Slovakian riding star Peter Sagan is passing through a rough phase lately- the reigning cycling season has long started but Sagan somehow could not please his fans nor his team with one remarkable win.
Sagan-mania reached its peak 2 years back in 2013 in Ghent-Wevelgem. The Slovakian impressed the cycling with his spectacular foray into the escape group, came up with a great attack & celebrated his dramatic win with glory & pride. Cut to 2015, the scene is completely different. According to many, Sagan has left thinking of varied means to celebrate his wins & he is hardly striving to win.
This rings alarm for his team Tinkoff-Saxo who signed up the Slovakian great last winter on a 3-year deal that runs till 2017. The hefty deal is worth 4million Euros annually and Tinkoff has pinned all hoped to relive some of the Sagan-mania.
“Worried? Yes, certainly we would love to secure a win yet we aren’t the sole team in this position struggling for a good classic”, remarked Tristan Hoffman, the sports director from Tinkoff-Saxo.
“Mentally there is no such problem. Sagan is full confident about himself.”
He had a win last June (29th) at national championships which was merely anything for a great rider like him. His last win in the international circuit was the stage win at Tour Swiss on 16th June, 2014. (more…)
Chris Froome is very eager to start preparing for 2015 season after spending the off season riding in odd criterium and riding in the Himalayas and marrying his fiancée Michelle Cound.
Chris Froome mentioned his riding in the Himalayas in Team Sky’s website. He said that it was a different experience for him and he enjoyed it. Froome considers that after the end of a season, it is very crucial to correct one’s performance shortcomings and prepare for the next season. He said that he’s very eager to resume training for the upcoming season.
The 2014 season was a very bad one for Froome. This season his main aim was to defend his Tour de France Title but he failed to do so due to crashing. Froome considers that the starting stages of the race to be his highlight of this season.
He said that being able to start in Yorkshire was an unforgettable experience for him. He said that being the previous winner of the race, he got enormous support there and it was a great experience for him.
Froome’s failure to perform well in the Tour de France was a very disappointing experience for him. But he regards his performance at the Vuelta a Espana to be satisfying. He also performed very well in Tour de Romandie but he still considers his performance at the Vuelta to be his most satisfying experience of this season. He said that even though he couldn’t perform well in the tour, he’s still happy about the other victories he got in this season.
Froome didn’t clearly say which races, in the upcoming season, he’ll participate in. He said that he regards Giro d’Italia to be a big opportunity and he said that participating in Tour de France is something he needs to decide carefully. Froome said that for the next season his main goal is to perform well.
Are you interested in thrilling sports like track cycling? Then you must have heard about Sir chris hoy, the famous Scottish track cyclist representing Scotland and Great Britain. Having won three gold medals in Beijing 2008, and being world champion for multiple times, this 36 year old sportsman, is the most successful male Olympian among his contemporaries. Apart from being an ace cyclist, Chris Hoy was academically very sharp. He has been awarded few honorary doctorates from world class universities.
From the early childhood he had a passion for track cycling, though before taking that professionally he raced BMX for which he was sponsored and did rowing for which he participated in British Championships. Apart from that, he was playing rugby for his school team as well. From the age from 14, he fully concentrated on track cycling and since then, there was no looking back. In 2005, Chris Hoy was appointed as an MBE for his outstanding contribution to cycling.
Apart from being the Sportsman of the Year in 2008, he was also named as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. In the nest year he received the title of a Knight Bachelor, by the Queen. In the same year he was inducted to the Sports Hall of Fame to the University of Edinburgh. The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome as well as the Scottish National Velodrome (at Glasgow) is named for him, which is built for 2014 commonwealth games.
Chris Hoy was selected as the brand ambassador for 2012 summer Olympics at London. To talk about his personal life, Hoy is wedded to Sarra Kemp who is lawyer by profession from Edinburgh. Both of them stay at Salford, Great Manchestor. Richard Moore has written a book on chris hoy, and the man himself published his autobiography on 2009.