Alberto Contador missed out on the presentation of the Vuelta a España route for 2014. Reportedly he was busy with his team in the first training camp. This was the first camp of 2014 and it was important that Contador was present there. He however saw what happened in the presentation and was very impressed by it. He has been the winner of this championship in the years 2008 and 2012.
The 31 year old Spaniard confirmed that he would be starting his season on the 23rd of August this year in his home tour. When asked about his plans for the upcoming season the two time Tour de France winner said that he will definitely like to win it for the third time and also focus on the other championships. The Spaniard has recently launched a cycling school and is very happy to achieve this dream of his.
In a press conference Contador said that the format in the recent years have been in favor of riders especially for the pure climbers. He also added that it becomes difficult at times when the finishes are uphill but on the other hand the new format also allows the riders to earn bonuses from those situations which have resulted in a better performance from all the riders.
Contador has some amazing Grand Tour victories where he was seen to dance on the pedals after his win. Apart from this his victories in the hills has also been very important where he was able to beat the hour mark. In the tour to come the path has already been defined by the organizers and they have set a 34.5 kilometer stage towards the half way mark and then on the final day there will be a 10 kilometer flat blast. This will ensure that the riders have enough time to catch up in between the race.
While the entire cycling world is in a whirlwind following disgraced cycling legend Lance Armstrong’s recent confession on drug consumption during his celebrated Tour France wins, the defending Tour de France hero Chris Froome is hell bent on establishing a fresh drug free cycling era.
Lance Armstrong was stripped off his 7 Tour France titles on the ground of dope consumption and banned from professional cycling after the much-worshipped cycling God revealed about his doping activities publicly on a popular TV talk show. Alberto Contador, another cycling great, too was ripped off his 2010 title following drug scandals.
Froome admitted that the recent drug scandals actively involving some of the best regarded faces of cycling will stir doubts among the fans whenever there would be a high profile win. The Nairobi-born rider has come to terms with the fact that his 2013 title and that of Bradley Wiggins’ in 2012 are too under the scanner of doubts amidst cyclist fans- but again he sternly believes that his another Tour France title back-to-back in the coming year would be able to establish the notion of a drug-free cycling era firmly.
If Froome is able to secure a back-to-back Tour France win the coming year he would be the first cyclist to achieve so in a drug-free era, post Miguel Indurain’s feat in 1995.
“If I am able to do it once again, I feel I would be able to get the credibility quotient back to cycling”, remarked a determined Chris Froome. All through his triumph this year, the 28-year-old Froome consistently claimed on being drug-free- He also stressed on the fact that he is on a mission to forward clean cycling.
The esteemed Sky player is eyeing for 2016 Rio Olympic Medal apart from the coming Tour de France 2014 championship that would commence from Yorkshire next year.
The leader of the Peterborough City Council (PCC), Marco Cereste has taken a vow that he will try his level best to impose a ban on cycling through the Bridge Street which lies in the city centre. Cereste has promised to do so because some days earlier, a cyclist riding ferociously via the city centre was about to hit Cereste’s little son.
Days after the above incident took place, Cereste again witnessed a cyclist breezing his way through the Bridge Street. This cyclist broke the law that prohibits cycling on Bridge Street between 9 in the morning to 6 in the evening from Monday to Saturday. Thus Cereste is very serious about banning cyclists as more and more of them have started to break rules and regulations.
According to Cereste, traffic of any kind including cyclists should be banned from three main areas of city centre- Bridge Street, Cathedral Square and Long Causeway. He thinks that it has become increasingly dangerous to walk around the city centre with cyclists flouting rules and weaving through the crowds.
A few days earlier Peterborough city councillor, Darren Fower had introduced a petition for the establishment of a cycling lane through the city centre. Fower is of the view that since Peterborough wants to be known as the environmental city then it should support environmentally-friendly means of transport like cycling by building a cycle lane through the Peterborough city centre. The petition put forward by Fower has received more than one-fifty signatures.
On one hand, some of the cyclists are not supporting the idea of banning bikers from the Bridge Street area. On the other hand other cyclists are of the view that riding through the Bridge Street is dangerous for both the pedestrians and riders. At the moment it really cannot be said whether the ban is going to be implemented or not.