Related The BMC Racing Team rider and former World Champion cyclist Philippe Gilbert has signed a two-year deal with the Italian saddle and shoe manufacturer fi’zi:k. As part of the deal, Gilbert will take on the 2015 pro cycling season wearing the new fi’zi:k R3B shoes.Joining Gilbert on a two-year deal are four more BMC Racing Team riders who are now wearing the brand new fi’zi:k R3B: Rohan Dennis who’s been using fi’zi:k since last year and rode the R1 to the Gold TTT, together with the Italian trio Alessandro De Marchi, Daniel Oss and Damiano Caruso.The full fi’zi:k shoes pro riders roster will be released later this month.“I have really enjoyed working with fi’zi:k over the last years,” said Gilbert. “Together we developed the Volta saddle, a really innovative product that has, of course, become my favourite seat ever – so when they showed me the new R3B shoes I decided to give them a try.”He continued, “I loved the shoes from the very first ride. I felt that my feet were perfectly supported by the upper, the really stiff outsole allowing me to transmit my power properly on the pedals both while pushing on the seat or when sprinting out of the saddle.“The overall comfort is great and what amazed me is the fact that what I tried – and what I’m still using – are the standard shoes. You know, often pro riders receive special service from the companies who supply their equipment, but I’m really happy using off-the-shelf shoes.“Lastly I enjoyed the new closure system, I can easily tune the fitting to suit where we are in the race: more aggressive when we are pushing hard, more relaxed when we are pedalling in the bunch,” said the Belgian Gilbert, who is one of only two riders to have won all three Ardennes Classics in a single season.“We respect Philippe massively, as a champion and a racer,” said fi’zi:k’s Racing Manager Nicolò Ildos. “Furthermore as a racing brand we love the way he approaches competition; his aggressive style. But we also value him for his feedback and technical input, and his willingness to help the team at fi’zi:k in any way he can. It’s always nice to stop by with him for a talk at the training camps or at a race.”fi’zi:k notes that the latest Boa IP1 closure system makes the fi’zi:k R3B shoes that Gilbert uses lighter, faster and more comfortable. Laser perforated Microtex uppers ‘translate seamless security into pressure-free power transfer for fatigue-free speed on the road.’Custom unidirectional carbon soles mean every precious watt goes straight into the pedals. Sculpted footbeds and a supportive heel-forming keep feet securely cradled without any hot spots or crush zones.www.fizik.it
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Originators of spam text messages soliciting PPI and personal injury claims are in line for £250,000 fines. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will announce this week whether it will issue the penalty – the first for spam texts – against two individuals who it believes are responsible for millions of texts sent every day. The two were contacted earlier this month and asked to prove they were complying with the law, the ICO said. About two-thirds of the 8.7 million spam texts sent every day are related to accident compensation or PPI claims. ‘The public have told us that they are increasingly concerned about the illegal marketing texts and calls,’ said Simon Entwisle, director of operations for the ICO. John Spencer, director of PI firm Spencers Solicitors, said spam texts show the profession in a very poor light. ‘We need to stay firm in terms of not accepting instructions when they come through this route,’ he said. Spam texts are outlawed by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.
By Ian ChadbandLONDON, England (Reuters) – Only one team in the history of Test cricket has won a five-match series from 2-0 down but India have an opportunity to emulate Don Bradman’s Australians of 1936-37 after fighting back against England. Just don’t mention the outlandish idea to India’s coach Ravi Shastri.“1936-37? I wasn’t even born, man! Why are you reminding me of 36-37?” boomed Shastri in Nottingham on Wednesday after his side’s emphatic victory had reduced their series deficit to 2-1 and prompted excitable questioning.“One match at a time, we live in the present, okay? One game at a time. We move to Southampton and start afresh. Take a fresh guard. 2018,” added the coach, in his finest dead bat mode of old.The man who could bore for India with the bat has another cavalier side to him, though.A guy who also once belted six sixes in an over — and in an era long before Twenty20 bashes — can keep the lid on the hype, but Shastri knows his men must attack this once-in-a-lifetime chance with gusto.His players were on a roll as England’s batsmen just rolled over at Trent Bridge. He purred at watching what he felt was “by far” the best Indian pace attack he’d seen. And, above all, he trusted in his captain marvel, Virat Kohli.When the matchless Bradman, in his first series as Australia captain, went two down in those 1936-37 Ashes, he responded with a monumental 270 at Melbourne that set up their third Test win.Kohli’s 200 runs at Trent Bridge – the second time in the series he had compiled a double century of runs in the match, following his defiant effort in a losing cause at Edgbaston – provided the same impetus for his side, continuing a series in which he has underlined his own greatness as a batsman. So what happens next? In Bradman’s case, further epic captain’s innings – 212 at Adelaide and 169 back in Melbourne – laid the foundations of the 3-2 comeback win.Yet while ‘The Don’ was always in a world of his own, Kohli has his own Bradmanesque air at the moment.“His work ethic is second to none. I haven’t seen any cricketer – I’ll put Tendulkar in that bracket – when it comes to preparation, in the way he visualises situations, the way he goes about planning what he plans to do,” Shastri said. “I promise you, Virat will forget these two innings now and take guard again as if he hadn’t scored a run in the series.” GREAT TENDULKARBeing ranked alongside the great Sachin Tendulkar would not so long ago have been considered almost unthinkable in India – now, though, it is accepted as a matter of routine.Some good judges even believe Kohli is actually surpassing India’s little masters, Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar, now that he has conquered what they considered his last hurdle of thriving in English conditions.In one area, there can be no argument. Kohli paid tribute to Tendulkar after India’s 2011 World Cup win, saying: “He has carried the burden of our nation on his shoulders for the past 21 years. So it is time that we carried him.” Now it is Kohli carrying the same burden and doing so beautifully. The Trent Bridge 200 took his tally for the series to 440, including two centuries, and returned him to the top of the ICC Test rankings for batsmen.With two Tests left – the next starts at Southampton on August 30 – Kohli, who has scored more Test runs (726) than anyone in 2018, needs six more to top 6 000 in Tests and if he does so in the first innings, he will have reached the landmark in his 119th knock. Tendulkar took 120. He could also go on to overhaul Rahul Dravid’s tally of 602 runs, the most by an Indian in a series in England.Yet it is a measure of the way the 29-year-old has matured from tyro batsman into inspirational leader that the collective feat of India completing a cricket comeback for the ages would mean far more to him than more individual laurels.“We definitely believe we can if we play cricket like this,” said the man who looks as if he could achieve anything if he keeps batting like this.