Philip Gomes



The science is in on baggies vs Lycra

14 November 2014 | 11:00 - By Philip Gomes

When I decided to get back into riding off-road late last year I was presented with a choice, baggies or Lycra?

Cannondale's Marco Fontana is one of the biggest proponents of the baggy look on the World Cup circuit (AAP)

Cannondale's Marco Fontana is one of the biggest proponents of the baggy look on the World Cup circuit (AAP)

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Does women's cycling even need a Tour de France?

28 October 2014 | 13:00 - By Philip Gomes

International Cycling Union President Brian Cookson has ruled out the possibility of a women's Tour de France run at the same time as the men's three week race.

The women's La Course was a huge event which raised the profile of women's professional cycling (AAP)

The women's La Course was a huge event which raised the profile of women's professional cycling (AAP)

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Too soon to get the band back together?

22 October 2014 | 10:00 - By Philip Gomes

When is it a good time to get the old band back together again? That’s a question I’ve been asking myself when I heard the news that several members of the 1999 Tour de France winning U.S. Postal Service (USPS) team would be riding together at the 25 October Gran Fondo Hincapie.

Lance Armstrong (L) and George Hincapie (R) in their USPS heyday at the 2004 Tour de Frrance (Getty)

Lance Armstrong (L) and George Hincapie (R) in their USPS heyday at the 2004 Tour de Frrance (Getty)

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Three Grand Tours full gas? Maybe not

14 October 2014 | 10:00 - By Philip Gomes

Tinkoff-Saxo has now published an expanded version of the “three Grand Tours in one season” idea floated by its billionaire owner Oleg Tinkov, and even with some extra meat on its bones, it still isn’t a good one for the riders.

Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov with his Vuelta a Espana winner Alberto Contador (Sirotti)

Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov with his Vuelta a Espana winner Alberto Contador (Sirotti)

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A better way for Tinkov to spend a million

08 October 2014 | 11:00 - By Philip Gomes

Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov has continued with his one-man effort to get all of the key Grand Tour contenders to race together in not just one or two of the big races, but all three, adding a $1.4 million incentive for riders to his earlier taunts.

Oleg Tinkov has added a big cash incentive to get the best Grand Tour riders head-to-head through the season (CC)

Oleg Tinkov has added a big cash incentive to get the best Grand Tour riders head-to-head through the season (CC)

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Time for Vino to man up

02 October 2014 | 15:00 - By Philip Gomes

With the news of a second positive anti-doping test at Astana it’s time for Alexandr Vinokurov to man-up for once in his life and take a hit for the sake of the sport.

Alexandr Vinokurov and 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali on the Champs-Elysees (AAP)

Alexandr Vinokurov and 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali on the Champs-Elysees (AAP)

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Tinkov trash talking the sport back to the past

24 September 2014 | 14:00 - By Philip Gomes

One of the big problems in professional cycling is that we don’t get to see the best Grand Tour riders in the world ride head-to-head often enough.

Oleg Tinkov wants Alberto Contador to go toe-to-toe with Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali at the 2015 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France (AAP)

Oleg Tinkov wants Alberto Contador to go toe-to-toe with Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali at the 2015 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France (AAP)

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One last hour of pain with Jens

18 September 2014 | 10:00 - By Philip Gomes

The hype is building and if it all goes to plan Jens Voigt will be the new holder of the world hour record on Friday morning.

Jens Voigt is expected to set a new world hour benchmark on the Velodrome Suisse  track (AAP)

Jens Voigt is expected to set a new world hour benchmark on the Velodrome Suisse track (AAP)

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