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Caleb Ewan Looks To Tour 2018

Caleb Ewan gains his first stage win in Giro d’Italia after which he is hoping to repeat his run of success in Tour de France. However, it would be the 2018 event that he would be working on, being a sprinter of Orica-Scott team.

Having secured a win in the seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia, Caleb Ewan says that he dreams of taking to the Grand Tour race of Tour de France. Being 22 years of age and hailing from Australia, he was exuberant about his win. He stated that every cyclist dreams of working towards the Grand Tour and that is something he hopes to win in 2018.

He knows that he is yet to reach the best of his potential and hence there is a lot that he needs to work towards. However the win in the Giro was helpful in bolstering his confidence. He knows that this is a work in progress and is hopeful that by next year he would be a sprinter capable of taking on the other best competitors in the Grand Tour.

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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 »

Geraint Thomas Declared Sky Leader For E3 Harelbeke

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 »

Andy Schleck out of Tour de France

Champion of the 2010 edition of the famous Tour de France Andy Schleck has pulled out of the Grand Tour for this year due to a spine injury that he sustained during Criterium du Dauphine a couple of weeks back. Schlek is, however, hopeful that he will be fit by the time the London Olympic Games kick off and take part in the cycling events at the Games.

Schleck announced his withdrawal from the Tour de France, the Blue Ribbon event of the road cycling calendar at a press conference in his native of Luxembourg, just a couple of hours after his parents had made it clear to The Associated Press that their son would not be able to ride at the event. Schlek underwent an MRI scan as prescribed by the doctors so as to ascertain the full extent of the injury and it was only the day before the announcement was made that he actually learnt that he would not be able to race at the Tour de France.

Speaking at the press conference, Andy Schleck stated that when he heard the diagnostic, the earth beneath him moved at the thought of not being able to compete, let alone win at the Tour de France. He also added that there was nothing that he could do at the moment but pray so that he can make a speedy recovery to take his place at the London Olympic Games.

Speaking to The Associated Press over telephone, Jonny Schleck, the father of Andy and Frank Schleck stated that it hasn’t been a good year for his son at all and all his concentration was on the Tour de France, but as luck would have it, he will not be able to compete in that either. He also added that his son would require a minimum of three weeks’ rest.