It goes without saying the international TV coverage and worldwide
exposure the Tour de France's new one-day women's race
will be an enormous advertisement for the women's game at a time when
it's screaming for global attention, recognition and respect.
There's no doubt the accolades at the continued work and commitment for the women's cause belong to the vision of UCI heavyweights Tracey Gaudry and Brian Cookson. Their pledge to change the image of world cycling is being realised and subsequently acted upon by the ASO.
But where does Australian cycling sit in terms of supporting women's cycling?
It’s always a delight to see the beaming face of German legend Jens Voigt at the Santos Tour Down Under.
The morning after touching down from an exhausting flight from Europe, and despite Adelaide’s intense heatwave conditions, Jensie was willing to accommodate and have a chat with a story to tell.
Minutes after completing his first training ride with the new-look Trek Factory Racing team, I couldn’t help but reflect on our parallel careers in the sport, and fondly reminded him of the coincidence.
Cycling Australia's new High Performance director Brad McGee will have an abundance of talent at his disposal when selecting the elite men's team for the UCI Road World Championships.
I cannot recall an era when there has been so many riders with climbing attributes.
It wasn't so long ago when European-based Australian roadies were known for their sprinting prowess only.
The national backlash since Stuart O'Grady confessed to taking EPO prior
to the 1998 Tour de France has been quite startling to say the least, writes Mike Tomalaris.
It seems one costly mistake made 15 years ago may forever taint a brilliant career - one which has brought so many historical moments and memories.
Is it fair to continuously grind Stuey into oblivion as some ignorant members of the non-cycling media and community have chosen to do?
It's been another fantastic Tour de France with many amazing moments to treasure, in fact far too many to list, writes Mike Tomalaris.
Right now I don't need to tell you how amazing the Chris Froome story is or how Mark Cavendish remains the best at what he does despite a strong challenge from Marcel Kittel.
Nor do I need to mention how Nairo Qintana is a complete revelation and that Alberto Contador's attempts to dislodge Froome for the race lead showed his true character, all of these exploits are well known.