Steve Thomas Tue 23 September 2014, 02:00PM

Livigno the high life

cycling, Italy, Livigno, Steve Thomas

There is nothing like a good fillet, some rice and a little salad, or at least that’s what Alberto says when he’s in town – Contador that is. As for the Italians? Mama’s pasta is never far from their top choice.

After apologising for talking so much, the friendly waitress at the Hotel La Tea continued to talk some more and then some more, so much so that I could have written a behind the scenes dining feature on half of the top talent in today’s peloton.

It was early morning, mid-Vuelta, and a quiet time in Livigno, Italy. Or at least it was as far as cyclists were concerned. Tag on the MTB worlds, and the rooms were almost empty of lycra in Europe’s premier altitude training town of choice.

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Anthony Tan Mon 22 September 2014, 09:00PM

Velo Files: Beating The Unbeaten

Road, AUS, Simon Gerrans, Alejandro Valverde, ESP, Movistar

As far as Anthony Tan is concerned there is only one man Simon Gerrans need concern himself with this Sunday, as he attempts to repeat the feat of Cadel Evans five years ago.

"He's an incomparable rider. There's not one able to keep as much focus and willingness to win through the whole season like he does. He performs just like the best and gives us lots of reasons to keep supporting him every day. Though he's spent so much time at the top, he shows us to be feeling like a 25-year-old. He's superb."

Take a guess and ask yourself who is delivering the praise and who is being praised.

Out of the 500 odd riders in the WorldTour, which rider maintains complete focus from his first race day to the last?

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Anthony Tan Fri 19 September 2014, 09:00AM

Velo Files: Should Cadel Stop?

cycling, road, anthony tan, cadel evans, retirement, gazzetta, giro d'italia, tour de france

It's a question being bandied around a lot of late, and in Australia at least, speculation is reaching fever pitch. For Anthony Tan, the answer is simple.

Realistically, how many more chances do you think you have left to win the Tour de France?

'Two, maybe three...'

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Philip Gomes Thu 18 September 2014, 10:00AM

One last hour of pain with Jens

cycling, Switzerland, Grenchen, Jens Voigt, Trek Factory Racing, World Hour Record,

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.

After a long career which includes 17 Tours de France, the 42-year-old German should leave professional cycling with a bang.

Voigt is if nothing a very determined character and the ‘hour’ record, set in 2005 and which currently stands at 49.7km, would receive a boost of recognition if he were to take it from today’s holder, Czech Ondrej Sosenka.

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Kath Bicknell Tue 16 September 2014, 01:00PM

The real appeal of a teams 24

cycling, Australia, MTB, Mont 24hr, Scott, Thule, Bright, teams, night riding

Some of the biggest draw cards of a good 24 hour race aren’t just what happens on the bike, but the things that happen off it. Lucky there's a few 24s to choose from then.

24 Hour season is about to begin. The Scott Australian 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships begin in two Saturday's time at Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra. On October 25-26 the Mont 24 (Kowen Forest, also in the ACT) and the Thule B24 in Bright, Victoria, offer riders two more chances to surrender a good night's sleep.

A good 24 is an annual pilgrimage for some riders and a great way to get more involved in the sport for many more. The basic idea is that teams send riders off in a relay style format from midday Saturday until midday Sunday, a mountain bike event format that first hit Australia in 1999.

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