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No Gerrans, no party for Orica-GreenEDGE

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.

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Cycling outcast Lance Armstrong has said he would take banned substances again if faced with the same circumstances in which he doped in 1995.

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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.

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Tour Down Under organisers are adamant Australia’s top cycling race must retain its January holiday timeslot.

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Nine things we learned from the Tour Down Under

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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Dennis wins Tour Down Under

Australian cyclist Rohan Dennis has won the Tour Down Under, beating compatriot Richie Porte by two seconds.

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Cadel Evans leaves cycling with no regrets

Cadel Evans will retire from professional cycling with no regrets and no doubts that it is time to go.

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Two seconds is nothing, but at the Tour Down Under it’s everything

History is a powerful ally at the Tour Down Under, and today it’s firmly on Rohan Dennis’ side. The South Australian is poised to become the latest winner of the World Tour’s opening race of the season, and the third from South Australia.

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Australian Rohan Dennis has a two-second lead over compatriot Richie Porte after a pulsating fifth stage in the Tour Down Under.

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Bitter disappointment was mixed with great anticipation for Riche Porte after Saturday’s near-miss at the Tour Down Under.

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Dennis won’t gift TDU to retiring teammate Evans

Rohan Dennis will ride to win the Tour Down Under, saying it is too risky to gift teammate Cadel Evans a fairytale title.

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Dave Sanders: An unheralded Tour Down Under hero

You have to have to hand it to Dave Sanders, the man charged with moulding the seven riders chosen each year to form the UniSA team at the Tour Down Under.

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Cycling great Greg LeMond has rejected any suggestion that fellow American Lance Armstrong should receive a reduction on his life ban.

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Rohan Dennis’ stunning attack at Paracombe is a massive boost for Cadel Evans as he aims for a fairytale Tour Down Under title.

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Dennis takes ochre at TDU: What happens now?

It’s fair to say no one saw that coming. A BMC one-two to end Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under leaves Cadel Evans’ dream of a fairytale finish to his professional career facing the most unexpected obstacle.

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Did we see the Tour Down Under winner today?

You’ve got to love social media. People like to say anything, just because they can.

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Jack Bobridge

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Argos-Shimano rider Marcel Kittel celebrates his win of the Champs-Elysees during Stage 21 of the 2013 Tour de France (Image: Sky).

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The Roar of the crowd

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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 Video
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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2015 Tour Down Under: Stage 3 preview

By Jamie Finch-Penninger, 22 Jan 2015
2015 Tour Down Under: Stage 3 preview

This 143 kilometres stage into Parracombe is a new addition to the Tour Down Under, and the first time the tiny Adelaide Hills town has seen the Tour. The main action of the day will be centred on the 1.2 kilometres climb up Torrens Hill Rd at a healthy 9 per cent.

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2015 Tour Down Under: Stage 2 live blog, preview

By Matthew Boulden, 21 Jan 2015
2015 Tour Down Under: Stage 2 live blog, preview

With a dramatic and surprising opening stage behind us, which saw UniSA’s Jack Bobridge walk away triumphant, our thoughts now turn to the second stage of the Tour Down Under.

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2015 Tour Down Under: Stage 1 live blog, preview

The first World Tour race of the 2015 cycling season, the Tour Down Under is finally upon us after what seems like an eternity for the off season!

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Drapac’s 2015 looks like it’s heading towards success

After receiving a last-minute invite to the Drapac Professional Cycling team launch, I made my way down to Solitaire Jaguar feeling very nervous.

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Q&A with Will Clarke before the Tour Down Under

By Robin Parsons, 19 Jan 2015
Q&A with Will Clarke before the Tour Down Under

Will Clarke, a professional cyclist for Drapac Professional Cycling, has raced in diverse places like Azerbaïdjan, Japan and Iran with a bag of firsts, seconds and thirds. This summer he’ll be competing in the Tour Down Under.

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2015 Tour Down Under: Race preview

By Matthew Boulden, 18 Jan 2015
2015 Tour Down Under: Race preview

With the Australian and New Zealand National Road Championships behind us, the focus now turns to the beginning of the 2015 UCI World Tour season with another edition of the Tour Down Under.

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Dry your eyes with a kangaroo, it’s time for the TDU

It seems only half a year ago that we were sitting on our couches in the middle of winter watching Le Tour on SBS. We wiled away the best part of three weeks gnawing on chunks of pasteurised soft cheeses, and then, in the commercial breaks, the ads for the Tour Down Under came on.

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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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Tour de France Stage 10 winner Vincenzo Nibali

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Andy Schleck rides in the Criterium du Dauphine

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Australian Cadel Evans celebrates the pink jersey

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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) celebrates victory in the 2013 Tirreno-Adriatico ahead of Christopher Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff). (Image: La Gazzetta dello Sport).

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Chapeau, Cadel

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

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