David Miller is a Scottish cyclist who retired from his professional cycling career in the month of October this year. He ended his eighteen year professional cycling career after the 2014 Bec CC Hill Climb. Millar was privileged enough to wear the leader’s jersey during his career in the three cycling Grand Tours. Along with that, Miller has also won stages in all three tours- Giro d’Italia (one stage), Vuelta a Espana (five stages) and Tour de France (four stages). In 2007, he was the British national road champion.
Vuelta Espana 2014 has concluded after 3 eventful weeks with Contador as the overall winner. It marked the 3rd Vuelta Espana win for the star Spaniard.
The second position was bagged by Tour France 2013 champ Chris Froome. It was another major grand tour performance by the Team Sky rider.
The thrilling 3-week race, which is widely said to be the best of grand tours for the year, finalized with 9.7 km time trial at Galicia – albeit Froome’s scope of beating race lead Contador were minimal.
Sir Bradley Wiggins is all set to defend the title of Tour of Britain according to Sir Dave Brailsford, the boss of Team Sky rather than competing in Vuelta a Espana. But he said later on that he might consider riding in Vuelta a Espana for the preparation in Spain for Road World Championship.
Tour France 2014 might be starting off in England but ironically this year there would be just 4 Brit riders. The English riders are naturally disappointed and leading British cyclist Mark Cavendish has already expressed great worries about sparse participation of Brit riders in Tour France this year.
This is the 2nd time in 8 years that Tour France officials decided to commence the most esteemed cycling event of the world from UK. It’s naturally a matter of great delight for the British cycling enthusiasts & hence Cavendish expected more number of British riders at the tour.
Welshman Geraint Thomas has said that he is happy and will be more than willing to help his team mates at Team Sky, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Edvald Boassan Hagen at the Paris-Roubaix which is scheduled to take place this week.
This announcement from the Welshman comes on the back of his brilliant performance at the Tour of Flanders last weekend where he finished an impressive eighth as part of the cashing pack to the leading pack of Fabian Cancellara and the other three which comprised the top four in the race.
Alexander Vnokourov, the general manager of the cycling team Astana Pro has high hopes from the team this season and in a recent press conference he said that he has set some goals for the team to achieve and he is sure they will be able to achieve those by the end of the season. Astana Pro will have two new riders this season and they are Michele Scarponi from Italy and Lieuwe Westra from Netherlands.
Great news for female cyclists who have long been wanted to be a part of the illustrious Tour de France!
All thank to the very dynamic Olympic silver winner Brit cyclist Emma Pooley, the Tour France organizers are presently considering the rider’s proposal on launching a women’s version of the most prestigious cycling championship of the world- Pooley herself has confirmed the news.
While the women riders all over are petitioning hard for all women Tour de France, Brit Olympian Laura Trott feels a need for second thought on the petitions. The online petition for all Women Tour France was initiated by veteran cyclist Kathryn Bertine and has managed to pull up more than 85 thousand signatures till now. The petition has got backing from many elite female riders like Marianne Vos & Emma Pooley.
USA Pro Challenge is next in line of prestigious cycling events after Tour of Denmark that ended on August 4. The upcoming cycling event has already came up with its participant list that was declared on august 7.
As per the list the event is going to have both world’s No.1 & No.2 riders in the championship- Chris Froome and Peter Sagan respectively. Froome is the 2013 Tour de France hero while Sagan is the Sprint Jersey winner from the elite championship.
George Atkins might not have picked up the much anticipated win he was earlier looking for on his birthday, but star gave Leicester Castle Classic high marks. It was not like a bad day for George Atkins as his hundred per cent ME team-mate Simon Yates won the very first city race that attracted huge crowds around the four kilo meter circuit.