Albury triumphs in Riyadh Wheelers cycle event

Updated 24 March 2016
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Albury triumphs in Riyadh Wheelers cycle event

RIYADH: The major event of the Riyadh Wheelers season, the 100km road race was held at the weekend on a cool and breezy morning to the east of the city. The Wheelers’ major sponsor, ITEA International Ltd, again stepped up and provided prizes to the winners in all categories including the top three.
Brothers Edoardo and Luigi Lando from ITEA, also competed in the event and revealed their passion for cycling.
After a short race brief from soon to be retiring Chairman Rob Patrick, 55 riders were sent on their way on the first of 6 laps of a tough circuit.
The first 10km was enjoyed at tempo pace, during which Rodel Flores made his now trademark attack, so it was left to Chad Albury to make the first serious move followed by young Saudi Omar Al Jarallah, who was not able to live with the pace the Bahamas International rider was setting. Behind a chase pack of around 20 riders formed, which reduced with each passing lap.

Going into the final lap, the chasers had still not reeled in Albury, so a sprint for second looked inevitable, with Gareth Gallagher, Tom Dzurilla, Thierry Mathy and Kris Ahlin keeping the pace high which further reduced the numbers, including some of the feared sprinters.
Albury was already savoring his victory as the final kilometer approached for the chasers, riding into a strong head wind and also uphill, a perfect setting for the stronger ëpunchyí rider. Right on cue, Club Champion Mathy attacked and made no mistake holding off a late challenge from Ahmed Al Qumizi, who in turn held off Ahlin, Tomas Van Dop, Gallagher, Jeff Roetter, Patrick, Dzurillz and Geron Guanlao.

RESULTS:
1 Chad Albury; 2 Thierry Mathy; 3 Ahmed Al Qumizi; 4 Kris Ahlin; 5 Thomas Van Dop; 6 Gareth Gallagher; 7 Jeff Roetter; 8 Rob Patrick; 9 Tomas Dzurilla; 10 Geron Guanlao; 11 Graham Bell; 12 John Adams; 13 Bruno Syfrig; 14 Bryan Dimacali; 15 Rida Qahaali; 16 Lars Olvein; 17 Jiri Kuba ; 18 Greg Wilson; 19 Ralf Chan; 20 David McNamara; 21 Kevin Walsh; 22 Roy Delos Santos; 23 Sylvain Girardeau; 24 Sergey Yurchenko; 25 Jaime Sunga; 26 Gordon Lawrie; 27 William Tolentino; 28 Jose Altavas; 29 Patrick Can Daele; 30 Percival Soliman; 31 Yezith Forero; 32 Abdulmahsin Alhashim; 33 Edoardo Lando; 34 Jessie Javier; 35 Ahmed Hamidalddin; 36 Thomas Brackmann; 37 Rurik Santos; W-1 Veronique Mathy; 38 Jeffrey Portem; 39 Bernard Detomal; 40 Sergey Yurchenko; 41 Richard Mendoza; 42 Benedict Ella; 43 Luigi Lando.

Categories:

Open: Tomas van Dop.
Veteran: Kris Ahlin
Master: John Adams
Senior: Rob Patrick
CAT B: Vero Mathy


Maria Sharapova looks back to her best as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal show no signs of slowing down

Updated 18 January 2019
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Maria Sharapova looks back to her best as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal show no signs of slowing down

  • Sharapova dumps out defending champion Caroline Wozniacki.
  • Rafa and Roger brush aside young guns in straight sets victories.

LONDON: It is coming up to the end of the first week of the Australian Open, so we thought we would take a look and see how some of the big names fared on day five of the year’s first Grand Slam.

MARIA SHARAPOVA

Maria Sharapova warned she is in the sort of form to win the Australian Open after she dumped Carolina Wozniacki out with an impressive 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win. It was the Russian’s best win since her return from a drugs ban and she looked like a winner-in-waiting.
“I thought the level was quite high. I knew I’d get a tough match — she (Wozniacki) is the defending champion,” the five-time Slam champion said.
“I haven’t played many matches in the last year against top players so it was really rewarding to win that last set. These are the kinds of matches I train for.”



ROGER FEDERER

Ageless Roger Federer marked his 100th Rod Laver Arena match Friday by storming past Taylor Fritz, then looked forward to a “high quality” last-16 clash against another young gun, Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion continued his quest for a record seventh Australian Open title with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 third-round demolition of 21-year-old American Fritz in just 88 minutes of flawless tennis.
Next up is 14th seed Tsitsipas. And the 37-year-old Federer is looking forward to taking on the fiery young Greek, who is 17 years his junior.
Federer played him in the recent mixed teams Hopman Cup, winning a closely contested singles 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4), and said he was impressed.
“I think he played really well there. I actually did too. I thought it was really high quality tennis,” Federer said.
“This is obviously a different type of match, it being best of five, it being a fourth round of a Slam.”



RAFAEL NADAL

Rafael Nadal declared “everything is a step forward” after brutally brushing aside Alex de Minaur at the Australian Open Friday in just the Spaniard’s third match since the US Open.
The world No. 2 was in ominous form as he continued his quest for an 18th Grand Slam by punishing the Australian teenager in a third-round tennis masterclass 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
“In general terms, everything is a step forward. So that’s positive news for me,” said the man who won the Aussie Open in 2009.
“I’m very happy for the victory against someone who had won seven matches in a row, winning a tournament.”
On his fitness Nadal added: “Probably 10 years ago it would have been difficult not playing much tennis in the build-up but now I have been in this situation many times with the injuries I have had.
“I have to deal with the ups and downs of my body but I try to enjoy any moment on the court.”



MARIN CILIC

The former US Open champions was made to work for his place in the last 16 as he struggled to beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3. Verdasco showed glimpses of the form that once made him a top-10 player and had a match point, one he frittered away with a double fault.
I was just slightly luckier in those crucial moments,” the sixth-seeded Cilic said.
“(It is) unbelievable. Emotions were up and down,” Cilic said.
“When I was down two sets to none, it was a big hill to climb.”
It’s the seventh time in Cilic’s career that he has emerged to win a match after dropping the opening two sets.



ANGELIQUE KERBER

Second seed Kerber received a gift ride into the Australian Open fourth round for her 31st birthday when she overpowered local wildcard Kimberly Birrell 6-1, 6-0.
The Wimbledon champion swept world No. 240 Birrell aside in just 58 minutes to set up a last-16 clash with unseeded American Danielle Collins.
Kerber, a winner at Melbourne Park in 2016, said she was used to celebrating her birthday on the road at the season-opening Grand Slam.
“I think it’s the 12th time in a row,” she said. “I’m getting older but I have the best time here and I’ll never forget my birthdays here in Australia.”
Kerber reached the semifinals last year but lost to Simona Halep in a tight three-setter.