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...
They said it was too far out. They said it wouldn't matter. They said it was simply to please the fans. They were all wrong, writes Anthony Tan.
The headline on VeloNews read: "Muur doesn't matter to top pros racing Flanders". "It's nice that people can stand on the Muur again and take nice pictures," Quick Step Floors' Tom Boonen, on the eve of riding his penultimate race as a pro...
Friday morning, he was ready to ride the final kilometres of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race behind its inaugural winner. Now, like so many others around the world, Anthony Tan finds himself gutted.
Only yesterday, I told my fellow Cycling Central podcasters that the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race had reignited my passion for road cycling. The pro road scene, which I had religiously followed since the early 1990s and worked as a ...
It should have provided a much-needed extra layer of information, but Anthony Tan's Milan-San Remo experience of the Velon app was mostly underwhelming.
"Velon - a new experience, from the teams to the fans, taking you inside WorldTour cycling with real-time data, exhilarating GoPro videos and up close access to riders." They said they wanted to revolutionise the traditional, outdated, ma...
The relief on his face was palpable. Richie Porte was back on track for the Tour, his number one sporting priority for the year.
Even if he hadn't won the queen stage of Paris-Nice, it would not have been a complete disaster. Last year he finished third overall (behind Geraint Thomas and Alberto Contador) and didn'twin a stage, yet enjoyed his best ever Grand Tour p...
The discourse surrounding cycling for women has come a long way in the last 20 years. But imagine how this space could look if more people spoke about cycling the way women do.
The theme for International Women’s Day this year is #BeBoldForChange. I find myself feeling grateful for the number of bold changes that have already happened from within the cycling world. But imagine if we made a few more. Right now. It...
It's mechanical doping but not as you think you know it. Race motorbikes have become the greatest modern-day evil in professional cycling, writes Anthony Tan.
"The motorbikes were everywhere today, even when I was in the second group. It's not Kwiatkowski's fault, because if the motorbikes come in front of me I would do the same, but we need to do something about it and have some rules about the...