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Cycling’s world governing body has requested the withdrawal of the Astana team licence.
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.
An Australian holds the UCI record for the Hour. Let me just repeat that: an Australian holds the UCI world record for the Hour.
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.
Simon Clarke’s left side was a mess of bandages and he finished fourth in his Herald Sun Tour title defence.
Simon Clarke’s crash put a dampener on another great day for Orica-GreenEDGE in the Herald Sun Tour.
Orica-GreenEDGE’s early-season drought has turned into a deluge over two days at the Herald Sun Tour.
Australian cycling star Cameron Meyer and his Orica-GreenEDGE teammates have stamped their authority on the Herald Sun Tour.
Right to the end, Cadel Evans was a racer first.
The only retirement present Cadel Evans expects from his cycling rivals is plenty of hard racing.
Caleb Ewan has already drawn comparisons to Robbie McEwen and Mark Cavendish.
The most successful Tour Down Under for the host nation in over a decade resulted in an all-Aussie podium and four Australian stage wins. Inconceivable as it sounds, Orica-GreenEDGE, Australia’s only ProTour team, were not part of this fanfare.
Cycling outcast Lance Armstrong has said he would take banned substances again if faced with the same circumstances in which he doped in 1995.
Melbourne will be the focus of the international cycling community on Saturday night when South Australian rider Jack Bobridge attempts to break the hour world record.
Tour Down Under organisers are adamant Australia’s top cycling race must retain its January holiday timeslot.
The racing in this year’s Tour Down Under has been as good as I can remember. As always race director Mike Turtur made only subtle changes to the course, but his judgement was again spot on as those subtle changes proved decisive.
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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’.
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.
Six months is a long time. You could run eight Tours de France in that time, if you tried hard enough.
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.
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”.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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