Posted February 13, 2018 04:24:07 Indian motorcycle rider Akshay Thakur, who won the 2015 Road to the World Championship with a victory at the Indian Grand Prix, was one of the many who helped inspire India to a remarkable victory in the Tour de France in 2015.
He won the race for the second consecutive year with a time of 1h 20mins 28secs, while his teammate Arvind Panagariya and fellow Indian riders Viran Dhawan and Pradeep Singh were also among the first riders to take part in the race.
Thakur has won two Tour de Forts, the first in 2010 and the second in 2014.
The latter race saw the duo take on the world’s best rider, and Thakum won the Tour of Flanders.
Thackur, a native of Rajasthan’s Panchkula village, said he was not sure what the future held for him, but he hoped to become a successful rider in the future.
“I was never a pro rider, I never thought I could become a pro, but I’m sure that one day I can do something.
The thing I’ve learned is that you need to stay positive and work hard,” he said.
Tharakur, the son of Indian-origin parents, was born in Rajasthani village in Panchki village in Rajashikota district, but grew up in Pune.
His father is an engineer, and his mother is a farmer.
He was the youngest of three children and attended an engineering school.
“My dad was a farmer and he helped my mother get her land.
I used to watch my father do the farming,” he added.
The father of two sons is also a successful businessman, and has a long history of involvement in various Indian sports.
The road to IndiaAkshay has made his road to the Indian grand tour a long one, winning the 2016 Tour de Suisse, the Tour Down Under in 2016 and winning the Giro d’Italia in 2017.
He also made the trip to the Tour De France in 2017, but was unable to take his best performance in the world stage in that race.
He finished the 2016 season with a fifth place overall finish in the Géminie-La Course de France and two second place finishes in the Vuelta a Espana and Tour de Romandie.
Akshaya, however, was beaten by his teammate Pradeem Singh in the 2017 Tour de Paris and was beaten again by Singh in last year’s Vuelta.
He has now won three consecutive grand tours, and he is the only Indian rider to take a win at a Grand Tour.
Thackeray and Panagiriya are the first two Indian riders to compete at a grand tour in the past five years.
Panagriya was a rider at the inaugural Tour of Britain, and in 2016 he won the G-Star World Tour, the Vueltrain and the Vuirnicke-Huygens.
He took the first stage of the 2017 Giro del Trentino, and finished fifth overall.
Thakurs first win came in 2011, when he won a stage at the Vuurier-Clement-Saint-Vincent-des-Tromps, in which he won by a huge margin.
Thackur won the 2013 Tour de Languedoc-Roussillon, which is the highest-placed finish of any Indian rider.