Hoy wants Cycling to move on

British Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy has admitted that he feels depressed when people call Lance Armstrong a serial dope cheat but has admitted that it is better for the sport if it moved on from what has happened.

Following the revelations by the US Anti Doping Agency’s report regarding the doping culture prevalent in the US Postal Service team, Hoy has stated that he did have his doubts regarding the integrity and honesty of the Texan as an athlete as he embarked on a historic run of seven successive triumphs at the famous Tour de France.

Hoy mentions that he finds all these things depressing because the books that Armstrong wrote inspire people who are fighting cancer and his cancer charities are doing really well all over the world. And after that, something like this comes up and no one knows exactly how to react. Hoy also mentions that most people have been shocked by the large scale of the scandal; to see so many people involved in doping has taken the wind out of the fans of the sport.

And Sir Chris Hoy admits that the best thing to do now is to move on. He mentions that this thing happened years back and since then, the sport has undergone huge changes and there far more happier things that are happening in the sport now that should be given their due importance. He also has his hopes that British Cycling can also move on from this scandal as soon as possible.

Hoy did mention that one has to take Armstrong’s case at face value since nothing has been proved yet and unless it is proven, one has to assume that he is innocent. He stated that being involved in the sport as an athlete and a fan, the feeling is depressing.

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Armstrong’s former manager quits

The former manager of Lance Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel, departed from the RadioShack-Nissan team as the detailed report against Armstrong had been issued by USADA which also includes his name. The report strengthened the causes of Armstrong’s ban and it has been told that it has got end number of evidences against Armstrong. Armstrong himself has kept quiet for last few days. He also cancelled some of his affairs after the report has been issued.

UCI (The International Cycling Union) stated that it was under consideration whether they would go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport or not. The cycling world still supposes that UCI could go to the CAS against the USADA report of banning Armstrong and stripping of his seven Tour de France titles. UCI has got 21 days for appealing against it.

Pat McQuaid, the President of UCI, told that they have left it to the hands of the lawyers. He asserted that it wouldn’t be possible for him to comment whether they would go to CAS or not as the lawyers haven’t made their statements. But he also told that he wanted this case to be solved as early as possible because it resolving the case would help the sport of cycling to move forward quickly.

But if UCI decides to go against the USADA report then it could have an adverse effect on Armstrong, too. A criminal investigation, which was closed earlier this year, could be reopened by the federal prosecutors. It is supposed by some of the lawyers that Armstrong would find himself in more trouble if UCI chooses to go to CAS. Already there has been a hype that McQuaid should step down from his position as he constantly denied to take any responsibility for the doping culture in cycling. In this scenario, it won’t be surprising if UCI chooses to agree to the decision made by USADA.

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Fabian Cancellara calls Time

Team Radio Shack Nissan rider Fabian Cancellara has decided to call time on cycling for the rest of the year, which means that he will not be a part of the lineup for the UCI Road World Championship later on in the year. The cyclist went under the knife for a surgery earlier in the year and it is being believed that he is yet to recover fully from that to be able to compete in the events coming up in what is remaining of the season.

And although there were speculations regarding his future with the team, the Swiss will indeed ride for Team Radio Shack Nissan next season as well. According to his manager, the contract he has with the team is good and there are no reasons for him to leave the team. Fabian Cancellara managed just four victories throughout the 2012 season and according his manager, the reason why the Swiss has been below par is because he has been struggling with his fitness after undergoing the surgery.

His manager, Armin Meier also stated that the sole reason why he lost in the time trial event at the recently concluded London Olympic Games was not because of the physical fitness but the lack of mental strength, having endured a difficult season. Meier added that the crash drained him mentally and he lost the time trial in his head. Meier is, however, hopeful that with some rest and time away from the circuit with his family and friends will be good for Cancellara and he can start off fresh next year.

Fabian Cancellara himself is still hung over by the disappointments of the Olympic Games and speaking about the Olympic Games, he stated that he had made preparations for the event for so long but added that the disappointment was too much.

