Contador Poses Huge Threat For Froome in Tour France 2014

The 2013 Tour France champion Chris Froome is surely one of the most dangerous competitors in the esteemed race this year – but on the eve of 2014 Tour de France, the defending champ revealed that he too is tensed about his contenders, especially Alberto Contador.

The 31 year old Tinkoff-Saxo rider has twice been the Tour France champion in 2007 & 2009 while it was the first Tour France win for the 29-year-old Froome last year.

“I feel Alberto would be my greatest contender at the race. He has had a fantastic build-up yet it’s not just a 2-man race”, remarked the Tour France defending champ while asked about who he is fearing the most of late.

Technically, Contador is in a better position than Froome as per the UCI WorldTour rankings, according to the Where we ride website. In fact, the Tinkoff-Saxo rider is leading the individual rankings with 397 points. On the other hand, Froome is on a distant 15th with 163 points.

The Tour France 2014 is just to commence on July 5 from Yorkshire. There would be 21 stages all total of which 3 would be hosted by England. The England route would have participants riding from Leeds till Harrogate o July 5, York till Sheffield on July 6 & Cambridge till London on July 7. After that the race will shift to France & would finalize in the French capital on 27th July.

“The feeling of being the defending champ & having the home crowd backing you as you ride along is simply unparallel. That sort of send-off right at the start of this 3-week race would surely place us in a fantastic position”, Froome added.

Froome’s Tour France victory last year constituted the 2nd consecutive Tour France for Britain which was preceded by Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012.

Mums of East York raises £3,000 by cycling all the way to Holland

A sum of £3,000 was raised by two friends for special children, by cycling all the way from London to Holland (Amsterdam). Alison Armstrong and Kate Lovett, both at forty nine from Sutton upon Derwent , have taken up the challenge third time in a row, in support of the National Autistic Society to help the children with special needs.

In the past few years they have ridden from London to Paris and then from London to Brussels have assisted to raise as much as £4000. This year, the duo covered a total distance of 320 kilometers in three long days. Their route started from London and took them all the way to Harwich, where they had to take a ferry to Holland (the hook), before they remounted their bikes for the finishing point, Amsterdam.

Along with Alison and Kate, eleven other riders went on the ride. Kate is a mother of 3, has two sons studying at the Kings Mill Special School located in Driffield named Charles who is 15, while harry is 13. Her elder son George, now 16, studies at the Pocklington School. The two women met each other some twelve years back, since their eldest children studied together at the Primary School.

Alison, who teaches German at the York College commented that the ride all the way to Holland was quite challenging, however was totally worth the ride. It was great motivation to have Kate by her side to train for the challenging course even during the tough winter times.

Kate is one of the directors of a healthcare training company, EDGE Services, situated in Museum Street in York. She commented that Holland is sure known for being flat; however she faced the worst cycling experience over the cobbled streets of Holland.