Tour De Romandie Wins By Michael Matthews

Michael Mathews Australian racer takes his first victory this season by winning short opening time trial of 2018 Tour de Romandie on Tuesday in Switzerland.

The winning race is short but twisted and cobbled road of 4.02 km completed in five minutes and 33 seconds to take the lead of the race. After the race in an interview, Matthews said that he was unsure about his form, as in Liège-Bastogne-Liège he finished in 63rd but in Switzerland his performance is perfectly-paced and took the victory. Also, I did my best and it’s enough for me to win.
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Vinokourov Active With Astana Team

Vinokourov might be out of the active racing circuits, but he is still active behind the scenes.


Indeed, even when he was competing and being part of the Olympic and other titanic races, he was not someone who liked to be part of press conferences and interviews. Today he heads team Astana, which is considered one of the best and successful teams in the spirit world of professional cycling. He has always been a man of few words and finds solace in the sport that he is passionate about. He cares very little for what others think of him and what he should do to endear to his fans.

However, he does speak up on occasions when it is required, such as when Nibali was being trained and geared up for his participating in the Giro d’Italia. For him to talk about someone in public showcases that he had faith in this person. When he was asked how he knew that Nibali should target Giro, Vinokourov stated that Vincenzo is keen to win at this event and it would help him find new motivation to train.

Vinokourov has definitely helped Astana reach the levels it has. Being a former gold medalist in Olympics 2012, Alexander has been much involved in the pro team workings of Astana. Being in the general manager role, he states that choosing the right riders for the team is crucial. He has also encouraged Alexey whom he believes to be a good rider as well as a team man. He has also sided by Daniil, who has extended his contract with the team for another year. Being part of the team from 2014, it is indeed an advantage to have him in the team and Vinokourov sees it that way as well. He keeps an eye on the team and how they are always working.

AGE IS NOT A LIMITER – DAVIDE REBELLIN

Italy’s Davide Rebellin is refusing to give up on his pro cycling career, and holds high hopes of winning races in this current 2017 season.


After a lot of years in a number of top teams, Rebellin signed with Cartuchoes, a new and yet unknown Continental team from Kuwait in the Middle East.

For this 2017 season, his first race would be the Tour du Haut-Var scheduled to hold on February 18 and 19.

Rebellin who spoke last week at the team presentation made it known that age was not a limiter for him, and he doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone.

“I hope I can still win. I’m racing because my heart and legs tell me to keep going. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Above all, this is a sport of resistance. Age is not a limiter if you train correctly,” Rebellin said.

Stefan Schumacher, Rebellin’s former Gerolsteiner teammate was also signed by the Spain based team.
This winter saw Veteran riders like Rebellin and Matteo Tosatto struggling to be get teams sign them on.

In Tinkoff, Alberto Contador had been helped by Tosatto get a team, but this time, refused to ride for anything less than a World Tour team. Unable to get any interested team to sign him on, he retired from the sports.

It was in December that a live feed of Rebellin shaking hands and confirming the new signing with the unknown team appeared on the team’s twitter feed.

Rebellin has also added that he has no one single goal for this season as all he wants to do is to give his best to the team. Rebellin hopes to become an exceptional example of longevity, and show that one can keep going even after 40 years.

LOTTO SOUDAL AND SANAS EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP

Lotto Soudal will be starting up next season on a good note, following the extension of partnership with Sanas.


Sanas had been a sponsor of the team since 2015, supplying them with food supplements. However, as from the 2017 season, they will supply the team with more produces such as gels, bars and isotonic drinks. Soudal would also respond to the gesture by providing a spot on the shirt of their U23 and Ladies team for Sanas logo.

Following the extension of partnership, Arne Heyse – sales and marketing department of Sanas – revealed that they had chosen to partner with Soudal two years ago, mainly because it is a renowned Belgian team that performs on the highest level of cycling. Heyse stated that Sanas prefers to focus on sport activities that require a lot of endurance, and that cycling is one of those sports.

“We do the production of Sanas ourselves, in Belgium, and we are proud of it. For that reason, we want to work with Belgian sportsmen and women or teams,” he said.

Heyse pointed out that the products they sell are the products the riders use, noting that people get assured of the quality of their product when they see a World Tour team using it. This seems to be an effective marketing strategy for Sanas. And so far, Soudal riders are very pleased to be using the products.

“When we became a partner in 2015, we supplied the team with food supplements. As of 2017, we have an agreement for a wider range of products.

