Thomas Voeckler Movie Ranking: 5 / 5
Jelle Wallays and Thomas Voeckler both were a part of an early competition in the 237.5km race. The race included players like Yoann Paillot, Tom Van Asbroeck, Julien Duval, Cesare Benedetti and Pierre Gouault. Jelle beat Thomas Voeckler at the 108th edition of Paris Tour and won the title.
The race was seeming to end in a bunch sprint but the two Jelle and Voeckler were ahead of the rest in the last few kilometers. The defending champion John Degenkolb of Giant Shimano had tried hard to chase them but it all went in vain. With 2kms to the end of the race, BMCs Dylan Teuns had also tried to over run them but the two of them kept up the distance and went away racing for the final win.
Garmin Sharp had at-last made it to the chase but was still lagging behind 38 seconds and Teuns was 10 seconds behind that. Soon there was the much awaited excitement that had developed in the chase as the riders were making their ways to win. Voeckler who is the Europcar rider led out the race as the chase had closed to some 300m. But, Jelle had made his way and easily come around Voeckler to take a lead and be the winner.
In 2010 Jelle had won the 23rd edition of Paris-Tour. Thomas and Jelle were the strongest competitors in the race and it was a neck-to-neck win. The race had turned to be like a two man sprint finish and that Jelle had the chance of a breakaway and he had to make the most out of it. Thomas a French-man was very disheartened after losing. The year 2014 had not been very much in favor of Thomas and he had no wins this year. Thomas was disappointed that he had been injured twice this year but both the times in an accident and not in the race. He said that it would take time for him to recover.
Thomas Voeckler Movie Rating: five / five
The Six Days of Amsterdam event which started with a bang on the 20th of October, 2014 (Monday) came to a very abrupt end on the second day (21st of October, 2014) because Cees Stam got seriously injured in a collision. He was taken to the nearby hospital for further treatment after receiving emergency treatment immediately after the accident.
Cees Stam is a sixty-eight year old, well-known derny driver who was also a world champion (four times) in motor paced track events and a Dutch professional cyclist previously.
SixDayRacing.com’s official Twitter page released a report that the racing on Tuesday (21st of October, 2014) had been halted because of a major accident.
A statement was released by the organizers of Six Days of Amsterdam on the official event website which said that numerous other riders and pacemakers also suffered the major crash but they were not injured very seriously.
Carlton Kirby (Eurosport commentator) also tweeted directly from the race venue that the racing has been stopped after a derny driver was injured seriously.
Jasper Buyst (one of the contestant in the event) said that Cees Stam was the only participant who got seriously injured because another derny ran over him.
Frank Boele (organizer of the event) announced that the cycling will be resumed from Wednesday morning (22nd October, 2014). According to Boele, such major crashes are very rare in track cycling events like Six Days of Amsterdam.
Boele even said that Stam and his family are famous in the world of cycling. Stam’s son Danny Stam had previously won the Six Days of Amsterdam in the year 2003. Therefore Stam’s injury has affected the organizers of the event deeply as well.
Some other participants of the Six Days of Amsterdam are: Niki Terpstra (champion of Paris-Roubaix), Terpstra’s partner Yoeri Havik, Pim Ligthart (rider for Lotto-Belisol) etc.
Thomas Voeckler Video clip Ranking: five / five
Completion of the seven seasons will see Tyler Farrar leaving Garmin-Sharp with a win over the Tour de France. For 2015 he will join the team of South Africa MTN-Qhubeka.
The participation is a huge event for him in his career as he has already spent seven years with his team for which he is playing with. It will be a change of the same team. The timing is apt for him to move ahead as the team of MTN-Qhubeka attracted him the most. In the Grand tour of all three he is counting three wins. In the year 2014 he has not win any event. His hope is pinned on the placing in Giro’d Italia and in the Tour of Britain place of fourth twice.
Farrar is moving in the team of second division from first division. As far as the team is concerned they are providing assistance to emerging Africans. Vuelta a Espania is the first tour of grand event which MTN is racing for. Douglas Ryder the principal of the team stated that Farrar is an asset to the team as he has succeeded in winning three stages. As far as classics are concerned he is aspiring to be a top contender. The performance of the team will notch up further this is what he believes in. Tyler’s participation is also a global boon for the event that is going to take place.
The contract of Farrar was given up till last year and had to be kept waiting. Two new members are added to the team for which Farrar used to play. Farrar has a big responsibility on his shoulders with a new team to carry in. It will be a tough challenge and a new phase of his career. His potential is not doubted.