Robbie Mcewen Defends His Mate

Robbie Mcewen who is an Australian Cycling legend has said that his mate Rogers was not a cheat. Robbie has been a star player with 12 stage wins at the Tour De France and has had a glorious 17 year career. He has told that he could never believe that Michael Rogers had intentionally doped or cheated.

Michael has been suspended from cycling by the UCI which is a governing body for cycling. After Michael had won a race in Japan in October, trace of clenbuterol was found in his urine sample. Michael to his defense had said that days before the Tour of Beijing, China he had eaten contaminated meat that was known to use Clenbuterol in its livestock. Robbie has been taking Rogers’ back and strongly believes that he is was innocent. Robbie has said that there was nothing that had evidently come up that proved to have enhanced his performance and so he felt sorry for Rogers. He was not very happy for all that he is having to go through.

The people who are not very fond of him have been very happy but he says that it was not about the riders and that this matter was not the same as others. He said that the UCI should go to the grass root level to find out about the problem. There had been a warning given to players to be careful when in China and Mexico about the use of Clenbuterol in livestock. Clenbuterol makes the meat leaner when it is used in the livestock however, it increases the aerobic capacity of a person. It was very much possible that because of Rogers’ carelessness he had ended up in such a situation but there was no way that he could prove it and come out clean.

McEwen backs Michael Rogers

Australian cycling legend Robbie McEwen has backed Michael Rogers against the doping case which he is now defending. In fact Robbie has also made an appeal to the UCI about the racing in China. It was a very bold move by Robbie McEwen to defend Michael Rogers and according to the experts the reputation of the legend is at stake after doing this. While his statement for Rogers, McEwen said that it is “impossible to believe” that Rogers would have done such a silly thing intentionally. Robbie McEwen is a very popular figure in cycling having won 12 stage wins in the Tour de France and also has the record for the best printer with three green jerseys in this category.

Rogers was found positive with clenbuterol which resulted in a provisional ban by the UCI. The sample of clenbuterol was found in his Urine when he was in Japan. Rogers in his defense said that he would never consume such a thing deliberately and it must have got into his system from the contaminated food which he ate when he was in China for the Tour of Beijing. Although this alibi is still being looked into it was also proved that the livestock in China does contain clenbuterol which is why the ban has not yet come to Rogers. After this Robbie McEwen was asked what he feels about this alibi to which he said that it must be true because there are no other chances of clenbuterol getting into his system. He also added that if Rogers had to do anything like this he would have done it much before in his career. It would be silly to do something like this at a stage when Rogers has not only become popular but he also has a family to provide for.

McEwen Has Not “Really” Retired

The Cycling great Robbie McEwen had announced the Tour of California, in 2012, as the last race of his professional career. During the 2012 race, it was quite a struggle for the cyclist to reach the finishing lines of the mountain stages. After arriving in Los Angeles on the final stage, a humorous Robbie said, “This was a good race to pick as my last because I suffered so much this week I won’t miss it.” The last day of the great cyclist’s career was commemorated by awarding him with a “Most Courageous Rider” jersey.

More recently advertiser cycling writer Reece Homfray joined the cyclist for the promotion of the Bupa Challenge tour. McEwen shares his suggestions and point of views on the route from Unley to Victor Harbor for the upcoming Bupa Challenge. The retired cyclist has been to Japan, Newcastle, Noosa and Adelaide recently for the promotion of the event. Even when he can relax, overlooking the beach, the cyclist prefers to remain associated with cycling and its various events. He still does not mind jumping on to a bike if there is a criterium at an event he is in, and have a ride.

Earlier in November, McEwen was a part of the Subaru Australia Open Criterium in Noosa. Proving his bike handing skills even after retirement, the cyclist beat Peter Sagan after over sprinting Leigh Howard and Jonathan Cantwell. The aggression from McEwen along with Howard, Sagan, Cantwell and Luke Durbridge amongst others was the highlight of the game.

McEwen during his route preview for Bupa Challenge, told Homfray that he has definitely retired from the races, and the suffering, sacrifice and pain of it, but he still loves to ride at least four five times in a week, as riding is his hobby. He also lines up in some of the club races at times.

Making Cycling A Part Of Australian City Travel

Cycling is a mode of transport that does not have a significant role to play in the overall transport system that has been established in the cities of Australia. The main reason behind this is that the roads of the Australian cities are not suitable for the cyclists. The cyclists are facing a lot of problems from trucks, buses, cars and other forms of automobiles that are generally found crowding the roads of major Australian cities.

