The Giro d’italaia was full of surprises as it gave Giovanni Visconti his first win at any grand tour stage. He held up the pack that chased him till Les Granges du Galibier to ensure he can come out with flying colors at the 16th stage of the race. The enthusiastic 30 year old racer was ahead of Carlos Betancur by 42 seconds when he finished the race. Niemec from Poland came fourth while another Polish rider Rafal Majka came fifth. Visconti was the Italian National Champion for three times and this win at the 15th stage of Giro means really a lot to him.
The Tour de France begins in the island port of Porto-Vecchio in Corsica on June 29 and finishes in Paris on July 21 over which time competitors will complete 21 stages, some of them being particularly demanding.
There are many Tour de France betting options, and the really heavy betting really gets going once the event gets underway. Many people bet on the individual stages, and if you can find a bookmaker who offers Tour de France accumulators, a lot of money can be made if you are good at picking winners.
Though the 54 year old Jeannie Longo missed out on competing at the London Olympics, her spirit remains indomitable. Longo will still have to provide details about her whereabouts to the FFC (French Cycling Federation) and ALFD, the anti doping agency of France.
In the lead up to the London Olympics, Longo was unsuccessful in meeting the standards of a key qualification race and had to concede younger field during the trial. She finished in the 5th place at the trial and in the 12th place in the road race.
Tyler Hamilton, the disgraced American cyclist has reported that it was Eufemiano Fuentes who supplied banned substances to him including EPO. Tyler made the claim while testifying at the trial of the infamous Spanish sports doctor, at Madrid.
Hamilton even revealed that it was Bjarne Riis, the present manager of Saxo-Tinkoff, who introduced the sprinter to Fuentes. Speaking through a video conference from Spanish Embassy, Washington, Tyler Hamilton gave a detailed description of the doping affairs the cyclist was involved in as Fuentes’ client.
Lance Armstrong’s recent demise due to drug abuse has shocked and saddened the world. The person who was the hero and idol for many had been allegedly taking drugs for years and had hoodwinked the entire association of professional cycling.
The US Anti Doping Agency finally managed to bring him down and all his Tour de France titles and Olympics medal was stripped off him and he has been banned from professional cycling for life. He is also facing multiple lawsuits.
Bradley Wiggins has managed to secure the fourth Olympic Gold Medal under his belt in 2012. Not only that but the 32-year-old Briton cyclist also got hold of the yellow jersey at the 2012 Tour de France for 13 consecutive stages. He is the first British cyclist to win the Tour and that could easily be the reason for which he can be awarded the Best Sports Personality of 2012.The British cycling superstar is slowly, yet steadily, moving towards the BBC Sports Personality of 2012 award. With a wonderful summer under his belt, it seems that no one can surpass this Briton.
The Olympic gold medalist cyclist Victoria Pendleton is all set to go back to her “rider instinct” as she is to enter the dance stage with a flying bike in its next episode. It is reported that she will be riding on a BMX while entering the stage on Wembley Arena. She will be featuring in a red, white and blue outfit when she comes in front of the audience this weekend.
Cadel Evans became daddy few months ago and now he is happy to be with his family after ending a premature season because of illness. The BMC cyclist was the winner of the 2012 Tour de France but this year he struggled throughout the Tour and finished at the seventh spot.
Victoria Pendleton is one of the best cyclists of all times, and is currently retired. She is of English origins, and her specialisation was in the sprint disciplines. She has raced for both England and Great Britain in many competitions, and has won a total of nine world titles, and has even a record for winning six in the individual sprint competition. In the sprint category, she is the reigning world champion, and she is also a former Commonwealth, European and Olympic champion.
Tyler Farrar tells that he is anticipating a tough racing day as the level 6 of Giro d’Italia 2012 delves into the Apennines, along with the notorious steep Montelupone mount – fifty-three kms from end – the possible flashpoint.
While speaking to Cyclingnews, Tyler Farrar told that they do not go up the hardest part but still this is Montelupone, where there is no easy side. He thinks that this is going to be game on. From there, they will go to Montegranaro and Santa Lucia. It is a very hard level.