Bradley Wiggins is seemingly pleased with fellow Sky mate Geraint Thomas and feels that he has the stellar potential to win Tour France.
The Tour France 2012 winner has been admiring Thomas a lot lately but has added that to come up with a dramatic win at the world’s most prestigious cycling event- the Welshman have to focus on specialist skills.
“This season would probably show what he would be able to do in upcoming years”, stated Wiggo. “He has this ability to win any of the bike races he wants to & I am including Tour France in the list. He is so full of talent, determination & he is one among the hardest of persons I have ever come across on bike.”
However, he noted that the danger is that the talented Welshman might scatter himself very thinly across varied events.
“I think he is difficult positions at present. As he is able to do a lot, he would end being everywhere & that might hamper his focus on specialization.”, Wiggins remarked in one of his latest interviews.
The 28-year-old dapper Cardiff rider was the first ever Welsh cyclist to bag gold at Commonwealth with his dramatic triumph at Glasgow road race.
Thomas, naturally was delighted with praises showered on him by his senior Sky mate. The Welshman admitted Wiggins’ concern regarding him & said that he now wants to win championships for himself.
“It is definitely great to hear such things from somebody such as Wiggo, whom you respect a lot. It renders an amazing boost of confidence & belief in yourself. I have always been into everything: week races, grand tours, classics. I certainly feel that I have to choose one particular thing & focus on that next year.”
Leading Chinese cyclist Ji Cheng is eagerly looking forward to a much needed break after the very strenuous recently concluded Tour France.
The Sino cyclist was one of the top favorites at the world’s most esteemed cycling event this year where he marveled at his usual role of “breakaway killer”, much to the pleasure of his team Giant-Shimano.
But he feels that he has done enough for 2014 & is desperate for a refreshing break.
While approached on his activities in the break time, he could not offer a concrete reply. “I don’t have any idea. I would prefer to relax since I got hitched recently but within 20 days I had to return to Europe given the training camp & racing schedule. I have not been home for 8 months now”, stressed the rider.
“That is pretty long. Right now I want to relax & not think about cycling any more”.
It was not exactly a breeze for the 27-year-old Chinese rider to control the breakaway group so that Giant’s sprinter Kittel could lap up on a winning note. Marcel won 4 stages all total whilst another German sprinter Degenkolb finished 2nd in 2 others. Ji had his own issues as well- the rider was badly suffering from his knee trouble.
“The toughest moments were the 1st week & last week”, shared Ji. “The initial week came up with more numbers of sprit stages & we had greater chances of triumphs. Thus I was actually trying strong to control my group & work tight on front. It was quite a hard week. And it is especially tough for the final week as I was down with my injured knee. My injury was really painful. However, the 2nd week seemed really nice for me.”
Winning Tour France is a tough job but defending the coveted title consecutively is no doubt tougher. Much to the excitement of Chris Froome fans & UK riding enthusiasts, the defending Tour de France champion is looking forward to his 2nd successive title at the most esteemed cycling event of the world.
The 2013 Tour France champion has stressed that he would try utmost to overcome the disappointing summer for Brit fans by winning on another Tour France this July.
The Tour de France has commenced from Leeds today would finalize by 27th of this month. All attention is shifted to Yorkshire at present post Britain’s World Cup football exit & Andy Murray’s tragic Wimbledon woe – the responsibility is now on the 29-year-old mild-mannered Team Sky leader to catapult Britain again to its previous glorious status in the sports world.
“It is massive & is really special”, commented Froome.
“I do not think that many Tour champs get this opportunity to defend the title & that too before the home crowd. Looking at the way riding is rising in the last few year & the very opportunity to cycle amidst the huge support from home crowd – it renders an unparallel feeling. The reception that we have received here is just amazing. A lot of people have come to me & said ‘Chris we are with you, good luck, we will be always watching you for the next 3 weeks’.”
Froome is hopeful that Yorkshire would render him a great scope to bond with 2 mn roadside fans.
“A great deal of people follow me, especially in UK”, remarked the Team Sky leader and Tour France 2014 defending champ. “Both my team & me have got a huge number of fans in UK.”