Wiggins excited to make a comeback

Bradley Wiggins is ready to ride on his home soil this year at the Tour de France. He is very excited to make a small comeback as 2013 was not at a good year for him as he had to pull out from the Giro d Italia for a chest infection. Soon following this he faced some knww injuries which kept him out of the Tour de France but he is fit now and the whole team is looking forward to seeing some spectacular performances from him this year.

He will be paired with Chris Froome who won the Tour de France last on his absence and the duo is all charged up to be on the starting line again for Team Sky. The initial three stages of Tour de France will be taking place in England on the 5th of July and Grand Departin is all set to see the two British line up together.

In an interview with Sky Sports Wiggins reflected on what had happened last year when he had to watch the whole championship on TV. On a lighter note he said that when someone sees the Tour de France from outside the true beauty of the championship can be seen.

He also went on to say that he would love to make a comeback in Tour de France and also has a long term plan to be in the team. To make a comeback as the former winner in this championship is something really special. He said that the fans are more excited than him and he would try his level best not to let them down.

When asked about his other British rider Chris Froome he only had praises for him saying how well Chris rides and deserved to be the winner of last year’s Tour de France. Wiggins is currently training for Challenge Mallorca which will start on 9th February and will end on 12th February.

Armstrong Promises Open Confession

Lance Armstrong has promised to help UCI doping inquiry that is to be carried by a new 3-men panel. The disgraced rider has vowed to share open & honesty testimony.

Armstrong has agreed with the confession part even after conceding that the life ban imposed on him won’t be lessened for full confession. The infamous cycling legend confirmed his agreement to an open confession via Twitter.

Last November, Armstrong indicated that his participation into the inquiry would be determined on the basis of treatment meted out to him- he wanted to be treated like others concerning the inquiry.

Later on it emerged that the new 3-men panel UCI probe commission team would have the power to confer complete amnesty to those who aren’t convicted of doping offence. The news is that it would not be able to offer the same incentive to Armstrong & he won’t be permitted to compete in the triathlons.

Sources closer to the disgraced rider confirmed that lance has always declared to offer whatever support possible regarding the doping probes of UCI, no matter whether his ban was reduced or not. The only thing Lance wants is a comprehensive approach from the commission and not any witch hunt measure targeted at one or two individuals.
The new 3-men UCI probe panel comprises of a war-crime investigator, professor & a politician.

Confirming that the commission has already started on with its works, Brian Cookson stated-“This new commission has the responsibility to investigate the different problems faced by the cycling in the past years, specifically allegation pointing UCI as an involved member in the past wrongdoings.

Their work would be to find what went wrong in the sport as well as to introduce recommendations for a positive change to assure that the mistakes aren’t repeated again.”
Brian Cookson is the newly elected President of UCI.

Urán could have written Olympic history differently

Rigoberto Urán, made news when he won silver in the summer Olympic 2012. He is also the only
Colombian to make the podium when he finished second in the Giro d’Italia.

Vincenzo Nibali took the first spot in the 2013 edition where he took over the wheels of Team Sky after Captain Wiggins abandoned ship. The renowned cyclist was born on 26th January, 1987 and is presently a member of the UCI World Tour Team Sky. In the Giro he also garnered the mountain-top stage win and was adjudged as the best young rider and awarded the white jersey the previous year. He finished an overall seventh position in the event.

Uran became the member of Team Sky in the 2011 season and earned the White Jersey for the best young rider after he took over as the leader when Bradley Wiggins went out of the race with a crash. His first win for Team Sky was achieved during the 2012 seasons at 2012 Volta a Catalunya on Stage 4. His greatest moment came when he was racing for the title of Summer Olympic road race for men in 2012 where he had to just pip the Kazak cyclist Alexander Vinokourav for a win. Both riders broke away from a desperately trying British team near Buckingham Palace and 5 miles to cover.

A slight misjudgment deprived Uran of the gold when there were barely 200 meters to cover. He unwisely looked over his shoulder to his left to see whether other cyclists were bearing on him and failed to notice Alexander Vinokourov tearing on his right side. This is when the Kazak cyclist kicked off a sprint that took the Colombian by surprise. His delayed reaction could not recover the gap between him and Vinokourov and the later finished with the gold medal. Olympic history would have been written differently if only Rigoberto had looked over his right shoulders.

Ben Cook’s cycling in Marin

Ben Cook, last weekend, took 2nd spot in state championship road race. While 2nd would be the best that many cyclists could expect for at a state race, the fourteen year old rider from Greenbrae has quite well – two times.

Earlier, Cook won state championship criterium in the thirteen to fourteen age group as well as the state championship time trial in thirteen and fourteen age group. This is not quite bad for someone who begun biking just two years ago.

