Clasica de Almeria win for Cavendish

Mark Cavendish plunges into his 2015 victory. The season kicked off with a win which is great. He took the bunch sprint at the end which also marked his first win of the European tour. He won the Spanish race of 183.3 kilometres and he took a lead over Juan Jose Lobato and Mark Renshaw.

It is a signal that there is more to come from him and he has the spirits in him to make it work.

While giving an interview to the Cycling Weekly that he is motivated as before. For him 2014 was a challenging year. The season is going to run smooth for him in 2015 that is what is predicted by Manxman. His victory at the roads was heightened when he took stage wins of 25. His reign continued at the home tours. For him being part of Tour de France was an achievement in itself for him. His entire season was centred round Harrogate.

His shoulder got separated and surgery was required. Not much is left for him to achieve since he is getting older but all the acquisitions is worth his name in the sport of cycling. His focus is on the teams which are good at sprints. He keeps on motivating himself to perform at the highest level whenever he is down. Throngs of people come to watch the performance of the cyclists and that gives him a kick.

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Victory For Keisse and Cavendish In The Zurich Six Day Event

Earlier in the month of November, Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) had announced that he would not only participate in the Ghent Six Day event but also in the Zurich Six Day event. He had decided to be a part of both these events in order to prepare himself for the 2015 cycling season.

Mark Cavendish and his teammate- Iljo Keisse were not able to win Ghent Six Day which took place from the 18th to 23rd of November, 2014. Cavendish even felt sorry for not winning the track event with Keisse.

However, Keisse and Cavendish were able to perform exceptionally well in the Zurich Six Day event and were able to make up for the loss they had to face in the Ghent Six. Zurich Six took place from the 26th to 29th of November, 2014.

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Back on tracks – Mark Cavendish

Manx-man Mark Cavendish is preparing to ride at Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the omnium. He has had a very successful career with 25 stage wins individually in the Tour de France. Though Mark has never won an Olympic medal, he still has been a very promising sprinter in the history of racing. In 2008 he along with Sir Bradley Wiggins had won gold in World Madison but were in the ninth position when the event ended.

Mark had been a favorite two years back in the road race to win gold but then he ended up in the 29th position. The Great Britain team allowed a huge breakaway group to escape on the final lap.

The track for the Rio Games is not an ideal one for pure sprinters such as Mark himself. Bu he will have to get back to the tracks with full determination if he intends to win an Olympic medal. Mark is now considering the omnium to be a better option after the changes that have been made in the format. He still seems to have trouble in deciding if he will be playing in 2016 Rio games. He has reportedly said that he was focusing on making his presence and name in the Tour De France. He wanted to leave a marked impression with his return. He has also said that his appearance in Belgium for the event where the fans congregate in the track centre to drink and party had absolutely no connection with the games in Rio. He said that the return in the Ghent event was to boast about his fitness and to support his team.

Mark has said that he was excited to ride in one of the most iconic events of cycling. He was looking forward to a good comeback after having missed most of the events because of injury this season.

Doping Case of Roman Kreuziger to Be Appealed

The UCI and WADA have decided to join hands in order to appeal to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) in relation to the doping case of Roman Kreuziger.

Roman Kreuziger (currently with Team Tinkoff-Saxo) had been facing disciplinary proceedings because of the abnormalities that were found in his biological passport/sample in the 2011 and 2012 cycling seasons when he was a part of Astana Team. He was provisionally suspended by UCI on the 2nd of August, 2014 because of which he could not participate in the Tour of Poland and Tour de France in 2014.

Kreuziger had even appealed to CAS so that he could resume racing from the Vuelta a Espana 2014 but the CAS rejected that appeal. In the month of September, the arbitration panel of Czech Olympic Committee said that Roman Kreuziger had actually not violated any rules related to anti-doping and cleared Kreuziger of the doping charges.

UCI released a statement recently which said that after carefully considering the decision taken by the arbitration panel of Czech Olympic Committee, WADA and UCI are appealing to CAS to consider whether Kreuziger should be cleared without any sanction or not. The statement also said that this appeal is being made so that the integrity associated with the legal procedure is respected.

Brian Cookson (UCI’s president) said that all the cases related to biological passport are essential in order to uphold the integrity of the passport system introduced by UCI in the year 2008. Last month, Cookson also revealed that an independent tribunal associated with anti-doping will be established in 2015 to monitor the doping cases.

Roman Kreuziger’s doping case and data associated with his case is also going to be a part of the evaluation that the UCI’s license commission id going to undertake in relation to Astana Team and the team’s management.