Bike Mend Video Rating: 4 / 5
Fight over the yellow jersey at the Tour de France went on between Thomas Voeckler and Andy Shleck. Cadel Evans had all the opportunity to take the prime position from Voeckler. After the position Andy was next in line but it looked that the race was not in their hand as the result was showing something else. The stage was all set with blooming fireworks that was seen all across.
Andy Shleck had defended his claim over the yellow jersey when Cadel Evans was given the jersey following next day. For over 60 kilometres Andy made the ride. Tour de France of 2011 will be always remembered for the journey of the ride which took place. Following the next year he made his debut in Tour de France. Every year the story is something new and different. 2010 Tour was given to Andy as he failed the test of doping. In the coming years though he will be hailed as the greatest winner.
In 2011 he had secured second place but it was clearly visible that he was keen on climbing than on time trail. With injuries and crashes he never had the opportunity to perform according to the testing times. It was a kind of act which was like support role in 2013. Within to 20 he had his name which showed that he still had fire left in him. It was in 2014 that he retired from the professional world of cycling. It was the issue of his knee which left him with no other choice but to retire.
His fans hoped to see him on another exciting tour but it was not to be made possible. It was an emotional farewell for the world of cycling. The terms had been controversial and the memories would never fade away.
London’s Ludgate Circus is turning out to be a dangerous place for the cyclists. On 17th October, 2014 (Friday) a horrible accident took place at this junction in which a female cyclist collided with a lorry.
The twenty-six year old cyclist suffered through a cardiac arrest immediately after the accident because of which she could not breathe. London Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance came to help her and took her to the Royal London Hospital for treatment.
However, the treatment given by the hospital did not work well for her and the cyclist died on 20th of October, 2014 (Monday).
This Ludgate Circus accident is the second cycling accident that has taken place in this roadway this year. The first cycling accident took place on 3rd of April, 2014 in which a male cyclist named Victor Manuel Ben Rodriguez was declared dead immediately after he crashed against a lorry.
Around 6 cyclists have been seriously injured or killed in the Ludgate Circus junction between the years 2008 and 2012.
Member of London Assembly Green Party- Darren Johnson said that ever since Boris Johnson has become the Mayor, around eight cyclists have been seriously injured or killed. All the accidents are just triggering of demands for improving the roadways for the safety of the cyclists.
According to Johnson, plans and policies related to the creation of separate cycle lanes for cyclists in the major roads of London is extremely essential. The style of the cycle lanes should be similar to the Dutch style of cycling lanes.
Transport for London had released certain designs for the safer junctions and superhighways in the month of September. Majority of the people have supported these proposed designs and the mayor has the mandate to create such safe routes. But action can be taken only after consultations end on the 9th of November, 2014.
Bike Mend Video Score: four / 5
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.”