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Yesterday, the Rolland Garros could have seen one more big upset. Philipp Kohlschreiber had almost pushed Andy Murray to the verge of defeat. The Scot eventually managed to come out of that situation though. He showed tremendous fighting spirit in the final set to get through to the pre quarter final round.
The final score line of the match was 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10 in the favour of Murray.
The match actually started yesterday, but, it couldn’t get completed. It had to be stopped because of bad light when both the players were tied at 7-7 in the fifth set. It started again today in the morning and Murray, with some delightful shots, didn’t waste too much time in pulling it off.
Speaking in the post match interview, Murray said, “I was struggling with a bit of cramp towards the end of yesterday, but, I felt alright when I got off the bed today. I came out fresh and thankfully, finished things off well.”
“That’s the difference between the grass court and the hard court. If you play a match on hard court, you don’t feel that good when you wake up the other day. Your body will be quite sore. But, that’s not the case with grass court.”
“I think Philipp was also looking better today. Some of his shots were quite remarkable.”
The match that went Murray’s way at the end could have gone Kohlschreiber’s way as well if he had converted the break point that he got in the 19th game, but, he wasted that opportunity and that proved to be the difference.
Now, Murray will get a couple of days’ break before he takes on Fernando Verdasco in his next match on Monday. Verdasco reached the pre quarter finals by defeating Richard Gasquet of France.
The much talked about Tour de France, one of the world’s toughest events, has a new difficulty level for its riders. Fans have taken it to selfies to put a stamp on their presence in the games on the social networking sites.
As there is no issue with the fans’ proximity to the cyclists, especially on the difficult climbs of the Pyrenees and Alps, fans have started crowding the narrow lanes to click themselves with the riders. Around a million people flocked the narrow streets between London and Cambridge, and the near 200-strong bunch of riders had to take an extra care to the rushing spectators.
According to official estimates, around 2.5 million people watched the Le Grand Depart that took place in Yorkshire. However, with most people carrying mobile phones, the risk of them posing right in the middle of the streets was very high, especially when cyclists gushing at a speed of 45 km per hour are only a few inches away. Geraint Thomas, team Sky’s star, who was otherwise thankful to his fans for supporting him as a home cyclist, also said selfie takers were a big pain.
Further, TJ Van Garderen, an American rider took it to twitter in order to send a strong warning. Calling it a dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity, Garderen said I was annoying to see people standing in the middle of the street with their backs turned while 200 riders are coming at them. The stage on Monday saw David Lopez, one the team mates of Thomas, almost brushing shoulders with a spectator who did not pay any attention, fortunately both of them escaping unhurt. In spite of being a working day of the week, the rush of spectators was immense, mostly in small villages and towns that are on the route and in London central, which has huge fan parks.
The Trek Factory Team has selected Frank and Andy Schleck for Tour de France 2014. The Schleck brothers are both going to take part. The squad was announced on 25th June . The line up begins on 5th July in Leeds.
Andy won the Tour de France in 2010. In 2011 Andy and Frank ranked second and third as Cadel Evans won the title. After 2011 the performance of both the players have declined. In 2012 tour Frank proved positive for Xipamide which is banned hence he made a comeback this year in January for the Tour Down Under. Andy in the same year got his pelvis fractured and since then he is struggling.
Luca Guercilena the manager of Trek Factory Racing stated that the Schleck brothers will return to form by 2014. As far as Frank is concerned he has been trying hard to come out as aggressive and for Andy everything is depended on his condition. In the Weekly Magazine of the Cycling Guercilena also pointed out that both the brothers might not get a renewed contract in their team due to their performance.
The riders have not won since 2011. The brothers will be joined by Danny Von Pappel of Netherlands, Mathew Busche of U.S.A, Gregory Rast and Fabian Cancellera of Switzerland, Haimar Zubeldei of Spain and Jens Voigt of Germany. In the stage of mountain Frank Schleck has been counted to be in top form. The tour will witness lot of climbing. Haimar and Frank are the two who are coming in with experience.
Frank coming in with confidence leaves Andy’s condition in a shaky position. However 2011 saw Frank winning Criterium International’s first stage and Andy holded Tour’s stage 18. Though both are capable but winning will be icing on the cake after a long time
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Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara claimed his second victory on the trot at the Tour of Flanders taking his overall tally at the event to three at the end of a pulsating race last weekend which saw a four man sprint to the finish line with Cancellara taking the victory by the skin of his teeth.
The Trek Factory Racing team rider managed to pull out one of his finest displays in recent memory as he pulled away from the main group of pre-race favorites before the penultimate climb over the mountain and was a part of a four man breakaway group that managed to steer clear of the other contenders for most of the race.
It looked as if the Swiss rider did not have the energy to finish ahead of the other three in the pack and seemed to be wilting under the tremendous heat but he somehow dug deep into his energy reserves for one last gasp of breath and took the win ahead of Dutchman Greg van Avermaet of BMC who finished in second place.
This was the seventh victory for Cancellara in a Monument and he now becomes part of an elite pack of just six riders who have claimed the top race in Belgium for three times or more during the respective careers.
This win at the Tour of Flanders was also the perfect preparation for the Paris-Roubaix which is scheduled for this week and he is targeting another double at the Flanders-Roubaix for the second year running which will indeed be some achievement for him and will also hold him in good stead as he prepares for the Tour de France later this year.
He has claimed the Grand Tour as his prime target and his preparations for it have been great so far.
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