The hopes and dreams of adorning an array of medals became an early reality for the successful South African Para-cycling team, who returned from the 2011 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Final in the city of Baie-Comeau Québec, Canada this week.
The three-day event hosted an assortment of categories in the road racing discipline, accommodating handcycling, tricycling and bicycling.
Spanish climbing specialist Samuel Sanchez won Thursday’s 12th stage of the Tour de France and Thomas Voeckler of France retained the overall lead as the race entered the high mountains for the first time.
After a string of setbacks earlier in the race, defending champion Alberto Contador struggled up the main climb and lost crucial seconds to other pre-race favourites for the overall victory.
Mark Cavendish has claimed the 18th Tour de France stage win of his career and seized the points classification leader’s green jersey. Second on the rainy 11th stage was yeserday’s winner Andre Greipel of Germany.
Cavendish made the most of the last stage designed for sprinters before the race reaches the Pyrenees to claim his 18th stage win at the Tour, his third in this year’s race. He won in 3 hours, 46 minutes, 7 seconds.
Planning is in full swing and all hands are on deck in the preparation of the highly anticipated leg of the 2012 UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) to be staged in Africa for the first time, the Msunduzi Road Challenge.
With the event date set at 29 to 30 October 2011, the KwaZulu-Natal city of Pietermaritzburg is abuzz as Cycling South Africa’s event organisers finalise details with the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) and the local traffic authorities regarding the all-important Road Race and Time Trial routes.
The German André Greipel pipped his bitter rival Mark Cavendish to win the 10th stage of the Tour de France.
A few days shy of his 29th birthday, Greipel has claimed his maiden victory at the Tour and he did so in a sprint that didn’t include all the specialists in this discipline. Guys like Tyler Farrar, Denis Galimzyanov and Matt Goss lost contact with the first peloton in the closing kilometers that were animated by the leader of the points classification Philippe Gilbert.
Frenchman Thomas Voeckler finished second and took the overall race leader’s yellow jersey from Thor Hushovd of Norway.
Team Sky rider Juan Antonio Flecha was struck by a car late in Sunday’s ninth stage of the Tour de France, sending the Spaniard flying into Dutch cyclist Johnny Hoogerland and bringing them both down.
Rui Da Costa (Movistar) won the eighth stage of the 2011 Tour de France, just ahead of classics star Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and BMC captain Cadel Evans. Even though the battle between the favourites raged in the last climb, the 24-year-old Movistar rider pulled away to win 12 seconds.