The cyclist Britons Geraint Thomas and cyclist Adam Yates has hopes of winning the Giro d’Italia, but their hopes have disappeared after motorbike of a police caused them to crash on the ninth stage on Sunday.
It was won by Nairo Quintana.
Spanish teammate Mikel Landa and Welshman Thomas, who were joint leaders of Team Sky for the Giro, at the time suffered significant time losses after the crash, which took place inside the final 15 KM of the stage of 149km extended from Montenero Di Bisaccia and ended at Blockhaus.
Similarly, Yates (Orica-Scott) with a solo victory took full advantage. During the race, the motorbike of a police had pulled to the road’s left side of the Thomas and Yates while approaching to the concluding 13.6km stage ascent of Blockhaus.
The peloton was quickly travelling and spread to the full width across the asphalt. And for Wilco Kelderman there remained no place to go.
Meanwhile, he hit the stationary bike and fell down, wiping out Team Sky squad adjacent to him, including Landa and Thomas.
Mick Fanning, a triple world champion surfer and Mark Webber, a former F1 driver were among prominent Australian stars honoured by the country.
They were present on the honour list for their services beyond their excellence on the world’s playing fields.
The 35-year old Fanning made headlines as an Australian Male Surfer of the Year for six times. He also is a three time world surfing champion.
The Officers of the Order of Australia (AO) was conferred on both sportsmen. For Fanning, he was recognized not only for his contribution to sports, but also for his contribution to sports as well.
Fanning, who supports the Starlight Foundation, said:
“There’s nothing like putting smiles on kids’ faces,’’ he said. “I’ve taken some of them surfing and I do hospital visits and I get a lot out of it myself. I recommend it to everyone else.’’
The duo was not the only sports personalities honoured for their sportsmanship. Kim Brennan, an Olympic gold medallist, Wallaby great Phil Kearns, former world triathlon champion Michellie Jones, former sprinter Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, and former Tour de France cyclist Robbie McEwen were among those honoured.
The Slovakian seems to be relaxed about the world championship race.
A big part of every sport is the crowd; the fans and the spectators. If no one is around to see the world championship event, it may seem as though it has not really taken place.
For many athletes, having the fans around and cheering them on has helped to boost their morale and given them that surge of energy and the rush of adrenaline required to overcome whatever obstacles they may face. The World Championship taking place in Qatar hardly has that feel of competition, set to take place in downtown Doha, the event is bound to be characterized by the absence of spectators.
However, this is no cause for worry to defending champion Peter Sagan as he is unperturbed by the idea of racing without a crowd on an empty road in the main event. Sagan, who has become a sensation as every stroke of his pedal seem to have been made into a Gif or posted as a video on YouTube, is well aware that the world has shifted away from the importance of physical presence. He understands that his audience these days is found not on the road but somewhere else.
Welsh riding star Geraint Thomas seems to be a top favorite in the upcoming Flanders Tour. It adds quite a unique flavor to this year’s Flanders Tour as it’s generally a Belgian-dominated chase.
Among the total 98 seasons covered by this esteemed race, Belgians have topped in 68 editions. This year will mark the 99th edition of this historic race which is deemed as the 2nd of the 5 Monument races.
The first winner of this race was the famous Belgian great Paul Deman & he is one among the 6 riders to win it thrice.
However, this year, a gutsy Welshman, a Czech, a Slovak & a Norwegian are among the favorites who would be striving to succeed Swiss legend Cancellara (Fabian) as champion.
Interestingly, one among the reasons behind the confidence of these new favorites is that the defending rider himself- one among the riders with 3 Flanders Tour wins – is severely injured. Besides, another strong competitor Tom Boonen won’t be participating at Flanders this time given serious injured.
Cancellara has been ruled out of the historic race with two fractured vertebrae & Tom is nursing his dislocated shoulder. Thus, the race seems wide open to compete and score big for the new favorites.