Today's roundup puts you on board during Troy Brosnan's Mont St Anne downhill run, gives you Brian Holm's top pro style tips and checks in with our Olympic hopefuls one year out from Rio.
Thursday 6 Aug 2015

Troy Brosnan was agonisingly close to the win in Mont St Anne last weekend, coming in third - only 0.225 seconds off Josh Bryceland's fastest time. Check it out from Brosnan's perspective in this gripping helmetcam footage.

 

Drapac Cycling's Adam Phelan has taken the 'most valuable Aussie' prize overnight, taking 9th in the Stage 3 sprint at the Tour of Utah after avoiding a high-speed crash.

"It was a fast and tough finish circuit today and the bunch was pretty nervous heading into the steep climb the first lap," Phelan said. "Unfortunately for us we had three guys go down in a big crash on the descent just before. It's never fun seeing riders hit the deck at 80km/h."

"Over the top it all started to come back to together and started looking like a bunch sprint. I made it over the climb after pulling some ugly faces and tried to get good position for the finish. It was an ultra fast finish with a corner with about 800m to go. I had pretty good position but could quite get up there for a podium, but still happy with a top 10."

BDT's Logan Owen took the win from BMC Racing's Brent Bookwalter in a photo finish. Here's the sprint:

 

The World Anti-Dopig Authority (WADA) has announced that the Anti-Doping Lab Qatar (ADQL) has successfully completed the requirements of WADA’s accreditation process.

The accreditation process included multiple site visits, participation in WADA’s external quality assessment scheme monitored by the WADA laboratory expert group.

The Qatari lab becomes the 35th WADA accredited laboratory.

"We are pleased to welcome the Doha Laboratory to the network of WADA accredited laboratories,” said WADA president Craig Reedie in a statement.

“Qatar is a key player in the sporting world, and so its laboratory will play an increasingly important role in improving the anti-doping analytical capacities in Qatar and the wider Middle East region.”

The clock is ticking down to the next Olympic opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To celebrate, Cycling Australia has interviewed 10 Aussie medal hopefuls about their mindset and plans one year out. Lotto-Soudal's Adam Hansen is certainly ready for action after completing his 12th Grand Tour in a row. 

Check out further interviews with the likes of Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch, Shane Perkins, Caroline Buchanan and more. 

'Looking pro' is a fascination for the sartorially inclined cyclist, with The Rules often held up as the (tongue in cheek) high water mark for style. Well, we can add another style guru to the list - Etixx-QuickStep directeur sportif Brian Holm.

Holm has given CyclingTips his top nine 'on the bike' style tips - our favourite of which is his directive on socks.

“Nowadays everyone wants to be individual — you’ve got pink socks, you’ve got fluro socks. If you look at DeFeet they have loads of different patterns; we better get use to it. It does look better if you have long legs and brown legs," Holm said.

“Black socks, well you can discuss that, but you know the one thing you should never do regarding socks is never ever, ever use grey socks. I mean grey because they used to be white then you washed them with your team kit; you have them back and they’re grey. There’s only one thing you can do with them: you burn them. Burn them, burn them, burn them."

Thanks Brian! Although, we're not entirely sure that your sock choice back in 1996 would meet with your standards nowadays - they look a little grey to us...