Cycling teams are busy finalizing their squads for the 2015 cycling season because the 2014 season is coming to an end soon. Most of the transfers will be taking place in the months of July or August in 2015 but then it might happen that riders move to other teams during the months of winter. Here is a look at some of the cycling transfers that have taken place for the 2015 cycling season.
Nicolas Roche (Irish rider) is leaving Alberto Contador’s Team Tinkoff-Saxo in order to strengthen Chris Froome’s Team Sky. Luis León Sánchez (Spanish rider) is joining Astana Team for the 2015-16 cycling season and leaving Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.
After representing Team Sky for about five years, Edvald Boasson Hagen has decided to join the South African team called MTN-Qhubeka. According to Hagen, he has experienced five great cycling seasons with Sky. But now it’s time to face new challenges and MTN-Qhubeka is the right platform for it.
Ivan Basso has signed a contract with Team Tinkoff-Saxo for two years. Oleg Tinkov (Team Tinkoff-Saxo’s owner) said that Basso can become one of the most essential assets for the team especially in the 2015 Giro d’Italia where Alberto Contador (leader of the Tinkoff-Saxo squad) will be looking to win the tour.
Bauke Mollema is moving from Team Belkin to Team Trek Factory Racing. Since Andy Schleck has retired from Team Trek Factory Racing, Mollema is going to get the ultimate opportunity to lead the team in Tour de France next year.
Nacer Bouhanni is leaving FDJ.fr to join Cofidis because Marc Madiot (Team FDJ.fr’s manager) did not give him a chance to participate in the 2014 Tour de France.
Peter Sagan moves from Cannondale to Team Tinkoff-Saxo for the next year’s cycling season. Sagan’s deal with Tinkoff-Saxo is surely the blockbuster contract of 2014.
Brit cycling star Cavendish lost out to Kittel by inches at the finale of 2014 Britain Tour whilst Baarle triumphed as the overall champion.
Baarle accomplished the yellow jersey for leader on 7th stage of the Tour & maintained his lead post time-trial the next day, which was won by Bradley Wiggins. He then had a safe finish in peloton on final stage where he won by ten seconds.
Kwiatkowski (Michal) was the 2nd overall & Wiggins took the 3rd position. The Tour France 2012 winner was the defending champ for the Britain Tour this year.
An early 5-man breakaway was formed on final stage of the Tour- more than ten laps of 8.8 kilometer circuit was used for time trial earlier. However, they’re caught with around 5.5 kilometer left as sprinters’ squads vied for the esteemed status, ahead of tough dash for line. The tough fight saw Kittel pitted against Mark Cavendish on the Whitehall & just when it seemed that the star Manxman had already edged ahead, Kittel came back & dramatically won another triumph on Irish and British soil this year.
It implies that he has triumphed at Giro stages in Dublin & Belfast, Tour France stages at London & Harrogate as well as Britain Tour stages in London & Liverpool. “It’s great to finish Tour in center of the English capital”, stated Cavendish. “Wiggo won in the morning & I would have liked to win this afternoon.”
The Britain Tour win was a phenomenal one for Baarle as it was the grandest triumph of his riding career still.
“I expected to be on top ten. It means huge. I would remember the day throughout my entire life”, stated the new proud yellow jersey holder of Britain Tour.
Cadel Evans defended his form be performing maturedly well in the stage two at the Tour of Utah. He is preparing his way to the Tour of Spain. He won a sprint, leading ahead by Kelderman and Anacona to clinch the seventh stage of the mountains.
Tom Danielson clinched the title and that would have boosted his performance and strength in the future. In stage six, a dip towards downhill at the Ski Resort of Snowbird, the legend finally made his move. Rosskopf gained some extra speed and seeing him Cadel Evans, charged ahead with the winner of Tour de France. When few seconds were remaining, Evans lead ahead of Rosskopf and to finish it up downhill on the stage of mountain is a bit difficult. He had the idea of finishing it which he did eventually.
By three seconds he led ahead of Rosskopf. He stated that most of the people do not allow him to go in the breakaway too. It took him for hours, thirty one seconds and thirty four minutes to complete and win the race. Remaining with, BMC he has been in the breakaway for the second time. The climb till seven miles to the Little Cottonwood was brutal. He gave waved a thumps up to the crowd while he rolled on to the line of finish. For him it was the best experience in the group of final. He could feel that he was under control throughout. He did fight his way in clearing up with the other riders.
The experience of him battling the way was tested in the race. He was all praise for Danielson and believes that he has a long way to go in the riding zone along if he maintains his status quo.
Britain is hailed as a nation going crazy over cycling with the decision of beginning the Tour de France in Yorkshire. He suffered due to a disease two years ago. The Tour de France starting in Britain has tattered and weather beaten roads and lots of money has also been spent on it.
The country is going crazy so much so that it is estimated that 3.1 million riders ride a bike generally on the roads maximum number of times. According to him it was Bradley Wiggins who began the craze in Britain. Due to him the psyche of males has gone transformation and he has proved to be the tragic hero as stated by Aristotle. He is also hailed as the person to infect the others with this cycling disease. Wright suffered from being overweight, middle aged man but he had the urge to do something hence the disease also spread to him.
He was filled with awe when the farmer of sheep and his neighbour Gilles celebrated by buying a bicycle on his retirement day. The bicycle was a beautiful machine. In spite of living in the rural areas of France cycling was the natural sport that was prevalent there. It so happened that on one day who was a cycle rider suggested him to buy a bike which his uncle possessed. The moment he rode it he felt out of the world. After some time he took off to the roads by cycling with a 30 year old bike. The other competitors proved to be very hale and hearty so he felt like keeping up.
He urged for a bike similar to the one Gilles had. The industry of cycling in U.K is massive with its proper gears and everything in place. After that he got himself lot of accessories and clothing for cycling.
British rider Geraint Thomas, who is a part of Team Sky at present, has admitted that he has a lot of offers on the table from different teams and is considering the offers from them.
The Welshman is in the final year of his contract with the star studded team, which ends in December this year and his representatives have already held meetings with several different teams over a potential move. Thomas himself has said that along with an offer to extend his stay at Team Sky, he has another four or five offers to consider.
Thomas stated that there has been a lot of interest in his services and a lot of teams have shown a keen interest in taking him on board.
The highly talented rider is a double Olympic champion and he joined Team Sky when it was first formed four years back after spending some time with Barloworld.
Geraint Thomas was the leader of Team Sky at this season’s Paris-Nice stage race but his stunning crash in the penultimate stage of the race scuppered any chance he had on winning the event.
He admitted that he has been speaking to Team Sky at the moment and although it is too early to comment on the future, he thinks he might be able to sort things out in a couple of weeks.
Thomas mentioned that there is no doubting the qualities of Team Sky as one of the best teams on the circuit but it is also good to have a look at the other teams and what they bring on the table.
Geraint Thomas also added that it is an immense confidence booster when three or four teams are fighting it out for his signature and tells him that he is on the right track as well.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.