The year 2016 is the last season where you will find Frank Schleck as a professional cyclist.
This Trek Segafredo rider has decided to call it quits after the 2016 season. Frank had announced his decision to quit the professional cycling circuit at the pre-Olympics road race press meet.
Schleck turned a cycling pro in 2003 with the CSC. He revealed this news just before the road race at the 2016 Rio Olympics this month. He is really proud of being a biker for most part of his life and has made a living through riding. It is not an easy thing to suddenly stop something that you love so much, but he always wanted to bow out of the field when he was at his competitive best. Frank feels that this is the right time to retire and is very grateful and thankful to all the people who have stood by him all through his cycling career.
Schleck is happy that he will get to spend more time with his family after his retirement. He said that he will be keeping all the good things that have happened in his career very dear to him all through his life. He feels that he is always a bike rider and would make use of his retirement to spend quality time with his two kids.
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.
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…)
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…)