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Frank Scleck

Peter Sagan and Lizzie Armitstead win in Tour of Flanders

Lizzie Armitstead of Britain won a sprint finish to triumph the women’s Tour of Flanders for the very first time. Peter Sagan, the fellow world champ, won men’s race with solo win. Lizzie, who rides for Boels-Dolmans team, left behind Emma Johansson of Sweden to win her race that is now part of Women’s WorldTour.
The duo broke clear on final climb. A group of 9 were unable to go after them down and Lizzie won in a long sprint to the line. This is the twenty-seven year old’s 4th victory of this season following her success at the Omloop het Nieuwsblad Trofeo Binda and Strade Bianche.
Sagan was twenty-five seconds clear of 3 time champ Fabian Cancellara, who was contending in his final Tour of Flanders, along with Sep Vanmarcke 3rd. The cyclist from Slovakia dropped Sep on the Paterberg, the tough cobbled ascent that has a maximum gradient of twenty percent, then held off Cancellara’s challenge, heightening his lead in the past five kilometers of the 255 kilometers race.
Luke Rowe of Britain was in the 5th spot, forty-eight seconds behind Sagan, along with fellow Welshman as well as Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas twelfth.

Frank Scleck

Schleck Not Confirmed For 2015 Paris-Nice

The 2015 season started with a rocky patch for Frank Schleck. Much to the dismay of his fans, the senior Schleck brother has not been confirmed for 2015 Paris-Nice.

Frank was really hopeful to come up with a spectacular performance at Paris-Nice this year but it was his unfortunate injury that ruined his chances at the championship. The Trek rider met with a bad crash on the initial day of Ruta Sol which left him with a severe quadricep muscular hematoma.

It led his team to declare that the rider won’t be able to participate in Paris-Nice this time.

The Schleck senior is wise enough to understand the situation.

“I’m recovering yet it isn’t as speedy as I hoped for”, stated Frank while discussing about his non-participation in Paris-Nice.

“I am still in a painful situation and it aches to walk- however it feels tad better while I am on my bike. Thus, I would be capable of training for something like 2 hours on road now yet certainly this isn’t sufficient to gear up for an esteemed race such as Paris-Nice.” (more…)

Frank Scleck

The Cycling Today Ready To See Some Bad News

Cycling world is supposed to be prepared to get some uncomfortable comments when there is an independent panel who is allowed to publish a report about doping in the sport.

The International Cycling Union has three men on its panel and the president of the union Brian Cookson has permitted the release of the report. The investigation held includes an interview with Lance Armstrong, the disgraced cyclist.

Cookson said that it is like opening a can of worms. As you open, you find more worms. Reading the report may be very uncomfortable but everyone should prepare themselves for that. He also confirmed the news that there will be no same controversy after the report is published like the one that happened when there were changes made for the bidding of the football World Cup. It was the behavior of the FIFA that made Michael Garcia, the independent investigator to resign. (more…)

Frank Scleck

Treck Factory Makes Deals With Steegmans

The stage winner of Tour de France, Gert Steegmans will be adding to his sprinting speed and the strength for the Classics at the Treck Factory for 2015. The Belgian cyclist confirmed about the final signing with American team.

After he was no more retained by the Omega Pharma, he has been in search of a contract and thus got the eleventh hour slot of WorldTour squad. He says that he is very happy to become a part of a team in 2015. He had been training very hard for the past few weeks and now he can concentrate more on practice as he need not worry about contracts anymore. (more…)

Frank Scleck

Frank Schleck Renews Contract With Trek Factory

Leading Luxemburg rider Frank Schleck would be reportedly staying with his old team Trek Factory for another couple of seasons. The elder of the Schleck brothers, recently renewed his contract with the famous American cycling squad stressing that Trek is the right team for him.

“I am really glad to continue with Trek- with the very people with whom I have been since 2011”, stated a happy Frank while declaring the renewal of his contract with Trek. “Trek Factory is really special for me; here it’s like a bunch of buddies, not just mere teammates. When one is spending such a huge volume of time on road, it’s best to have that with the friends.”

Frank recently returned to his cycling season post one year of suspension.

The 34-year-old rider has been much praised for his good power play at this year’s Tour France where he finished at the 12th place overall.

“I have experienced 18 tough months & Trek has been a huge support for me always. I am really proud of the results in Tour France 2014 & I have every intention to work with full energy and vigor so that I can repeat these great performances”, he continued.

Luca Guercilena, the general manager from Trek Factory also welcomed Frank’s contract renewal with the team.

“Frank is quite a hard worker & would be able to prove his worth. He has this in him to prove himself to be efficient on the roads that he loves. Definitely a great victory has been lost but we are aware of his efforts that he put to catapult him to that very level”, Guercilena was very positive about Frank.

Added to Frank, Trek factory would also be roping in Austrian rider Riccardo Zoidl, the moment his existent contract terminates.