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Andy Murray has made his way to the Round of 16 in the Aegon Championships which is going on at the Queen’s Club, London. He beat Paul Henri Mathieu of France quite easily in the straight sets in his first match of the tournament.
This was Murray’s 19th win on the trot on grass courts. The last time that he had been beaten on a grassy surface in a singles match was 2 years ago in 2012. Roger Federer had beaten him back then in the final of the Wimbledon Championships.
The match against Mathieu was the first match that Murray was playing after the appointment of his new coach Amelie Mauresmo. He had a practice session with the Frenchwoman just hours before the match and the Scot seemed to be benefitted from that as he was very clinical during his first outing on the green surface this season.
Just for a few moments in the second set, it appeared that Murray’s focus was getting shaken a little bit, but, that was only an aberration as the world no. 5, with a breakthrough in the 7th game, ensured that the second set would also go in his bag.
At the end of the match, when Murray was asked about that practice session that he had had with Mauresmo a while before the match, he said, “We just had a brief chat regarding the game, a couple of things we discussed and that’s it.”
“I don’t think my game would get changed drastically in the next few days. Once this tournament gets over and done with, then, there would be work done on certain things and that, hopefully, benefits me at Wimbledon.”
In the pre quarter final round, Murray will face Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic.
Tour France 2014 favourites Alberto Contador & Vincenzo Nibali have openly expressed their dissatisfaction about riding on British soil. Defining their experience as nerve-wrecking, all 3 of them have been expressive about the very hectic situation they were into throughout the 3 initial Tour France stages.
The most prominent problem by them is the over-enthusiasm of the fans who kept on coming into the riding track creating huge trouble for the participant riders. One of the Giant-Shimano sprinters clipped one of the fans on the 2nd day of the race, knocking the person over. Besides, David Lopez of Team Sky too hit another spectator on the 3rd stage yesterday.
The very weight of the numbers along the road side has received admiration from riders yet Nibali stressed that alongside surprising competitive riding for initial stages, the Tour on Bristish soil was nerve jangling for him.
“It was really nervous at finish given the continuous rain. Besides, there was little fear & a small accident but then again, nothing that bad”, remarked the race who proudly dons the yellow jersey being the overall lead of the esteemed race.
“My very 1st day in the yellow jersey was really exceptional. We stayed calm- there was little nervousness & stress by the end- but my squad (Astana) was a huge support for me & I was able to control my emotions well.”
The rain soared up serious tension on London roads by the finalization of 3rd tour France stage. It finished before the royal Buckingham Plaace along with the winning of Marcel Kittel. Contador was seen riding at front for the final few kilometers.
“If he (Contador) was in front, it is because he did not wish to take risks”, Nibali stressed. “There were several bends by the end. That was quite tough & he did not wish to take risk & hence stayed upfront.
Sir Wiggins, Emma Pooley & Scott Davies emerged as the proud Brit National time-trial winners last Thursday with heroic performances at the esteemed Monmouthshire, Wales race.
It was the 3rd Brit time-trial win for Wiggins while Pooley proved her true elite class & Davies earned his much deserving win at men under-23 contest.
34-year-old Wiggins stunned everybody once again as he gallantly completed the twenty-six miles ling hilly course within 53 minutes & 56 seconds- just a minute before Geraint Thomas. Defending champ Alex Dowsett came up as the 3rd man.
“This is probably my last British time-trial championship so to win it and perhaps never come back again is a nice way to end it and add it to the Olympic title and try and win the worlds at the end of the year,” Wiggins said.
“This is most probably my final Brit time-trial tour & hence a win this time has made it a wonderful way to conclude it”, remarked Wiggins after the great win. The Team Sky man was the dominant lead post lap 1 of the thirteen mile circuit & he maintained his gap in the second lap as well.
It was the 3rd national title for Emma Pooley who beat Katie Archibald & Dame Storey to claim the first position.
“It has been quite some years since I have ridden national championships & every time I have ridden it, I have been the winner”, stated the winner lady. “It is really special as it has been quite some time since I have won a championship.”
Scott Davies is naturally ecstatic to create a record with his stunning finish within 27 minutes & 45 seconds that left a 20 seconds + margin. “I am just over moon”, was his exact remark after the grand win.
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Spanish riders Alejandro Valverde and Alberto Contador are expected to go head to head against each other at the end of this week at the Tour of Basque Country in what is one of the most challenging stage races of the cycling calendar.
Both the riders are in top form going into the race with Contador taking the win at the Tirreno-Adriatico as well as taking second place at the Volta a Catalunya with Valverde taking the win at the GP Miguel Indurain this past week.
Both the racers however, have played down their chances of winning the mountainous range this week and Valverde went a step further when he mentioned that he is already eyeing the Ardennes classics.
He stated that he feels good and he has this spark adding that the six days of racing at the Tour of Basque Country will give him the finishing touch he needs to get ready for the hard toil that the classics involve. He also pointed out that the Ardennes Classics are his objective and he will take this race by his luck.
Alberto Contador is also on a great run of form but he will pull the plug on his season for sometime after the Tour of Basque Country and will not be racing at any of the Ardennes Classics.
He stated that he wants a good race but he also admitted that he knows that there are top rivals in front of him as well. He added that he feels motivated and he wants to do well in a race that always brings back good memories for him.
He added that the final time trial will be important in deciding the winner but Alberto Contador also insisted that he will not give up without a fight in the race.
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