“The riders will also be able to choose between a normal recovery shake and a recovery shake without carbs, which is unique for endurance sports,” Heyse said.

The partnership has been beneficial to both parties, as Sanas are working together with the team riders to develop new products.

SIR CHRIS HOY JOINS SLEEPS OUT FOR SOCIAL BITE.

Sir Chris Hoy and Josh little has join hundreds of people for a sleep out organized by Social Bite to raise funds for their planned project of providing affordable accommodation for homeless people.


The Olympic cycling legend and some of the most influential and wealthiest citizens of Scotland, had in an attempt to raise funds for the new village for the homeless, begun a sleep out to show support for the initiative.

Social Bite plans to start a project to provide an affordable, supervised and safe living environment for up to 20 homeless people with 10 purpose-built homes in Granton, Edinburgh. The required fund for the project is estimated at £500,000.

As part of the strategies to raise the fund, about 300 people began gathering at the Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square on Thursday night, with an intention to sleep rough through the night till Friday morning, when they will be served breakfast by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Despite the cold winter, with a temperature projected to be 7oC-8oC, the gathered crowed seem to be in high spirit and pleased to show support for the initiative. Sir Chris Hoy took to the stage to speak about why he got involve in the sleep out,

“It’s simple really, it’s just such a fantastic cause and to see the impact that it is having, it is such a simple to do from my perspective. It’s such a great cause and ambition to create this village and if we can raise enough funds tonight and raise enough awareness we are doing something special.”

Tresspass had generously donated about £40,000 worth of camping equipment, which were giving to each participant before entering the site. Some of the camping equipment given includes; a sleeping bag, ground sheet and a survival bag. The items will be collected after the event and donated to homeless people across Scotland.

With the funds available, the project will begin early next year, and is expected to be completed by summer.

UK Tour de France riders’ among those ‘doped’ by a London doctor, reports

British pro cyclists at the top level are among hundred and fifty sports stars that a doctor from London has claimed that he has served take banished performance-enhancing drugs.

A Sunday Times probe, published on 3rd April, Sunday, showed that Dr Mark Bonar said to have prescribed prohibited substances to un-named ‘British Tour de France cyclists’ and tennis players, a boxing champion, premiership footballers as well as a cricketer. He stated that his clients come from Britain as well as other parts of the world.

Mark was shot claiming to a Sunday Times undercover journalist, who positioned himself as an ‘aspiring Olympic runner’, to whom Dr Mark later prescribed a course of EPO. Dr Mark works in Omniya Clinic in Knightsbridge specializing in anti-aging treatment.

Dr Mark told the reported that some of these treatments he uses are banned on the pro circuit. Therefore, he has to be mindful of that. He also added that he has worked with lots of professional athletes who do use these treatments.

The Sunday Times was not been able to confirm that any of the sportspeople Bonar stated he dealt had any involvement with him. The paper added that those contacted by the Sunday Times either refused being handled by him or denied to say anything regarding this.

Geraint Thomas, Michal Kwiatkowski confirmed in Team Sky’s line-up for Tour of Flanders

Team Sky has stated that Geraint Thomas, Michal Kwiatkowski, Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard would all ride Tour of Flanders on Sunday, as part of a multifaceted, strong line-up for Flemish monument.

Geraint has had a week free from racing before Tour of Flanders after selecting to avoid a Classics datebook in favor of a series of stage races. He became champion at the Paris-Nice this month and also rode 5 stages of Volta a Catalunya previous week. He is expecting his experience in Classics would be enough to make up for any lack of recent 1 day racing.

Christian Knees, Michal Golas, Salvatore Puccio and Gianni Moscon round out the team and would offer some important support. Team Sky would also be in action at the weekend in Spain with Mikel Landa racing on home ground at GP Miguel Indurain on Saturday and then again in Vuelta al País Vasco in the coming week, as he goes on to make his condition before Giro d’Italia.

Fellow Spanish racers Xabier Zandio and David Lopez are included in that squad for the tour to Estella with Colombian cousins Sergio and Sebastian Henao, Phil Deignan and Vasil Kiryienka. Should they come through that race unharmed, all 7 riders will line up at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco forty-eight hours later, with Lars Petter Nordhaug linking them for 6 day Basque Country race.

Team Sky for Tour of Flanders: Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon, Michal Golas, Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio, Geraint Thomas, Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard.

GP Miguel Indurain: Sergio Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Phil Deignan, Sebastian Henao, Mikel Landa, Xabier Zandio and David Lopez.

