Al Hinds



The Astana chronicles

17 October 2014 | 17:00 - By Al Hinds

The third positive this year for an Astana rider is the just the latest chapter in the team’s shadowy history.

Alexandre Vinokourov has been at it for quite some time... (Getty Images/AFP)

Alexandre Vinokourov has been at it for quite some time... (Getty Images/AFP)

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If the MPCC wants to retain any relevance to the anti-doping movement going forward, it needs to eject Astana from its membership immediately, writes Al Hinds.


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Seven kilometres from the Ponferrada finish, Michal Kwiatkowski, dared to dream.

Soaking it up... Michael Kwiatkowski. (Getty Images/AFP)

Soaking it up... Michael Kwiatkowski. (Getty Images/AFP)

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Vale Beijing

24 September 2014 | 16:00 - By Al Hinds

It's the end of the line for the Tour of Beijing, and none too soon, writes Al Hinds.


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Froome-Contador redux

07 September 2014 | 17:00 - By Al Hinds

Earlier this week we published a review of the film, Slaying the Badger, a documentary that follows Greg LeMond’s journey to become the first non-European to win the Tour de France, in 1986. But the story itself is nothing without Bernard Hinault, the elder French champion, who continually rattles LeMond’s nerve throughout, keeping the American on his toes until the finish.

Chris Froome (pictured) and Alberto Contador have reignited their rivalry at the Vuelta a Espaa. (Getty Images/AFP)

Chris Froome (pictured) and Alberto Contador have reignited their rivalry at the Vuelta a Espaa. (Getty Images/AFP)

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You’re fully aware that you haven’t ridden a bike for more than five minutes in over six weeks, you’ve been eating like a slob, and your recent physical activity level could at best be described as ‘slothful’. And yet somehow, you’re totally and utterly convinced that when you jump back on the bike, for that first, ice-breaking ride, it’ll all be fine. That you’ll be conquering Cols like the pros.

It's best to ride alone on the first ride back (Getty Images)

It's best to ride alone on the first ride back (Getty Images)

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Why BMC is back on track under Allan Peiper

07 August 2014 | 2:00 - By Al Hinds

Twelve months after the departure of its founding Sports Director John Lelangue, BMC is proceeding full bore with a dramatic restructure set to further establish Allan Peiper’s vision for its future. While it’s still early days, there’s plenty of promise from the first forays of Peiper's reign at the helm, writes Al Hinds.

BMC's Tejay van Garderen (Getty Images)

BMC's Tejay van Garderen (Getty Images)

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Tour Diary Day #20

26 July 2014 | 3:00 - By Al Hinds

I have a very, very good job, and I am very, very fortunate to do it, but it does have one caveat.

It's not all bad... Dom and I in front of the Chateau Monbazilliac. (SBS)

It's not all bad... Dom and I in front of the Chateau Monbazilliac. (SBS)

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