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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Philip Gomes Thu 10 July 2014, 12:00PM

The Shark bites but can an Aussie bite back?

cycling, France, Tour de France, Vincenzo Nibali, Astana, Richie Porte, Sky

Whatever you may think about the outcome of Stage 5 of the Tour de France one thing is certain, fortune favours the brave.

Vincenzo Nibali has always had a nose for chance, they don’t call him the Shark of Messina for nothing, and he used that to sniff out a winning ride.

Already in yellow, Nibali rode like the Grand Tour winner he is, in front and marshalling his Astana troops with him. It was the kind of performance that wins Grand Tours.

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Philip Gomes Sun 22 June 2014, 01:00PM

Riis makes mischief with Sky soap opera

cycling, France, Tour de France, Team Sky, Bjarne Riis, Bradley Wiggins, Tinkoff-Saxo

Cycling fans aren’t the only interested observers of Team Sky's Tour de France selection dramas, even those close to the sport like Tinkoff-Saxo's Bjarne Riis have been, perhaps cheekily, drawn in by the soap opera.

Bradly Wiggins v Chris Froome and Chris Froome v Bradley Wiggins has been one of the best stories in professional cycling over the past two years.

Yet, despite well the reported tensions within the team, Sky has done what it set out to do when it began, winning the Tour. And it has done so with two strong but different personalities.

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Philip Gomes Fri 06 June 2014, 10:00AM

The hour unified

cycling, track, Fabian Cancellara, Bradley Wiggins, hour record, UCI

While our eyes were turned toward the Giro d’Italia the International Cycling Union (UCI) made a significant change to the rules governing the world hour record.

During May, the UCI ditched the old double standards which restricted riders to the equipment used by cycling legend Eddy Merckx when he set the record (49.431) in 1972, or the newer (post 2000) “Best Human Effort” and opened it up to any machine currently meeting endurance track cycling standards.

So as it now stands, the current men’s and women’s unified holders of the hour record are Czech Ondrej Sosenka (49.7km) and Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (46.065km), with both riders using equipment which meet current regulations.

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