Cook’s coach on Team Swift, Laura Charameda told that she could see from the beginning that he and the natural talent and ability. He is also a great teammate, a well spoken nice young man. While success in cycling has come very quick, it took some time for Cook to find something he preferred.

Growing up in Virginia, Ben never took part in a whole lot of sports and he was quite overweight. When he moved to Marin with his family two years ago, Ben started riding very casually. And after that he just fell into that.

For the next 6 – 7 months, he just rode with his friends and parents, without getting serious about it. Later he decided to race. His first race turned out to be 2012 state championship criterium in the 13 – 14 age group. He got 5th the last position on the podium. He told that he was not very sure how did these things happen. But he was sure that he wanted this to happen. Later he joined Team Swift where there were several riders of his age.

Alessandro Petacchi – A specialist in sprinting

Born in Liguria, Alessandro Petacchi is one of the greatest professional cyclists from Italy. He has left his mark as a great sprinter, who knows how to handle his bicycle and leave his mark on the world of great cyclists.

His feat in the tracks includes winning 183 titles in the 18 years of his career and this ensures that he has beat many competitors and has seen many people leaving the track without any medals. He considers himself lucky when he sees all the medals and other decorations which adorns his shelves and walls. Though he was a very talented cyclist, he was not free from controversies and other factors which surround the legends.

In the year 2007, Alessandro Petacchi was disqualified from cycling as he was caught in the scandal of doping. This was a very traumatic experience for him and was a very turbulent time for him. As a great professional player, he had ensured that he left him mark in the world of cyclists.

This was the time when he did not have to work had to win titles and achieve success. The confidence which was instilled in him took him to the top of the charts automatically. Though a very talented cyclist, and had been tipped for the top by Unibet, he was banned from cycling in the year 2007.

The court passed a judgment which proved him to be free of all charges and this was a great boost to his career and offers his fans with great means of entertainment. He was one of the greatest sprinters the world has seen and his cycling skill has been a great mode of inspiration for many players both nationally and internationally. From one event to the next, Alessandro Petacchi has left his mark for the world to see and for other professionals to follow as a great example.

Frank Schleck set for a comeback

It has been a year since Frank Schlock was banned by the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency (ALAD). During the previous year tour de France in the 13th stage he was tested and the test proved positive. According to the tests diuretic and masking agent Xipamide was found in his body.

These substances are banned and players having it are considered to be doped. The Luxembourg cyclist opted out of the previous year tour de France when he was announced to be positive. But after his decision to quit the ongoing tour he never agreed on the fact that he took the illegal drug. He always assured that it must have entered in his body through the contaminated supplements. The ALAD banned the cyclist for only a single year instead of the regular two year ban. This decision was made just because the amount of the banned substance was pretty low.

The player is all set to return after the ban on 14th July. This means that the cyclist won’t be able to appear in this year’s Tour De France. He can get into professional racing only in Tour de Wallonie in Belgium. This tour starts on 20th of July. It will be interesting to see the way of comeback he makes after the ban. He was handed the ban on 30th January and since then he has been out of cycling since then.

The cyclist from Luxembourg took two stages in the famous Tour de France in 2006 and 2009. He has also taken stages in his home race the famous Tour de Luxembourg. The cyclist will make a comeback with his team RadioShack-Leopard. The team has stayed behind with their star cyclist during the bad times and it surely will be a great comeback for Frank and he is sure to make his fans happy with the comeback.

Betting on cycling events

There are many niche sports in the world that sometimes get forgotten because of the likes of other sports such as football. One of these sports is cycling – even with the massive fan base it has you don’t see as much coverage as it deserves.

This is strange as so many people enjoy actually taking their bikes outside in their free time and exercising. There are still so many different competitions happening all the time however, and with these there are also people who like to make predictions on who they think will come out on top by putting their money on it.

This has never been easier to do than now with the age of the internet and online casinos and bookies – they now own their own websites such as Lucky Nugget. These allow you to place bets at home instead of leaving for the bookies on the high street; moreover, after you are finished with your bets you can go and play many of the different games offered at the online casino also.

With so many competitions it is sometimes surprising that so many people can only name the Tour de France as a cycling race, but this kind of road race is only one of many types of cycling. For example there is mountain biking which is the total opposite to a road race in which you must tackle very difficult terrain in order to finish the course in the fastest time possible. This is done wherever there is a mountain.

Or if rough terrain is not for you then you might be more interested in the indoor version of cycling where the competitors race on a smooth wooden track and everything comes down to split seconds between the different riders. Whatever it is that takes your fancy there is more to cycling than just the normal road races.

