Cadel Evans Quits Tirreno-Adriatico

Australian cyclist Cadel Evans quit the Tirreno-Adriatico even though there was one whole stage remaining to be completed in order to focus on bigger goals in the near future. The Australian star was frustrated by hus poor run of form and it was a sensible decision to quit so that he can concentrate on his upcoming endeavour.

Cadel Evans was on the 70th spot and almost half an hour down from the ultimate winner Alberto Contador when they headed into the final stage time trial in the San Benedetto del Tronto on Tuesday. BMC Racing Team did not give any official reason for the withdrawal of the cyclist, but later he revealed that he will be returning to his home in Switzerland where he will resume his practice and will work hard towards his ultimate goal – the Giro d’Italia which will be starting in May.

The start of the year was quite fruitful for Cadel Evans as he finished second in the Tour Down Under, but after that a serious dip has occurred in his form and it is being considered to be a major reason behind his untimely withdrawal. Evans has been struggling in the rocky tracks of the Tirreno-Adriatico, and he ended up losing by more than almost 25 minutes to Contador over this weekend.

Compatriot Richie Porte also pulled out of this race just ahead of the fifth stage citing health issues, which further boasted Contador’s victory and the race became quite one sided after that.

Cadel Evans has apologized to his fans and has said that he will be concentrating on the Giro d’Italia to be held in Italy late this year rather than the Tour de France and he has vowed to come back strongly in the tournament with a far better performance than this.

Pedestrian And Cycling Route

A pedestrian and cycling route will be extended and the road crossings will be improved. This is all a part of the planning that is being done to revamp the city centre junctions. The work will be done by the Leicester City Council and it will be carried out ay certain junctions such as Welford Place, Newarke Street and Pocklingtons Walk.

The main reason why this is being done is because when the tournament starts it becomes difficult for people to use the roads for their daily life and this has been a complaint for years. So this year they have finally decided to manage the cycling route along with the pedestrian route so that no one faces any kind of difficulty while travelling. With this revamping work it is expected that the area will be more accessible for both the pedestrians and also for the cyclists.

This is a huge project that has been started this year and the approximate cost to complete this project will be £550,000. The fund for such a huge amount of money will come from the Department of Transport and the work has already started for this huge project. One of the first things that will be done is the pavements and railings will be removed so that the area is more open to people and the riders.

Along with this there will be a new toucan crossing which will be installed. Apart from this one of the zebra crossings that is already there at Welford Road and Welford Place will be removed and a bus stop at Welford Place will also not be there after the renovation. The junctions of all these roads will be resurfaced so that the riders do not have any problem and there are no accidents. Traffics on these roads will be closed when the work is being done.

CAS Overturns UCI’s Rule On Comeback Riders

CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) has reportedly overturned UCI’s controversial rules that blocked points consideration for comeback riders post dope suspensions.

The highly debated case was initiated by Benjamin Riis, the owner of Saxo Tinkoff. Riss was in serious protest against UCI’s non approval to Contador’s points for 2 years post the termination of his suspension. The team owner argued that this very decision from UCI is akin to an extra penalty imposed on the cyclists, which is completely unreasonable. As a result of the point-block, Alberto’s team was kept outside the 15 top ranking squads the previous year & had to undergo a nerve-wracking battle to come up with a stand in WorldTour 2013.

In the recent years, UCI determined teams’ WorldTour status on the basis of team points ranks. The points ruling was viewed to work as the curb on high p[profile teams that would prevent them from signing up the banned cyclists after their return.

Riis was long contemplating about initiating the case and Aberto’s situation acted as the catalyst that finally prompted him to press the case formally. “Contador is an extremely pricey rider for a team & thus inability to earn points despite his presence gets burdensome for the team to maintain its status in WorldTour”, stated Riis. “I do understand UCI’s stand yet I feel that we need to show that the ruling has to be altered.”

Riis has been open about UCI’s decision since last year. In 2012 July, the star team owner stressed that UCI was simply wasting time. “UCI follows their own vested interest while making the decisions. It would have been better had they brought more good works for cycling, instead of fighting the teams over different issues”, claimed Riis while elaborating on his opinion about UCI & its ruling.