Nacer Bouhanni has said that he wants to become a boxer after he retires from cycling.
Before Bouhanni became a professional cyclist, he used to be a fighter. Every year, he includes boxing as a part of his winter training program. Bouhanni has said that he might quit cycling some time before or after he becomes 32 years old and after that he expects to be able to do boxing for two years at least. He said that he will dedicate himself to the sport completely just like he did in his cycling career.
Bouhanni will ride for the French second division team Cofidis in the 2015 season. He rode for FDJ.fr team for four years after he started his professional cycling career. (more…)
Each Sunday, thousands of people from Bogota indulge in their love for cycling. Over hundred and twenty kilometers of Bogota’s traffic choked roads alter into bicycle routes which is popularly known as ciclovías. However, this week, drivers also braved out an unscheduled bike related interruption. On 13th August, troves of people poured onto the roads to welcome Nairo Quintana, whose feats hark back to the resplendency days of Colombian cycling in 80s and 90s, when its over-the-top climbers were known as the beetles or escarabajos.
Earlier in July, the twenty three year old Mr Quintana came 2nd in Tour de France, which is the most prestigious as well as one of the most grueling cycling races in the world. He also won the young riders classification as well as pranced across the Champs Elysées in the sought after polka dot jersey for the best climber. This makes Quintana the most successful South American participant in its history.
Two Colombians, Santiago Botero and Luis “Lucho” Herrera, had earlier been crowned king of the mountains. Two cyclists, Álvaro Mejía Castrillón and Fabio Parra, ended the Tour de France as the highest-placed youngsters.
A local blog called, Cycling Inquisition hailed it as “the best showing of any Colombian at the Tour. Ever.”
After the fanfare in the Colombian capital, Mr Quintana went to his town in the mountains of Boyaca province, where as a young person he would drive to school on a second hand, cheap bike. He told at a press conference that 8 years ago, he was just learning to ride.
Run from June 29 through till July 21 the 100th Tour de France gets underway in Corsica where the first three stages will be held. In total there are 21 stages, so there is no shortage of betting opportunities.
Although it is a little early to make bets on the individual stages you can if you wish to, but stage betting really doesn’t get going until the start of the event and the odds can fluctuate wildly on a day by day basis. If you wish to bet at this stage, then you are advised to try to predict the outright winners.
Up until very recently the three riders who seemed to be heading for victory were Alberto Contador, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins, however it is now looking progressively more like a two horse race as the odds on Bradley Wiggins are lengthening. (more…)