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The year 2013 has not been a very good season for Geraint Thomas. During the Tour de France he was thrown off board due to which his pelvis got fractured. The worst part is it happened just in the starting stage in Corsica. In a very recent interview Thomas said that he has flashbacks of what had happened last year and when he looks back at that day it leaves him in tears.
The incident was so pathetic that he needed help to dress in the skin suit and there were also people who helped him to get off board and off from his bike. Being a professional this is something that you do not expect but the fact is it has happened to him and he is really upset about the incident.
He said that such things often happen in cycling when there are lots of other riders coming in at the same time and what people normally do if they fall down is get up and start riding again. But for him the case was a bit different. He had searing pain in his pelvis which was later found to be fractured. Before he could actually do anything he was thrown off and he was flying over the handlebars of his bike.
The moment Thomas heard as to what had happened to him he thought that his career was over. But fortunately the doctors have done their best and Thomas has recovered well from the situation. He is determined enough to make a comeback and his fans and his whole team are quite confident about that. The doctors however have said that he needs to recover fully first and then only there can be any question of cycling again otherwise the condition can become worse for him.
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UCI has reportedly announced to revamp plans in road racing. According to the reports, the governing body of cycling wants to have promotion & relegation in pro cycling as the part of their new proposed 3-tier league idea. The UCI has further declared their plan to scrap down the schedule of elite pro teams to 120 days.
The proposed 3 tier League will comprise of 16 team 1st division, 8 team 2nd division & feeder 3rd division regional teams. As per UCI’s revamp plan, the 8 team 2nd division would race for 50 days. The reforms are yet to be sent for approval by January next year & if approved by UCI management Committee & PCC (Professional Cycling Council) would be implemented by the year 2015.
The road race revamp proposals have been published in a latest UCI newsletter and are planned to have complete implementation by the year 2020. UCI has dubbed these revolutionary plans as “profound & decisive changes” in the field of pro cycling.
Brian Cookson, the newly elected President of UCI stressed that they are planning to restructure the elite team road-race calendar with a view to enhance the significance of cycling globally. “My manifesto wasn’t simply a mere declaration. In fact, it’s a genuine plan considering the future & a serious working document. It’s not that my priorities have changed post my election”, stated Cookson in the UCI’s newsletter.
“UCI should take all essential steps for restoring it’s credibility & that of the sport as well- specifically in regards to public view on anti-doping measures & present-day leaders in the cycling world”, our sources quoted Cookson. “We need to alter our ways regarding anti-doping management, restructure the elite road racing, improve women’s cycling scene & reinforce our influence & status particularly within the esteemed Olympic Movement.”
Alberto Contador is a name which is quite popular in the world of cycling. He is a Spanish cyclist who is among those people who have won the road cycling championship in all 3 Grand Tours. Now he is going to join Chris Froome in the one day cycling competition going to be conducted next month. This competition will be held in the Quebec City of the Canada. This tour is going to witness some other notable players such as Andy Schleck and Cadel Evans. This cycling competition is divided in the 21 team eight members each. It is the only cycling event which is conducted in the North America.
This tour will be started from Quebec and then proceed to Montreal. All the cycling champions will hit the hilly streets of these cities and compete as team with each other. Alberto Contador will be leading the team Saxo-Tinkoff. Other teams participating in this competition are Sky Procycling Squad which is headed by Froome, BMC Racing leaded by Evans, Radhishack Leopard headed by Schleck and Garmin Sharp which is headed by Hesjedal. There are some more teams which are being headed by some other notable cycling winners. This competition is definitely going to be a must watch for cycling lovers.
Some other competitors that will face the challenge by above cycling stars are Slovak Peter Sagan, Lars Petter Nordhaug, Rui Costa and Robert Gesink. These all are familiar name which will be giving a tough competition in the cycling race event. Among these 21, 10 teams are of professionally noted cyclers who will encourage the viewers to watch the race. So, it will be an exciting event for the spectaculars and contestants. If you want to witness it then don’t forget to register yourself for the event. After all a live match is more thrilling.