Philip Gomes



Another Tour de France is done and dusted and all that’s left is for fans and pundits alike to dissect the race and give it some context, writes Philip Gomes.

vincenzo Nibali was untroubled as he rode to his first Tour de France victory (AAP)

vincenzo Nibali was untroubled as he rode to his first Tour de France victory (AAP)

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"Lo Squalo" bites back at Tinkov

20 July 2014 | 11:00 - By Philip Gomes

The idea that Vincenzo Nibali is somehow not a deserving or worthy champion appears to be growing since Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were both forced out of the Tour de France due to injury.

Vincenzo Nibali has been a dominant presence at the 2014 Tour de France since its beginning (Getty)

Vincenzo Nibali has been a dominant presence at the 2014 Tour de France since its beginning (Getty)

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Purito loses in order to win

18 July 2014 | 17:00 - By Philip Gomes

Cycling can sometimes be a tough sport to access for the uninitiated, and with 22 teams and 200 riders at the Tour de France all harbouring different duties and goals, it can be endlessly complex.

Joaquim Rodriguez... a big-time player. (Sirotti)

Joaquim Rodriguez... a big-time player. (Sirotti)

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Whatever you may think about the outcome of Stage 5 of the Tour de France one thing is certain, fortune favours the brave.

Vincenzo Nibali is in the box seat after five stages but the Tour is not over (AAP)

Vincenzo Nibali is in the box seat after five stages but the Tour is not over (AAP)

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Riis makes mischief with Sky soap opera

22 June 2014 | 13:00 - By Philip Gomes

Cycling fans aren’t the only interested observers of Team Sky's Tour de France selection dramas, even those close to the sport like Tinkoff-Saxo's Bjarne Riis have been, perhaps cheekily, drawn in by the soap opera.

Bjarne Riis is in the hunt for a Tour de France title with Alberto Contador (Sirotti)

Bjarne Riis is in the hunt for a Tour de France title with Alberto Contador (Sirotti)

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The hour unified

06 June 2014 | 10:00 - By Philip Gomes

While our eyes were turned toward the Giro d’Italia the International Cycling Union (UCI) made a significant change to the rules governing the world hour record.

Eddy Merckx sets new world one-hour cycling record October 25th, 1972, at the Olympic velodrome in Mexico City (Getty)

Eddy Merckx sets new world one-hour cycling record October 25th, 1972, at the Olympic velodrome in Mexico City (Getty)

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Colombian cohort a win for the Giro

26 May 2014 | 14:00 - By Philip Gomes

One of the more enjoyable aspects of this year's Giro d'Italia has been watching the effect of having 14 Colombians in the race, as Stage 15 clearly demonstrated.

Giro d'Italia race leader Rigoberto Uran chats to Colombian compatriot Julian Arredondo at the start of Stage 15 (Sirotti)

Giro d'Italia race leader Rigoberto Uran chats to Colombian compatriot Julian Arredondo at the start of Stage 15 (Sirotti)

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Should Matthews and Evans have waited?

16 May 2014 | 11:00 - By Philip Gomes

There are a number of unwritten rules in the professional road peloton but none are more vague than the one covering mass crashes on slick roads, as happened on Stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia.

Cadel Evans (C) and Michael Matthews (R) raced on while the majority of the peloton were picking themselves up off the road (Sirotti)

Cadel Evans (C) and Michael Matthews (R) raced on while the majority of the peloton were picking themselves up off the road (Sirotti)

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