After a consecutive two years of disappointment Andy Schleck is all set to start afresh in 2014 and his hopes are sky high. 2012 was an injury filled year for Andy where he could not perform well in any of the major championships and 2013 saw him struggling to perform even after the break in 2012. The reason for his off form can be his brother Frank Schleck who is serving a ban for one year and was also not able to clear the race for his team RadioShack Leopard.
Sir Wiggins, the 1st Brit rider to bag the coveted Tour France champion jersey last year would be honored with the prestigious “Knighthood” at the imperial Buckingham Palace on December 10, 2013.
Fondly nicknamed as “Wiggo” the Team Sky rider would be regarded for his legendary services towards cycling witnessed last year from his Olympic Gold & the celebrated Tour France victory. The 33-year-old was even felicitated with the coveted “BBC Sports Personality of 2012” award after he showed up as one amidst the highly decorated cyclists in the Brit sporting history.
Bradley Wiggins has confirmed that he positive about his participation in the Tour de France next year. He also assured that he has no qualms in riding in support of his teammate and this Tour France winner Chris Froome.
The famous rider Cadel Evans is expected to meet his BMC managers to deliberate on his future tour ambitions. This is expected to happen immediately he finishes the current tour in France on Sunday. The rider who is now 36 years old is one of the America’s best general classification riders.
The other popular rider in this classification is Tejay Van who is now 24 years old. Tejay joined BMC in 2011 as Evan’s successor apparent.
Mohd Harrif Salleh snatched his 2nd win of the season after securing a win in 132.6 kilometer Stage - 3 of Tour of Borneo from Penampang on Tuesday. The stage - 3 was made for sprinters, with a Category Four climb at halfway mark as well as the Terengganu Cycling rider traversed the line in 3:20:39 in a bunch sprint.
Sir Bradley Wiggins could not be able to defend his title as a Tour de France champion this year after being ruled out of his team for a knee injury. His knee injuries and along with chest infections that occurred in Giro D’italia led him to back out of the race last may. In doing so, he won’t be able to join the sky team for the next tour de France, letting his co-member Chris Froome to lead the new team. 27 years-old and Keya-born Froome finished as a runner up last year to Wiggins in the tour de France.
The one hundredth Tour de France begins in Corsica on June 29. This year there are 21 stages before the race comes to an end on the evening of July 21 in Paris.
Sven Nys, the current world cyclo-cross champion is of the opinion that only a handful of cross racers have the capability of enjoying very successful road careers and the young Zdenek Stybar is definitely one of them.
For best of athletes, the upcoming Olympic in Rio seems to have begun with UCI Track Cycling Championship at Minsk, Belarus. The Minsk Track World Championship is scheduled from 20th- 24th February, 2013. In absence of star riders in the Velodrome, national federations seem to be on the hope of discovering new talents in course of the competition from this Wednesday to Sunday.
British cycling head coach Shane Sutton believes that the new British cyclists can go gold at the Rio Olympics 2016. In the London Olympics too, the British team won 5 gold medals to secure their position as the top country to produce cyclists.
The upcoming team would consist of six World Championship debutants, two of whom, Simon Yates and Elinor Barker, won the rainbow jerseys as mentioned by Shane. He has issued a warning for other teams across the world about the greatness of this team and the surprise it would bring.