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Great news for Chris Froome fans- after initial refusal to take part in the upcoming Tour France 2015, the 2013 Tour France champ has finally agreed to take up the challenge once again with full vigor, after Giro & Vuelta Espana next year.
The Team Sky star had to unfortunately withdraw from this year’s Tour France following a severe crash on the 5th stage. Thus, when the Tour France organizers displayed a rigorous mountainous route for next year, Froome had expressed his concerns.
However, Froome, who recently got married to his beautiful manager Michelle last month, is now back in full-on training with Sky in South Africa. He has already begun building his upcoming season to lead at Tour France. Read more »
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Riding legend Contador has announced he won’t be taking part in his squad boss’ Triple Grand Tour 1 million Euros incentive as he has planned to race at just Tour France and Giro Italia out of 3 Grand Tours the coming season.
Oleg Tinkoff’s Triple Grand Tour incentive idea seemed almost next to impossible the very moment he forwarded his proposition to Alberto Contador, 2013 Tour France champion Chris Froome from Team Sky, Giro Italia hero Nairo Quintana & the reigning Tour France champion Vincenzo Nibali.
Nibali ruled out Tinkoff’s idea almost immediately while Froome placed a huge question mark regarding his participation in Tour France 2015 the moment the tour route was declared given absence of the time trials. The famous Team Sky rider remarked that he is on for Vuelta Espana and Giro Italia next year but would miss out on Tour France.
Thus, the Triple Grand Tour Challenge is on hold at present, especially after Tinkoff-Saxo’s Vuelta 2014 champion Contador declared to bypass the home race in the coming 2015 campaign, despite participation in French and Italian grand tours. The iconic Spaniard rider stressed that a back-to-back ride from Giro & Tour might limit his caliber while the peloton marches off right from Utrecht next July.
“The plan that I have on paper is to race at Giro & Tour France & I feel that would be quite tough challenge”, stated Contador while speaking about his next year Grand Tour plans. “I understand that Giro & Tour back-to-back might undermine my very options at the Tour yet Giro Italia is some race which inspires me & such a championship that I like immensely.”
According to experts, if Oleg Tinkoff’s idea is to transform in reality, the overall distance covered in the 3 Grand Tours have to be reduced.
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Both Thomas and Jelle were at their best at the Paris Tour and made the best of the climb up the Cote De Beau Soleil. They both had kept a very good lead so much that they were the only ones been seen for sometime. When the others caught up in pace with them they still managed a lead of almost 42” and just 4 kilometers left in the race. At that point it was time to consider a win. There was no chance that anybody would be able to catch them and out-pass them.
Thomas has been a part of lot of major events. However, in the Paris Tour he seemed to be helpless. He could not do anything worth doing in the last decisive minutes against Jelle. And after four years Jelle bagged the big title and won the Paris Tour title. The Belgian star out-sprinted Thomas Voeckler who was the last one to stay with him far ahead of all the pack. He has proved how his youth and determination has paid off with the competition against the experience of his French rival Thomas Voeckler.
For Jelle it has been the most proud and prestigious win of his career. Jelle has also admitted that according to him Thomas and he were the strongest in the race. He said that at the end it was like a two-man sprint finish and he waited for the right opportunity to attack and go in the right breakaway. Jelle has said that it was his first time that had experienced a breakaway with Thomas and that he also learned a lot from the same. He said that he knew that there was going to be a winner among either of them. However the fact that Thomas lost the Tour has led to a lot of disappointment for him.
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The “on Yer Bike” is a charity event of cycling that took place on 3rd September in the loving memory of a local businessman Stephen Carroll saw 45 riders cycle with a photograph of Stephen himself on their bike with the word ‘Chapeau’. They rode about 360km in 3 days.
Stephen Carroll was a local businessman who became very popular but lost his life to cancer in the year 2013 leaving his family and friends devastated. His friend Eoin Doohan organized this charity event because he wanted to make his friend more memorable. The riders were scheduled to start riding from Blackrock where the Carrolls live to Clare where Eoin’s home is in Liscannor. The event was organized to raise funds for cancer treatments of those who are in need of the money. Beffnie, Stephen’s wife participated in the race along with the other riders and his brothers and sisters. Before the riders took off for the race, all the gears were checked again and again. The volunteers rode before the others to cheer the locals who came out to support the group. The riders wore Louth colours and they intentionally split into 3 groups so as to enable the riders ride according to the speed they are comfortable to keep up the pace with.
The first day, the cyclists rode to Castlebellingham, Kells and Ardee to Athlone. The second day saw them riding from Athlone up to Limerick and this journey was a tough one due to the saddle soreness they were experiencing. As Friday arrived, they were at the final stage of the ride and changed into Clare coloured attires as they entered the homeland of Eoin.
Very person who took part in the race said that it has been a very emotional journey and they are very proud that their ride earned more than 80000 Euros that will definitely help a lot of people in need of the money for treatment. The money was given to Clare Hospice, The Irish Cancer Society and Noth Louth Hospice.
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