The Tour De France Grand Depart of 2018 is expected to run through two road stages in the Vendée region.
While it begins officially at the often submerged Passage du Gois road leading from the island of Noirmoutier-en-l’Île. This will then be closely followed by a 35km team trial on stage 3 around Cholet.
This will be the sixth time the Grand Depart has been hosted by the Vendee Region, coming in about seven years since after the Grand Depart of 2011 was held in the area.
Back in 1903, the first edition of the Tour de France went through the area during the key stage between Bordeaux and Nantes. Also in 1993, the Puy du Fou theme park hosted the Grand Départ with Miguel Indurain winning the 6.8km prologue time trial and also going on to win the race in Paris. Continue Reading “2018 TOUR DE FRANCE TO BEGIN ON PASSAGE DU GOIS”
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”