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Mark Cavendish has declared to choose San Luis and rule out the Tour Down Under championship. The Omega Pharma rider believes that the Argentine province hosting San Luis has got everything desired by him and hence he doesn’t have qualms to ditch the seaside Aussie race for that.
“The Down Under Tour is very hard for me. It’s a major World Tour”, stated Cavendish while stating his refusal to the Australian championship. “Physically it is no more demanding in comparison to San Luis yet the World Tour points make it really stressful. If I get to win Down Under Tour I won’t be able to perform well in July. I am looking forward to win championships. I won’t be good for Tour France.”
The leading rider claimed that he would be able to come up strong in san Luis, the classics & upcoming Tour France.
The Omega Pharma rider had his stints with Down Under Tour earlier. He took part in the esteemed Australian race in 2011 & that very year he came up with several wins. Cavendish won one of the stages of Oman Tour, 2 stages of Giro, 5 stages of Tour France, 2 in Britain Tour & the title of World Championship. He admitted that he would love to get back to San Luis race every year.
“Last year I was a replacement in San Luis for Boonen who was sick back then. I enjoyed thoroughly 7 would love to see myself here every year”, remarked Cavendish.
Cavendish led Tom Boonen in sprint to Koslay last Wednesday. Tom came 3rd preceded by Giacomo Nizzolo from Trek Factory. However, the rider was upset about losing out on Alessandro given stomach issues.
“It was bad to lose out on Alessandro as we’re just having a hang of things”, stressed Cavendish.
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.”