Most of the people are of the opinion that cycling should be made a part of the transport system in Australia because cycling is cheap and time-competitive with both driving and public transport. It is also the best way of incorporating exercise in the daily life of the people. But safety is the main concern of many of the cyclists. Once the safety problem is addressed, cycling will turn into a viable transport option for many.

Cycle tracks and paths have to be established in the cities in complete isolation from the main traffic. These are essential because the major concern of the new generation of cyclists is risk aversion. However, separated tracks will work in corridors which are dense. On feeder and arterial roads the riders will have to share space with buses, trucks and cars.

Along with this, the motorists should drive slowly and avoid causing any harm to any cyclist. The motorists can be made more responsible by enforcing measure such as imposing stringent fines or implementing strict traffic regulations. But since Australians depend more on cars as a mode of transport, enforcing such measures is difficult. The riders should also be careful while cycling.

The conflicts between the pedestrians and cyclists will also be avoided if the roads are made safe. Without the right government policies and initiatives, cycling cannot win a major share of Australian city travel.

Grand Prix event comes back

Cycling rooters who relish following top cycling events would not have to watch the contest online or on television this weekend. Amateur and professional cyclists from around the Midwest would congregate in the city for Villa Park Grand Prix.

The race is sponsored by the RDS Cycling Team and Club, which is a member of United States Cycling Development Foundation which produces many bicycling competition throughout Midwest, stated the club’s race organizer Robert Di Silvestro who said that it would be a nice little race. (more…)

Robbie McEwen goes off the road in Epic

Robbie McEwen, the former, Tour de France sprint champ, would concentrate on mountain biking when he headlines the yearly Cycle Epic that would take next month. Robbie McEwen recently retired from road racing and he will go off the bitumen in the 2 day event on 14th and 15th September at the Spicers Hidden Vale, west of Brisbane.

The three time Tour de France green jersey achiever has taken to cyclo-cross racing as well as he is working with the Epic organizer Hayden Brooks to plan a course and put on a exhibit CX event.

Robbie McEwen told that after spending his professional career in all the top races such as Giro, Vuelta and the Tour as well as world titles and Olympics; it is really great to be handed the scope to help promote yet another form of cycling he is passionate about.

A champ of twelve Tour stages, the forty one rider last rode for Orica-GreenEDGE previous year and stays as a technical advisor for the team.

Aussie cycling legend Stuart O’Grady has acknowledged to doping in the Tour de France in the year 1998. On Wednesday, O’Grady declared his retirement after riding a record setting seventeenth Tour in the midst of speculation that he would be named in the French parliamentary query into the use of drugs in the sport.

According to the government report released on Thursday O’Grady returned a “suspicious” doping test at the 1998 Tour de France. After the report was released, O’Grady stated that using the banned blood booster erythropoietin during the infamous 1998 Tour de France.

While speaking to a leading news channel, O’Grady told that leading into the Tour he made a decision, he sourced it himself, there was no other people were involved in that. It did not involve the team in any way. He just had to drive over the border and purchase it at any pharmacy.

Two major Retirements

The fastest cycle racer of the world and former world champion sprinter Robbie McEwen will be seen playing a different role in this season. The Australian legendary sprinter will now be seen guiding the team of Orica Green Edge. He has taken up the job of coach and technical advisor of the team and at 40 he is still very much passionate about cycling. He recently tweeted that he is enjoying a lot at Orica and is looking forward to guide his team to victory.

At the tender age of 18 he entered the arena of professional cycling and created many landmarks. The cycling fraternity nicknamed McEwen as Rocket Robbie because of his lightening fast speed. He had an exceptionally amazing career with over 200 cycling race titles at the professional level. He also had a glorious run at the most celebrated cycling event, Tour de France where he won the green jersey three times. Now, the world will wait to see him shine as a successful coach as well.

The famous Italian champion sprinter Alessandro Petacchi also took retirement from the professional cycling arena last month. But with some sudden twists and turns he expressed his desire to come back to the cycle racing arena again. He actually announced his retirement because he was not feeling connected to the game anymore. He lost the passion to win and ride which impelled him to quit. He never wanted to be a rider who will be there in the circuit just for the sake of money.

But later while he was leading Cavendish after announcing his retirement, he got back the thirst to win and the fire within him reignited. The UCI has refused to let him return to professional cycling officially. The 39 year old cyclist has decided to speak to UCI personally and give them a comprehensive idea about his decision to leave and return back again.