Cadel Evans will be back this year on the tracks after a setback for 2 years. Evans could not participate in any of the tournaments due to his inconsistency and illness but this year he will try his level best to make a good comeback and it is something that has been long called for.
His coming second in the Australian road cycling championship last Sunday will give him a huge boot for the season ahead. The best part in the race was when he was going toe to toe with Richie Porte and Simon Gerrans and the finish was just epic. Allan Peiper the BMC sporting manager said that Evans is really looking forward for the Adelaide’s Tour Down Under which is about to start next week and talking about his confidence it is sky high right now after his win last Sunday. He also feels that this may be the right season for Evans to prove everyone that the 2 year gap has not got him off form and he can be one of the best in the track.
Allan also went on to say that when he goes out for his training every morning he gets to hear boys talking about Evans and how great he is looking and not to forget how fit he is now with his “cut” legs and his amazing performance on Sunday. In an interview with AAP Allan said that Evans is doing really well with the other guys in the team and the stage is all set for him this year to make it bigger and better than ever. He added that momentum is one thing that you would never want to lose in the cycling career and Evans at this point has a great momentum and he would definitely want to keep that momentum going for the rest of the season in 2014.
Brit cycling chief Sir Brailsford has all the good words to say about the rising 19 year-old Scot rider Katie Archibald. He described her as a fantastic prospect for English cycling.
The young Scot has earned 3 medals & broke a phenomenal world record within just a couple of weeks in top-tier track cycling. Archibald was a member of Great Britain female team pursuit foursome which bagged gold & set the fresh world-best timing record at Netherlands hosted 2013 Euro Track Championships 2 weeks back. Following the Euro feat, the rising Scot also presented a fantastic performance at UCI World Cup held at Manchester last week. Brailsford seemed thrilled with Katie’s feat at the UCI Challenge as well and even lauded her ride as “super”.
The Scot appears quite a Boho in style with her pierce lips and pink mane. She rides for the esteemed Scottish team Braveheart. The dashing Glaswegian bagged a silver in scratch race & then a bronze medal with a spectacular fight in individual pursuit next day.
These were certainly phenomenal feat for a cyclist who just took to riding merely 3 years back & has not even mastered the skill of a safe riding within a bunch.
“How could anyone not be so impressed?” said the amazed Brit chief. “She stepped up & delivered. You are compelled to believe that in spite of her new foray into the sport, she has got a huge head room. A truly exciting prospect.”
Interestingly, Archibald was initially a swimmer in her school days but checked out on riding on her dad’s suggestions. Her first encounter with cycling was through her participation at Highland Games in grass-track events. Soon success embraced her and it was Katie’s rising popularity in the Scottish lands that drew the focus of Brit Cycling on her.