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When the rules are not in writing, as far as the Giro d'Italia is concerned, those rules are made to be broken, writes Anthony Tan.
In Bormio the maglia rosa said "I'm angry with myself", but if you saw his face immediately afterwards, and his reaction to stage winner and defending Giro champion Vincenzo Nibali, who he did not acknowledge nor congratulate, he wasn't ju...

Tan Lines: One moto more

Given recent history, it may seem counter-intuitive to put another motorbike in the peloton. But according to Anthony Tan, in order to improve riders' safety, that's exactly what professional cycling needs.
Sunday in Sydney, a number of roads around the CBD were closed for the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon and if you were in the vicinity, those on four wheels bore the brunt of it. "Key roads will be closed in the Sydney CBD, The Rocks, ...
A series of high profile deaths has stunned the cycling community, leaving many of us to question whether to ride at all. In two admirable beings, Anthony Tan has found reason to keep pedalling.
The incessant chatter about housing affordability in Australia appears to be creating a generational divide, not unlike the class system in Britain that irks me no end. On talkback radio, when the subject presents itself all too frequently...

Tan Lines: Up to speed

Caleb Ewan's maiden stage win at the Giro d'Italia was confirmation of something he already proved three months earlier, writes Anthony Tan.
It was not this year's Tour Down Under - after taking out the People's Choice Classic, he won four out of six stages on offer - where I believed Caleb Ewan had come of age. It was one month later, in the Middle East of all places; the fina...
Despite their success, they prefer life away from the spotlight. They prefer the simple life because in order to understand themselves, they've had to find themself, writes Anthony Tan.
I've sat down with André Greipel for a one-on-one interview only once. But even if I hadn't, it's clear why he doesn't garner attention the way Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel and Fernando Gaviria do. The spark in his sprint tha...

Tan Lines: Odd men out

If the peloton is the office of professional cyclists, then the incident between Kévin Reza and Gianni Moscon should have been dealt with very differently, writes Anthony Tan.
Imagine, just for a moment, that Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon was not a professional cyclist but a run-of-the-mill office worker. Imagine also that FDJ's Kévin Reza was not a pro cyclist but like Moscon, another run-of-the-mill office work...
We didn't need another fatality, but the death of Astana rider Michele Scarponi has got Anthony Tan asking himself the same question all over again: Is it still worth it?
As a regular reader of The Australian Financial Review, I can tell you each Friday, the paper publishes a liftout called Life & Leisure. As the name implies, it's all about doing stuff other than work, which very much appeals to me. Mo...
When it comes to remuneration, there appears to be a point where so much is too much, writes Anthony Tan.
'Treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen.' Back in the day, that's the advice I got from a few mates when I lamented why some less than savoury blokes always seemed to get the good-looking girls, and the good guys (that including me, of course) walk...

Aru's Giro dream scuttled

A knee problem has disrupted Fabio Aru's training and racing calendar and forced him out of the upcoming Giro d'Italia.
Aru was looking forward to challenging defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) for the Giro title. His Astana team said he is suffering from "prepatellar bursitis", an irritation which causes pain ...
Paris-Roubaix ended not how he wanted it, but Tom Boonen nevertheless now walks - not rides - away from a career with far more highs than lows, and much to be proud of, writes Anthony Tan.
Had the Scheldeprijs, the oldest still-existing cycling race in Flanders, been held the week after Paris-Roubaix like it had been till 2009, Tom Boonen might have chosen it instead of last Sunday as his swansong. "I could have retired afte...