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Much to the delight of Sussex spectators, Sir Wiggins would be riding before them this year at Tour Britain. Wiggo’s participation in the esteemed has already been confirmed by Sky chief Sir Brailsford.
The Tour Britain would kick star on 7th September and will continue till 14th of the month. The Sussex level is slated for 13th September.
The tour will run from September 7 to 14 with the Sussex stage taking place on September 13.
Wiggins also rode at the recently concluded RideLondon afternoon race on 10th August. “He is cycling here now & then he would go right to altitude camp”, commented the Sky boss while approached about Wiggo’s schedule during RideLondon race.
“He would ride in two 1-day races & then he would head for Britain Tour. We are hopeful that it would be a wonderful training ground for him before he marches to World Championships – we are positive that he will deliver his best at individual time-trial that he did just brilliantly in 2013. We are confident that he would come up with a similar amazing feat this time as well.”
Wiggin was Britain’s Tour France champ in 2012 & even bagged a silver medal in track riding team pursuit at 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Tour Britain will start from Camberley (Surrey) & then would head via West Sussex prior it reaches to East Sussex. It would travel across Newick followed by Uckfield, Hailsham & Eastbourne.
The Tour would turn to west to race through Seaford, then Newhaven & Lewis, whilst crossing through Plumpton & Westmeston.
“This would present a distinct opportunity for visitors and residents here to welcome the world-class cyclists”, remarked Rob Blackman, Lewes Dist. Council leader. “It would also benefit local businesses by getting increasing visitors here.”
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Defending Tour France champ Froome has repeatedly assured the British cycling enthusiasts that he had no role in cancelling Sir Wiggins’ chances in the Tour de France this year.
Wiggo was the first British to attain the coveted Tour France title for UK and hence is revered in high honor as “people’s champ” in his country. His absence in this year’s Tour France has naturally saddened many of the British cycling fans and a lot them assumed that it’s buddy-turned-rival Froome had some contribution in it. But Froome has insisted that he didn’t play anything in the axeing of the 2012 Tour France winner.
However, Froome had declared that he feels that his Aussie lieutenant Richie Porte would be more prospective in the race for him rather than Bradley Wiggins.
Chris Froome insists Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France axeing by Team Sky wasn’t his call
Chris flew to Yorkshire a few back to take part in the Tour de France 2014 championship which is slated to start from Leeds from July 5.
“Just to be absolutely clean, I don’t have any role in my team’s selection process”, said Froome who is being alleged by many in exercising the veto power to push back Wiggo from the Sky team.
“Yes, I speak to Dave Brailsford (Team Sky boss) about guys I would be racing with, yet, if you see how Tour France squad is chosen, the guys would be in altitude camps all together from very early in a season & racing as one group.”
On asked whether he would have felt uncomfortable with Bradley’s presence in Sky, Chris stressed- “Not necessarily- Bradley’s presence would have certainly altered our team dynamics, but that is bike racing”.
“You can’t stay best buddies with everybody on your team all through & ultimately we are colleagues & are professionals.”
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Simmon Gerrans had added feather to his career cap as he has attained a glorious win the prestigious 100th edition of the Liege Bastogne Liege tournament. Gerrans lifting the Liege’s centenary trophy wearing the Australia’s national suit has liked by several cycling lovers from Australia.
“It is an incredible moment for me. It was really hard at the end of the race but I got full support from my team and I got through,” said Gerrans after clinching the centenary trophy of Liege. The 33 year old cyclist has already three wins in his kitty. In Milan-San Remo Gerrans tasted victory and he also won the Tour Down Under twice.
“I was really confident about putting up a decent show in the race. But after riding for 250 km anything could have happened there because everyone was doing well. It was tough to finish at the final climb too,” said Gerrans.
“I always remained more confident about the Amstel race. But for here I was a bit questionable. I knew I need a perfect day to win Liege and that’s exactly what happened today,” said the 33 year old rider. While commenting on how does it feel to lift the Liege’s centenary trophy, Gerrans has told the media that, “I have had some really beautiful victories in my career. But winning Liege will always remain special to me as for the past couple of seasons I really came close to win. Finally attaining it feels really satisfying.”
After taking part in the Amstel tournament, Gerrans did not participate in the Fleche Wallone event to ensure that he remains in the top form in the Liege Bastogne Liege’s 100th edition. “I was really happy after arriving here. But also faced a bad day or two when fatigued hit me and some favourites advanced. But overall it proved worthwhile,” said Gerrans with a gleaming smile.