Christopher Froome fell into a major medical controversy while playing at the Criterium du Dauphine Libere cracking and sliding out of the top 10 while a statement from a governing body the UCI helped prove the implication in the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche that his request for a Therapeutic Use Exemption for a corticosteroid might have received a preferential treatment creating a stirring buzz in the news world.
It was then a spokesperson of the Team sky confirmed that Froome had been suffering from a chest infection aggravating his underlying asthma and had been prescribed prednisolone tablets at 40mg per day by the team doctor during the Tour de Romandie. Froome who is asthmatic and uses an inhaler occasionally during races had been forced to move out of the Liege Bastogne Liege classic on the 27th of April at less than 24 hours notice, due to the chest infection with the TUE getting issued on the 29th of April; it was the day when the Tour de Romandie commenced. Prednisolone is a corticosteroid which is usually used to cure a variety of unflammatory conditions including arthritis and asthma with a dosage of around 5-60 mg per day.
Usually when it comes to corticosteroids it is on the Wada banned list when taken orally or by injection but it is in the competition where its the permitted dose is decided by the Therapeutic Use Exemption is applied at. In lieu to this Wada system there are certain guidelines adhering to which the application and use of predinisolone is regulated through the TUE system which is granted by the UCI. At this situation the UCI confirmed that Froome’s TUE for oral use of glicocorticosteroids were granted on the 29th of April 2014 based on duly documented medical history and in compliance with the proper guidelines.06.29.14
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Tyler Farrar is in a happy mood of late and is really optimistic to come up with a strong hold in the Gent-Wevelgen chase- the optimism is mostly given the very opportunity of racing at his home town.
Gent has been Tyler’s home since the inception of his Euro career years ago. The famous Garmin Sharp rider dwells at a nice cozy haven in the middle of Gent’s vibrant historic center & he’s raced and trained on the neighborhood bergs as he turned professional with Cofidis.
“I’m not moving”, Farrar laughed.” This is like my house away from house.”
Fluent in both Spanish and French, the star rider effortlessly switches from Flemish to English in his post-race interviews. He picked up Flemish while his days at Gent. When Tyler goes to sign prior to start of great local races such as E3 Harelbeke, his local fans hail him with loud cheer.
“I have been at Gent for quite some time now”, stressed Tyler. “ I am no Belgian yet I’m really close to being a one, sans the passport. I’ve several friends here & some supporters as well.”
After two top tens in mid March, the Garmin-Sharp rider is hopeful about something really strong at the Gent-Wevelgem chase.
“If my legs stay as great as they were in the past few days, I feel I would be able to put up a solid fight. Now, the first priority is recovery.”
Last Friday Tyler finished in lead race group featuring Trek’s Cancellara, Omega-Pharma’s Tom Boonen and Belkin’s Sep Vanmarcke. He dashed off to 8th in the chase, coming up with the 4th rank in bunch sprint. Tyler also secured the prestigious 2nd position at Dwars Vlananderen. The recent feats is keeping him pretty upbeat about his upcoming home-town event.06.1.14
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The former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans will be taking part in the Australian Road Championship 2014. This was a surprise for all the cycling fans as Cadel had literally disappeared from the tracks for 9 years. The 36 year old is confident enough and thinks that his age would not be a factor in participating in the championship and says that the preparations have been up to the mark.
There were rumors that Evans will be making a comeback after 9 years in this upcoming season but no one was sure about it. The confirmation was done by Evans himself and he was looking really excited to restart his career once again. This year’s race will start from Buninyong located near Ballarat, Victoria. The manager of Evans, Jason Bakker said that he has come a long way to recover and he will not let his team down in any way. He also added that after the Australian road championship Evans will also participate in the elite road race for men. The decision to participate in this 183.6 kilometer race came late and all the cycling fans were very happy to hear this.
The manager in a press conference said that the preparations and the hard work Evans has put into will definitely be fruitful for him and also for the team. The whole team is looking forward to him racing again and hopes that he will not only do well in the Australia Championships but also the Giro d Italia. There is still time for Giro d Italia which is due to start on the 9th of May and is scheduled to finish on 1st June 2014. Cadel will not be participating in the Tour de France this year but he is confident about the other championships and has said that if things go well this season then he may go for the Tour de France.03.8.14
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Thomas Voeckler will be riding in the Tour Down Under in 2014 for the first time. The French stalwart known for his great achievements in cycling has got the license from the UCI Pro Team to participate in this championship. In 2011 the Frenchman finished in the fourth place in the most prestigious championship, the Tour de France.
In 2014 the Tour Down Under will be the first race for the Frenchman and his team GreenEdge believes that this time the Australians will dominate in the race. The most possible leader to the team would be Simon Gerrans who was the winner in 2012. There have been some changes in the team with Matt White, the team director being reappointed in the month of July after a gap of eight months when he was serving for a doping ban. The director said that the return of Gerrans would be a huge boost for the whole team.
Apart from Gerrans and Voeckler there will be other names too such as Cadel Evans, Richie Porte and not to forget the sprinters Marcel Kittel and Andre Griepel. He also went on to say that the Tour Down Under would be a testing stage for all the riders and it will be the path for better performances for the rest of the season. The team will also consist of Michael Matthews and he has the record of winning the three stages in Tour of Utah and also two stages in Tour of Spain. So with a combination of new players and some experienced players it seems that the team will be gearing up pretty well for the championships this season. The Tour Down Under is scheduled to start from the 21st of January and will continue till the 26th of January 2014.