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Thomas ends 2nd in Giro d’Italia

Ryder Hesjedal turned Canada’s very first winner at Grand Tour race as he got a win from Rodriguez on a spectacular final level of Giro d’Italia. Hesjedal modernized a thirty-one second space to quondam pink-jersey bearer Rodriguez on 28.2 kilometer today time-trial across the Milan streets.

Hesjedal came in sixth spot, 66 seconds following stage champ BMC Racing’s Marco Pinotti, to top final General sorting by sixteen seconds from long-time leader Rodriguez. Third spot in final GC extended to Thomas De Gendt of Belgium.

Hesjedal said to the reporters that this was only an unreal experience from the first day, with what they have been able to do along with the team’s support. He could not have done it less them. He knew he was good when he went there. He stayed centered and got the advantage of that place. He kept giving off that support.

Today’s path was imagined to be a 30.1 kilometer examine but was kept short by 2 kilometres due to works on the road. This revised path that ended in Milan Cathedral’s shadows was finished in 33 minutes and 6 seconds by Pinotti, the Italian.

Welsh rider Geraint Thomas was at the 2nd spot, 39 seconds rear, before going back to that track to fight down his Olympic team pursual of title.

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FOCUS ON: GERAINT THOMAS

Geraint Thomas is one of the most successful and talented racing cyclist, from Welsch, riding for Team Sky.

As a world champion in track cycling and a gold medalist in Olympics as a member of Team Pursuit squad, this 26 year old track cycling professional has also won numerous titles like the Junior Paris-Roubaix in the year 2004, the British National Championships in the year 2010 and the recent Bayern-Rundfart in 2011.

He along with his fellow Team Pursuiters, was capable to retain their crowns as World Champions in Beijing 2008. They also managed the Olympic Gold thus smashing the World Record two times in the process.

Geraint Thomas was honoured as an MBE in 2009. Geraint currently wants to focus on pursuing his career on road for team Sky. In 2010, Geraint along with Team Sky won the National Road Race and performed very well in the Tour de France. Starting very early with his cycling career, he had won numerous titles including national championships. His real potential was understood after he won the silver medal at the European Championships. After becoming a member of British Cyclings Olympic Academy, he also won the Carwyn James Junior Award at BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year ceremony.

While Geraint Thomas was training in Australia, in 2005, he met with an accident when a piece of metal, by the mistake of a fellow rider, entered his body and ruptured his spleen. However after lots of internal bleeding and successive removal of the organ, he bounced back in 2006-2007, where he performed very well in Tour de France of 2010. He also came to India in 2010 for Commonwealth Games, but could not perform due to health issues. After winning lots of championships in the year 2011 and 2012, he has been able to make a place in the hearts of his followers.

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Shoreditch Man Abuses Bike :(

A man from Shoreditch became the first person to be arrested for abusing one of ‘Boris’s Bikes’ as the new bicycle hire scheme was launched across the capital.

The 23-year-old man was seen kicking the bikes at the docking station in New Inn Yard, Shoreditch at around 2.30am on Friday morning, hours before the £140m scheme, the brainchild of London Mayor Boris Johnson, was officially launched.

The man was held on suspicion of criminal damage. Witnesses said he lashed out at one of the bright blue and grey machines. But rather than delivering a verdict on the scheme before it was even properly tested, he told bystanders he was simply angry after losing his mobile phone.

The New Inn Yard docking station is one of 12 in Hackney, out of 315 across the capital, providing a total of around 5,000 bikes for hire by the hour. Elsewhere in the East London Lines areas, there are 10 docking stations in Tower Hamlets, but none yet in Lewisham or Croydon. The majority of docking stations are clustered within central London and near landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.

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Want to Play Bike Polo?

Five teams have already entered (theres loads of time left to enter, get your early registration here):

1. Team Trouble
2. Zombie RMY – Reigning champions
3. Team Haka
4. The Moving Targets
5. bAd pOlO

Sponsors already confirmed – Red Bull, Smeear, Archie’s Grobags, Fixed Gear London, Hell Yeah! Cyclo Supply, more to come!

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