Tom Palmer



Toward a more equitable cycling commentary

30 September 2014 | 16:00 - By Tom Palmer

A piece by regular Cycling Central contributor Anthony Tan about the women's road race in Ponferrada, yesterday, touched a nerve. While we defend its publication, and believe it to be a valid personal opinion, we also understand how it could be seen as divisive. In that spirit we welcome this response by Tom Palmer.

Spicing it up.. A ragged Alison Powers follows an attack from Carlee Taylor on the Ponferrada course.

Spicing it up.. A ragged Alison Powers follows an attack from Carlee Taylor on the Ponferrada course.

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Sprinting #101

30 October 2013 | 14:00 - By Tom Palmer

After literally crashing across the finish line in the final sprint finish of the Tour of Hainan yesterday, Tom Palmer felt like answering a question that he is often asked. What is bunch sprinting like?

But it was all going so well.. Tom Palmer (centre, red) caught behind a crash at the Tour of Hainan. (Supplied)

But it was all going so well.. Tom Palmer (centre, red) caught behind a crash at the Tour of Hainan. (Supplied)

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Zombies and Le Tour

28 June 2013 | 13:00 - By Tom Palmer

I think a lot these days about the potentially impending zombie apocalypse.

The Zombies are abating (Getty Images)

The Zombies are abating (Getty Images)

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Because the good guy always wins

02 April 2013 | 13:00 - By Tom Palmer

Do Peter Sagan’s podium antics at the Ronde van Vlaanderen highlight a problem with professional cycling's role models? Tom Palmer reflects on the race and whether we should expect more from our cycling stars and their attitude to women.

Women's Ronde Van Vlaanderen winner Marianne Vos (Getty)

Women's Ronde Van Vlaanderen winner Marianne Vos (Getty)

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The fruits of your labour

22 March 2013 | 9:45 - By Tom Palmer

After an unforgettable day on the bike in Taiwan, Tom Palmer waxes lyrical on how sweet the feeling of victory is within a well-oiled team, even if it's not your own personal success that you're celebrating.

Even the best riders don't make it to the finish without a lot of help. The difference between winning and being at the back of the grupetto might be one team-mate's effort in bringing forward bidons that you don't have to do, or another bridging a critical gap, or someone else prepping you for a sprint. You can't understate the role of your team-mates in your own success. (Tour de Taiwan)

Even the best riders don't make it to the finish without a lot of help. The difference between winning and being at the back of the grupetto might be one team-mate's effort in bringing forward bidons that you don't have to do, or another bridging a critical gap, or someone else prepping you for a sprint. You can't understate the role of your team-mates in your own success. (Tour de Taiwan)

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The great 'leg-drain'

27 February 2013 | 12:00 - By Tom Palmer

Does the Subaru National Road Series, and the domestic calendar represent an enticing alternative to slugging away in the amateur ranks in Europe? Tom Palmer thinks so, and hopes for a day when it won't even be something aspiring professionals think of in their pursuit of making a career out of the sport.

Cycling's spiritual home remains in Europe, but for more and more riders there are viable alternatives outside of the continent. Australia's own domestic series could in the future be where the best locals choose to race, rather than simply a development platform for the grassroots. (Getty Images)

Cycling's spiritual home remains in Europe, but for more and more riders there are viable alternatives outside of the continent. Australia's own domestic series could in the future be where the best locals choose to race, rather than simply a development platform for the grassroots. (Getty Images)

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Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

11 February 2013 | 14:00 - By Tom Palmer

With last week’s sport headlines it appears the Australian community is set to join battle-hardened cycling fans in the trenches in the war against doping.

Tom Palmer won the final stage of the UCI 2.2 New Zealand Cycle Classic in January (Adrian Rumney)

Tom Palmer won the final stage of the UCI 2.2 New Zealand Cycle Classic in January (Adrian Rumney)

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