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THOMAS SPEAKS ON HIS 2016 EXPERINCE

Geraint Thomas has had a year filled with so many victories, starting from his win in Paris-Nice and Volta ao Algarve. 2016 has been the most successful year throughout his career.


Thomas (Team Sky) claimed his biggest victory earlier this year in Paris-Nice stage race and won the Volta ao Algarve for the second time. However it was not all smooth for him as he suffered crashes at the Tour de France and the Olympic Games.

The Welshman wrote about his mixed fortune on a blog post on the Protect Your Bubbles Insurance website:

“This year went well, all in all. I had the biggest win of my career with Paris-Nice and defended my Algarve title which I won in 2015. It wasn’t all plain sailing.”

Thomas experience a season characterized with many ups and down. He suffered a crashed during Milan-San Remo, and entered the Tour of Flanders after what he described as a ‘tough couple of weeks,’ finishing 12th in Flanders.

Thomas performance dropped at the Tour de Suisse, after he suffered a cold in June. His health condition affected preparations for the Tour de France in July. All hopes of finishing the Tour at the top were tarnished when he suffered an early crash. Read more »

Geraint Thomas becomes Overall Winner In 2015 Volta ao Algrave

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 »

Tour France Champ Sticks By Astana

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 wins UCI World Cup

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.

Coquard Leads UCI Europe Tour

Bryan Coquard was recently declared as the official leader of UCI Tour of Europe. It was certainly a grand birthday present for the young French rider as the news came on the day Coquard turned 21 in late April. Bryan is a member of Team Europcar.

Coquard is among the youngest of riders to take the lead in the high profile competition which has been running since the year 2005. Cheerful and relaxed, the World UCI Vice-champion in Under-23 road racing seems to relish his latest status greatly. “I feel it’s grand to race with white jersey on for a month at least. The leader’s white jersey in pretty familiar for our team as Voeckler got to wear it a couple of years back. I hope to win on few races with this outfit on”, stated the elated French rider.

In his 1st season as professional, the young French already celebrated 4 victories in the stage races – 2 in Langkawi Tour & 2 in Etoille de Besseges. Besides, Coquard has finished 7 times in top 5 in the UCI events, usually always post bunch sprint, the sprinter’s specialty.

Bryan has secured 197 marks in UCI Tour of Europe, leading over Francesco Lada (188 points) & Matei Mugerli (182 points).

While approached about the recent honor, Coquard remarked –“ I had few ambitions aspired for early season yet I did not know my position & I did not felt to secure such remarkable results so fast. My riding in Langkwai Tour helped a lot. During the ten stages, I came up against fantastic sprinters, which further assisted me to progress”.

Coquard would now focus on varied UCI Tour of Europe events, with an effort to keep up his lead. He will be participating in Belgidue Tour, Picardie Tour, & Rout du Sud.