Chris Froome was born on the 20th of May in the year 1985. He is a professional road cyclist and races for the team Team Sky. Chris Froome was born in Kenya but shifted to South Africa later. Chris Froome started out his career under the registration of Kenyan cycling federation but now having got British citizenship, he rides under the British License. Chris Froome made his first career breakthrough during the 2011 Vuelta a Espana as a Grand Tour contender. He then eventually finished second overall.
Chris Froome started out his cycling career in mountain biking. He then shifted to road cycling and racing in South Africa and specialised as a climber. He turned professional in the year 2007 with Team Konica Minolta of South Africa. He then joined Team Barloworld for the next season. He was a part of this team for the 2008 Tour de France. He finished 84th and 12th in the young riders’ division. He then also competed in the 2009 Giro d’Italia and finished 36th overall and placed seventh in the young riders’ category.
In the year 2010, Chris Froome joined the British team, Team Sky. His first season went well with this team as he finished 9th at the Tour du Haut Var. He also came second at the 2010 British National Time Trial Championships, which proved his capability in time trial. The next season also went well for Chris Froome as he finished in the top 15 at the Tour de Romandie and the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon. The Tour de Suisse also went well for him in some stages as he took the lead but then kept losing time in the other stages thus finishing 9th overall in the time trial. Chris Froome also competed in the 2011 Vuelta a Espana as the main challenger to Bradley Wiggins. He kept up with him for nearly a week and took an unexpected lead in the tenth stage. He was an instrumental member of his team helping them neutralise an attack in the eleventh stage. He however could not follow the main group. He lost his jersey to Bradley Wiggins on the eleventh stage but continued to support the team leader. In the fourteenth stage, he played an important part by helping his team drop rivals such as Joaquim Rodriguez and Vincenzo Nibali. Chris Froome eventually finished second overall at the Tour. Thus he equalled Robert Millar for the highest finish in a Grand Tour by a British cyclist.
On the 16th of September in the year 2011, Chris Froome signed a new contract with Team Sky for the next three years. He was also an important part of the Great Britain Team which assisted Cavendish win the UCI World Road Race Championship in the year 2011.Chris Froome is one of the most promising riders at the present moment. He is definitely going to emerge as one of the heavyweights in the sport of cycling. With a unique style and immense potential, Chris Froome is a force to reckon with.
Sir Bradley Wiggins won his third time-trial of the year at the Tour of Britain 2014. This latest win in his bag, Wiggins cBlosed the third place in general classification. First rank is held steadfast by Dylan van Baarle and Kwiatkowski hold the second. Wiggins is hopeful to extend his deal with Team Sky later as the contract expires at the end of the year 2014.
Stage 8 of Tour of Britain was halved keeping in mind the Grand Tours that were held in the early 1980s. this time the morning spin was closely followed by an afternoon’s time trial of 88.8 kms in the same course. The second half that consisted of 10 laps witnessed a brawl between Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish. The race was tricky and Wiggins basks in his success after long. Unable to defend his title from last year, Wiggins mentioned that he is happy to have won the time-trial. He said that at the start of the week it was his goal and up at the third position he believes racing and winning is enough for him on a London track. He appreciates Dylan van Baarle and said that whoever deserves it has won it. Wiggins started seventh and continuosly improved by the day. At the end of it he was in a pretty good shape and rejoiced at one of the toughest rides in Britain.
Wiggins is also hopeful about Rio 2016. He says that he is serious about the attempt and wishes to be in shape in the next 18 months. He has also mentioned that he might go ahead in the London World Cup in December. Wiggins is also expected to race in the Tour of Flanders as well as Classics Paris-Roubaix in 2015. He assured that he will be back in Paris to “kill two birds with one stone”.
Commonwealth security guards seem to be too cautious this year and Sir Chris Hoy would readily offer the brightest testimony to it. The iconic Brit cyclist was reportedly & asked to show his ID at a famous velodrome which, ironically, has been named after him.
Yes, the most successful Team GB Olympian was questioned on his identity by the security guard as he was about to foray into Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome this Commonwealth tournament. The sad part is that there’s no kind of special arrangement for the much revered Scottish hero when he tried to get access to his own velodrome & actually had to struggle to convince the guard about his identity to gain permission for watching the action live.
The guard, however, was really embarrassed. “Please, please, could you kindly seek apology from him”, she told a reporter. “My mum is gonna kill me!”
The interesting bit is that Sir Hoy was not much perturbed on the guard’s action at the Chris Hoy Velodrome. Always a sport and a great human being, the 6-time gold medalist played completely cool even when everybody was seen making a huge commotion about the incident
“She was simply performing her job!!”, Sir Hoy tweeted in reply to Daily Record’s tweet heavily condemning the guard on her interaction with Sir Hoy at the Commonwealth velodrome. “Sir Hoy stopped & asked for identity proof to get into Sir Hoy Velodrome”, stated the tweet from The Daily Record.
Hoy was once again a great man that day not only because of his considerate reaction but also because he helped out to read the honorable message from the Queen. Malaysia’s Prince Imran, who also presides over Commonwealth Games, was supposed to open up the baton containing the royal message. But he was actually struggling and Hoy readily came up as a much needed aide in opening the lid & getting the message out.
Leonardo Mayer hopes that he would be able to lock horns with his role model Roger Federer at some point of time in future.
Mayer has been active in the professional circuit for the last 11 years, but, he’s never taken Federer on.
Speaking in one of his recent interviews, the 27-year Old Argentinean said, “I have always admired Roger. He’s my hero. I watch his matches since the time I was a teenager. Hopefully, we would be up against each other in future. It’s something that I have been eagerly waiting for. That would be one of the biggest days of my career without a shadow of doubt.”
For Mayer, the 2014 season has been really successful as he has managed to achieve his first ATP glory this season. He defeated the Spaniard David Ferrer a few days ago in Hamburg to lift the trophy there.
When asked if at the start of his career, he had thought that it would take him so long to win his maiden ATP title, Mayer said, “I have won so late due to my injury problems. I have been hit by injuries on a regular basis and thus, it’s been hard for me to train regularly. It’s really satisfying to have finally won today. There is no better feeling than winning a title.”
Before the Hamburg tournament, Mayer had done well in the Wimbledon Championships as well. He had qualified to the fourth round there before suffering defeat against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.
Mayer’s good form of late has taken him to his career best world ranking of 27. He was not even in top 45 at the start of the Wimbledon Championships.
He would definitely like to keep going in the upward direction in the rankings in the remaining of the season.