In the Tour of Britain, Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel both triumph with Mark Cavendish finishing third. Not Tour de France but Tour of Britain and yet Kittel performs well. He is a powerhouse of Germany who leads the way.
He triumphed in the first stage of Tour de Britain itself. Completing an eight mile circuit he received the yellow jersey. Mark Cavendish in Yorkshire did hit the deck. Cavendish had a crash but this time it was not serious as the previous one. He did exceedingly well to take on after Kittel. It was rumoured that he had been to the hospital for check up but soon the rumours died down. According to Cavendish, alteration of the cleats in the initial moment of the stage took place. He was behind a car. Brakes slammed the car and there was an island to be found on the road. Cavendish turned left but bumped into another car. He came tumbling down on the road.
His quadriceps started to pain. He came back with one lap since the car of the team was no avail to him as it was in front. He was suffering in pain but then decided to sprint. Accidents are part and parcel of the game; it is just bad luck which causes accidents. The manager of the team stated that whatever he could see was in slow motion. But the real cause was that the riders took a toilet break and were returning to peloton. Chris Opie needed a change of wheel so the service was stopped. Cavendish could not find any place to go as he was on the bumper. Mirror of the left wing side was hit by Cavendish unfortunately. His leg was in total disaster as stated by him. The impact was huge but he managed to finish third.
Mark Cavendish is in a troubling phase of late- After he was forced to withdraw from Tour France given injury issues in the first stage, he would be missing out on RideLondon as well.
The rider is naturally disappointed given his failure to participate in the esteemed race which he was so eager to contest.
The famous Omega Pharma rider suffered a serious crash in 2014 Tour France first stage at Harrogate which left him with damaged ligaments around AC joint – his shoulder to got dislocated whilst colliding with Gerrans (Simon). The tragic accident called for a crucial surgery and Manx Missile is now having his days waiting for a quick recovery. As per his doctors, the 29 year old is till in a vulnerable situation which nullified his participation in RideLondon.
It is said that Mark was all geared up to compete in the race for his team but it was the Omega Pharma management that directed him to rest.
“Unfortunately, I’m not able to take part in Ride London which is a truly amazing race”, said the sad rider.
“I am wishing great luck to every contestant in the race”, mark added in. “I hope it would be really wonderful courtesy huge support for UK cycling today.
“I was really proud to witness such an enormous support from public in the France 2014 opening stage & I really wish if I could ride there before my Brit supporters”, continued Mark. “I will try my level best to compete here next year.”
In the words of Ride-London race director Mick Bennett – “Mark has suggested that his present condition is too vulnerable to allow him to race this time. He feels that his still-to-recover shoulder won’t allow him to do full justice at this prestigious race.”
It’s confirmed now that Jelena Jankovic is one of the players who are going to take part in the first edition of the Tianjin Open.
Tianjin Open will take place in China in the coming October. Quite a few overseas players have already signed up for that and now, the news of Jankovic signing up is going to add more spice to the event.
Some former players would also be seen featuring in Tianjin Open namely the Swiss legend Martina Hingis and the Slovakian great Daniela Hantuchova.
Speaking to the press, Jankovic said, “I feel excited whenever I get the opportunity to play in a new event because I like visiting new places. I have been to China a few times and I have done well playing there. I hope it’s the same this time around as well.”
The chairman of the organizing committee of the Tianjin Open, who made the announcement of Jankovic signing up, also looked quite delighted and optimistic too about the success of the event. He said, “We wanted to convince a high ranked overseas player to participate in the tournament and we succeeded in that as Jelena Jankovic, the world no. 8, has agreed to come here. She is a player who is widely liked in China and I believe she would prove to be a crowd puller.”
Jankovic’s form of late hasn’t been too bad. She played well in the clay court tournaments, reaching the quarter finals in Charleston, while, the final in Bogota. She would be eyeing to make a mark in the hard court season now which is coming up shortly.
As far as Tianjin Open is concerned, the matches of that event would be played over a period of 7 days from 6th to 12th of October.
The Tour de France is all set to start off this Saturday. This mega cycling event is all set to challenge 192 riders taking part. The first stage of the tour starts on Saturday and will run from Leeds to Harrogate. The second phase that will begin on Sunday will run from York to Sheffield. While the third and the final stage of the tour will be from Cambridge to London. In this tour some riders are learnt as favourites to bring out a result which could thrill the cycling world. Alberto Contador is a name in the list of the top cyclist taking part this year. It is reported that the cyclist have not experienced the second phase of the race on ground level. It is said that this phase is the toughest phase for any cyclist. Alberto one of the race favourites has claimed in the press saying that he has avoided visiting the second phase but has seen the track on video. He believes that it won’t be a bigger problem for him. He agreed while speaking to the press that it will be one of the toughest phases as the blowing winds makes it tough for the riders.
Apart from disclosing the fact that he has avoided visiting the track in real he also stated that his form in the recent past has been good. Despite of his form and him being in shape he still ranked defending champions Chris Froome higher in favourites for winning the race this year. The Spaniard has won more grand tours than any other rider in peloton. The Spanish rider is sure to be the favourite rider as he has a great record in the past tours and his current record makes him one of the cyclist to look out to. While meeting the media Alberto looked confident while the defending champion looked a bit tensed answering some questions.
Bad news for cyclist Andy Schleck and his fans. The rider will not be able to contest in the Tour of Romandie as he is still recuperating from the week-old knee injury. This is obviously going to be a bitter pill for Schleck to swallow, say the insiders. On the sidelines of the Liege Bastogne Liege tournament, Schleck has told the reporters of Cycling news, “The last week was really bad for me. Since I crashed in Amstel, my knee is still paining.”
When asked about the treatment he is currently receiving to recover from his injury, Schleck has revealed that, “I had a scan for my knee and the reports suggest that I should take rest for a while. I took part in Romandie but at the last moment I had to back out. Doctors say that after four to five days it will be ok. I hope I would get back to harder training by then.”
“I know my team expects a good show from me. Hence I want to prove my worth in the Suisse,” said Schleck who is now eyeing to warm up himself at the Tour de Suisse right after recovering from his injury. Immediately after the Suisse tour, Tour of Luxemburg will begin where Schleck wants to comeback with his desired form.
“My form was good before I got the injury. I used to practice behind the scooter for at least five hours every day. It is just the knee which is bothering me now,” said a frustrated Schleck while talking to the Cycling news.
However, the critics of Andy Schleck have said otherwise. They say that the cyclist who has not yet made it to the top 50 till date is resorting to this excuse whereas more focus should be onto Japanese rider Arashiro who cracked into the top 10 for a few times.