Thomas Voeckler the defending champion is hopeful to go out on a high. Reason he carry on to wind down his career of Tour de Yorkshire this weekend.
The rider from France will ride his final and 15th
Tour de France in July. He has got his defense under way in the first stage of Friday from Bridlington to Scarborough.
Voeckler is not 37 years and speaking about his experience he said “Throughout the race I have been relishing every moment and it feels special for that,”
The Team Sky challenge was led by Welshman Luke Rowe and Adam Blythe the British champion is one among the top sprinters.
Blythe, who is not 27 years old and represent Aqua Blue Sport, said, “In the Tour de Yorkshire, we are bringing a team that is very strong,” Continue Reading “Thomas Voeckler To Defend Title”
In recent news, sportsman Thomas Voeckler has expressed his wish to retire in the next season saying that the tour had given him all his desires.
The Frenchman has proceeded to setup a date for retirement as he announced that he plans to hang his wheels and stop competing after the upcoming 2017 tour de France championship.
Voeckler, who will be turning 38 when he officially concludes his last competition, has had a fulfilling career and has given his fans quite a lot of joy over the years.
The Frenchman will arrive at ChampsElysees to receive an emotional farewell that will mark the end of a time on the track that consists of 15 consecutive tours. An enthusiast of the sport will recall Voeckler’s performances in 2004 and 2011 where he competed clad in yellow jersey and showed a great degree of resilience as he held on defiantly for so long refusing to fall behind and finished with his best ever overall position. Continue Reading “THOMAS VOECKLER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT PLAN”
Bjarne Riis has been reportedly suspended from Tinkoff-Saxo. The news has been confirmed by Oleg Tinkov, the Russian owner of the team.
As per the reports, the Tinkoff officials have notified all staff about Riis ‘suspension from the role of team manager, via email.
“Following the speculations and rumours going around regarding Riis’ suspension, Tinkoff team would prefer to clear that Bjarne is not involved with our activities any more”, read a statement released by one of the Tinkoff officials.
“However, it’s to note here that he wasn’t suspended given poor results or financial issues. Our team management is full confident about technical & performance team, the riders & staff & is at present looking to come up with the best way needed in this racing season. None of the decisions are taken & any final & formal decision on our team members, in case taken- would be communicated in due time.”
Riis was absent at Milano-San Remo & he was not found in Volta Catalunya. However, as per the statement of one Tinkoff official, the team manager was not scheduled to stay present at WorldTour race.
Tinkoff’s star rider Contador supported his squad chief, albeit he stressed that he had no idea regarding the suspension.”At present, the foremost thing for us is to understand the current situation as we are looking to understand the reason behind this decision”, noted Contador. Continue Reading “Bjarne Riis Suspended From Tinkoff-Saxo”
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.