With the preliminaries behind us, winter training done and dusted, the Paris-Nice event starting out this week and the TirrenoAdriatico beginning next week, the first serious stage races of this season are fast clicking into gear.

In the hearts of many traditionalists, the “Race to the Sun,” as the Paris-Nice event is fondly called holds a unique place. The race which celebrates its 75th edition this year is seen majorly as the “real” opener of the stage race calendar.

Throughout the years past, a number of the biggest names in the sport has gone on to win the French race.

Making his European debut after winning the Santos Tour Down Under to open his season, will be two time winner, Richie Porte of BMC Racing. He remains amongst one of the favorites to win the treble. READ MORE

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. READ MORE