Australian great Phil Anderson will join some of the nation’s best current riders at the 2015 Launceston Cycling Festival, with the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame inductee confirming his attendance the Stan Siejka Cycling Classic.

Anderson, the first ever non-European to wear the iconic Tour de France yellow jersey, will travel to the Festival as a guest of the organising committee and is expected to ride several laps of the City Park course but is yet to decide whether he will join the masters race.

“It was fantastic that the event organisers were able to secure Chris Froome to ride in Tasmania last year,” Anderson said.

“The Stan Siejka Cycling Classic has always attracted high calibre riders and I am really glad to see that it has caught the attention of World Tour riders who consider the field is strong enough for them to sharpen their form as they build a base for the start of the international season. I am really looking forward to attending the race."

Anderson’s presence will be sure to inspire the 2015 line-up of elite male and female riders, which includes two-time Classic winner Neil van der Ploeg, Nathan Earle, Matthew Goss, Dutchman Koen de Kort, new Orica-AIS signing Annemiek van Vleuten and locals Macey Stewart and Lauren Perry.

These headline riders will be backed by strong teams, with Drapac Pro Cycling, Orica-AIS, Avanti Racing, High5 Dream Team, CharterMason Giant Racing, GPM Stulz, Mobius Future Racing and Dulux TIS all travelling to Launceston.

Wednesday 2 Dec 2015

Australia's track cycling team will compete closer to home this month when they contest the first ever UCI Trace World Cup to be staged in New Zealand.

A 20-rider strong team has been named for the second round of the 2015/16 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Series to be hosted in Cambridge from 4-6 December.

Reigning team pursuit world champions and world record holders Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson and Melissa Hoskins will compete for the first time in their rainbow jerseys. They will be joined by Isabella King, who continues to make a return from illness and reigning national team pursuit champion Georgia Baker who claimed gold in the individual pursuit and omnium and October's Oceania Championships.

Five time world champion and Olympic silver medallist Michael Hepburn returns to the World Cup circuit for the first time since 2012 as he locks the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in his sights.

Olympic silver medallist Jack Bobridge will also line up at his first world cup since 2012 after he also returned to the track earlier this year.

Joining them Olympic silver medallist Glenn O'Shea and London Olympian Alex Edmondson. Rounding out the men's endurance squad is Luke Davison and Mitchell Mulhern, ensuring all six riders boast a team pursuit world championship.

Matthew Glaetzer, who claimed silver in the keirin at the Cali World Cup following two Oceania titles in October, will be looking for more success on the world stage.

National Championship sprint silver medallist Peter Lewis, former junior world champions Jacob Schmid and Patrick Constable, and team sprint specialist Nathan Hart round out the team.

Anna Meares and Stephanie Morton who claimed silver in the team sprint in Cali will again line up in the sprint events. They are joined by three time world champion Kaarle McCulloch, who is continuing her track season following three gold medals at the Oceania Championships.

“In terms of performance, he’s been a winner and a loser too. [His bad luck is not] due to a lack of preparation or conditioning. I’ve not seen him wither away on the bike unless there was a real reason for it. He can win a grand tour because he can go three weeks in a stage race, he has the qualities and abilities, he’s a good rider in the peloton, he can hold his position. He can climb and time trial, and that’s more of what this 2016 Tour is about.”

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China's capital and many cities in the northern part of the country recorded the worst smog of the year with air quality devices in some areas unable to read such high levels of pollutants. Levels of PM 2.5, considered the most hazardous, crossed 600 units in Beijing, nearly 25 times the acceptable standard set by the World Health Organization.

If there is one thing that has eluded Team Sky over the years is a big cobbled classics win. Sure, they've done well in the minor classics, but never a Roubaix or Flanders. But maybe 2016 is the year after several significant signings, not the least of which was 2014 world champion, Michal Kwiatkowski.

Judging by images posted to social media, a breakthrough win is a priority, with the team already hitting the Arenberg cobbles in some early preparation.


 

We love a bit of understated elegance in cycling kit, and Movistar with more or less a singular sponsor to highlight defines that, but a national champion in your ranks is something to celebrate, isn't it? 

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