Alberto Contador in Focus

Alberto Contador is one of the best known cyclists in the world. He is one of the only five riders ever to have won all three of the Grand Tours of road cycling. He is of Spanish origins. In 2007, he won the Tour de France, where he raced for the Discovery Channel team. Not only this, he is also touted to be in the same ranks as that of Lance Armstrong, cycling legend and world champion.

So, when Alberto Contador was approached to comment on Lance Armstrong’s ongoing case, he made the news, when he said he did not really want to comment on anything, as according to him, when he is preparing for a race, he prefers to keep these issues at bay, and does not want to think about these, as he does not want distractions. A case had been filed against Lance Armstrong, stating that he is guilty of doping, and there is an impending possibility that he can be stripped of his Tour de France titles, of which he has seven. But Alberto Contador stated he did not want to comment on whether the titles will be stripped, but he paid respect and tribute to his cycling skills.

According to Alberto Contador, Lance Armstrong is a cyclist who has time and again showed great physical conditioning, strength, and intelligence in the course of many Tours and other races. When asked about the case, Alberto Contador said that he is not up to date with the ongoing proceedings of the case, and he prefers to keep it that way. Even though Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong were bitter opponents at one point of time, he still feels that he is one of the greatest cyclists to walk the surface of the earth, but other than that, he had nothing to say.

FOCUS ON SIR CHRIS HOY

Sir Chris Hoy is a Scottish and British track cyclist who represents two different countries in various championships. He represents Scotland at the Commonwealth Games and Great Britain at the Olympics and World Championships.

Hoy is Britain’s most successful medalist as he equals Bradley Wiggins record of 7 Olympic medals and surpasses the great Sir Steve Redgrave who holds 6 Olympic medals to his name. He has 6 Gold medals out of his 7 from Olympics which makes him even greater cyclist than Wiggins who has 4 Gold medals out of 7. I am sorely tempted to have a bet at Bet Victor that Hoy matches Redgrave’s total!

Hoy started cycling at a very young age of 16 and after some years he became the World’s best 1 km time trial (The Kilo and The Team Sprint) as he continued to rule it for years and won many World Championships and also an Olympic medal. He had to stop participating in 1 km time trial as the 1 km time trial event was removed after 2004 Summer Olympics.

Hoy took up the challenge and started practicing and participating in other events such as Keirin, Sprint and Team Sprint. His determination and dedication made him one of the greatest of all time as he made history and created World and Olympic records. Hoy became the first Britsih Olympian to win Gold medals in all three events he participated in 2008 Beijing Olympics and also clocked a Olympic record of 42.750 seconds in 750 metres team sprint which is also the World record and Olympic record of 9.815 seconds in 200 metres time trial. Due to this achievement, he was awarded 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the year – he was made the favourite from the moment he won gold according to the sports betting with Bet Victor.

Hoy carried on with his medals stint as he won many championships thereafter. He was made the flag-bearer for his team GB at the opening ceremony of 2012 London Olympics. This was just the beginning of another history being created as he went on to win Team Sprint and Keirin, becoming the world’s highest Olympic Gold medal holder (6) and a total of 7 Olympic medals equaling Bradley Wiggins. This made him the most successful British Olympian and male cyclist of all time.