Vuelta al País Vasco: Sebastian Henao, Phil Deignan, Sergio Henao, Mikel Landa, David Lopez, Vasil Kiryienka, Xabier Zandio and Lars Petter Nordhaug.

Contador Survives Bad Crash In Volta Catalunya

Spanish riding great Alberto Contador has luckily survived a bad crash at the 6th stage of Volta Catalunya.

However, he was able to avoid time loss as Richie Porte from Sky retained overall lead.

The Tinkoff star fell on flat run-in at the finishing line of Port Aventura & crossed the last line 2 minutes 39 seconds down on the rivals in general classification.
But since the accident occurred inside the last three kilometer, race rules gave hi, same timing as was given to other riders of peloton. It implies that Contador is the 3rd overall, 7 seconds behind Porte.

Porte however, did not face any such issue during the race & crossed the finishing line safely with his bunch. Same with Domenico Pozzovivo from Ag2r-La Mondiale and the Italian was 5 seconds adrift of the Aussie winner. Domenico came up with the 2nd place in the race.

The 6th stage had Katusha rider Sergei Chernetski as the winner. The winning man was a part of 21-rider breakaway & then beat Etixx – Quick-Step rider Julian Alaphillipe who came to the 2nd place. The 3rd place was taken by CCC Sprandi star Maciej Paterski who ended with a spectacular sprint finish.

Chris Froome from Team Sky endured quite a critical day in saddle as he has long been fighting given his continuous injuries that started with 2014 Tour France. The 2013 Tour de France champion finished at a low 94th position in the race.

Elsewhere, Ben Swift from the same team retained his forty-one second lead overall at Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali championship in Italy. The 3rd stage was won by star sprinter Francesco Chicchi.

However, Contador would be into tough times ahead as he would gave to face both Giro Italia & Tour de France without the guidance of his most trusted mentor Bjarne Riis.

Eminent cycle routes in Melbourne

The trackers of exercise have the button of start which helps in recording their progress of cycling when they run about up and down in the streets.

Various routes have gained popularity due to an app called the Strava which is good for both running and cycling. The footprint of exercising is not complete and the account of Strava is recorded.

The information which is provided shows the pattern of exercise and the gaps of the cyclists. For a safe way to go around the route of cycling is provided by Professor Billie Giles-Corti who is in the Centre for Community Wellbeing. The path to take cycling towards is aimed at encouraging the cyclists by which the culture will change in the social structure. The social norm needs to change. Weather also plays a part where the cyclists are influenced cycle in a congenial environment.

The events bring about a change in the behaviour of the cyclist. Robert Doyle feels that recreational cycling brings about young women on the road wearing normal clothes and using the path of cycling. There have always existed roads meant for cars but cycling is taking shape.

The river which is South of Melbourne gets attracted to the gadgets and that is why the connectivity of the roads meant for biking is great. The networks of cycling are designed in such a way that it is convenient. The impacts of environment as well as economy will suffer if the roads are not connected accordingly for cycling.

To make a city healthy, the planners have to develop a mix where both the cyclist as well as the city prospers in a healthy environment. To minimise congestion on roads the cyclists and the bikers take a side road but GPS programmes of exercises are not used by the cyclists who commute regularly.

Investment In Cycling Is Seeing A New World

Cycling in Fife is seeing a future that is very ambitious and in a community networking event, it has all been worked out. There were more than a 100 people who were a part of the discussion whole main aim was to shape the future of cycling in UK.

They have about £5 million funds already with them and they hope to expand the routes of cycling within and all around Dunfermline and Glenrothes.

They are also going to spend £1 million to create a closed loop cycle track on the land the council has near the Lochgelly High School. If the council approves so, they will dedicate the first cycling track in Scotland.

The cycling development officer of the Council Kirsteen Torrance said that the event was evidence that it will hold up the interests of people in cycling. She was overwhelmed with the response she received. She said that they have seen the demand increase for every aspect in cycling and now they have a framework enough for them to develop cost effective, new and innovative initiatives so that they get more people who would like to invest on bikes and make the races go further.

Mark Hood the Councilor and an executive member of committee are very eager to show the importance of developing cycling in the many years to come.He said that the cycling framework today is in position to make sure that the future is very good for Fife. They intend to make full utilization of their resources and knowledge to deliver the whole thing with expertise. He hopes that this initiative will make a place for them in the world as one of the top quality cycling experiences as the whole thing will have many facilities.