Philip Gomes



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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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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The Shark bites but can an Aussie bite back?

10 July 2014 | 12:00 - By Philip Gomes

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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