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Australia’s Richie Porte has sealed victory at the Tour of Catalonia despite Spaniard Alejandro Valverde winning his third stage of the seven-day race.

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A sad end to the Cancellara-Boonen cobble rivalry

One of cycling’s great rivalries probably ended last Friday when Fabian Cancellara’s crash ruined his classics campaign. It followed Tom Boonen’s own classics-killer crash at Paris-Nice two weeks ago.

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Australia’s Richie Porte has sealed victory at the Tour of Catalonia despite Spaniard Alejandro Valverde winning his third stage of the seven-day race.

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Porte’s record on the Madone squeezes questions out of the punters

A couple of week’s ago Chris Froome had a Q&A session on his already very busy Twitter page. One of the tweets asked him if his published training time up the Col de la Madone of 30:09 was ‘a wind-up.

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Lance Armstrong talked last week with the head of the US Anti-Doping Agency in hopes of potentially reducing his lifetime ban from the sports he loves, The Associated Press has learned.

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Having clawed back a 36-second deficit to claim his second Paris-Nice title, Australia’s Richie Porte says is even more special than his 2013 triumph.

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Pro cycling is still a drug-riddled mess

A three-man independent panel, 13 months and a 227-page report has told us that the sport of cycling is still riddled with drugs.

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Doping remains an endemic problem, cycling chief Brian Cookson has said after the publication of a damning independent report accusing cycling’s world body of turning a blind eye to drug cheat Lance Armstrong.

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The long-awaited cycling reform report cites Lance Armstrong’s Tour Down Under comeback as an example of the sport failing to apply its own rules.

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Simon Gerrans is back, Richie Porte is on a mission and Tiffany Cromwell is out for the biggest win of her career.

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Cycling’s world governing body has requested the withdrawal of the Astana team licence.

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Anna Meares claimed a record-breaking 11th title by winning the keirin and Annette Edmondson won her second gold of the week in the omnium as Australia finished the track cycling world championships in Paris on a golden high.

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Rohan Dennis’ magic hour, made vivid by Bobridge’s torment

An Australian holds the UCI record for the Hour. Let me just repeat that: an Australian holds the UCI world record for the Hour.

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The contrast could not be more stark – a week after a shattered Jack Bobridge had to be helped off the bike, fellow Australian Rohan Dennis hoisted his aloft in triumph.

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Simon Clarke’s left side was a mess of bandages and he finished fourth in his Herald Sun Tour title defence.

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Simon Clarke’s crash put a dampener on another great day for Orica-GreenEDGE in the Herald Sun Tour.

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Caleb Ewan

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Tour favourite Simon Gerrans.

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Five reasons why the one day Classics are cycling’s best races

Ask anyone with a passing interest in cycling what the best race of the year is, and 99.9 per cent will say the Tour de France. I beg to differ.

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Former England Test wicket keeper Matt Prior officially launched his new cycling team, One Pro Cycling yesterday in London, and the imaginative funding model is poised to tap into the surging popularity of the sport in England.

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The crumbling credibility of the MPCC in world cycling

The Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) sounded like a great idea when it started. By joining, cycling teams could stand up and tell the world they strongly opposed doping. But does the organisation have any role to play beyond the spin of a good press release?

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MTN-Qhubeka gambles on some old hands

By Don Brice, 10 Feb 2015
MTN-Qhubeka gambles on some old hands

After the Jayco Herald Sun Tour last weekend, plenty of young Aussie talents would have been gleefully backslapping and popping champagne corks. And I reckon you’d have heard a pin drop in the last chance saloon.

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Five things we learned from the Dubai Tour

The Dubai Tour has wrapped up, with Mark Cavendish beating out a range of contenders including John Degenkolb to take the crown. With some time now passed to digest, what can we make of the event?

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Attempting the world hour record is not for the faint hearted. There’s no prize for coming second, no silver medal, no bottle of Champagne, no kiss from the pretty girl. Unfortunately this was the result of Jack Bobridge’s attempt on Saturday night.

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Earth to Lance Armstrong: Stop acting like a toddler

Every parent knows the drill in the heat of battle with an errant toddler. You caution them, in the words of Supernanny, that their behaviour is ‘not esseptable’.

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It’s time to stop the cycling witch hunt

By SuperEel22, 30 Jan 2015

It is no secret that the sport of cycling has a chequered past. We now know that throughout the 1990s and early 2000s doping was widespread in the sport.

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How to solve a problem like Lance Armstrong

Six months is a long time. You could run eight Tours de France in that time, if you tried hard enough.

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Does Cameron Meyer need a win?

By Don Brice, 29 Jan 2015 New author!
Does Cameron Meyer need a win?

Five years ago Cameron Meyer was one of the bright young stars in the Australian cycling constellation. Unfortunately shooting stars seldom shine the longest and 2015 looms as a year that defines his trajectory.

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Lance Armstrong would dope again? Seriously?

By Daniel Nichols, 28 Jan 2015
Lance Armstrong would dope again? Seriously?

For those who missed his comments on Monday, disgraced former cyclist Lance Armstrong has been quoted as saying that if faced with the same situation as he was in in 1995, he “would probably do it [dope] again”.

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Tour Down Under 2015: Stage 5 preview, live blog

The penultimate stage of this year’s Tour Down Under is Stage 5, 151.5 kilometres from Mclaren Vale to Willunga Hill. Join me here on The Roar from 12:15pm (AEDT) for live coverage.

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2015 Tour Down Under: Stage 5 preview

By Matthew Boulden, 24 Jan 2015
2015 Tour Down Under: Stage 5 preview

With just 15 seconds separating first from tenth in the general classification, the Queen Stage of the 2015 Tour Down Under will once again be assuming its role as kingmaker.

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2015 Tour Down Under: Stage 4 live blog, preview

By Matthew Boulden, 23 Jan 2015
2015 Tour Down Under: Stage 4 live blog, preview

The 2015 Tour Down Under continues with a 144.5 kilometre-long from Glenelg to Mount Barker. Join The Roar from 2:00pm (AEDT) for live coverage of the fourth stage.

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2015 Tour Down Under: Stage 4 preview

By Matthew Boulden, 23 Jan 2015
2015 Tour Down Under: Stage 4 preview

Although the parcours will not be pizza-pan flat, the 2015 Tour Down Under continues with a stage which should, on paper, be contested by the sprinters.

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2015 Tour Down Under: Stage 3 live blog, preview

The first race on the professional cycling calendar, the Tour Down Under, reaches its third stage on Thursday which stretches 143.2km from Norwood to Paracombe. Join The Roar from 1:30pm (AEDT) for our live coverage of the race.

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Orica-GreenEDGE rider Daryl Impey becomes the first African rider to wear yellow at the Tour de France (Image: Sky).

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Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans in the Tour Down Under, 2014.

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Marcel Kittle in the 2014 Tour Down Under. Photocredit: David Hill

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Wouter Wippert, Team owner Michael Drapac and DS Tom Southam

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Will Clarke (DPC), Boy Van Poppel (TFR) & Campbell Flakemore (UNA) in the breakaway

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Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans in the Tour Down Under, 2014.

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Australian Cadel Evans celebrates the pink jersey

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Specialized-Lululemon rider Loren Rowney (Image: Supplied).

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Australian cyclist Cadel Evans. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy)

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