Mike Tomalaris Mon 19 January 2015, 01:00PM

A homegrown winner for the TDU

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In the days leading up to the first race of cycling's World Tour, and despite the uncertainties of which rider might dominate, I'm sure the winner of the Santos Tour Down Under will likely be Australian.

Defending champion Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE) is out of the race after crashing and injuring his shoulder in training but after looking at the form guide, another Aussie is likely to replace him as TDU winner.

The first big race of the season for any sport is always difficult to predict, therefore the only clues can only be formulated from attitude, mind-set and language.

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Mike Tomalaris Tue 11 November 2014, 11:00AM

My Aussie 'Team of the Century'

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The process of assembling a Tour de France “Team of the Century” featuring Australian only riders is not so easy, writes Mike Tomalaris.

Australia’s links with the world’s most famous cycle race dates back to 1914 when Victorian pair Don Kirkham and Snowy Munro were the first from our shores to take the challenge.

Cycling Australia launch Tour de France 'Team of the Century'

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Mike Tomalaris Tue 30 September 2014, 01:00PM

Saying what everyone is thinking

The women's road race at the UCI Road World Championships has certainly whipped up a hornet's nest online while several opinion pieces has kept discussions simmering.

In the days leading up to the live coverage from Ponferrada, the SBS commentary team was genuinely excited at bringing the elite women's event to Australian television screens.

By inviting Olivia Gollan and Henk Vogels onto the panel to share their expert opinion, experience and vast knowledge, we were satisfied the balance was right.

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Mike Tomalaris Thu 03 July 2014, 01:00PM

Ready to drop the Tour flag

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I have a confession to make. The idea of Yorkshire winning the tender to host the Grand Depart is still very difficult to comprehend but the UK’s biggest county in England’s north has worked extremely hard and rightfully deserves the accolade.

The Yorkshire bid was somewhat frowned upon and dismissed as a bit of a joke by traditionalists when the pitch to host the opening two days was conceived in 2011.

It wasn’t so much the aggressive approach as it was a novel exercise, moving the world’s most recognised tour from its origins to a remote part of European cycling was curious.

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Mike Tomalaris Mon 16 June 2014, 10:00AM

Cycling's World Cup XI

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With the FIFA World Cup dominating world wide interest and the SBS television and online screens doing the same for the next four weeks, most viewers, including regular followers of cycling, have been gripped by the matches from Brazil.

As we become familiar with the players from the 32 national teams, it got me thinking; what would a World Cup football team made up entirely of pro-cyclists look like if it took to the playing arena of the biggest sporting tournament on the planet?

Well, after gazing over the hundreds of riders who race over the roads on the UCI World Tour, the possibilities appear to be endless.

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