Earlier this year, Team Sky’s former rider- Jonathan Tiernan-Locke had been banned for about two years because he had failed a particular drug test that was taken in September 2012. Locke claimed that the blood levels were abnormal because of the alcohol that he had consumed during an outing in which he was celebrating his deal with Team Sky.
Leading Aussie star cyclist Cadel Evans has declared possible retirement plans next year. The Tour France 2011 champ is about to hang his boots after Down Under Tour in 2015. The 2015 Down Under Tour is scheduled to take place from January 17th to 25th. However, the 37-year-old rider will also take part in Great Ocean Road Race championship that is due for February next year. The possible retirement will mark the conclusion of Evans’ 14-year-old career as a pro rider. Post the retirement Cadel would be filling the shoes of BMC Racing ambassador.
After a disappointing fare at the recently concluded Tour France, Chris Froome is optimistic that his team would learn from mistakes & bounce back as a way stronger force next year. Sky was one of the most speculated winners at the 2014 Tour de France give the back-to-wins in 2012 & 2013, thanks to Sir Bradley Wiggins & Chris Froome. But the hope of the hatrick triumph was completely dashed out when the defending champ Froome was compelled to pull out from the most esteemed cycling championship given his fractured wrist on stage 5.
Lance Armstrong has been disgraced by the community of cyclists who has been stripped off by the titles of Tour de France when it was revealed that he did intake drugs for enhancing his performance. Being a high profile cyclist that too a professional one is something very humiliating, this proved to be bane for him.
Englishman Sir Bradley Wiggins is targeting the Tour de France after securing his first win of the season. The former Grand Tour champion became the first British rider in history to win the Tour of California and that win has made him even more confident of securing another Tour de France title. The 34 year old had previously cast doubt about being a part of Team Sky’s lineup for the Tour de France this summer, an event he won back in 2012, but now, he looks all set to be a part of the nine man team that will be led by 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome.
Andy Schleck has finally decided to make a comeback this year after being in and out of cycling for a long time. This news brought all smiles in the faces of the cycling fans. While confirming about this he said that the worst that could happen to him is behind him now and he is looking to make a fresh start to his career. He is quite confident about the season in 2014 and he says that he is training real hard to get back to that level of fitness which he had previously.
Boris Johnson, the mayor of London has said that the ‘cycling revolution’ will continue and has predicted that London will soon become welcoming to the cyclists like the cities of Copenhagen and Amsterdam in spite the worries about safety.
Alberto Contador of UCI Pro Team Saxo-Tinkoff reconfirmed he will not defend his Vuelta a España crown, but hopes to race the world championships later this season. Speaking to the Spanish daily MARCA, Contador said defending his Vuelta victory of 2012 was never in his plans. “The Vuelta was never on my calendar and that’s the main reason I am not going to defend my victory of last year,” Contador told MARCA.
While Chris Froome is flowing champagnes celebrating his spectacular Tour de France win, his teammate Bradley Wiggins is too devastated to watch his fellow colleague taking up the yellow jersey. As per the reports, Sir Wiggins is passing through a depressed state presently after withdrawing from Tour de France and has shunned himself from watching any of the cycling events this year.
Women have been addressed as an 'indicator species' of a bike friendly place because they have a tendency to pedal more in those places which are practical and safe for biking. But on those counts, US has some work to do. In the year 2009, less than a quarter of bike tours in the United States - twenty four percent — were made by women. Some of the places are performing better compared to others; like in Philadelphia and Boston, women make thirty two percent of bike tours, while the number is thirty three per cent in San Francisco.