UCI, the ruling body of cycling, has confirmed that, for the very first time, Kiwis has qualified for each field in track cycling for this year’s Rio Olympics.
New Zealand is one of just 3 countries to have accomplished full qualification with Germany and Australia being the other two.
As well as the team pursuit, team sprint and omnium for both women and men, New Zealand has qualified 2 spots for the individual sprint as well as the keirin, again both for women and men.
Sam Bennett had a roller- coaster ride all throughout his career and in July it can reach to new heights. He has shifted from Ireland to Monaco.
It is not at all surprising as most of the professionals have their home based in Monaco. In the course of two years, Bennett has come a long way since he was about to quit the profession owing to a series of injuries. He is 24 years old and is considered to be one of the best in sprinting.
Vincenzo Nibali might have lost out at the recently concluded Oman Tour but the defending Tour France champ is quite confident about another glorious stint in the upcoming 2015 Tour de France.
While asked whether poor form might cast a gloomy stance in the biggest annual cycling event, Nibali simply brushed off all doubts.
“What does it signify for Tour? Well, it implies just nothing. Now, it is February and the event is in July”, remarked Nibali.
Earlier, Chris Froome (Team Sky) had hinted that he would not compete in Tour de France 2015 because he would prefer competing in Vuelta a Espana and Giro d’Italia next season.
But now it seems he has changed his mind and is geared up for Tour de France.
When the Tour de France 2015’s route was revealed in the month of October, Froome had claimed that the tour is going to be tough next year. Froome was extremely concerned about the mountain stages and the less time trial pursuit kilometers.
Bradley Wiggins is on a mission to set up a team of his own which will win gold for him in the Olympics of 2016 at Rio. He wants to collaborate with Team Sky for further developments.
If the development will be good it will last for 10 years. His aim is to search for the next Wiggins and even Chris Hoy. At the festival of marketing, in Wapping he stated that he was in talks with the Team Sky regarding his contract for next year. His driving force behind developments is to make his own team. His focus has not deterred yet which is a strong hold.
Lizzie Armistead has recently put forward a very practical idea in relation to women’s cycling in the Sportswomen show of Sky Sports News HQ. Armistead believes that minimum wages can help modify women’s cycling in the best possible manner.
The 2014 Commonwealth champion and Olympics 2012 silver medalist is of the opinion that the attitude towards women’s cycling has been transformed for sure but still more efforts have to be made in that direction.
A finish at the stage of the Tour de France in 2015 at the village of ski Pra-Loup which will see the biggest loop of cycling is seen as a better suggestion. Finish at the stage level in Ubaye Valley will bear the sight of it.
Rock Hill city and Giordana Velodrome are going to host one of the most popular national cycling championships called the US Cycling Elite Track National Championships. US Cycling is the organizer for this event and a series of many other national championships that take place throughout the country. This year the cycling championship is going to take place from the 12th of August to 17th of August, 2014.
Delighted with Tour France decision to start off from Yorkshire this time, Skoda has declared to happily carry on sponsorship patronage for the esteemed championship in its 101st edition as well. The announcement duly echoes Skoda Ireland’s commitment towards localy cycling.
2014 marks the 11th year of Skoda as an official sponsor & vehicle supplier for Tour France- the 3rd biggest sporting event of the world which will commence from July 5 this year.
The London Surrey Classic this year is expected to commence from the 10th of August onwards and is a great platforms for the cycling fans to come a cheer for their sports stars right at their doorstep. Expected to start in Yorkshire, the Tour de France, will then come to the capital city in July, still remains one of the most awaited events for the elites. Apart from Grand Tours and this, cycling’s most looked up to events are definitely the Classics.