White To Resume Career After The Doping Ban

Matt White, the famous cycling coach is poised to return back to his career of a cycling coach after serving a six months ban for doping. The international cycling community is ready to welcome the coach due to his characteristic of honesty.

The decision of White to confess the guilt of doping on a ride with Armstrong’s Portal Service Team of US, made the mentor lose his job from the Orica- Green EDGE and Cycling Australia. Although Matt White has served a suspension of six months, sources indicate that this was the result of Anti Doping authority of Australian Sports.

The Olympian winner has also been investigated by other agencies and also been a subject to the probe by Nicki Vance. Vance’s investigation study will be released finally after two weeks.

Matt White, himself stood down from his position as the sports director of Orica-GreenEDGE last year, when the revelation of his involvement in illegal practices of doping
As soon as the reports proved him guilty, Matt White surrendered his position as a CA and as the sports director of the Orica-GreenEDGE team last year. He admitted to have engaged in illegal practices of such drugs when doping was rife.

The officials of Orica-GreenEDGE yesterday have not commented on the possibilities or eligibility of Matt’s return to the sport of cycling or a reunion of the team with its past director.

There have been examples for such a move in World Tour ranks. The candid approach of White for the investigators might give him a chance at redemption.

Other dope riders who have confessed to their doping habits are Garman boss, Jonathan Vaughters, and David Millar.
Lance Armstrong, Matt White’s partner in this guilt has been banned for life in the US. Irrespective of how the events have turned out, Orica-GreenEDGE is still participating in the Giro d’Italia race which starts this Saturday.

Malaysia Seems to be in Good Place

Malaysia seems to be in a great place in the Tour of Thailand 2013. All thanks to Sea Kong and Saiful Aziz. Yesterday was truly an exciting day for the Malay cycling enthusiasts as Keong emerged victorious in the 2nd stage of the 2013 Tour of Thailand and Saiful Aziz from Terengganu Cycling team took up the green & yellow jerseys. The Tour of Thailand this year started from April 1 and would continue till April 6, 2013.

Sea, 26, launched his solo attack yesterday in the last 2 kms of 112 km stage of the high profile cycling tour starting from the Hua Hin region to the Prachap Khiri area to achieve the 2nd stage victory of his cycling career. The win came 5 years after Keong’s first stage win that was also in the renowned Thailand cycling tour in the year 2008.

“In the last 2 kilometers, I planned to ride on my pace & I simply went for that”, stated Sea who has moved to 8th position in general classification. “It feels great to win a stage once again after such a long span. My present focus would be to enhance my standings in general classification”.

Saiful Aziz, who came 3rd in the opening stage on Monday, moved to overall lead yesterday with an advantage of 2-second over Choi Ho from Hong Kong and 4-seconds from William Walker (City of Perth), the erstwhile coach on national road-cycling.

Sebastien Duclos, the team coach from Terengganu Cycling group remarked that the team’s mission is to defend the lead achieved by Saiful yet admitted that it’s a huge task for the team. In his own words-“Yes it would be tough as Hong Kong is backed by a mighty team & tomorrow (today) would be a lengthy 190 km stage. However, we would try our best to hold the jersey”.

UCI Allow Nineteen international Teams

The International Cycling Union (UCI) officially announced that they will be allowing nineteen international teams to participate in the WorldTour, 2013. This news comes as a result of Katusha from Russia winning the case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the sport’s governing body, which had previously denied its WorldTour status.

Traditionally the UCI announces eighteen teams for each season, this year however Katusha’s appeal was rejected by the body stating Katusha didn’t meet certain ethical standards. This resulted in the Team appealing to CAS.

CAS made a statement on behalf of Team Katusha’s appeal stating that the grounds under which UCI’s body Independent Licence Commission had decided not to provide the Russian Team with WorldTour license weren’t strong. They thus considered the application of the Katusha staff demanding to be registered and recognized as a UCI ProTeam for the new season 2013 as valid, last Friday.

This was followed by the press release of the UCI addressing the above event stating UCI has announced to allow nineteen international registered teams for the world tour this season. The body further addressed the decision of the CAS on the 15th of February, 2013 which had allowed the Katusha Management SA to become as registered team under the UCI ProTeam.

The decision has come at a time, when several of the prestigious cycling race events are already finished with chalking out their line-ups like the RCS body for the Giro d’Italia which has already finalized their wildcard entry teams. Due to delay in the motion, Katusha isn’t one of teams to be selected. The WorldTour status also implies that the Giro must have a 23rd spot for a team in the race or pull back one of their wildcard entries, something which they won’t be yielding too.