Is this Australia’s Tour de France team of the century?

Interestingly, I wrote a similar - but more historical - piece for my Eurosport blog one day later and made a couple of tweaks. Cadel Evans, Phil Anderson / Mick Rogers, Don Kirkham / Robbie McEwen / Baden Cooke, Adam Hansen / Russell Mockridge / Simon Gerrans Here's the link: https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/blazin-saddles/blazin--saddles--australia-celebrates-a-century-in-the-tour-160022503.html Having slept on it, I'd made some more changes - swapping Baden Cooke for Simon Gerrans and then drafting in Oppenman as team captain.

6 days ago
Is this Australia’s Tour de France team of the century?

Think you may have missed the part about doping, which makes O'Grady, Stephens and Hodge ineligible. Peiper rode five Tours and completed three. He was solid if unspectacular - a possible for the domestique role, but competition was too high!

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Six key transfers ahead of the 2015 cycling season

Konig's progression will be very interesting. Sky don't have a great track record with their 'second tier' riders - just look at how the likes of Uran, Cataldo and Boasson Hagen have struggled, even Cavendish, because of the GC ambitions of Froome and Wiggins. Konig, Porte, Roche - these three could be domestiques deluxe for Froome in the coming years - and hopefully the Czech will get his own chance to ride in some races. De Marchi has been very impressive the past few years and it was great to see him get a stage win in the Vuelta after all his tireless attacking in the Tour. That said, riders often stagnate once they arrive at BMC - although De Marchi's lack of rainbow stripes might make him the exception to the rule. I'd have included both Konig and De Marchi in this list had I more time and space. They are clearly more exciting transfers than that of Adam Blythe, but Blythe's move involves GreenEdge and Goss and so I thought it would appeal to the Australian readership. Cheers, Tony. All the best.

15 Nov 2014
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