Time to free Lance

It was with some consternation that I dot watched the infamous Team Astana boss and 2012 Olympic road race champion Alexandr Vinokourov drop a 9hr 13min 37sec at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii this past weekend.
The 2018 race was incredible. The fastest in history due to the conditions was pretty much a good day for everyone except those hoping for consistency in anti-doping sentencing and a little less hypocrisy in sport and cycling. The tale of ...
Mark Renshaw’s name has been synonymous with that of Mark Cavendish for about a decade, but is that about to change (again)?
Renshaw on Friday announced a contract extension with Dimension Data for the 2019 season in which he made no direct reference to his long-time Manx teammate. In a team statement, the 35-year-old highlighted his desire to work with new sign...
The UCI recently announced a series of reforms, the most significant of which include the introduction of a minimum salary and a two-tiered racing system for the women’s peloton.
David Lappartient confirmed this week that the minimum wage would equal approximately $50,000AUD, the same amount that currently applies to men’s Continental teams. This will come into effect from 2020 and will apply to women’s teams which...
Unlike previous world championships where Australia brought a favourite, our nation could've done with another dark horse in Innsbruck, writes Anthony Tan.
In a climb-heavy race of attrition, is Alejandro Valverde so different from the constantly maturing and evolving Romain Bardet, Michael Woods and Tom Dumoulin? It was a question I was asking myself after the conclusion of the 258.5 kilomet...
What happens when esteemed cycling and sports writer Rupert Guinness turns that journalistic mind to his own two-wheel adventure? A ripping yarn, bookended by tragedy and triumph, writes Rachel de Bear.
Whether we ride to the shops, to work, or bomb around trails or tarmac, us bike riders get 'it'. We share what it means to ride a bike, bonded by a feeling we can’t describe but often wear on our faces and demeanour. Don't ride? Perhaps th...
It's a sad fact of life, but it often takes a tragic twist before one understands and appreciates the meaning of sacrifice, writes Anthony Tan.
It's already hump day so you've probably forgotten about your weekend, though I'm sure it's not too difficult to remember. With Spring having reared its head, many of you probably got up for an early morning bunch ride Saturday, which, aft...
It would appear that the UCI’s forgetful course designer has struck yet again, this time at the Innsbruck Road World Championships.
We’ve already seen his (or her) handiwork at last year’s World Championships in Bergen, where the Mount Fløyen climb that so dramatically animated the men’s time trial was somehow completely left off the women’s race. And then there’s his ...
The issue is bigger than the current Tour de France champion's view on compulsory helmet use, writes Anthony Tan.
"I've never ridden a bike in London, apart from in a race," said the 2018 Tour de France champion. "I've watched from a taxi and it does seem a bit crazy. I would certainly make helmets compulsory." From accidental hero to social media par...

Fun in the sun at La Vuelta

It might not be the biggest of the grand tours, nor can it boast the highest calibre field. But is the Vuelta a España the most enjoyable? A slightly red Kieran Pender certainly thinks so after a few days at his first tour of Spain.
The fierce Spanish sun is beating down on chef Iñaki Albistur, but he seems unperturbed. He is deep in concentration, preparing a tapa for me on a makeshift kitchen table near the start-line of an early stage of the Spanish grand tour. The...
If there's a Grand Tour that you should withhold a wager before the wheels begin turning it's the Vuelta a España, writes Anthony Tan.
Among the GC contenders, there is a huge variation in form and their raison d'être in Spain: just because one can ride GC doesn't mean they will, or have the urge to. As for the rest, many have announced a change of team or are in search f...