Geraint Thomas would be reportedly leading Sky for E3 Harelbeke. The Classics cobbled campaign is scheduled to start from 27th of March & would be running across Paris-Roubaix on 12th April.
“Geraint would be leading Sky this Friday”, stated Servais Knaven, the Team Sky Sports Director.
“He is fantastic shape at present, that was evident from his great performance in Algarve, Paris-Nice & in San Remo. It’s going to be a huge hit for Thomas in classics.”
The race would be covering around 215.3 kms & would include several cobbled areas & climbs prior to its conclusion in the main square of Harelbeke.
Before the heavy downpour on Thursday, Geraint & his Sky mates previewed last 70 kms of the race yet skipped the hard Paterberg & Kwaremont climbs.
Thomas started the 2014 season with grand style, winning the Volta Algarve overall & riding high in the Paris-Nice championship in spite of his “stupid crash” & spearheaded Milan-San Remo in closing stage over Poggio.
“I am hopeful to channelize this form in a positive way”, stated Thomas.”Hopefully we will be able to come up with something in upcoming 3 weeks.”
According to Knaven, Thomas is pretty light & climbing with best efforts yet he is a classics rider still. Read more »
Geraint Thomas, the 28 years old welsh professional cyclist became the overall winner of Volta ao Algrave this year. This victory is sure to increase the confidence of the Welsh cyclist. Geraint Thomas will take part in competitions this spring and he will also be participating in the classics races this year.
Geraint Thomas became the winner of Volta ao Algrave on Sunday, 22nd February. Andre Greipel, the 32 years old German cyclist who rides for the Belgian professional cycling team Lotto Soudal became the winner of the last day’s sprint but Thomas managed to win the yellow jersey which is awarded to the champion of the overall category. In Portugal, Thomas managed to perform in a splendid manner.
In the second stage of the race, Geraint Thomas became the winner of the solo race and a day after that, he became the champion in the Individual Time Trial category. The stage of the race that took place on the next day was won by Richie Porte, 30 years old Australian Professional Cyclist who rides for the British Team Sky. Thomas said that the Australian Cyclist had the leading position before the race but in spite of that he decided to take a chance and finally he was able to secure for himself the title of the overall leader of the race. Thomas said that everything went smoothly. Read more »
Reigning Tour France champ Vincenzo Nibali has stressed that won’t be leaving his team in spite of continuous doping allegations that have hit the Astana World Tour & Continental teams over the last few months this year.
Once again, Vincenzo lashed out at Valentin & Maxim Iglinskiy, the brother duo on his world Tour squad who came positive for consuming banned performance enhancing drugs last summer & the 3 cyclists in Astana Continental who failed in abnabolic steroid tests.
All total there have been 5 doping disclosures from Astana this year which is definitely a huge blow to the reputation of any sports team. Such a scandalous stance has put the Kazak team’s World Tour status under question leading to serious scanning from UCI. UCI License Commission has been asked the previous month to “undergo a comprehensive review on Astana Pro anti-doping & management policies.” Read more »
Sanne Cant of the Enertherm-BKCP team became the winner of the Women’s race this Saturday at Koksijde UCI Cyclocross World cup. Sabrina Stuliens from Netherlands got the second place and Sophie de Boer, also a Dutch, got the third place. Stultiens finished six seconds ahead of de Boer. There are altogether six stops in this World Cup and Koksijde is the second stop.
Cant said afterwards that she thought that she was fit for the race but she doesn’t consider her performance to be better than the second place and the third place holders. She said that her plan for the race was good and further added that if one is fit then naturally they are in a very advantageous position. The course of the race was difficult and some parts of it were sandy which slowed the race and also caused many riders to crash or made them get off their bikes and carry their bikes through the sandy parts.
Cant also said that the sandy parts were indeed difficult. She said that in spite of being at the front, she found it hard to create distance between her and the riders who were behind her. She said that she did manage to create that distance in the last lap of the race. Cant also said that she can ride well in the sand but in this race she found it difficult to ride as there were so many sandy parts and also because the sand was dry.
Katie Compton, an American rider, suffered asthma attacks and allergy problems during the race because of which she got the 10th place. Compton said afterwards that she recently recovered from illness and hence wasn’t adequately fit for the race. According to her, the asthma attack and her fitness problems along with the tough sandy parts of the race were the reasons for which she could not go as fast as she could.
For the city of Dongducheon, the Wangbang International Mountain Bike match is a huge event where soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division and the 210th Field Artillery Brigade took part. This was the 8th Annual match.
Col. Michael J. Lawson and Mayor Oh Sea-Chang opened the ceremony by firing guns to start the races for the day. Col. Lawson spent the whole day by encouraging the riders and checking the safety of their bikes. The Thunder Brigade riders had the whole day to socialize with the riders from Korea and they projected the goodwill by taking part in friendly competitions.
The 1st sergeant of HBB Willie Vines gave a speech that Thunder Brigade has for Dongducheon and that is continuous to grow every year. He said that he thinks it is very important to build a mutual trust and friendship between the military and the communities so that they both understand each other more. They want to impart a common feeling of protection towards Korea.
The match sees not only amateurs but professionals too from all over South Korea and the whole world. The difficult course makes every rider use all their skills in the tool kit of mountain biking. The rider needs to be in constant knowledge of what conditions he is about to face on the course as it is long and has many grueling climbs. They have to make the necessary adjustments.
Major James Brandt has been very excited about the race and he finished before two and a half hours. He had nothing but praise about the race organizers and the people living in Dongducheon. He said that he loves the city and the race has been one of the best. Since he had been in the city he has been outdoors every weekend.
Most of the soldiers who serve in Thunder Brigade have the same sentiment for the people and the city of Dongducheon. This is because the city in situated among the mountains and gives an array of entertainment and outdoor sports for the enthusiasts.