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Thomas Hope To Win Giro D’Italia Disappeared

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.

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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.

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Thomas A Favorite In Flanders Tour

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.

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5th Astana Rider Tests Positive

It’s definitely getting really scandalous for Astana Continental- After 4 embarrassing doping disclosure a 5th Astana rider has been again found positive, adding further injury to the team insult.

It’s Artur Fedosseyev who has tested positive for the banned consumption of anabolic steroid.

The 5th doping disclosure on a row in the same year is not only humiliating for Team Astana but also for the UCI & defending Tour France champ Vincenzo Nibali- who hails from the same squad.