The course for the 2015 Tour de France was revealed on the 23rd of October, 2014 in Paris and after taking a look at the course, Chris Froome (Team Sky) said that he might skip the tour because the course is not going to suit him at all.
Chris Froome said on his website that he will try to focus on Giro d’Italia because its route is more balanced than the course of Tour de France. According to Froome, he and his team have to carefully consider and decide as to which grand tour he shall participate in before making any serious commitments.
Tour de France’s route next year includes less kilometers of time-trial pursuit which is the main cause of concern for Froome because he is a well-reputed rider when it comes to time-trial pursuits.
Since the tour next year will basically focus on climbing, Froome is of the opinion that the race is going to be massively demanding and aggressive. Tour de France 2015 will have around 14km of individual time trial, team time trial for around 28km. But the most challenging part about the 2015 tour would be the 7 mountain stages.
Giro d’Italia 2015 on the other hand is going to feature individual time trial for around 60 km which might give Froome some advantage. After Giro d’Italia, Froome is probably going to focus on Vuelta a Espana and then the World Championships.
Froome has won the 2013 Tour de France. He had to withdraw from the 2014 Tour de France due to a crash which injured his wrist and hand.
Vincenzo Nibali (reigning winner of Tour de France) said that winning 2015 Tour de France is not going to be easy for him because Chris Froome was unlucky this year. But next year, he has the potential to make a good comeback.
Tour de Limousin did not even start that Thomas Voeckler was admitted to the hospital. The rider of Europe car Frenchman got hit by a car by which his left collarbone was broken which happened in Limoges.
According to Voeckler this was his fourth fracture concerning the clavicle apparently it was the first concerning his left clavicle. Operation has to be undertaken. The race concerns four stages which he was preparing for. Towards the roundabout he got hit by the car. The scene was witnessed by the correspondence of AFP. His left shoulder was hit and immediately taken to the hospital for test.
Soon reports started pouring in Twitter stating that he would miss the rest of the tournament due to a broken collarbone. He is former champion of national level of France who suffered a similar type of accident in January at Down Under of Santos Tour. In 2012 he was considered as the mountain kings owing to his four win at the stages. The event which is going to happen in Spain later this year will not see participation from his side owing to injury.
He had high hopes for selection but now it all goes down in drain as he is not thinking of taking part in the world championship. The line up of the event which is going to happen in Spain will be decided next week. However a preliminary squad has been made up. Voeckler does not feature in it which is quite evident owing to his injury. He is not hoping to make a comeback as he is in distress but his fans are confident that he will prove his mettle and strive back with vigour. Injury in such games is quite certain but to recover and come back is the greatest joy.
Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome both have been enlisted by Vuelta Espana race organizers as competitors in the last Grand Tour for 2014.
Both the riders were forced out of Tour France 2014 given serious crashes at the world’s most prestigious racing event. Cavendish met with an accident in the first stage that left him with dislocated shoulder & ruptured ligament that called for a complicated surgery. He not only missed out on Tour France but also could not participate in RideLondon.
On the other hand, the 2013 Tour France champion crashed down on the 5th stage of the 101st edition of Tour de France which left him with fractured hand and wrist.
This year’s Vuelta would be Mark’s first contest in the esteemed Spanish race since 2010 which was remarkably successful for him given his 3 stage victories. However, Cavendish is still not 100 percent sure about his fitness post surgery and the upcoming Tour l’Ain, which starts from August 12, will be a good test for him.
“The Tour l’Ain would be really important for me as it will allow me to check my status post-surgery training”, stated Cavendish. The August tour is a 5-day stage cycle race that would be organized in east France.
However, Omega Pharma has not given 100 percent confirmation on Mark’s participation in Vuelta. It all depends on how fit the rider is at and after the France race.
Froome has already begun his training, shortly post his withdrawal from Tour France 2014. He is presently having his training at California. Team Sky has offered positive report about Froome’s participation in the esteemed Grand Tour.
Other than Cavendish and Froome, Nairo Quintana is another big name to contest at Vuelta Espana this year and he would be riding for Movistar.
