2015 gets set for Alessandro Petacchi For The Team Of Italian Southeast

Neri Sottoli is the name by which the team of Italian Southeast was familiar as for which Alessandro has signed for. 2015 will witness lot of sprints from him. In 2010 he won the Tour of France with the green jersey by his side and in 2014 he was the leader for Omega Quick-Step to Mark Cavendish.

Stating his desire to an Italian Newspaper he stated that he still has the same desire to go on with the cycling as he had earlier. He believes that his ability can help the team. A professional team of the continental is what can be described as the team of Italian Sotheast.

For 2015 the colour of the team’s jersey is grey instead of the neon yellow. Many cases of doping were levelled against the team in 2013 as well as 2014 with Danilo Di Luca, Mauro and Matteo respectively. The director of the team clearly showed his disappointment against the team. It will be a professional 20th season for him. Continue reading “2015 gets set for Alessandro Petacchi For The Team Of Italian Southeast”

Alessandro Petacchi Without Contract For The Next Season

The financial crisis that Italy is facing at the moment has also affected the country’s cycling. A number of Italian professional cyclists including Alessandro Petacchi haven’t been able to sign a contract for the upcoming season.

Petacchi has said that he would quit cycling if he is unable to find employment for the next season. He finds travelling so much to be burdening and he further added that if he retires, he’ll devote himself to his family. Continue reading “Alessandro Petacchi Without Contract For The Next Season”

Petacchi Leading The Way Without A Contract

The economic crisis in Italy is continuing in the world of cycling as well. Other riders along with Alessandro Petacchi are unemployed for the season of 2015. Petacchi who is 40 years old stated that if he does not get a contract he is going to quit. He has made other plans if he does not get a contract which is to spend time with his family which is of utmost significance to him.

In 2010 he won the green jersey for Tour de France but what is disappointing is he does not have a renewed contract. Other riders are negotiating with the team of second division to find a place in the team. Petacchi is not weighed down by it but wants to continue with the experience of riding. He is in search for a team who will take good care of him. The riders of the Italian team are forced to step down to lower ranks. Some riders had to be sacrificed in the second division. It seems as if a crisis situation is going on amongst the riders of the team of Italy.

He is also thinking of leaving the team of Omega Pharma– Quick Step in 2015. He had retired briefly in 2013. He stated himself that in comparison to other sprinters he stands nowhere. He is in talks with other two teams in 2015. The general manager states that he has got experience behind his name which is going to back him. The deal is going to get sorted down according to the cycling agents. He has got his rhythm with him and what he wants to do is just find a way back in a team which takes him and at the same time which maintains a relationship. Yet he seems to be leading the way.

Andy Schleck Announces Retirement On Account Of Knee Injury

Andy Schleck announced his retirement from Cycling on Thursday, 9th October due to his knee injury.

He is retiring at the age of 29. Winning Tour de France of 2010, which is the highlight of his career, failed to satisfy him completely at first because he was declared winner only after Alberto Contador was disqualified for doping. But later on he accepted the victory because he considers that he deserved it.

Andy Schleck’s talent was evident from an early age but even though he has a long list of accomplishments he is criticized for not having given 100% dedication to his career.

Schleck said that in spite of getting so much success, there were certain opportunities that he missed too. He further added that if one soars high he is bound to fall but every time he fell, he got up but this time he cannot make a comeback as his knee is severely damaged.

On the context of him and his brother teaming up and challenging many top riders on the mountains of France Andy said that he is very proud and also very fond of the memories he has of riding with his brother on the bike.

For the last couple of years, a series of accidents affected the career of Andy. He sustained an injury to his spine due to crashing in Criterium du Dauphine event in 2012 and as a result failed to participate in that year’s Tour de France where he was considered to be one of the favourites. He also failed to participate in the London Olympics due to his injury.

This year, Schleck collided with a spectator in east London on the third stage of 2014 Tour de France and badly damaged his knee ligaments cartilage and meniscus and had to withdraw from the Tour. This time the damage was so much that he had no choice but to retire.

The Cycling Uniform of The Colombian Team Creates Controversy

The Colombian cycling team (women’s team) has been able to attract a lot of attention due to their cycling uniform. During the Tour of Tuscany, six cyclists of the Bogota Humana Team were spotted wearing yellow and red color uniform. This kit also had a panel (flesh-colored one) extending from the torso to the thighs. It is not clear as to whether the team will utilize the same uniform for the championships taking place in Spain next week.

On the internet, the photographs of the women cyclists wearing this uniform went viral.

The photos were posted by Hilary Evans on twitter who said that the kit was an actual disaster. After that the photos were retweeted to get the attention of UCI (International Cycling Union).

UCI’s president- Brian Cookson is of the opinion that the uniforms worn by the Bogota Humana Team are unacceptable. UCI is determined to ensure that the cycling team realizes its responsibilities. Cookson tweeted saying that UCI will look into the matter and see what can be done. Most of the observers are also claiming that this cycling kit is a disaster, wrong and rude. However, there are some supporters who are defending this uniform along with the cyclist who have worn it.

A cycling journalist from Colombia- Klaus Bellon said that the kit has been designed by a female rider and was approved by the entire team. The Colombian team has been wearing the kit for many months now.

Many well-known riders such as Nicole Cooke (former World Road Race, Olympic and Commonwealth champion) criticized the ‘nude’ looking uniform on twitter.

However, it seems that not only the women’s team but also the Colombian men’s team are going to sport a similar kind of cycling kit because UltimoKilometro tweeted a snap of the men’s team wearing a uniform that features a strip (flesh-colored one) covering their pelvic area.