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It is the hope of Geraint Thomas that he would be able to build a Girod’Italia title as he looks forward to sharpen his time trialing prowess. This move is in line with his intention to target and secure a first Grand Tour podium place.

Announcing his intention, the two-time team pursuit Olympic champion will be skipping the spring classics. This is to enable him give a shot at the Giro.

Thomas has led the plans of Team Sky at theBelgian classics and the early-season Monuments in previous seasons. However, he switched focus up to stage racing where he helped Chris Froome win the Tour de France on three different occasions.

In the past two seasons, he has been able to achieve a best finish position of 15th at the Le Tour. Observers who followed his performance at La Grande Boucle were left thinking that he had a fair shot at a Grand Tour podium. Read more »

UCI waiting on Lance Armstrong File

The International Cycling Union maybe the highest policy and decision making body of cycling in the world, but even then, it doesn’t seem to hold much sway over the United States Anti Doping Agency, as evident from the lack of respect they have been shown in the Lance Armstrong case. Pat McQuaid, who serves as the president of the cycling body has admitted that they haven’t received any files regarding the disgraced former champion from the USADA and he doesn’t understand why there has been a delay in sending the files.

The USADA took notice of the claims of doping against the former seven time Tour de France champion and began proceedings against Lance Armstrong. And although Armstrong has claimed that he has been framed over the doping charges throughout the years, he chose not to fight the probe against him by the USADA at an international arbitrations court, and subsequently was stripped of all his records and titles as well as banned for life.

And the file containing the details of the charges against the biggest icon in the sport is yet to be forwarded to the UCI, something that has bemused McQuaid. He admitted that he cannot understand why there has been such a delay, and added that the USADA has to have a file on the case because they took a decision on the matter. He also mentioned that the UCI has not received any word from the USADA as to when the file will be sent.

McQuaid, however, admitted that no national organization will make it lose its identity and they will not take a stand on the Lance Armstrong case before they come in possession of the full facts and details of the case, which has delayed their announcement of the champions in those seven years.