Philip Gomes



Kristoff on the verge of cycling immortality

06 April 2015 | 11:00 - By Philip Gomes

There can be no doubt that in Alexander Kristoff the best rider won the Tour of Flanders, but what about the rest?

Niki Terpstra (L) and Alexander Kristoff  (R) making the decisive move on the Paterberg (Sirotti)

Niki Terpstra (L) and Alexander Kristoff (R) making the decisive move on the Paterberg (Sirotti)

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For those who closely follow professional cycling the just released Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report offers no new insight but for many it will serve as a reminder that there is a lot of work ahead for the sport.

Past UCI president Pat McQuaid was singled out by CIRC for poor management of doping issues (AAP).

Past UCI president Pat McQuaid was singled out by CIRC for poor management of doping issues (AAP).

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Ulissi's return highlights the MPCC's weakness

12 February 2015 | 9:00 - By Philip Gomes

Diego Ulissi will return to WorldTour racing on 6 April at the Volta al Pais Vasco after a nine-month ban for Salbutamol.

After a doping suspension Diego Ulissi will restart his career at the Volta al Pais Vasco (Sirotti)

After a doping suspension Diego Ulissi will restart his career at the Volta al Pais Vasco (Sirotti)

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Arab races coming of age

10 February 2015 | 13:00 - By Philip Gomes

Dubai, Qatar and Oman are not places where many cycling traditionalists ever thought they would see great racing but that is exactly what is happening today.

Echelons were the order of the day on Stage 2 of the Tour of Qatar (Getty)

Echelons were the order of the day on Stage 2 of the Tour of Qatar (Getty)

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There is no question that for Astana and Kazakh cycling, 2014 was an annus horribilis, the team photo was pinned to everyone’s wall like it was a FBI most wanted poster.

Alexandre Vinokourov continues to fire back at his critics (AAP)

Alexandre Vinokourov continues to fire back at his critics (AAP)

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Cant came close but misses the mark

03 February 2015 | 15:00 - By Philip Gomes

Post race interviews can be a treacherous time for any athlete, where emotions collide with the need to feed the media, and Belgium’s Sanne Cant rode headlong into that mix on Sunday at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.

Sanne Cant (Rear) could only look on as Pauline Ferrand-Prevot won the Cyclo-Cross world championship (AAP)

Sanne Cant (Rear) could only look on as Pauline Ferrand-Prevot won the Cyclo-Cross world championship (AAP)

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Lance goes punk to make a point

29 January 2015 | 17:30 - By Philip Gomes

By now it should be clear that Lance Armstrong does not care what you think of him, and in a series of recent interviews with the BBC he reinforced that again with his ongoing take on doping in cycling.

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Cav F-bombs San Luis

20 January 2015 | 8:00 - By Philip Gomes

In what was probably the most exciting thing to ever happen at the Tour de San Luis, Mark Cavendish gave a masterclass in how to be controversial in a pre-event press conference and now everyone knows about the Argentine race.

Mark Cavendish went toe-to-toe with journalists at the Tour de San Luis (CC)

Mark Cavendish went toe-to-toe with journalists at the Tour de San Luis (CC)

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