Philip Gomes Wed 24 September 2014, 02:00PM

Tinkov trash talking the sport back to the past

cycling,grand tours,Oleg Tinkov, UCI,plan,reform,,Contador,Froome,Nibali

One of the big problems in professional cycling is that we don’t get to see the best Grand Tour riders in the world ride head-to-head often enough.

Tinkoff-Saxo’s owner Oleg Tinkov wants to change that and so too does the International Cycling Union (UCI) with its long term plan to rejig the World Tour calendar.

"We proposed in an very informal way to the other teams. We believe the best riders should go up against each other in the biggest stage races in the calendar, it seems logical to us," Tinkoff-Saxo general manager Stefano Feltrin told Cyclingnews.

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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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Philip Gomes Mon 28 July 2014, 03:00PM

It was Nibali's Tour but the future is not far behind

cycling, France, Tour de France, Vincenzo Nibali, Astana

Another Tour de France is done and dusted and all that’s left is for fans and pundits alike to dissect the race and give it some context, writes Philip Gomes.

So what was the 2014 Tour all about? What can we take away from it? Was it any good? My take is that while there was a lot to enjoy, this race was not as good competitively as the Giro d’Italia, but your mileage may vary.

The mountains classification battle was interesting until the final week, but the general and points classifications were settled early on. That said, it allowed us to focus on other riders and their incredible performances, like the heartbreaking metres-only loss by Kiwi Jack Bauer to Alexander Kristoff.

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Philip Gomes Sun 20 July 2014, 11:00AM

"Lo Squalo" bites back at Tinkov

cycling, France, Tour de France, Vincenzo Nibali, Astana

The idea that Vincenzo Nibali is somehow not a deserving or worthy champion appears to be growing since Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were both forced out of the Tour de France due to injury.

This is the perplexing narrative that is developing around this year's Tour de France and it's one that needs to be immediately snuffed out.

While it may be an interesting debating point it's also utter rubbish, but at least one loud-mouth team owner is using his bully pulpit to spread a bit of manure around, giving the idea traction.

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Philip Gomes Fri 18 July 2014, 05:00PM

Purito loses in order to win

cycling, France, Tour de France, Joaquim Rodriguez, Katusha

Cycling can sometimes be a tough sport to access for the uninitiated, and with 22 teams and 200 riders at the Tour de France all harbouring different duties and goals, it can be endlessly complex.

One specific example at this year’s Tour underscores that complexity while at the same time allowing us to enjoy a rider ruthlessly crafting a place for himself on the final podium in Paris.

That sometimes unfathomable complexity is the real beauty of cycling, and it is what makes it so watchable for purists.

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