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…)
Grand tours (Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana) have always been good hunting grounds for the Australian professional cyclist- Simon Clarke. In the Vuelta a Espana 2012, Clarke was not only able to win one of the race stages but also won the stage of mountains classification. Along with that, Clarke’s team Orica-GreenEdge won the team time-trial race stage in the Tour de France 2013.
Simon Clarke had also participated in the Tour de France 2014 in which he was honored with the most combative rider award after the stage 12 of the tour. Clarke had received the same combative rider prize after the stage 3 of Tour de France 2013.
For the upcoming cycling season, Clarke wants to focus on Giro d’Italia instead of the other two grand tours. (more…)
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.