Frank Schleck will be returning to the racing tracks this week for the first time after serving his ban for one year. The 33 year old has vowed that he will make up for the time he has lost in between. Frank was found positive for a doping case during the Tour de France in 2012. His contract with his former team RadioShack Leopard has also been terminated which has resulted in his joining his brother’s team.
The Aussie road titles course has again drawn sparks- this time it’s Martin Barras, the coach for national women team, who is disappointed with the racing track.
According to him racing in the Buninyong’s 102 km hilly racing circuit would be less exciting for the women racing event which is about to start this weekend. The coach expected more changes following previous season’s experiment which saw an addition of a flatter route to the usual circuit.
As the cycling world is all fumed given the patent doping questions hurled at cyclists in almost every press conference- a prominent figure from the same zone is okay with the very questions. Brian Holm, the sporting director from Omega Pharma has remarked that the cyclists now are bound to be asked about doping issues constantly as the sport has earned this very fate, courtesy the infamous dope revelations of legendary cyclists in recent past.
Plans for a brand new cycling place in Chessington have been encouraged by an injection of over £ 122000 from a national plan to improve all the local sports facilities. The planned road cycling track at Moor Lane has been allowed National Lottery funding to include £ 130000 secured from London Marathon Charitable Trust.
Open to older people, schools as well as other community groups, the circuit’s focus will be to serve increasing cycling engagement by disabled people who live in Kingston, who might have to go out of the borough to relish cycling.
Government is dong many things to promote cycling in cities at the same time in other traffic vulnerable areas. Rotary on the other hand is also taking up this challenge to make cycling popular at the same time gather some funds for charity reasons.
As the intention is pure and healthy many cyclists are taking part in the Rotary Cornet Activities. The ride started on the 27th of August and it is set to take around 12 days to cover almost 1000 Miles. It will be a very exciting even for those cyclists who are enthusiastic about travelling miles.
Recently we saw the end of the all famous tour of Liege-Bastonge-Liege for the year 2013. This year brought disappointment for the Amstel Gold race winner Roman Kreuziger. He finished ten minutes behind the winner of the race Dan Martin from the team Garmin-Sharp. This was highly disappointing performance for Kreuziger as he was considered as one of the favorites for winning this race.
One of the most preferred bikes of professional cyclists seem is definitely the Pinarello Dogma 2, which Bradley Wiggins used extensively during his France de Tour win last year. Though the cost of the Pinarello Dogma 2 can vary a lot, Wiggins’ was obviously customized and had cost him something in the region of £10,000.
The thing about this bike is the completely hand built carbon fiber frame which features some very subtle yet clever tweaks like the kinked chain stays and also the seat post which is pretty unusual.
Alberto Contador, the two time Tour de France winner has been dropped from testifying in the ‘Operacion Puerto’ trial in Madrid according to the lawyer governing the case for his former team manager Manolo Saiz.
Ignacio Arroyo, the lawyer on Saiz’ side said he would decide how to go about the case and is not in need of contador at the moment. The case, filed for ‘crime against public health’ is being tried in Madrid and has Siaz amongst the five other defendants.
36-year-old Cadel Evans wants to ride at the upcoming tour de France after a hiatus of one year. This time he would be taking the help of Tejay van Garderen in case he is not able to win on his own. Participating in the Tour of Oman and next week’s Tirreno-Adriatico coming up next week would give him an impetus required for Tour de France. That is not enough, and then he would team up with Tejay.
Cadel Evans has been reported to be preparing himself to race along with a group of corporate people in order to raise money fro fund collection for Giant steps, an organization for the Autistic children.
Meanwhile his teammate from BMC team is all set to get the cycle rolling at the Tour Down Under in South Australia in the coming month. Presumably, he is not going to compete in the biggest rod race of Australia. But he is doing this for a just cause and feels fine about it. By the time the race starts, he will be seen practicing in Europe in a training camp.