Tour de France is often termed as the ‘World Championship of Cycling’ by the spirited supporters and fans. As far as sporting significance is concerned, Tour de France is not world championship but it carries a great importance. This prestigious event of World Cycling occupies a great respect among the cyclists who wish to won the championship at least once in their life time.
The cycling fans in Surrey seem to be greatly disappointed as Surrey loses out on the chance to host the legendary Tour de France 2014. As per the reports, Surrey hoped to host the high profile cycling championship the coming year but everything got shattered the previous week with the announcement of the Tour de France route.
Thomas Voeckler had a great season in 2012 and was convinced that he could win the World Championships held in Limburg, Holland. In fact most of the people considered Voeckler to be the UCI Road World Champion. He was looking good until Gilbert put up a terrific show in the last 2 kilometres of the race to deny Voeckler from getting the victory. Edvald Boasson secured the second spot followed by Alejandro Valverde. Voeckler finished at the seventh place while the fourth, fifth, and sixth position were claimed by John Degenkolb, Lars Bloom, and Allan Davis respectively.
Cadel Evans became father of a boy child a few months back and now he is happily enjoying his vacation with his family after ending a premature season because of illness. The BMC cyclist was the winner of the 2011 Tour de France but this year he struggled throughout the Tour and finished at the seventh spot.
The Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins’ run to become World Tour champion is over. The British cyclist finished second at ll Lombardia while Joaquim Rodriguez swept the victory. Now Rodriguez holds the first position in UCI World Tour ranking and there is no chance for Wiggins to beat him as he is not taking part in Tour of Beijing, too.
The goals for Tour de France have been set by the Dutch cycling teams and they would go round the tracks from Belgium to Paris for the event. The ride starts from June 30 and is scheduled to end in July 22.
Among the Dutch teams, Vacansoleil submitted the list of the team members last Thursday. The team members include Johnny Hoogerland, Lieuwe Westra, Rob Ruijgh, Kenny van Hummel and Wout Poels who will ride the tracks and Kris Boeckmans (Belgium), Gustav Larsson (Sweden), Marco Marcato(Italy) and Rafael Valls (Spain) are also included.
Scarborough is an inch closer in its call to play host to the Tour de France since race executives travel to the area. The sun was gleaming as Yorkshire’s tourism executives gave a short tour of the region to senior officials this week.
As well as central meetings in the city of Leeds the visitants were dealt to a helicopter tour to watch everything that this place has to provide. Yorkshire is calling for to arrange the Grand Depart, which is the first level of this race, in the year 2016.
The Tour de France is one of the most prestigious cycling races in the world. Introduced in the year 1903 it spans an area of over 2500 kilometers. Also known as Le Tour it has been an inspiration for cycling enthusiasts all over the world inviting participation not only from France but all over the world. The 99th edition of this race will be held from 30th of June. Consisting of 20 stages and 1 prologue it will cover a distance of 3479 kilometers before concluding on 22nd July.
Christian Prudhomme, the race director of the Tour de France has hailed Adelaide’s Tour Down Under as one of the most crucial events for professional cycling in recent years and he believes that as cycling aims to expand globally as a sport, this Tour would play a very pivotal role in that.
With the Arc de Triomphe in the distance and a sea of fans along the roadside, Lance Armstrong stood on the podium at the Tour de France on Sunday, two spots below what he was used to.