Many fans of the legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong might wonder what is the latest news of their hero.
Indeed, the man who beat cancer and won the Tour de France race in 1999 was none other than Lance Armstrong. He began his professional cycling career at the age of 20 in the year 1992 when he was signed on by the Motorola team. In the following four years he achieved much such as winning in stage 18 of Tour de France. As his cycling career was going strong, he was diagnosed with metastatic testicular cancer. This was in the year 1996. The diagnosis was not a cheerful one, but surprisingly he overcame the condition and was back to cycling in 1998. He also founded the Livestrong Foundation that continues to be a forum of hope for cancer patients and survivors.
Armstrong stated that he experienced rejection at the time he fell ill. At such a time he felt that he had to come back strong and show everyone that he can be a champion. Since 1999 he has won seven times in the Tour de France race, which has made him one of the most remarkable sportsmen in this field. Read More
The two-time United States champion Mathew Busche has announced his retirement from cycling.
Busche, who raced in 2016 wearing the star and striped jersey, has decided to exit the peloton. Bringing an end to his professional riding career, Busche has said that “the time is right” for him to leave the sport.
Every professional cyclist eventually arrives at the same position – a time where they have to decide to leave the track, hang up the wheels and go into retirement. For most riders, the decision to retire comes sooner than expected and for the others are hardly given any choice as they are forced into retirement by career-ending injuries.
However, for the 31-year old, a mix of several factors forced him to put an end to his career. He had gotten a unique entry to the peloton as a highly talented collegiate runner. Busche had been led to the bike by an injury he sustained while running, and after he graduated from college, he was inducted to the pro peloton in 2009.
With outstanding performances, he quickly moved up the ranks and joined the world tour in 2010 with RadioShack where he participated in two vueltas a espana and raced at the 2014 Tour de France. Read More
Budding Aussie sprinter Ewan (Caleb) has reportedly claimed his first victory in professional cycling with a victory in the famous Spanish 1-day race of Vuelta La Rioja.
Caleb, a resident from NSW, proved to be the strongest contender of the competing bunch, finishing before Daryl Impey, his team-mate, who came up with the 2nd position.
In his initial full riding season with great cycling squad Orica-GreenEDGE, the budding rider has clinched a couple of stage victories in 2015 in Herald sun Tour in Victoria & a couple of stage wins in tour Langkwai of Malaysia.
Such great results from a rising sprinter who is just fresh from his teens, naturally, have prompted great excitement across the cycling arena.
“Certainly, this is a fantastic confidence booster in my case”, stated the winner.
“The team came up with a fantastic ride. You would have to kind of pinch yourself constantly having riders who have won the monuments, put on the prestigious yellow jersey & won the stages at Tour France- all riding for you while you’re sitting on back”, he continued.
“We went towards the front prior to the circuit. There were few teams striving to overtake us but nobody could match up to the unparallel strength of our team.”
Dave McPartland, the sport director of Orica-GreenEDGE, remarked that team helped Ewan to get into right motion and he came up with a perfect delivery. Read More
Mark Cavendish is in quite a taut situation lately- as per the reports, his team manager has asked him to show up with major wins to ensure a successful contract renewal.
Patrick Lefevere, the esteemed manager from Etixx-Quick-Step, seems quite a hard nut and he has declared that the renowned sprinter would only receive a renewed contract-if he can claim his previous glorious status with big triumphs at elite events such as Gent-Wevelgem, Milan-San Remo & Tirreno-Adriatico.
Cav is already equipped with 5 triumphs, including 1-day Clasica Almeria but the contract renewal program, which is meant for later quarter of 2015, demands more wins from the elite rider.
“He has been winning quite a lot this time yet things actually start with Milan-San Remo, Gent-Wevelgem & Tirreno-Adriatico”, stated Lefevere while the contract renewal agreements with Cavendish. Read More
The License Commission of UCI is still reviewing Team Astana for the five doping scandals involving two riders from the WorldTour Team and three riders from the Continental Team. Although the UCI has to make an official announcement regarding this matter, it seems that Astana might lose its racing license for the next cycling season.
If Astana is not granted its license then Vincenzo Nibali (Astana team rider and Tour de France 2014 winner) will not qualify for the major cycling events automatically. He will need invitations to compete in the grand tours such as Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.
Astana team’s management has decided that in case the team does not get its license, they will file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration of Sport. Fabio Aru and Nibali will have every right to leave the team if they do not get the opportunity to participate in the WorldTour in 2015. Read More