Al Hinds



Roubaix Report Cards

15 April 2014 | 18:00 - By Al Hinds

The cobbled classic season came to a close Sunday with a fittingly climactic finale at Paris-Roubaix. Eleven riders still in contention with six kilometres to go, an uncertain outcome to the last. The race provided a spectacle worthy of the hype, but what of the riders and teams? Al Hinds assesses the impact of the riders and teams that made this year’s Roubaix the race it was.

Top marks... Niki Terpstra on the top step of the podium at Paris-Roubaix. (Getty Images/AFP)

Top marks... Niki Terpstra on the top step of the podium at Paris-Roubaix. (Getty Images/AFP)

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A rip-roaring Ronde

07 April 2014 | 18:00 - By Al Hinds

It’s very rare a race lives up to its billing the way the Ronde van Vlaanderen did Sunday.

Greg Van Avermaet leads Fabian Cancellara at De Ronde. The order would be reversed at the finish in Oudenaarde. (AAP)

Greg Van Avermaet leads Fabian Cancellara at De Ronde. The order would be reversed at the finish in Oudenaarde. (AAP)

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Is Alberto back?

01 April 2014 | 17:00 - By Al Hinds

Alberto Contador's recent resurgence marks a substantial departure from the struggling Spaniard of just six months ago, and promises much for this year's Tour de France, writes Al Hinds.

Don't forget about me... Alberto Contador has put himself back into the frame for another Tour de France title after an impressive start to his 2014 season. (AAP)

Don't forget about me... Alberto Contador has put himself back into the frame for another Tour de France title after an impressive start to his 2014 season. (AAP)

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Wait, who? Alexander Kristoff? But I thought… but you said… but wasn’t there… Wait. Are you sure? But are you sure that you’re sure? Hmm.

Alexander Kristoff and Luca Paolini embrace after the 105th Milan-San Remo. (AAP)

Alexander Kristoff and Luca Paolini embrace after the 105th Milan-San Remo. (AAP)

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Spooked

18 March 2014 | 8:30 - By Al Hinds

Two serious road accidents in three days have gone a long way to scaring me off my bike.

The car may be battered, but the cyclists that involved in this accident fared far worse. It's got me thinking, what price is worth riding a bike? (Supplied)

The car may be battered, but the cyclists that involved in this accident fared far worse. It's got me thinking, what price is worth riding a bike? (Supplied)

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Following in the footsteps of an echo-chamber championship in Minsk, Belarus, Colombia can hold its head high for what was a well-supported and highly entertaining UCI Track World Championships in Cali. Midway through the Olympic cycle it was also a key battleground for potential Rio candidates, and for those heading to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, a dry-run for July.

Highlights from Cali... Australia's dominance in the team pursuit, Avila's stunning points race, and the rise and rise of Kristina Vogel. (Getty Images)

Highlights from Cali... Australia's dominance in the team pursuit, Avila's stunning points race, and the rise and rise of Kristina Vogel. (Getty Images)

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It’s inescapable. The doping scars of the peloton run deep, and despite our best efforts to move on, we can’t block our ears to the past and live in blissful ignorance. In the last two weeks, the 10th anniversary of Marco Pantani’s death, and the impending release of Stuart O’Grady’s autobiography have forced the cycling community to again think about the legacy of fallen stars, and the history of the sport in the context of doping.

A dopy generation.. Richard Virenque, Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich. (Getty Images)

A dopy generation.. Richard Virenque, Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich. (Getty Images)

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Bike slang

10 February 2014 | 15:00 - By Al Hinds

If you’re new to cycling or you’ve recently caught the riding bug over summer you’d be forgiven for thinking that the lycra-laden are speaking another language. It’s the one thing that I first noticed when I joined my local club back in 2005, familiar words being used in odd contexts.

Your average morning bunch ride has its fair share of wacky words. (Getty Images)

Your average morning bunch ride has its fair share of wacky words. (Getty Images)

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