Anthony Tan Sun 25 January 2015, 09:00PM

Velo Files: All In The Timing...

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This year's Santos Tour Down Under has seen its share of superhuman feats, but if the final stage told us anything, it's that sometimes less is more, writes Anthony Tan from Adelaide, South Australia.

It could have gone either way.

Had Richie Porte, without doubt the strongest rider in this year's race, timed his moment 500-700 metres later on Paracombe, he, not Rohan Dennis, would have be wearing ochre Sunday in Adelaide.

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Anthony Tan Sat 24 January 2015, 07:00PM

Velo Files: Did He Jump Or Was He Pushed?

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Cadel Evans' decision to hang up his wheels was not as clear cut as one might have imagined, writes Anthony Tan from Willunga Hill, South Australia, following the fifth stage of the Santos Tour Down Under.

"Most of all, from a young age, when I started riding, I always thought that I want to step out of the sport without any regrets.

"I wouldn't say it (retirement) was initially easy to accept, but when I accepted that I'm going to stop racing at a high level, the reason (I did) was because I'm not going to actually have any regrets."

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Anthony Tan Fri 23 January 2015, 04:30PM

Velo Files: The Book Of Sky

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It worked a treat for two years with unabashed success in stage races; for one reason or another, it's stopped working. Depending on how events unfold at the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under, it may be time to rewrite the manual from the Book of Sky, writes Anthony Tan from Mount Barker, South Australia.

What we saw yesterday en route to Paracombe were typical tactics from the Team Sky Handbook.

Since Bradley Wiggins' superlative 2012 season, where he won Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie, Critérium du Dauphiné, and of course, the Tour de France, these typical tactics have been employed to devastating effect.

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Anthony Tan Thu 22 January 2015, 05:00PM

Velo Files: The Queen Stage

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Have we just seen our overall race winner? Atop Paracombe, Anthony Tan relives what he believes will be the defining stage of this year's Santos Tour Down Under.

"I'll think we'll have a much better indication after today. I think today's stage is the queen stage of the tour. It's a lot harder than the Willunga (Hill stage), and they'll be bigger splits today than Willunga."

So said Orica-GreenEDGE Matt White this morning in Norwood, asked if yesterday's stage to Stirling provided a clue as to who might win the 17th edition of the Tour Down Under.

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Anthony Tan Wed 21 January 2015, 02:00PM

Velo Files: The Missing Link

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There was room for a twentieth but for some reason organisers of the Santos Tour Down Under decided against it. The non-invitation of one team in particular was an opportunity that went begging, writes Anthony Tan from Stirling, South Australia.

Since the Tour Down Under became a WorldTour event in 2009, organisers duly invited the 18 teams obligated to race the first event on the calendar, and UniSA, the de facto Australian national team.

19 teams of seven riders each made for a 133-strong peloton; 65 down on what you might see at the Giro d'Italia or Tour de France (22 teams of nine riders), and 67 less than you'd get at Milano-Sanremo or Paris-Roubaix (25 teams of eight riders).

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