Wiggins takes 3rd place at Qatar Tour time-trial

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 “Wiggins takes 3rd place at Qatar Tour time-trial”

Further humiliation For Tour France Reigning Champ After Fourth Astana Dope Positive

Astana seems to be passing under a heinous spell right now- according to sources, another rider from the squad comes positive in doping tests posing further humiliation for Tour France reigning champ Vincenzo Nibali.

It is Victor Okishev from Astana Continental who is the 4th rider to return adverse analytical report for banned consumption Androgenic Anabolic Steroids. The time trial under-23 winner from Asian Cycling Championships has received suspension from UCI yet has this right to appeal & attend analysis of B sample. Continue reading “Further humiliation For Tour France Reigning Champ After Fourth Astana Dope Positive”

Cycling Fashion Take A Step Further

In the 19th and 18th century, the only places where cycling apparel were produced was the continent. Cycling clothing in Britain was facing what you call an identity crisis but still existed. A simple search in Google showed that just like the fashion world of today, fashion has always existed in the cycling world too; be it for a pro or a newbie rider.

There have been experiments with colours though when the world saw Bernard Hinault ride wearing Peugeot checks or block colours of La Vie Claire that was inspired by Mondrian. The team of Brooklyn Chewing Gum clad in red, white and blue only visible at the back of Roger de Vlaeminck. A lot of other manufacturers fell into the trend of creating neon, text overloaded costumes or even the colour splashed ones.

Britan wasn’t completely pretentious about representing this period as they saw Caratti and Lusso who were very proud of their creations. Caratti was the first to import brands of Italy like De Marchi, Castelli, Sidi and Colnago but slowly went towards creating their own line of clothes. In the late nineties, Caratti disappeared for some time only to come out the next year with a whole new collection.

Former cyclist John Harrison launched Lusso in 1982 but at first he and his wife only had the intent of making cycling shorts that were decent but comfortable and didn’t cost very much either. Being one of the few British manufacturers remaining from that era, he can account for all the changes that have come about since the eighties. He says that 30 years ago, people laughed at the very idea of cakes and coffee being sold at a bike shop but today the competition is way too strong than it was back then but the plus side is that now they only have the European brands to compete with.