas who has won time trial bronze, and his fellow Welshmen had consider it most unfortunate that the three of them will miss out of the chance to represent wales at the game. In an interview, he told BBC Wales Sport: (more…)
Geraint Thomas would be delighted to know that his much admired team-mate Sir Wiggins considers him as the next talisman for Team Sky.
The 2012 Tour France winner is on his way to leave Sky post his stint at 2015 Paris Roubaix as he is willing to concentrate on track afterwards. Wiggin’s last days with Sky comes at a time when Thomas is rising up as a highly accomplished Sky leader for Classics. According to Wiggo, post winning E3 Harelbeke, would be on cusp of taking up first Monument for the team.
“Geraint is probably our race favourite. Thus, it is clear what we need to do”, stated Wiggins.
“Sky is quite good at placing their leader where the rider requires to be & in Thomas we have got somebody who could triumph at this race.”
The 2012 Tour France champion has long been a senior team mate of Thomas & he surely knows the rider well. The duo have been track teammates in Beijing Olympics 2008 & formed a great part of Sky’s 1st roster after 2 years. The Welshman skipped Wiggins winner 2012 Tour France ride to focus on track yet at 2015 Paris-Nice, Wiggo highlighted on Geraint’s new-found diligence & concentration on details – the very trait that he himself is revered for. (more…)
In Paris, Australia lost every chance of defending the men’s title of track cycling for the world Championships due to an axle bolt that was broken but the Women’s team is doing great and have also set a national record by qualifying.
The only medal that Australia got was from Anna Meares who is also considered to be the queen of sprints and she along with Kaarle McCulloch have achieved the bronze medal at the women’s team sprint.
On Wednesday night, the men’s team faced an accident as a result they could only expect a bronze even though they have been a two time defending champions of the title. After the crank of Luke Davison’s bike broke, the only rider who could avoid the accident was Jack Bobridge. Immediately after him, Alex Edmondson suffered with a real wheel puncture seconds before he was crashed by Mitchell Mulhern.
After the bikes were fully repaired, Australia was allowed to start all over again. But they failed to record even fourth fastest time that they had recorded. So, they were cut off from the chance of getting a gold medal on the final match of Friday to be held in the morning. (more…)