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.”
Earlier Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) had decided not to participate in the Tour of Britain this year. However, it seems that Wiggins and many other cycling stars will go to Gwent because the organizers of the Tour of Britain have decided to conduct the stage three in Abergavenny this year in the month of September. Stage three is perhaps going to be the most decisive in the tour.
Wiggins (winner of Tour of Britain 2013) had decided that he would be a part of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana so that he could prepare himself for the 2014 Road World Championships which is also going to take place in September this year. But it seems that in order to force Wiggins to retain his title, the organizers designed a very strategic route.
Grand Depart of the tour is going to be hosted in Liverpool which is close to Wiggins’s Lancashire home. The split stage along with a time trail is going to take place on the last day of the Tour of Britain 2014 is going to be held in London.
Bradley Wiggins has not yet confirmed as to whether he will be a part of the 2014 Tour of Britain or not. However, after the routes have been announced one thing can be said confidently that the tour is going to be compelling and exciting this year and Wiggins might get tempted to participate in it.
Another cyclist who is still contemplating whether he should participate in the tour or not is David Miller (Team Garmin-Sharp) who is planning to retire soon.
The Tour of Britain 2014 is going to start from the 7th of September (Sunday) and will end on the 14th of September (Sunday). It is going to have nine race stages which are going to take place during these eight days.