Richie Porte is full of confidence that despite missing out on the Giro d’Italia where he was supposed to lead the British Sky team, he will still be given the chance to race for the overall top place in the Tour de France while also aiding his team mate Chris Froome as he tries to defend his title.
With the launch of all new edgy 74 million Franc worth velodrome in the French capital, the national cycling body is on the plan to form France Team Sky. The French version of Team Sky is meant to dominate the entire world.
The in-form cyclist Adam Hansen from Australia has publicly said that he has much respect for Marcel Kittel the sprint ace from Germany but he does not fear the German ace.
The first tournament of the year is just around the corner and these two will go head to head in the Tour Down Under held in Adelaide. The duel between these two will start on the 19th of January when the Tour Down Under will begin and it will end on the 26th of January.
Laura Trott has managed to thrill her fans once again- a couple of days following her triumph at team pursuit, the leading Brit rider has claimed another gold medal in the 2013 UCI Track Cycling Championship.
The UCI World Cup is being hosted at Manchester.
The 28 years old Andy Schleck had a dramatic comeback from a slump in the form of an unfortunate crash in the 2012 Criterium du Dauphine where he suffered a bad injury of fractured pelvis. He was accustomed to get into the Tour de France as the yellow jersey favorite, but is now in the midst of fluctuations and is being forced to get hold of a new mindset before the upcoming 100th edition of the race. This injury prevented him from getting onto the track in the last year Tour, but Schleck’s brother Frank was tested positive to fulfill his woes.
Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador came fourth in the 2013 Tour de France. The 2007 winner of the international cycling completion said however that he would not be defending his Vuelta a España championship.
The 2012 winner of the Vuelta spoke after the Tour de France although the decision then had not been final. He later confirmed it when speaking to MARCA, a Spanish daily. He explained that he had not planed on participating in the Vuelta a España and had no interest in defending his crown.
Defamed American cycling legend Lance Armstrong & Jonathan Vaughters, the Garmin Sharp manager have rekindled their long-strained bond with the goal to take cycling forward, on a cleaner note. Armstrong & Vaughters have been teammates at US Postal Service in 1998 & 1999.
However, since the last 14 years, both of them have been into different edges of doping issues- Armstrong was into perfecting the technique of performance-enhancing banned substances profiting hugely from it and Vaughters founded a development group centered on clean sport philosophy.
Alberto Contador’s riding in third at the Clasika Primavera was a kind of consolation prize for him in the wake of a tough week of racing at the Basque Country in Spain.
It was Rui Costa of Movistar who took home the laurels at the 176 km one day race of Clasika Primavera and it was double delight for Movistar as Nairo Quintana of the same team scored an impressive overall win at the Vuelta al País Vasco, one of the most well known six-day races.
Tour de France celebrates its 110th anniversary this 2013 and presents its 100th edition in the beautiful island of Corsica. The island surrounded by the calm and turquoise waters of the Mediterranean adorned by beautiful mountainous bike tracks with the wild yet calm scenery will host the first three stages of the race.
A Brit is all set to head up the strategy for Tour de France 2013 in a bid to refresh the standards of the race in the wake of Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal.
Colin Clews has been appointed the senior doping controller and he will be overseeing all the doping tests, safeguarding the procedures of the test and protecting the rights of all the cyclists. He is the first Briton to take up this responsibility and he is taking up the mantle at a time when Tour de France is under tremendous pressure and scrutiny. It needs to vividly prove that it is fair and clean.