The news of Chris Froome’s crash has been all over and it has definitely shaken up the community of pro cyclists.
As it was commented on the crash, if Chris could suffer a crash like that, being a winner of Tour de France, it can happen to others as well. The takeaway from this incident is that one needs to be careful, especially while riding on the open roads. On Tuesday this week Froome posted that a car ran him over when he was training near his home. Being in Monaco, he stated that he was rammed on the side by an impatient driver. His team riders were much concerned and Paolo Tiralongo stated that, if this could happen to a champion rider, it could happen to anyone. This is not related to the place or city where you live. Even if you are a celebrity rider, one needs to be careful while cycling on open roads. There was also a message given out that drivers need to be careful of cyclists on the road and respect laws of traffic.
There have been some similar incidents recently, some more fatal ones even. For instance, Michele Scarponi, team mate of Tiralongo of Astana, was killed in a collision while he was training. The collision was with a driver who was reported to have been drugged and drunk. The collision was led to his death. There had also been a case of a collision with two amateur cyclists in Spain, where both died in the crash. Froome in his case, however, escaped with minor injuries. However, his bike wheels were bent as well as the top tube in disrepair. Being a three times winner of Tour de France, he stated that the French police were very helpful and that he was glad that he escaped the accident unhurt.
Dave Brailsford, the Team Sky’s chief in an attempt to clear his team and its embattled 2012 Tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins over allegations of doping, has denied any involvement of his team in wrongdoings especially in relation to the use of TUEs.
While addressing members of a British parliamentary select committee, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) chief Nicole Sapstead said that large amounts of the corticosteroid triamcinolone was in the possession of British Cycling, which shares a headquarters with Team Sky.
This led to reports that the former doctor of the team, Richard Freeman had been making use of the drugs in treating not just riders but staff of British Cycling and Team Sky.
Brailsford has as such made it known that the drug was also administered to him by the team’s medic back in 2008 in order to treat a knee injury.
In comments published in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph, Brailsford said: “Whilst this is normally managed with oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, on one occasion a clinical decision was made to treat the symptoms within the joint with an intra-articular corticosteroid injection.”
He also noted that before the treatment was administered, it had been properly assessed, and he had made an informed decision, whilst subsequent monitoring was carried out in due course.
“The treatment was administered to me by our then team doctor, Dr. Freeman, who is a musculoskeletal specialist, at the velodrome in line with good clinical practice,” he added.
Brailsford went on to explain his reason for revealing personal medical information, noting that it was necessary so as to ensure that any subsequent reporting would be made based on available facts.
Whilst the report is still developing, Great Britain academy coach Keith Lambert has revealed that he was once treated with the drug.
Contrary to the recent wave of information that the 2017 tour the France will feature a reduction in team sizes, Flanders classic and RCS sport, together with the current leading race organizers of the tour have all accepted that the decision to implement any cut in team sizes for the new season should be put on hold.
They agreed that such decision that will affect the outing at the tour will have to first be approved by the UCL’s professional cycling council that takes all major decisions and is responsible for setting and implementing the rules of the competition.
Before this agreement was reached, the assembly of international association of cycling race organizers (AIOCC), The RCS sport who owns the Giro d’Italia competition, and the amuary sports organization that co-runs the vuelta a spania and owns the Tour de France had proposed to put a limit to the number of riders that make up a team in field races.
An announcement had been made after the meeting that they would reduce the number of riders in the grand tour teams from nine riders to eight, and that all other events will now feature just seven riders as opposed to the eight formerly used. This had caused quite a bit of a scuffle as the new arrangement was proposed to be put into plan from the 2o17 season and most teams had already completed their rosters for the upcoming season and had prepared their race strategies and plans.
The organizers of the raced hoped that that fewer riders will augur for more safety for the riders and will provide an event so difficult to dominate thereby bringing about a better experience for the fans.
However, the UCL has overruled this decision during a seminar in Mallorca saying that: “Any changes to the regulations governing men’s professional road cycling must be agreed by the professional cycling council (PCC), on which the race organizers are fully represented.”
Not every cyclist experiences a great year of competitive cycling every time.
That has been the case with Ferrand-Prevot. She states that this year has been a nightmare for him. With a disappointing run at the Olympics, he feels that this season has definitely been troubling and unfortunate. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot took place at the Olympic Games this year. She was placed in the 26th position in the road race in the women’s category. She abandoned the mountain biking event that was held on Saturday.
She has written at length about her troubled season for her fans and followers on the social media accounts. She has stated that cycling her cycling has become a nightmare from the wonderful achievements that she had experienced in this sport earlier. She won three titles in three separate disciplines which comprised of cyclo-cross, mountain bike and road races. She won three world titles, but she also hurt herself.
She sustained a stress fracture in the winter and now she questions her decision to have returned to training too hastily after that. She says that she should have listened to her coach who had told her to build back her tenacity slowly. Early in the season she gained an eighth position in the Tour of Flanders and 11th in the Strade Bianche. These achievements were promised at the beginning of the season. However, she also suffered from different health problems like allergies that she experienced after she relocated to southern France in the springtime. Due to the anti doping rules that exist for the competition, she had to stay away from competitions as she was on medication. During that period she probably trained harder than she should have. She took a break during the months of May and June. She was still troubled by the knee problem that she developed in the winter as well as sciatia. She also suffered from two lumbar epidurals.
Among the notable riders of Tour de France, it is heard that Froome would rely on the Row and Stannard to give him protection in the upcoming Tour de France event.
