Geraint Thomas was part of the Giro d’Italia that was held recently in the month of May.
He states that he suffered some attacks, but he continued to fight on. Being a Welshman, he was part of the Tour of Alps. He left the stage one with a feeling that he accomplished what he could, but he did miss out a near chance at victory. Geraint Thomas states that, when the Tour of Alps began, he knew that there would be challenges of form that he would have to face. The last race that he was part of was the Volta a Catalunya that was held in March. The end of the key summit was a disappointing one and he also failed in the GC fight. He trained extensively in Tenerife before going in for the Giro. The Welshman was happy with the performance he did in the opening stage that was in Innsbruck.
Here he suffered an attack from fellow riders, especially in the 3.7 km ride in Hungerburg. Here the climb up was a grueling one. He finished behind Michele Scarponi. Continue reading “Geraint’s Performance At Giro”
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 “Kristoff Wins De Panne Stages”
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”
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”