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Porte Plans for Giro-Tour Double

Richie Porte would be heading for the rigorous Giro-Tour double this year. The leading Aussie rider did the same thing 3 years back which although didn’t give him a pleasant experience yet the cyclist is confirmed that he has matured and handle it better now.

The Tasmanian cyclist would aim for Giro podium this May but he would set aside his personal ambitions 2 months after at Tour. Porte would repeat his previous year’s role in Tour where he acted as key lieutenant to Chris Froome, his Sky mate.

The 28-year-old-rider follows Tim Kerrison, the famous Aussie scientist from Sky who has convinced him that the project would be possible to achieve.

“If Cadel is unable to perform it, that reveals how tough it is”, said the Aussie rider. “I’ll be donning a completely different role here. Kerrison is the guru & if he has the belief in me then I am really confident about it. I know pretty well how to perform Giro double”, Porte added in. “I had a stint with it 3 years back & it was not really pleasant. But I’m pretty aware of the long journey I have made in these 3 years. It would be definitely a challenge. But I am eager to crack it.”

Giro, Tour & Vuelta Esapana are 3 of the Grand Tours in the sport of cycling, each of which are raced for more than 3 grueling weeks. The overall contenders like Porte and Evans are increasingly concentrating on either Tour or Giro, especially in the post Armstrong era. Cadel was originally targeting simply the Tour in 2013 but his poor form demanded a drastic change in his program. Porte had a fantastic season in 2013 having set the record of being the first Aussie rider to achieve the Paris-Nice crown.

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Merida Sculture Comp 904

Are you looking for powerful road bike that can assure a premium quality? Well, you can take to Merida Sculture Comp 904 here which promises a fantastic all round ride without any need to compromise on the budget. No wonder, the Merida bike has received a huge response from its customer base and the happy users have rewarded the road bike with a grand 4 star rating on 5. The post here is a short review on the Merida Sculture Comp 904.

The new 2013 Scultura model is designed in Shimano shifters, mechs & house-branded brakes along with Shimano chainset. In regards to the frame you are getting monocoque Nano MatrixCarbon frame backed by the flex-stay technology. You are assured of a pretty responsive ride thanks to the fatter fitting tyres in place of regular 23mm options. The 27.2mm skinny carbon seatpost extends a tautly sprung ride which makes you eager to bike on. The good part is that Merida Sculture Comp 904 is a light-weight bike and the low weight factor coupled with the responsive wheels (Malvic Akisum) enabled you to light up speed repeatedly on the combative climbs. The cycle weighs around 8.6 kg.

The pedals come up with a smooth spinning cadence and their momentum sustaining buoyant spring ensures an effortless spin- which is neither too stiff nor too slouching. You are getting sufficiently high front end for a good back comfort while it’s sufficiently low for creating the appropriate racer feel. The biker here is promised of accurate head tube & fork which implies he would be able to push in easily through corners. Another good part about the bike is that it has come up with a perfect alignment between the rear triangle and the bike frame which strongly emphasizes on the expertise of the esteemed bike manufacturer.