It’s a great time for the GB squad no doubt- Owain Doull has made his team proud once again with the most cherished gold medal at UCI World Tarck Cycling Championship 2013 scratch race held at Mexico. The gold came on the 2nd day of the esteemed championship.
The 20-year-old dapper Welshman had to beat King Cheung (Hong Kong) to make his way up to the gold honor.
Apart from Doull, the other GB members too proved their worth at the recent UCI World Championship. Jason Kenny, the Brit Olympic champion went on to win sprint silver at the Worlds. Kenny’s famous gold winner girlfriend Laura Trott came up 2nd in ominum . Trott was, however, absent at the Worlds on its first day. Trott’s absence had Elinor Barker teaming up with Joanna Rowsell, Katie Archibald & Dani King who altogether broke the team pursuit world record & that too twice.
Becky James, the two-times world champion and one of the sprint members from GB, rode away with the bronze medal in Keirin. The Abergavenny based rider came third to Kristina Vogel & Wai Lee. Elinor Barker claimed the silver medal with second position at individual pursuit. The 19 year old rider set the record of personal best regarding individual pursuit race where she qualified of 3 minutes 30.009 secs before losing out to Australia’s Rebecca Wiasak.
Records got tumbled with high altitude & 25 year old Kenny wowed his team and country with a much improvised showmanship in individual sprint in comparison to his lost out fate in qualifying rounds during last season’s Manchester hosted World Cup.
Francois Pervis from France set up a fresh world record by qualifying with the time limit of 9.347 yet it was Australia’s Glaetzer who got away with the gold in finale race with 2-0 win against Kenny.
Bradley Wiggins is hopeful about participating in the 2014 Tour de France. The 2012 Tour France winner had to pull out from the Tour owing to serious knee injury and it was his teammate Chris Froome who went to achieve the winner’s jersey.
The Team Sky rider had been down with a bad chest illness since May that had him withdraw from Giro d’Italia before the knee issues during Tour de France this July. His absence from the major racing events this year led to the speculations that the celebrated 2012 Tour France might not be a part of the biggest cycling championship over again.
But Wiggins has nullified all such speculations and stressed that he is hopeful on participating in the Tour next year. However, he accepted that Froome has every right the spearhead the team now given his impressive Tour France win this season. Besides, he also stressed that it’s not an issue for him to help Froome in defending his title next year.
“He has earned the very right to spearhead Team Sky presently & I fully accept it. It is not like a rivalry here. Both of us aimed for the goal & he had his shot”, stated Wiggins. “I don’t understand why we cannot work together & I am pretty sure that we would be back for the Tour in 2014, provided I am selected. I will love to perform in next Tour France but that does not depend on my decision.” Wiggins is little doubtful about his future in Team Sky.
The British rider was in all praise for his team, especially Froome, for their hard fight in Tour de France this year. “I feel the team presented an amazing performance without me. These guys were better capable than me”, Wiggins added in while speaking on his team’s victory in the world’s most distinguished cycling championship this year.
Euskaltel Euskadi, the Basque cycling team will close at the end of the ongoing season because of a lack in funding triggered by the present economic crisis, stated the team on Tuesday. This news comes as a big blow to cycling fan in Spain with Vuelta a Espana all set to start on Saturday.
In a statement, the company told that Euskaltel Euskadi will not continue next season. The introduction of a 2nd sponsor, which was essential to guarantee the sustainability of the team, has not come to pass, making it unworkable for the whole team to carry on from the start of next year, even though it would wholly complete the sporting calendar for 2013.
Telecommunications company Euskaltel, which is the team’s main sponsor, last month admitted that it was looking for another sponsor to cope up with the team’s running costs after local government withdrew their 3.5 million euros (i.e. $ 4.6 million) of public funding because of spending cuts.
For this season, Euskaltel filled that gap themselves, taking their contribution to 7 million of the team’s 9 million euro budget. Still it stated that the level of investment was unsustainable.
It said that it is a sad day for Euskaltel, the current sponsors, fans, the team as well as all that have supported this whole program. They regretted that no other entity or company have decided to bet on this team, which is well established in the elite of world cycling.
At present, cyclists contracted to the team till 2014 season, including Olympic gold medal winner Samuel Sanchez, have already been given permission to talk to other teams regarding finding a place in peloton for next season.