Robin Williams was known for his acting but very few know that he was a cycling enthusiast who had friends like Lance Armstrong and even Eddy Merck who has won the Tour de France five times.
Williams is said to have always been a follower of professional cycling and was the owner of numerous bikes. Team Sky, a British professional cycling team, who recently won Tour de France with Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins paid tribute to the actor in their official Twitter account. They wrote that they have been honoured with the laugh that they had shared because of Williams and they support that they have received throughout.
Williams became interested in cycling after being inspired by Lance Armstrong. Armstrong had to let go of all his seven Tour De France trophies after admitting that he used performance enhancing drugs in 2012.
Williams is popularly known for his comedy but he took part in the charity event named Ride for the Roses in Texas which was organized by Armstrong’s foundation and he was a regular supporter of the Tour De France.
A less known fact is that in 2002 during the tour, Williams rode out a rest day in company of Armstrong and his U.S Postal team wearing the team outfit proudly. Williams got to know the 1970’s legendary cyclist from Belgium, Eddy Merck who dominated the sport by winning major tours. He also won many one day classics.
Merckx took to the Belgian radio station VRT on Tuesday to show his respect to the actor. He said that he was shocked at the news of his death and that Williams knew him very well.
Armstrong paid his tribute to Williams via Twitter. He said that he wishes for him to rest in peace and he will be remembered and loved as a great friend.08.25.14
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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.