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Max Mayer

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Joined February 2018







Second year Journalism Student at the University of Queensland. Follow just about every Queensland-based team, regardless of code. Lover of all sports.



Tomljanovic played for Croatia in 2010 when she was 15 and is still cap-tied to them under ITF rules, otherwise she would be straight in this team, no question. Stosur and Gavrilova are terribly out of form.

Can Molik solve the Stosur problem?

Tremendous opportunity for the Aussies this weekend. Stosur needs to at least be competitive in her matches in order to try and relieve some of the pressure on Barty’s shoulders.

On a side note, congrats to Astra Sharma for her big run to a first WTA final in Colombia last week. She will almost certainly be named in the next Fed Cup squad given the inconsistency of both Stosur and Gavrilova in singles this year and the fact that Ajla Tomljanovic is seemingly still ineligible to play for Australia.

Where's the love for the Fed Cup?

Always awesome to hear from one of Australia’s greatest athletes (and a personal hero of mine) – Thanks Scott!

Just one minor quibble – don’t think it can be said that Cadel was nailed on to win that 2002 Giro – he was a totally unproven Grand Tour rookie with five tough stages to go and a narrow lead over guys like Hamilton (at about 20 seconds), Salvodelli and Tonkov – making the podium would have been a minor miracle.

Think his unluckiest moment was probably at the 2009 Vuelta – would have been interested to hear his thoughts on “that” Spanish mechanic. Still believe that the whole thing was a national conspiracy designed to get Valverde over the line for his first Grand Tour win. 😉 .

Cadel Evans talks to The Roar: Great Ocean Road Race, Tour de France and more

Have to stick up for the Titans here- the only reason no-one ever jumps on their bandwagon is that generally they never make it further than the Broncos.

The one time they did, they got 45 000 to Suncorp to watch their “home” Preliminary Final (back in 2010).

You’re right about the fact that Queenslanders are generally less parochial about their club footy sides. Maybe we’re just more tolerant and open minded. 😉

AFL reveals fixture for 2019

I’m not suggesting that they be given any leadership positions within the New South Wales team or that they should be paid for playing state cricket during their international bans.

I just think that the fact that the (former) captain and vice-captain of Australia were playing an entire summer of Shield cricket would be enough to show that something significant had happened. I think it would do wonders for the legitimacy of the competition to at least have them available for the second half (similar to Bancroft), regaining some first-class form.

Will admit, however, that it has been very amusing to see Warner fed back some of his own medicine in grade cricket. Hopefully the experience does him some good in the long run.

Hard but fair: Will anything really change following Cape Town?

Agree, think it would have been fantastic for all parties (especially the Shield) to have Warner, Smith and Bancroft playing first-class cricket with their states for the entirety of this summer.

Hard but fair: Will anything really change following Cape Town?

*if they brought him back before the end of the suspension period.

Time for Cricket Australia to end the Smith, Warner and Bancroft bans

Agree entirely with this comment. To use another current political analogy, it would be like re-installing Barnaby Joyce as Deputy PM (as some in the Nats seem to be suggesting behind closed doors).

Those in favour of the notion seem to have little idea about just how much his reputation has been trashed (especially with rural women) and just how much damage it would do to the long-term prospects of the National Party.

David Warner is currently viewed in a similar light by Australian cricket fans and globally, Cricket Australia would be laughed at before the end of the suspension period.

Time for Cricket Australia to end the Smith, Warner and Bancroft bans

Fittler said on the Sunday Footy Show a couple of weeks back that he was never going to be considered this year, but that he may come into contention for a spot in the next year or two if things stay as they are (on and off the field).

After Women in League Round, we need to talk about Matt Lodge. Again

Well, that just about wraps it up for tonight. Thanks for joining The Roar’s live coverage of the 2018 Tour de France and I hope you have enjoyed every single moment!

Special thanks to the other members of the team, Scott Pryde and Ryan Day, for the late nights spent covering the race.

On behalf of the team, it’s been a pleasure covering the race for you. Au Revoir, farewell, and see you next year!

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

And here are the words of the man who has pulled off perhaps the biggest win in Welsh sporting history, Geraint Thomas:

When I rode it for the first time, 2007, that was insane, just to finish the race and just to be part of it. And now to be riding around winning it, you’ve got to pinch yourself. I think it won’t sink in for a few months. For now it’s a whirlwind. I just seem to be floating around, on cloud nine.

Maybe when I’m like 70, sat in a corner of a pub telling some 18-year-old what I used to be. It’s just incredible. It’s the stuff of dreams.

It’s insane. I stayed off Twitter for most of the race. I didn’t want to get distracted. I went on last night and it was insane to see the response from back home. The amount of well-wishers, compliments from fellow riders and fellow sportsmen from Wales, people I’ve always looked up to, rugby players. It’s insane. I really appreciate all that support. It’s incredible.“

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Here are Kristoff’s thoughts on his stage win:

“It’s a dream come true. I’ve dreamt about this victory for many years. I’ve been close many times before but never managed to beat the faster guys like Cavendish, Greipel, or Kittel, but today they’re not here, they’re out after the mountains, and today I was the fastest, so I’m super happy!

“I was a bit far back after the tunnel but I was with [Roberto] Ferrari then Trek did a really good lead-out from behind and I managed to get John’s wheel. I started in a good position and passed John, and it was still far out, but I saw nobody, and in the last 20 metres I was sure I was going to win. I’m so happy I managed to do it.”

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Here is the stage result:

1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates 02:46:36
2. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
3. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
5. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
6. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors
7. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
8. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
10. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

No changes to the Top 10 overall.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog


It’s an historic day for Welsh cycling as Thomas makes it through unscathed.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

It’s been a long wait for a third Tour stage win for Alexander Kristoff. After promising so much in his breakthrough 2014 Tour, where he won two stages, he had subsequently failed to register a result over the next three Tours and looked like making it a fourth winless race in a row this year. Many questioned whether he’d ever win another Tour stage. All that doesn’t matter now though, today he is the champion on the Champs Elysees!

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Arnaud Demare put in a good effort but came up third. Just timed it too late in the end.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Degenkolb went first but Kristoff came over the top and it was the European champion who has won his first Tour stage in four years!

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog


Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Lampaert caught.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Peloton bringing him back gradually but will it be too late?

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Belgian champion Yves Lampaert makes his move and he’ll be hard to stop with a kilometre to go.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

3km to go


Marco Marcado of UAE Emirates goes and he’s followed by Daniel Oss and Yves Lampaert.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Bahrain-Merida attempting to move up to the front. They’ll be wanting Sonny Colbrelli to finally bring home the bacon after a string of second place results this year and last.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

4.5km to go

Multiple teams now trying to make it to the front.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog