Peter Sagan, the reigning road world champion has expressed hopes that clean riders can bring sponsorship back to cycling. Speaking on Wednesday at the Bora-hansgrohe team training camp in Spain, he revealed his support for the improvement of anti-doping measures.
The Slovakian pointed out that the anti-doping measure put in place were very rigorous, and could be likened to being in jail, with no possibility of breaking the rules without being apprehended.
“What happened happened, and now we are a new generation,” he said.
“If we have to talk serious, it’s like we’re in jail, because we have – always, riding in the position that we are – doping controls [that] can come everywhere. It’s just impossible to think about that. I think now cycling is very clean,” he added.
Sagan has said that with the current measures taken, he is optimistic about the future of cycling, with better opportunities for the younger generation. He had said: Continue reading →
After finishing 16th in her debut at the games in London, Ashley Moolman-Pasio had gotten an insight on what she needed to do and what it would take for her to win an Olympic gold.
With her performance four years ago at the games, she had seen that if she planned to bag the gold medal which she badly desires, she would have to put more effort and practice even harder.
The fast approaching women road race in Rio has caused the cyclist to put that knowledge into use as she is training even harder and aiming for the Olympic gold medal. With some of the strongest midseason performance the world of women cycling has ever seen, Pasio had shot the very front line of women’s cycling during the intervening period and had secured her name as one of the favorites to look out for in the race.
In an interview with Cycling News, she said:
“London was my first Olympic games. It was quite an overwhelming experience because I had only represented South Africa one time before that at the world championships in Copenhagen.” Continue reading →
Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff has reportedly won all the stages of the eminent De Panne 3 Day stage race. The champion is in the full form right now as he gears up to score big in the historic Monument race Tour Flanders.
The Katusha rider impressed everybody by winning 3 stages on a row among 4 stages with British riding icon Sir Wiggins claiming last short time-trial around Le Panne sea-stretch, in Belgium.
Alexander is one among the topmost favorites of Flanders Tour, which is the 2nd of 5 Monument classic races this season. It is especially true given the unfortunate absence of Flanders specialists like Fabian Cancellara & Tom Boonen. Cancellara has been ruled out of the historic race with two fractured vertebrae & Tom is nursing his dislocated shoulder. Thus, the Flanders track wide open to compete and score big for the new favorites such as the in-form Katusha star.
Albeit Kristoff was the first ever rider to win 3 stages on a row at De Panne yet a photo-finish was needed to confirm result. The Norwegian star beat Lotto-Soudal’s Andre Greipel in the final sprint & the photo evidence confirmed that he came up with 3/1000th of 1 second ahead, emerging as the winner.
While Greipel was second, Lampre-Merida’s Italyâ�Ös Sacha was 3rd.
“I feel I haven’t ever had such close victory. A draw could be nice too. I feel that we both could be on that winning podium as both of us deserved it”, stated Kristoff. Continue reading →
Sir Wiggins reportedly settled for 3rd place at Tour Qatar’s stage 3 individual time-trial. It was Niki Terpstra who emerged as the winner with overall racing lead.
The 2012 Tour France champ, who was cycling for the 1st time in world champ jersey, paused the clock on a ten kilometer Losail course in 14 minutes 12 seconds- 9 seconds behind Terpstra & just 1 sec adrift of Fabian Cancellara.
The result catapulted Niki to the topmost status of general classification & opened up an eleven second good lead over Bodnar (Maciej), who finished at 4th– almost at the same time-span as that of Wiggins. Niki was the defending champion of Qatar Tour this year.
Ian Stannard from Sky has taken the 3rd overall position, racing twelve seconds back, post finishing just a second behind Sir Bradley on that day, in 5th place. His team-mate Rowe (Luke) is at the 5th place, finishing 33 seconds back. Continue reading →