The race will start on 23rd August and conclude on 14th September.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is liked by the spectators everywhere in the world because of his style. He is very entertaining on the court not only while playing, but, in his celebrations as well. People would not have forgot the way he had celebrated after getting better of the grass court king Roger Federer in the quarter final round of the Wimbledon Championships in 2011.
Tsonga was trailed by a couple of sets during that match, but, he bounced back from there and put up a thrilling show in the last three sets to knock Federer out of his familiar territory.
However, one thing that always leaves Tsonga’s fans disappointed is his inconsistency. He always tends to fall before big accomplishments. In many Grand Slam tournaments, he has started well and has dominated till the Round of 4, but, has fallen after that. He has no Slam singles title under his belt till date and that’s a shame for somebody of his calibre.
During the 2012 season, Tsonga had got himself into the top 5 in the world rankings. He was breathing down the neck of the Big 4 and was tipped by many experts as the world no. 1 in the making, but, he dropped down quite significantly thereafter and presently, he is at the 17th position.
Tsonga has got too big a support staff at the moment. He has been working under two head coaches since October 2013 and that might be going against him. You need to be clear headed as a player if you have to succeed at the senior level consistently. Two coaches might be confusing for a player at times.
In total, Tsonga has featured in 33 games this season out of which he has lost 12 which is way too many.
To ensure no doping cloud on the most prestigious cycling event of the world, the cycling officials have pledged to firmly battle the doping issue at Tour France 2014. UCI has joined hands with major French anti-doping body AFLD to rule out the cheaters from the esteemed championship.
According to sources, UCI has declared to take doping test on every Tour France participant this year prior to the commencement of the championship on July 5.
“The AFLD & CADF have collaborated to define & carry out hard combat against doping issues in cycling. Both the agencies would be working closely regarding anti-doping controls as Tour France 2014 is on its way”, stated UCI. CADF is the independent committee mandated by UCI to look after & root out the doping problems from the sport.
“This partnership implies that every anti-doping body around the world can join up to upheld reputation of riding as a clean sport”, remarked UCI President Brian Cookson.
Doping has been a constant issue with cycling as with any other major sport. However, it was the doping confession of cycling legend Lance Armstrong last year that shook up the entire cycling world badly and the magnitude of the confession was sky-high as Armstrong had the heart to consume the banned substances for his record 7 Tour France wins. Post the confession Armstrong was ripped off his all 7 Tour France win medals.
UCI & AFLD together have come up with several measures with the mission to stage a strong battle against the doping menace at the most premier cycling championship.
Daryl Impey, the South African rider has already been cancelled from participating in Tour France this year given a failed drug test.
The Tour France 2014 will finalize on July 27.
The organizers have announced that Hastings will be hosting the nation’s largest gravel road bicycle race on March 22nd, Saturday. The race will be hosting more than 3000 cyclists and it is going to be called the Founders Barry-Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race. It is going to be one of the major races of the season and the race will be a new spectacle for the crowd, the announcers think.
The rider who finished last on the inaugural race in the year 2009 called the race ‘a fun ride, but only the kind of suffering and dangerous fun preferred by bikers’.
The race track is confirmed to be punishing yet again as the pit will be created at the Barry County terrain and it will be filled with sand, rocks, gravel, mud and quite possible ice and snow on a loop which is almost 36 miles. It will be able to incorporate a staggering 2,200 feet of climbing. The gruelling race also promises a reward of $10,000 for the top performers.
The race is going to be hosted by Kisscross Events and Founders Brewing, and this race is going to be offered in four different categories which ranges from almost 24 miles to 62 miles in total length.
The race will be named after the legendary Paris-Roubaix race which is originally held in France, this Barry-Roubaix race will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Hastings. The registration for the race is closed at the moment but the after party and the awards ceremony will be held for the participants and the spectators. The show will be filled with eminent figures and it will be entertained by live music.
The after race events will occur from 11am to 3pm. and it will be open to the public for free.