Women Riders To Contend At Tour

The 2014 Tour France surely marks a historic triumph of female cyclists as well as the entire womankind. After elaborate appeals to the Tour France organizers for getting a place for the fairer sex at the most prestigious cycling championship of the world- the race executives have finally agreed to host women’s race at the illustrious Champs-Elysees on last day of Tour France this year.

The race would be held on July 27th, according to UCI elite female calendar.

1. Russian Business tycoon buys Contador’s team

Riis Cycling, fondly known as Alberto Contador’s team, has come under a new ownership lately – Russian business tycoon Oleg Tinkov is the man who has signed up a deal as the new buyer of the famous team.

Riis Cycling has been re-christened as “Tinkoff-Saxo” & would stay entitled so for the coming three years.

The new ownership for Riis was confirmed a couple of days back at a London based press conference.  The esteemed Danish team has got the “Saxo” name from its secondary sponsor, the Russian Saxo Bank, which has shared the sponsorship obligations with the Russian business magnet. Interestingly, the team was branded as “Saxo-Tinkoff” earlier in 2003 yet the new purchase brought a change in the name order. Tinkoff Bank withdrew from the team this October given a bitter season straddling with the famous Spaniard rider, leaving Saxo as the principal sponsor for a while.

Tinkoff-Saxo aims to be the world leader with the 2 times Tour France champion Alberto Contador as the spearhead for the 2014 season.

Stefano Feltrin has been selected as the new CEO of Contador’s newly re-branded team while Bjarne Riis is supposed to stay on the team’s GM.

While approached to speak a few words on the new ownership secured by the team, the general manager confirmed content and great satisfaction with the latest deal. According to his statements, this new deal has assured “long-term stability for the team” that “presently has the foundation and funding to go as one of the major players on the esteemed world circuit letting a further raise in our ambitions.”

“With this deal, I firmly believe that Tinkoff Sport has been able to secure best probable foundation & setting that could duly assist to materialize our aim to come up as grandest cycling team across the world- over the upcoming 3 years”, stressed Mr. Oleg Tinkov.

VTV Hosts the Cycling Event

Fairfax, Virginia will play host to the 3rd annual VTV GranFondo for campus safety. The event will be hosted by the VTV Family outreach foundation in the Mosaic District on October 5th, 2013 and the proceeds will go to the cause of school safety. The ride is also organized to help victims of mass tragedy apart from help improve school safety nationwide. There will be also an expo held near the finish area where one can expect to see exhibitions of vendors, food and music.  Joseph Samaha, President of VTV said that the annual ride event is organized to create future awareness of the increasing challenges on campus and school safety and plans are afoot to expand the event to other major cities as National Campus Safety Awareness Day conducted annually. Organizers also urged people to show support by joining the show.

The Gran Fondos are cycling events that involve mass participation and long distance riding greatly popularized in Italy.  The event is open equally to competitive and recreational cycling and riders will either take the 100-mile long route or opt for the 32-mile route and both will start and end in the highly innovative entertainment and retail community of Fairfax, Mosaic District, Virginia. Blacksburg, Virginia hosted the earlier editions of the VTV Gran Fondos. Event is open to all age groups interested in improving school and campus safety.

Several prominent teams participating in the event include VTV cycling team, Sandy Hook Riders and Team 26 featuring Monte Frank. Personal invitations were sent to U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Congressman Frank Wolf, Congressman Bobby Scott and Congressman Gerry Connolly and several other officials of the state. This will be the largest gathering for VT’s fans outside of Blacksburg and is expected to be shown on the 40 foot outdoor jumbotron if televised. Cycling enthusiasts of all ages are in for a lot of activities and this will also include the VT Alumni and local Virginia Tech football fans.