Giulio Ciccone claimed the overall leader’s yellow jersey
New Delhi: Belgian Dylan Teuns won the sixth stage of the Tour de France, a 160.5 km ride from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles, on Thursday.
The Bahrain Merida rider defeated Italian Giulio Ciccone, who claimed the overall leader’s yellow jersey after the 7km final climb at an average gradient of 8.7%.
Teuns and Ciccone were rewarded for their daring performance in Thursday’s Stage 6. Teuns shook off Ciccone on the final 24% incline at the top of the ski station.
Ciccone still managed to wrest the yellow jersey off Julian Alaphilippe, the French rider who battled behind to keep hold of the race lead, only to come up a few seconds short.
Belgian Xandro Meurisse took third place, while, defending champion Geraint Thomas took fourth place, ahead of Thibaut Pinot of France, who took fifth place.
“I felt pretty good. I thought it would be a more solid day – it’s never easy, but it was steady for the first three climbs. But it was a good day in the end,” said Thomas.
Spanish cyclist Adria Noguera crowned ‘King of Himalayas’
New Delhi: Spanish cyclist Adria Noguera won the 15th edition of Hero MTB Himalaya second time in three years and was crowned as the ‘King of Himalayas’. He finished the race with a time of 22:42:16.
Catherine Williamson was crowned as the ‘Queen of Himalayas’ with her 5th consecutive victory at the race, while Ashish Sherpa from Shimla, India, won the Asian category with a time of 26:10:11.
The cycling race was started in Shimla on 26th September traveled a distance of 500 kilometers through off-road routes in the past 7 days. Only 49 riders were able to make it to the end of the grueling stage race, clearly suggesting that the race is one of the toughest in the world.
Santi Val won the Masters Solo category while Cory Wallace and Jason English won the Team of Two category.
The final stage – Into the Wild, a 58 km stage starting from Barot passed through Rajgundha and finally concluded in Bir. Bir is the 2nd highest Paraglying spot in the world.
Total elevation gain for the day was 1,199m and elevation loss was 1,679m.
The second position in the overall category was won by German Andi Seewald who finished with a time of 28:36:44. Seewald won the race in 2016.
Adria Noguera said, “I came 2 years ago, and the level of the race now has surely stepped up. It’s overwhelming to see such tough competition from all over the world, and witness the great Indian hospitality I’ll be taking a whole lot of memories back to Spain!”
Catherine Williamson, 5-time “Queen of Himalayas” said, “It is different every time I come for the race, the feeling of winning never wears out because of how unique each year is. I love how the organisers add a new touch to the race each time. There is nothing like India.”
Cycle Polo League launched, aims at mass connect in India
New Delhi: Cycle Polo Federation of India launched its first ever league in the country here on Saturday. The Cycle Polo League (CPL) is expected boost the traditional sport of India, which is being played since the early 1900s.
The inaugural league is aimed to bring the game of Cycle Polo to the forefront and make it a mass sport, which will be played between November 25 – 29, 2019 at the Rajasthan Polo Club in Jaipur.
The league is comprised of five teams, including 40 Indian and 10 foreign players. Each team in the league will comprise of 6 Indians and 2 foreign players.
The winners of the league will receive prize money of Rs 2, 00,000 and runners up will be awarded a prize money of Rs 1, 00,000.
The Top Player of the League, Golden Mallet and Golden Cycle of the League, will get an award of Rs 25, 000/- each.
Foreign players from France, England, Malaysia and Ireland will take part in CPL.
— Ashish (@inn_swinger) September 28, 2019
Speaking on the launch of CPL, Indian Cycle Polo team’s captain Assarudeen Sha, shared “First of all, Cycle Polo is a traditional sport in India and we are expecting that, Cycle Polo must reach to every household of India. I hail from Kerala and I have been playing the sport from my childhood days and I want that game must get bigger and better”, he told Sports Lounge.
Cycle Polo Federation of India’s group captain and vice president, development, Deepak Ahluwalia, stated “Cycle Polo has been winning India many accolades but has always been a game less known to the masses.
“We have been trying to work out the proceedings for a full-fledged league system since long and now finally we can give the game something which was the need of the hour. I hope the league not only helps the players but also brings more awareness about the game and its skills amongst the people in the country.”
“Initially, CPL will be played in Jaipur, but we have certain plans to organise in some other of parts of nation too”, he said.
Cycle Polo started in 1891 at Ireland and the first International Cycle Polo Match was played between Ireland and England.
In 1908 Cycle Polo was included as a demonstration sport in the first Olympic Games held in London (UK).
Cycle Polo in India came as an off shoot of the horse polo as during summer months Royal families of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Baria, Kapurthala, Cooch Behar, Patiala as well as Defence Polo players practiced cycle polo to keep themselves fit and agile.
Landmark Lady: Cancer researcher wins 4000km cycle race
Fiona Kolbinger became the first woman to complete the 4000km Transcontinental race in 10 days, two hours and 48 minutes sports news headlines
New Delhi: Cycling for 4000 km is not an easy task. The Transcontinental, which is the ultimate test of human endurance, is an uphill climb even for the professional cyclists but a German cancer researcher proved on Tuesday that nothing is impossible. sports news headlines
Fiona Kolbinger surprised the whole world by completing the race in good time. The medical student said, “I’m so surprised to win this race.” sports news headlines
The 24-year-old won a 4,000 km race from Bulgaria to France, which included about 40,000m of climbing, and became the first women to win the transcontinental race. sports world Sports update
Beating more than 200 men, she completed the race in 10 days, two hours and 48 minutes.
Fiona thinks she could have gone harder. She said, “When I was coming into the race, I thought that maybe I could go for the women’s podium, but I never thought I could win the whole race. I think I could have gone harder. I could have slept less.” Sports update sports world
— The Transcontinental (@transconrace) August 6, 2019
Depending on the chosen routes, the participants passed through seven or more countries during the race, including Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia, France, Italy, Kosovo, Serbia, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Riders endured temperatures of up to 37 degrees and as low as four degrees above freezing. The organisers said, “To complete the course, they’ve cycled through temperatures of up to 37 degrees and as low as just four degrees above freezing. They’ve suffered under the scorching sun, freezing rain, and rode through thunder and lightning.”
Last year’s winner James Hayden finished the race in eight days, 23 hours and 59 minutes.
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