The two riders are domestic players who would be making the line up for Team Sky. Both would help Froom to defend the crown that he obtained at the Critérium du Dauphiné event. It would also help catapult the success that Froome obtained in 2015.
There are others like Rowe, who is considered a rider of the Classics category. He would be a key part of the Tour squad as well. He compared the selections of this year to last year’s when the decisions were not so certain. Rowe talks about how difficult it is making it into the Tour and in case you have suffered an injury or illness recently you will certainly be put out of the squad. The Team Sky would comprise of Dauphine team that comprises of riders like Rowe, Froome, and Stannard along with Wout Poels, Mikel Landa, Michal Kwiatkowski and Sergio Henao. There would also be riders like Geraint Thomas who would be joining up after he completes the Tour de Suisse.
There is a single remaining spot in the team that might be filled by contenders like Salvatore Puccio, Leopold Konig, Mikel Nieve and Vasil Kiryienka. Rowe states that there will be more mountainous tracts to cover this year in Tour de France. This will have a bearing on the selection of team members. However, his role in the flat regions will remain the same, that of covering for Froome. Rowe states that the race will be harder this time as there are mountainous tracts included from the start. That would make it tough for most people. Hence, those who are used to climbing would be at an advantage this time.
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.
Dayle Cheatley, the head coach, told that this is what they have working towards and it was cemented with some prodigious performances at World Championships in London.
It is encouragement for their coaches as well as support staff that they are moving in the right direction and magnificent reward for the riders throughout their entire squad who have all contributed.
He further added that for them, this is the first tick in the box. The hard work starts now. All the work they have put in to establish this platform would be wasted if they could not take full advantage from here in.
Cheatley told that the coaching people want to make sure that the riders maximize the next nineteen weeks until Rio.
They wanted to make sure that the riders make every day, every pedal stroke, every session, every lift as well as every minute of rest count.
The riders have returned to full training after a break following world championships in London.
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.
It was the French team which was considered amateur, La Pomme Marseille when he got a spring into his career. It was in 2013 when he injured his knee which is very ironic since he was studying about health and exercise. He gave in everything to cycling over the term of summer. It was the Tour of Britain where he got the much needed break that he wanted. In Kendal he also triumphed on day 2. From that time onwards he just kept on surmounting and ascending.
It was in May when he began training under the American coach Neal Henderson and he started to train hard. His target was the race and when he was not racing then he was found in his bed. He had no problems with his form but it was his lack of energy which stopped him from continuing.
His interest grew when the management of his team gave him a contract for the year 2014. He won the race and as expected he did cry.
Tour de Qatar was also won by him in this year. He told his friends that his expectation has grown and he wishes to continue with his form. The amount of pressure he put on himself paid off and in the sprints he finds his way out.
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.
“It is just different with cyclists who would have different situations and thus it does not carry any meaning. If one is talking about the classics, the spring events, then yes, yet it’s a NO for Tour.”
It was Alberto Contador who won the Alto Hazallanas stage at the race. This seaso9n, the Spaniard would try to triumph at both Giro Italia & Tour France. Chris Froome also had a good stint at the Oman Tour.
The sole Grand Tour hero not participating at the Oman Tour is Quintana (Nairo) from Movistar who is looking forward to a Tour France title after his dramatic win at 2014 Giro Italia last year. He would commence his season next month at Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy.
Nibali came up with improved performance in the last 3 years. He triumphed at Green Mountain in 2012 & 2014.
“I feel that I am in a better shape in comparison to what I was last year”, continued the Tour France 2014 hero.
Last year, Nibali was passing through a bad phase with no win till June. But the situations changed during Critérium Dauphiné & after a week as he won Italian road racing. After that it was quite a dramatic time for Nibali as he surprised everyone with his remarkable win at 2014 Tour France.
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.
However, recently Froome has made it clear that he is going to focus mainly on Tour de France for the next cycling season. According to Froome, he is at such a point in his cycling career that he has to give priority to the tour.
Froome said that he enjoys challenges and the tour is going to be extremely challenging with the mountain stages and less time trial pursuit. Therefore he is going to work hard and accordingly adapt himself to do well in the tour.
According to Chris Froome, competing in all the three grand tours is exciting and appealing but then he is aware of the pressure of participating in all the tours. In the future, he might focus on the other tours (Giro and Vuelta). But for the year 2015, he is going to concentrate on Tour de France.
Tour de France is going to start on the 4th of July, 2015 and is going to continue till the 26th of July, 2015. The tour is going to have two rest days, one individual time-trial race stage, one team time-trial race stage, seven mountain stages, three hill stages and nine flat stages.
Vincenzo Nibali (Team Astana) and Alberto Contador (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) are going to be the tough contenders in the Tour de France 2015.
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.
Mark Christian, Andy Tennant and Steven Burke have all joined hands to be matching the outfit of the Olympic four time champion. He won the Tour de France in 2012 claiming to be the first British winner wants to have a long term as far as his team is concerned for the Olympics. Negotiations with Team Sky are on from their part and he has achieved the target 6 weeks ago which was the last nail to be put up on the coffin. He is desperate to clinch the gold for the fifth time. He is hopeful that he is going to be with the Team Sky and wants to try on another challenge as well which will be Paris- Roubaix.
He is all geared up in the process of his own team which seems like a desperate measure. He wants to win it with the other guys of the team and share that winning moment with all of them. A programme will be build up by the team and as well as a specialized training programme too. For the next 10 years he wants to make sure to place his team on an equal footing.