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Geraint Thomas, the young Welsh rider who got badly injured in 2013 Tour de France confirmed that he is prepping high for a successful venture with Team Sky at the upcoming World Championships. Thomas unfortunately fractured his pelvic bone in the first stage of Tour France but the brave 27-year-old did not give up till the final lap of the race.
In fact, it was Thomas’ enormous perseverance and strong will that helped Froome to win on the hundredth season of the world’s most elite cycling championship. Geraint’s pelvis healed in spite of being towed over Alpine tracks where Chris was dominant & the Welsh rider was prescribed for complete rest for a couple of weeks, following the France Tour.
Presently, Thomas is all back in thorough training & is focusing on success with his team in trade-team time-trial event at World Road Cycling Championships. The World Championships is scheduled to hit off in Florence from September 22. He also hopes to support Chris’ bid for rainbow jersey 8 days later.
The Olympic gold medalist anticipates a very challenging competition in the World Championships in the coming month. “There are a huge bunch of amazing bikers who are able to perform well on the circuit”, stated Thomas. “When Cavendish won, you can narrow down to 3 or 4 sprinters that would be able to win. This season there would be more number of riders & higher attacks. There is super strong Italy, the Colombians, the Spanish & Australia. Then there would be people like Chavanel (France’s Sylvain) & people out of Vuelta are going well”.
However, Thomas is hopeful that the hilly Florence track would be compatible with Froome’s riding. “It’s a long race over the hills and hence would definitely suit Froome. It’s our job to take him to the winning point”, Thomas stressed.
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One of the biggest cycling stars in the world is coming to Alberta. It is expected that twenty three year old Peter Sagan will pedal through the province later in September along with his Cannondale team in Tour of Alberta 2013. Even though the final team routine would be announced next week. The organizers of the Tour of Alberta stated that they have received verbal confirmation that Sagan will ride in 6 day race with Cannondale team.
Tour of Alberta’s director of communications Val Mellesmoen told that he was one of the best sprinters in the world. They were really looking forward to make his participation official in the upcoming week. The young rider from Slovakia is considered to be one of the rising stars in the world of cycling and he already has a very successful year.
In spite of being involved in a huge crash on the first day, Sagan was one of the most consistent cyclists at the Tour de France this year. He managed to defend his crown as the best sprinter of the race quite easily, sporting the green jersey for winning the points classification. He also sported the prized yellow jersey for becoming the winner the 7th stage of the tour.
With 6 stops along nine hundred kilometer tour being totally devoted to sprint cycling, Sagan is quite sure to be a favorite to become the winner of the Tour of Alberta. 15 top international teams will be compete in the tour, with 8 cycle riders each. The tour will start in Edmonton on 3rd September will wrap up 6 days later on 8th September in Calgary.
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There is a possibility that you can’t see alberto contador in the Vuelta. The main reason is because he doesn’t manage it in his schedule. With this statement, it means that this skillful cyclist will not defend his previous victory. For your information, Contador won The Vuelta in 2012. Contador stated this statement in the last race of Tour De France. Although he doesn’t follow The Vuelta which will be held on August 24th 2013 but it doesn’t mean that this is his relaxing time.
In this case, alberto contador is trying to focus on several one day races such as GP de Plouay, the Canadian World Tour events, Milano-Torino, and the Giro di Lombardia. Actually, his main focus is in the next World Championships which will be held in Florence. Moreover, he is a little bit disappointed with his previous performance. In fact, alberto contador got the best number in almost pre-tour tests. Sadly, it was not the same in the real race. He said that sometimes the condition will be different. Contador amazed with his own pre tour tests in the term of times, power and numbers. The problem appeared when he was in Corsica in which it seems that the condition was bad even in the first day. As the result, the final result was bad if it was compared to the pre test result.
Furthermore, alberto contador shares a little bit about his plan in 2014 in which he will be focused on the tour to get the overall victories. The good performance from Chris Froome doesn’t disturb his focus to won the overall races. His optimism can be seen on his statement about the present of new team. He said that he has a great and solid team and it makes his confident to go ahead without anything to worry about including new teams and good performance from his opponents.
Movie Score: four / 5