Final-day slip places Froome 6th in Tour of Catalonia

Chris Froome dropped to the 6th position in the recently concluded Tour of Catalonia 2014, post his final-day slip. It was Lieuwe Westra who was the winner of the final Barcelona stage whilst Joaquim Rodriguez emerged as the overall champion.

Sir Wiggins was about to support Froome in the race but he is presently busy in a specialized climbing training under the advice of Sky coaches. The Catalonia Tour was quite heavy for the 2013 Tour France winner as he had to get back to the race post back injury. He admitted that his health issues might not allow him to pursue victory in the last stage. Froome suffered a tough fall around 58 km line- however he was somehow unhurt & was allowed to continue.

Froome’s overall timing was seventeen seconds behind Rodriguez (Team Katusha), the 2nd time winner for the event. It was Alberto Contador from Tinkoff-Saxo who came up second in the esteemed race.

The Tour of Catalonia champ had a 4 second lead going to the last & shortest of the 7 stages, a twelve kilometer ride amidst damp conditions which proceeded & culminated on Montjuic Hill, Barcelona.

The 2 times Tour France champ Contador mounted a casual attack around 2 kilometers out yet Purito (Rodriguez) reined him conveniently & all major riders finished the bunched together. It’s the champion’s fetish for smoke that has earned him the nickname of “Purito” which implies “cigar” in Spanish.

They were just 2 minutes behind Westra (Astana Pro) who came up as the champion for the final stage. Tejay Garderen of BMC was the 3rd overall in the 2014 Tour of Catalonia.

Albeit Froome could not come up with a winning mark in the Ctalonia Tour yet Team Sky is not-so-unhappy given its one-two finish as Coppi e Bartali.

Petachhi breaks down

Alessandro Petacchi has apparently abandoned Omega Pharma Quick Step sprint train of Mark Cavendish on Monday leaving the team down to just one man in the Tour de Sans Luis. The rider from Argentina was very upset with this and said that he had trained very hard and was ready to help his team mates Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen and he was feeling sorry for them having disappointed the fans and also the team members.

The team members on the other hand stood by him in this critical condition and he was not in a position to visit the doctor even. Instead he frequently went to the bathroom and was looking really exhausted. David Bramati the sports director in an interview with VeloNews said that it was a rather hard day for Alessandro Petacchi and he was there when the doctor arrived. The director also said that Alessandro was fit till 30 km but after that he was not in a condition to even stay on his bike. He was suffering badly vomiting all the way back and had cramps almost all over the body.

Alessandro was not in any shape to complete the full 140 km on his own and he was almost down to tears following his check up from the doctor. The stage where Alessandro had to quit was won by Phil Gaimon. The temperature rocketed sky high and reached to almost 40 degrees Celsius which became unbearable for Alessandro and he was not able to communicate with his team at a certain point as he was gasping for breath. When he recovered from his pain slightly he said that drinking water became difficult for him at that time as his body became numb for some time. This is the first time the rider faced such a calamity in his career and he hopes that he will be able to recover soon.