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Cadel Evans has taken a vow that he would return next year to win the Tour Down Under. After having finished in the second place just one second behind the winner Simon Gerrans, Evans was rather upset about the result. He has however managed to salvage an overall lead which will take him down to Adelaide for the World Tour.
Although Cadel Evans has been successful in the mountain climbs and brutal switchbacks in Europe his ability to crack his home roads is yet to be seen. The former Tour de France winner was agonizingly close to winning the Tour Down Under but unfortunately for him and all the fans he was short by just one second. The 800 km race has been proved to be a challenge for many but Evans was one of the most successful riders in this category. The loss that Evans has had to suffer in this championship might strike a comeback for this rider as he would be participating for the last time in Adelaide in the World Tour.
The Tour of Tasmania in 1998 was the last time he won anything in his home soil and that is why he is so upset. He was determined to win the championship this time but unfortunately he could not. In a prior interview Evans said that after Tour Down Under he would assess with his trainer and manager whether it would be good for him to participate in Giro d Italia which is scheduled to take place in May because he would be retiring from cycling after this year.
He is yet to decide whether he will be participating in this event or not and the fans are eagerly waiting for his decision. His manager and also his trainer has said that Evans will not be rushed for his retirement. If he thinks he will be able to participate and if he has the fitness then they would not stop him from doing what he wants.
The entire cycling world is now waiting eagerly for the Tour de France which is going to start by the last week of June. Not just spectators, any cycling professional is waiting eagerly for the commencement of the tour. The main reason for the excitement and curiosity surrounding the French grand competition is because Tour de France 2013 will mark the 100th edition of the tour. This year there will be a lot more action and lot more tough challenges for the riders to overcome. The tour will comprise of 21 stages and the journey will begin at Corsica, a place which was never covered by the competition in the past 99 years.
The 21 stages will cover a distance of approximately 3360 km with some new twists in the time trail stages. This year the riders will have to perform the grueling task of climbing the Alpe d’Huez two times and the Alpine mountains will feature three stages. Porto Vecchio will cover the first three stages while the final stage will be covered right in Paris. For the very first time the tour will go through the two metropolitan departments of Haute Corse and Corse du Sud making the 100 journey more memorable.
Racing professionals from all over the world are training hard and fast to give their best shot at the tour. Some will perform to make their presence felt, some will perform to prove a point and some will perform with immense passion for the last time. Although defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins is nursing an infection in his chest which he developed at Giro, but he has vowed to become totally fit before the tour. Another champion racer Ryder Hesjedal also suffered from illness at Giro and is trying to regain fitness before Tour de France. David Millar is hoping to perform well at the tour after all the doping scandal.
It’s Ahmad Ali Masoodi of UAE who clinches the second leg of the Tour de India. The Tour de India second leg was held at Kashmir and it drew an overall appreciation from everybody. The Bangalore cyclist Naveen Thomas John secured the second spot while Thai rider Surawat Ahmad ended third. International Cycling Union is collaborated with the Tour de India and the race is scheduled to take place in three cities – Mumbai, Kashmir and Greater Noida, of which the first two legs are over and the final phase will take place on December 9.
Kashmir’s chief minister Omar Abdullah was very much excited to hear that the Tour de India was to be held at Kashmir. He promised to make it a grand success and after seeing the opening it seems he kept his word. Participants all across the globe took part in the event and none of them complained for anything! The Kashmir leg of Tour de India covered a distance of 168 kilometres in total. The participants had to ride 26 kilometres to finish each lap.
The event was inaugurated by Omar Abdullah himself at the banks of Dahl Lake. Omar Abdullah is very positive about the future prospect of Kashmir as cycling event host and he told that this event would help the city to gain its fame. The chief minister requested the organizers to make this event a huge success so that more and more people could grow their interest in cycling. The organizers didn’t dishearten him as the show was almost flawless!
Meanwhile, Ahmad Ali Masoodi creates his place in the history book by becoming the winner of the event. The UAE cyclist rode really well while completing the 68 kilometres mark and he left the others far behind him. He is happy to grab the victory and told that it would help to boost his career in the future.
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