Venga Valverde?

With dodgy-ness still marring the sport - its biggest star is in the veritable dog house over salbutamol levels - how do you solve a problem like Alejandro Valverde? Do we have to?
This past weekend, Valverde put the lid on an overall victory of the five-stage Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The 37-year-old emphatically won two of the mountain stages defeating the likes of Luis Leon Sanchez, Adam Yates and Jakob Fug...
Team Sky has just named Chris Froome to its Ruta del Sol squad for mid February despite an ongoing investigation into his adverse finding. Sure, it might not be against the rules, but maybe it's time for Froome/Team Sky to read the room.
The four-time Tour de France winner may be under investigation for returning an adverse drugs test at last year's Vuelta a España, but Team Sky has pushed on regardless, naming him to their squad for next week's Ruta del Sol.  "I'm confid...
Signs that Esteban Chaves is back to his 2016 best are there but the road to the Giro is long and winding, writes Anthony Tan.
It's not difficult to be enamoured with that effervescent smile but let's swallow a chill pill or three and take a little time to digest what just happened, and what it actually means. In a field of just 101 riders, this year's Herald Sun...
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race showed that for a race to be deemed a Classic, it doesn't have to be old, writes Anthony Tan.
The remnants of the early breakaway, who took off at the drop of the flag, caught on the final of four ascents of Challambra Crescent. Shortly thereafter Peter Kennaugh, the 2016 winner, was first to force a selection. Jay McCarthy - Danie...

Tan Lines: Best TDU ever?

For a 20th anniversary edition this year's Santos Tour Down Under had just about everything a cycling aficionado could wish for, writes Anthony Tan.
'Stages the target in super sprint showcase at Santos Tour Down Under'. The headline in their January 9 press release couldn't have been more unequivocal: it was a singularly-focused strategy. "Mitchelton-Scott today named the seven-man te...

Tan Lines: Barely human

He came to South Australia expecting a little more of himself than his visit last year. But as of Friday afternoon at the Santos Tour Down under, Peter Sagan, despite all he's accomplished, is entering unknown territory, writes Anthony Tan.
How would you describe yourself? "Baah... Er, well... How I can describe me?" A long pause. A shrug of the shoulders. "Like (a) person. Human." After Friday's scorcher of a stage at the Santos Tour Down Under, one would have to agree that,...
As the GC at the Santos Tour Down Under stands there's 26 riders in front of the defending champion and seven men up to 20 seconds ahead. Yet if things remain status quo till Saturday, they'll be little to stop history repeating itself, writes...
A second on Stage 1. Two seconds on Stage 3. In so doing, Katusha's Nathan Haas has put himself three seconds in front of a group of favourites including its most recent winner, Richie Porte of BMC Racing. Another Aussie in the general cla...
Following a season of sprinting he'd rather forget, André Greipel has reverted to what worked in the past, writes Anthony Tan.
Victory salute aside, he shows the same sort of emotion whether you ask him about the bubonic plague as his most recent WorldTour win. That's André Greipel. That's how he is. For him, "nice" could be anything from describing his Uber drive...
Yet again, Ballarat has been the centrepiece of a fabulous festival of cycling. The local support for the event has built it into what it is today, a celebration of road cycling that keeps on getting better.
In the past, I've sat on the fence when the question of moving the nationals from away from Ballarat comes up. My thinking was split between the benefits of making the national championships truly 'national' and broadening the supporter ba...
When you place so much pressure on yourself, there's only one outcome that will sate the appetite, writes Anthony Tan.
"Anything less than a win would be a disappointment." That pretty much sums up the pep talk to one individual before the Australian men's criterium championship last night in Ballarat. Of course I'm talking about Caleb Ewan. Who else? His...