Thomas Proves His Class At Rio

The brutal road race, according to Daniel Martin of Ireland, at the recently concluded Rio Olympics was one of the toughest that Geraint Thomas raced in his entire life.

The Welshman was within striking distance of claiming an Olympic medal on the Rio roads. The 147 mile road race at Rio had a lot of twists and turns, but none like the fall that Geraint Thomas had just a few miles before the finish line.

The descent from the top of the last five mile hill climb was filled with hairpins and this is where Henao and Niblai crashed. The Thomas group was closely following them. It was a piteous sight to see the two time Olympic champion Geraint Thomas lose his balance and crash too. This gave the eventual winner Greg van Avermaet and Jakob Fuglsang the opportunity to chase down the leader of the race Majka in the final few miles. Thomas was bruised and devastated by this accident, but he did not let the accident get over him. With the pain and torn clothes, he got up, picked up his bike and started to continue the road race.

If the accident had not taken place at the crucial juncture, we could have seen Thomas end up with a podium finish. He rode home with bruised back and front in the 11th place and was followed by his friend Chris Froome. This shows the determination and the fighting power of Thomas and despite all odds, he completed the race and that too in the 11th position.

Geraint Thomas And His Feats In Tour De Suisse

Geraint Thomas is known to be a champion and the fact that he had a bad day in one of the events does not rule out his accomplishments or the fan following that he commands. The Tour de Suisse this year was not fruitful for him this year.

He was placed 17th overall which kept him out of the coveted top ten positions. He has been the hope of the British team, Team Sky. However, in the final stage of the Tour event saw him succumb to the cold conditions. As a result, he lost out about eleven minutes as compared to his rivals. That hurtled him out of the top ten positions. The sports director of the team stated that Thomas had a bad day in the final stage that had been shortened and was only 57 kilometers. With adverse weather the climb of Albulapass hors categories was ruled out. The race had two stages in the mountains previously when Thomas suffered due to the incessant cold.

This might have happened due to the weight loss he has achieved to improve his prowess to climb. In the time trial stage on Saturday he bounced back, having finished in the ninth position and eighth when seen overall. On Sunday, however, he could not keep up the ace. He ended the race at 91st position. He lost out about eleven minutes and came in after Jarlinson Pantano who was a stage winner. His overall position was 17th.

Mikel Landa wins in Pais Vasco

Mikel Landa has recognized that acknowledging the steep uphill end on the Stage Two of Vuelta al País Vasco quite well was an authoritative advantage for him as Sky rider took his very first win of the year 2016 for his all new team on home soil.
On Tuesday, the breakaway to victory of the Basque rider was, like past year when he won a stage in the Pais Vasco at Aia, his 1st victory following an uneven beginning to the season, along with his 1st race delayed by over one month.
Landa pondered, too, that hopefully this is the beginning of a successful campaign at Giro d’Italia, in which he ended 3rd previous year and this would be his huge target this year. Murgia, Landa’s home town, is only a few kms away from the stage end in Baranbio as well as his extra motive to become victorious on local soil was, said he. It is a significant factor in his conclusion to go absolved of Wilco Kelderman.

Team Sky Reveals Secret Weapon For Cobbled Routes

Sky has unveiled their secret weapon that would assist them in the cobbled routes. It’s a special suspension cobble bike from Pinarello Dogma range, co-engineered by Jaguar.

The cobble-smoothing suspension bike would be used by Sky stalwarts like Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas & other riders from the team in the coming Flanders Tour & Paris-Roubaix.

The carbon-fibre bike features shock placed on top of wishbone seat. Equipped with Dogma Suspension technology, the Pinarello bike affords 10mm movement. It’s engineered to soften riding blow over the cobblestones & keep rear wheel well tracked over the rough surfaces.

Christian Knees and Bradley Wiggins tested the special bike last month on cobbled route of last 130 kms of Paris-Roubaix track. The suspension bike has been released post extensive testing & performance analysis & was only launched after being assured of guaranteed compatibility with the Classics.

As per Sky, the cycle frame weighs around 900g. Pinarello & Jaguar have come up with flat carbon, flexible fibre chain stays to accommodate rear movement.

Figures produced from Jaguar showed that the all-new K8-S bike frame aided to create overall performance increment of 4.6 percent & 50 percent enhanced comfort for cyclists over the tough terrains from earlier Dogma K version.

The 2012 Tour de France champ is hugely impressed with the new bike frame.