‘I really wanted to put on a show’ – Rodman laps field to highlight Kingston Criterium

first_imgKINGSTON: There was a riveting end to the Jamaica Cycling Federation’s Kingston Criterium on Sunday at the Kingston waterfront as national and regional champion Marloe Rodman dominated a strong field to win the feature event and finish as the top rider. Visiting Michel Smith from the Cayman Islands and Cleveland Sharpe of Fresh Vibez Cycling Club were second and third, respectively. In the 15-lap feature race, Rodman – who jumped out to an early lead – delivered something special. Approaching lap 12, the 2014 Commonwealth Games athlete had already lapped five cyclists and by the time they finished, he did what several spectators thought impossible – lapping the entire field of riders. “I was pushing all the way as I really wanted to put on a show for all those who came out to support the event,” said Rodman. “I could hear them cheering me on to go after the pack of riders and it helped to motivate me to keep going and finish the race strong. “… I think it was a great thing for cycling in Jamaica. We need more events like this to showcase and find new talent,” added Rodman. “This was an important race for me also as it is crucial to my preparation ahead of joining the Bike Haus team in the UK, as well as the upcoming Cycling World Championship, for which I have qualified.” Rodman also finished the day as the Category One champion ahead of the Clarendon Cycling Club pair of Oneil Sinclair and Dean Martin, in second and third, respectively. Team Breakaway Cycling’s Dean Robertson topped Category Two, with Robert Barnes in second and Mario Brooks, also of Team Breakaway, third. In Category Three, Fitzroy Walters took the top spot ahead of Jermar Brissett of Breakaway Cycling and Barrington Bailey of Clarendon Cycling. FORREST CLAIMS Category Four was won by Jerome Forrest of Clarendon Cycling, with Endurance Cycling’s Recardo Blackwood second and Daniel Palmer of Team Blissett third. Roger Allen took Category Five ahead of Ishmael White and Tevan Richards, in second and third, respectively, while in the Juniors category, Andrew Ramsay was the top performer, with Aduella Ottey second and Ashani Beckford third. The Juvenile category was won by Tadre Watt, with Sheldon Virgo and Jesse McClure second and third, respectively. The female race was won by Judy Chin, who finished just ahead of Deonne Caines, with Sanesha James taking third. The Masters event saw Richard Smith winning ahead of Raydeem Lawson and Cleveland Sharpe, respectively. Donald Davis was the best in the Super Masters category, finishing ahead of Donald Hall and Devon Beckford, respectively. The All Comers ‘Rambo Race’ was won by Anthony Bagalue, with Rayon Whyte second and Omar Dwyer third. Team Breakaway won the award for best team participation, while Clarendon Cycling took the award for best team performance.center_img CATEGORY FOURlast_img read more

Rabiot: Mbappe ‘doing just fine’

first_imgPSG ‘Mbappe not struggling with pressure’ – Rabiot adamant PSG star is ‘just fine’ Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 17:49 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) mbappe-cropped Getty Images PSG Kylian Mbappé PSG v Anderlecht Anderlecht UEFA Champions League Despite enduring a slight dip following a strong start to life in the French capital, the teenage forward is considered to be progressing positively Kylian Mbappe is not showing any sign of struggling with the pressure that comes with playing for Paris Saint-Germain despite his young age, according to team-mate Adrien Rabiot.Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco in August on an initial loan deal, set to be made permanent at the end of season for a reported fee of €180 million, and has quickly established himself as a regular in Unai Emery’s starting XI.PSG 3/1 to net 22+ in CL group stage Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 18-year-old’s haul of four goals and five assists in ten matches across Ligue 1 and the Champions League represents a strong start to his time at Parc des Princes, although he has experienced something of a dip in form in recent matches,Emery has indicated the teenager could be dropped for the game at home to Anderlecht on Tuesday, but Rabiot is not concerned.Watch highlights from @UnaiEmery_ and Adrien Rabiot’s pre-match press conference #PSGRSCA pic.twitter.com/JOoF2ORLvL— PSG English (@PSG_English) October 30, 2017″Kylian is doing just fine,” he told reporters in a news conference ahead of the Belgian club’s visit to the French capital. “During the training sessions he is good and fit, [but] I don’t know what happens in his head.”There have been a lot of changes since he arrived, both on the pitch and in the media, and he is so young. It could be difficult [for someone to cope with].”But I think he is fine. He looks happy and if he is less good, it’s only physically.”Mbappe was not PSG’s only high-profile capture of the off-season, with the signing of the France international preceded by the world-record acquisition of Neymar from Barcelona.Neymar and Mbappe, together with Edinson Cavani, have swiftly formed an exciting front three and Rabiot conceded that they are difficult to keep up with at times.He added: “We have talented players up front and when we get the ball we want to move forward – and they move very quickly.”It’s not always easy to keep up with them, which is why the team can seem cut in two. We’ve talked about it a little, but it’s not always easy to avoid.”last_img read more